Enthusiastic about Indian Super League: Del Piero
Posted on Aug 31 2014 | IANS
New Delhi, Aug 31 : Former Italian football star Alessandro Del Piero, also a World Cup winner, says he is excited about the Indian Super League (ISL) where he will be playing for Delhi Dynamos.
The Juventus legend said that as a brand ambassador of the league he will have honour and responsibility of promoting the image and popularity of football in the country.
"I am very enthusiastic about this new adventure, it fits perfectly well the with the way in which I chose to move forward since I left Juventus three summers ago. I have never wanted to repeat the paths already walked, I've never looked to repeat emotions that I've already experienced, those are unique and will remain unique and special forever," wrote Del Piero on his personal website.
The 39-year-old, also a former Italy captain, mutually agreed to part ways with Sydney FC in the Australian A-League after the end of the season in April. He was also the marquee player with Sydney FC.
"I've always looked for something different, I see myself as a traveller on the roads of football', for me the pitch isn't the only thing that counts, that what surrounds the game counts just as much. Above all what is important is the possibility to join together the professional aspect and the role of 'football ambassador', a chance to proudly represent this all over the world this wonderful sport, that has been a fundamental part of my life since the day I was born. This is the reason why I went to Australia," he said.
Del Piero wants to repeat his successful Australian stint in India.
"Also why I'm happy with the results obtained in my two years there, both with Australian football (soccer!) and everything that country has given me. This is the reason why I'm going to India. Another stopover on this fantastic journey. A new championship, the Indian Super League, a new team, the Delhi Dynamos FC, new fans, a great amount of enthusiasm, lots of new people to meet and hopefully 'conquer', dribbling a ball and not solely that," he said.