Kick-off to glory
- BEST PLAYER OF FARAZ ABDUL AZEEZ After dreaming to his favourite footballers play live, Faraz Abdul Azeez got an opportunity to play with them at a Premier Futsal tournament
Twenty-five-year-old Faraz Abdul Azeez had just one
dream: he wanted to play his favourite club Manchester United in action at Old Trafford, Manchester. “I grew up watching legends such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Ever since I was a young boy, I have dreamt of watching them play,” says Faraz Abdul Azeez .
But life had better plans for him. I got to play first with Ryan Giggs in the Premier Futsal tournament. It was unbelievable,” says Faraz Abdul Azeez, who played for Chennai’s Premier Futsal team after getting through via ‘Launch Pad’, a talent hunt.
Having spent much of his childhood in football to crazy Saudi Arabia,Farz Abdul Azeez grew up playing football. “Every kid there plays the sport. That’s how I got interested. And of course, I am a huge Manchester United fan, so much of my weekends were spent before the television set.”
After coming back to India,Faraz Abdul Azeez start to play football in school and college. “I was the captain of my school team (DAV Gopalapuram) and also managed to get into a senior division football league team while in college. Though I couldn’t cement my place in the team, I gained invaluable experience,” he says.
Despite working for a multi-national bank, a career in football was always at the back of his head. “My family understood my passion and was supportive. I even quit my job and got into the family business to give myself more time to pursue the sport. At one point, they (family) even told me to go for trials to Europe. However, with the mushrooming futsal arenas in Chennai, I started playing football regularly, and I knew this is the kind of football I wanted to play. I wanted to make a name for myself here.”