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• Legendary Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit unveiled the new Prayag United SC jersey :


Kolkata, July 29: India's one of the best premier football club Kolkata's Prayag United SC unveiled a new Prayag United SC team jersey by Legendary Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit, today, 29th July, 2012 at the Salt-Lake Hyatt Regency Hotel.


Today he interact with the media and attend the final of a para football organised by a radio station. During this match, Gullit also select two of the best players who got a chance to train in the premier club Prayag United SC for one season.
It was a prized moment for several budding football lovers of the city who on Sunday had an opportunity for a photo op with Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit at the Salt-Lake Hyatt Regency Hotel and also at the Kasba Gitanjali Stadium.


Gullit, who is in the city on a two day visit, was the chief guest at the celebrations and stole the show with his ability to mix not only with the budding footballers and established players but also with the club's cricketers.

Gullit, a versatile player of the 1980s and 1990s, captained the Netherlands team that won Euro 88. He was also a member of the squad for the 1990 Football World Cup. He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989.


Gullit also feels that the Dutch duo of Rob Baan and Wim Koevermans will take the Indian football forward. "Indian football is in good hands," the former Dutch captain said at a press conference, at Hyatt, on Sunday.

Rudd also added that " Indian football is in good hands. It is a great opportunity for Indian football to improve. Both are exponents of youth football… I hope that India adapt to our style of football fast."


He also advised youngsters that- Whenever I'm doing a clinic with the kids, they tell me that they know various football tricks... They show me their talent by dribbling and juggling… But I tell them that the greatest trick is to score goals… All other tricks are immaterial.

Messi has perfected the trick of scoring goals, so he has become such a great player… Scoring goals makes Messi a great player.

Gullit recollected how he had dedicated his footballer of the year award in 1987 to Nelson Mandela without being fully aware of the significance of the gesture.

Legendary Dutch footballer received a standing ovation as soon as he entered the room at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata – the venue of the programme and waved to the crowd to acknowledge their applause.


Director of Prayag United Sports Club Mr. Nabab Bhattachrya also had a brief chat with Rudd Gullit.

The Dutch ex-soccer star unveiled a new team jersey of the Club. On this memorable occassion Club Director also present a Iconic Indian Gift and new jersey to the Dutch Legendary with best wishes.

Gullit, who wished and hoped to coach the Dutch national team in the future, said the best way to spot young talent was to know how much a youngster knows about the game.


For Improvement of Indian football, he said that, you have to first think of building proper pitches… I think you need to build artificial pitches because of the weather. Then you can move on to other things such as developing talent through various youth programmes.

He was on a two day visit here during which he attended the final match of a 'para' (community) tournament. During the match, Gullit select two of the best players who are now trained by Prayag United SC.

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