FIFA world champions Argentina are likely to play friendly matches in Kerala next year

Argentina football team. Photo: X

Thiruvananthapuram: Argentina national football team will visit Kerala for a couple of friendly matches. The FIFA world champions are expected to visit Kerala in October 2025.

According to reports, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has shown interest in collaborating with the Kerala Football Association's various activities, including training 5,000 students from the football-mad state. Kerala Sports Minister V Abdurahiman announced the exciting news through a Facebook post.

The announcement came after the minister held an online discussion with representatives of the Argentine Football Association. The officials who attended the meeting include Pablo Diaz (Argentine Football Federation Head of International Relations), Pranabjyoti Nath IAS (Kerala Sports Secretary) and Navas Meeran (Kerala Football Association President).

Kerala Minister Facebook Post

“Remember, last year, India rejected the offer of the Argentine national team to play football in our country, citing the huge cost. This news was heartbreaking for Argentina fans across the country, especially those in Kerala. They forced us to send an invitation to the world champions to come. to play in our state. And the masters team, very much aware of the love and support they get from Kerala, happily accepted our request,” says V Abdurahiman.

The AFA has clearly shown interest in the development of the game in a state that celebrates football.

“The Argentine team is scheduled to play two friendly matches in Kerala. They initially expressed their willingness to come to the state in June 2024. However, as it will be difficult for us to host them during the monsoon season, we have requested more time.” They have now agreed to visit Kerala in October 2025. We realize that this is a very difficult task. But I am sure it would be the biggest gift we could give to the football fans in the state and the event will definitely boost the confidence of the sportspersons in Kerala. The excitement since the news broke gives us the confidence to move forward,” said the Kerala Sports Minister.

It may be noted that the minister had a similar social media post in June 2023. His social media post came at a time when the All India Football Federation (AIFF) denied an opportunity for the Indian national football team to face Lionel Messi. Argentina in a friendly match. He expressed disappointment at the AIFF's decision and highlighted the possible outcomes for Indian football if the country were to host the match. The minister elaborated on Kerala's love for football, especially Argentina and Brazil. He also listed the various ways in which the state government sought to establish a relationship with Argentina.

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