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German football legend Matthäus to visit India

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Germany's winning Matthäus is set to visit the country as part of the Legends Tour, the organisers said in a statement on Monday.

The of winners will undertake his first ever tour of India, during which he will participate in a number of fan and

Former World of the Year, Matthäus, will visit several development projects and attend games in (December 4, Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC) and (December 6, City FC vs Chennaiyin FC).

He will also meet several key stakeholders within the Indian ecosystem.

The trophy, the 'Meisterschale', will follow the legend and will be on display in both and for fans to get their photo with the world-famous trophy.

On December 4, the former Bayern München star will meet with Blasters fans in

Afterwards, he will be on hand to inspire Indian youngsters at the Reliance Foundation Youth Kochi Finals before heading to to watch another hero, Tim Cahill, in action as Blasters play in the that night.

The next day Matthäus will arrive in Mumbai to undertake some and spend time with Indian youths at the Borussia Dortmund football school at Cooperage. Later, in the evening, he will meet with special guests, including members of the Indian football community, at the

Talking about how the can support the growth of Indian Football, Matthäus said: "I'm proud to be part of here at what is an incredibly exciting time for Indian football.

"Having produced a long line of exciting world-class football talent, such new American team Christian Pulisic, 18 year-old Bundesliga of the Month Jadon Sancho (both Borussia Dortmund) and World Cup winner (VfB Stuttgart), I'm keen to share my thoughts on how can benefit from the Bundesliga's renowned success in youth development," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to helping reach the next level whilst also getting to experience the country's rich culture and warm hospitality," he added.

Robert Klein, Bundesliga International, added: "It's not only our global superstars and wonderkids, the high number of goals, the exciting brand of football played or the packed stadiums and electric atmospheres that has caught the imagination of Indian fans. They really appreciate pure, authentic football - football as it's meant to be, which is what the Bundesliga is all about."

He continued: "Whilst fans already have access to the best coverage of our league thanks to our strong partner Star Sports, bringing global icons like Matthäus to helps fans experience the Bundesliga in a more personalised way. Creating physical connections is a key component of our long-term engagement strategy, which will supplement the action fans watch on Star each week."

Matthäus is one of the most recognised football players in the world.

With his participation in in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and a total of 150 games, he holds the record as the with the most caps for the German national team.

As part of the 808 games he played in top leagues worldwide, he completed 609 Bundesliga games for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich. He has also managed and coached a number of teams across the world.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 15:42 IST