German football legend Klaus Augenthaler (Auge) visited Mumbai on Saturday to offer professional mentorship to aspiring female footballers during Oktoberfest held at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai. The legendary defender who played for Bayern Munchen spoke to Republic TV exclusively about the budding Indian Super League and his take on if he were asked to coach an ISL team. When queried about if he had an opportunity to coach an ISL team, Auge responded by saying that at this age, he was just happy to be home. He also spoke about the ongoing tussle for the selection of the first goalkeeper between Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the German national team.
The Indian Super League is a franchise-based football tournament with 10 teams and is played in a span of six months from October to March. The sixth season of the ISL is scheduled to begin on October 20 with the first match being played between Kerala Blasters and ATK. When asked if he would coach an ISL side if given the opportunity, Auge said, "It's a great honour, for sure. When I was in China last year, I did get an offer to be a coach there but at this age, I'm happy to stay in Bavaria. It's nice to travel sometimes, but it feels like home in Bavaria."
To uplift the overall football scenario for women across India, Häfele India had invited the German football legend who won the FIFA World Cup in 1990 to offer mentorship to 18 aspiring female footballers during Oktoberfest. The event was planned in such a way that 150 girls were tested out of which 18 girls were selected who got a chance to train with Klaus Augenthaler. Amongst the 150 girls that were scouted, Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) has already identified an U-17 and one U-14 team. These girls will be playing in the MDFA youth league, so there is a roadmap for them. They will also be mentored, guided, exposed to all sorts of techniques.