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The beautiful game of football is a quintessential team sport that transcends the borders of continents in its universal appeal cutting through the barriers of race, religion, nationality etc. In fact, the governing body of football, FIFA, has more member nations than the United Nations itself. This is evidence to the immense popularity of this game. Even small island nations like Fiji, Tuvalu etc. also field a national team with great zeal and enthusiasm. India, a country of 1.2 billion people is no exception. India has a long history in football as we host the second oldest football tournament in the world, the Durand cup. The oldest is FA cup in England. We have heroic memories of a Mohun Bagan team playing with bare feet to defeat a British army team that played with their boots on. Then we had the Golden period of Indian football from 1948 to 1960 during which we were ranked 7th in the world by FIFA. We played the semifinals of 1956 Melbourne Olympics. But the gradual downfall of Indian football started in the 1970s as we remained stagnant while our Asian counterparts like Korea, Japan etc. took big strides towards excellence in football. The problem in India was the lack of a proper youth development system. We did not have academies where the kids could acquire the fundamental skills in a scientific manner. It is in this context that the existence of good academies attains great significance
Red Star Football Club was formed by a group of football enthusiasts 22 years ago in Kuttanellur and Elamthuruthy near Thrissur. Red Star was a prominent name in the sevens tourneys in and around Thrissur during those days. Simultaneously, Red star started academy to train talented kids. Red star laid great importance to home grown talent. Our team consisted mainly of players who came up through our academy. Many players who came through our system went on to represent the state and university. Some examples are Ananthu Murali, Anoop Pauly, Bijesh Balan, Rineesh and Abhinav. The success of this humble venture gave us an insight and motivation to start a fully equipped residential academy. A new set of dedicated men came into the helm of affairs to start the residential academy. They were all successful businessmen who loved the beautiful game of football. The first goal we set for ourselves was to make sure that at least one of our cadets make it to the national team for the 2017 under 17 FIFA world cup to be held in India. We set out on a talent hunt to 7 districts in Kerala and recruited cadets even from distant states like Chattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The first chief coach of the residential academy was renowned international Joe Paul Ancheri. Red Star Academy made its presence felt through hard work and by winning some under 17 tournaments. After the initial months Mr. Bino George took over as the chief coach. He was a Level A coach accredited by the Asian Football Confederation. Through scientific and systematic training Red Star could contribute 7 players to the under 15 state team in the year 2014. Later that year, 5 of our cadets were picked to the probable list of Indian team for 2017 under 17 world cup. This was after the nationwide trials by the German coach Nicolai Adam who was appointed by the All India Football Federation. From this probable list one player named Jithu K. Roby went on to represent India under-17 in the SAFF cup where they finished as Runners up. This indeed was a proud achievement for Red Star academy. Currently we have a player named Rishi Dutt in the ongoing Indian camp. We have fared creditably in the recently held age group tournaments conducted by Kerala Football Association. We have appointed Mr.Ranjith T.A. who holds AFC “level A” license as the chief coach. He is assisted by Mr.Sudheesh K.R. who is a former Calicut University player with AIFF “D level” coaching license. To raise the standards and professionalize the club we have decided to register a company by name “Red Star FC Thrissur”. We have also decided to increase the number of cadets from the current 25 to 100 covering various age groups. We have also decided to hire the services of eminent coaches from India and abroad. We also intend to associate with foreign clubs to ensure the best training for our cadets. To develop the necessary infrastructure we have bought 10 acres of land in Thrissur district itself. We have decided to mobilize Rs.10 crore to build facilities like two standard sized football grounds, swimming pool, Hostel, Gymnasium etc. We realized the need for an eminent personality who can lead all these activities as a mentor and patron. The quest for a leader took us to Adv. C.K.Menon who is the chairman of Behzad group which has presence in GCC countries with its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, for his invaluable contributions to the nation. He was very receptive towards our ideas and happily agreed to take up the chairman position of Red Star FC Thrissur. It is an honor and privilege to have him as our chairman. We are very happy to have a son of Thrissur who became a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist as the chairman of a club from Thrissur which we envisage to be the flag bearer of Kerala football in the future. We believe that he can contribute immensely for the development of the game with his experience and contacts all over the world. Adv C.K. Menon took charge as the new chairman of Red Star FC Thrissur in a grand event held on 24 July 2016 that also marked the second anniversary of our residential academy. We are confident that we can produce outstanding players who will become an asset to the state and the nation in the future. We expect the support and co-operation from all quarters in this endeavor.
Our goal is to produce world class footballers who would go on to represent the nation and bring laurels to it, starting from the FIFA U-17 world cup to be held in India during the year 2017
We aim to put India on the football map with a continuous supply of quality players. It is also our objective to make sure our recruits come out as better individuals imbibing the virtues of the sport.