Subrata Paul Gets Contract with FC Vestsjælland
Subrata Paul, India’s national team goal-keeper, became the first Indian footballer in recent history to get a contract with top-division European team when recently-promoted Danish Superliga club FC Vestsjælland offered to take him on as part of a 6-month transfer for the second half of the 2013-14 season. Subrata had previously spent more than a month at the club and impressed head-coach Ove Pedersen as well as goal-keeping coach (and former Superliga goal-keeper) Claus Fallentin. Claus, in particular, was particularly impressed with Subrata’s swift reflexes but also stated that he had much to learn before he could reach his potential.
In order to make this record-setting deal happen, Anglian worked with such diverse stake-holders in Indian and Danish football including the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU, or the Danish Football Association), FIFA, IMG-Reliance and Red Bull.