Former Galactico Michel Salgado embarks on Premier Futsal journey

Former Galactico Michel Salgado embarks on Premier Futsal journey

27.06.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE :4-time La Liga and twice Champions League winner pens a 3-season contract .

Former multiple-title winning Galactico and Spanish international Michel Salgado has signed a three-year deal to play in Premier Futsal, becoming the latest in a series of global football stars to confirm their participation in the world’s first-ever multi-national futsal league ahead of its inaugural season.

Salgado, part of Real Madrid’s star-studded ‘Galacticos’ line-up that also included Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham, has won four La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League crowns and an Inter-Continental Cup during his career. The defender, who after a decade at Real Madrid moved Blackburn Rovers for a three-year stint in the English Premier League, also made 53 appearances for Spain in various international tournaments.

His signing marks a major coup for Premier Futsal, a private and semi-professional league promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group, with former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, FC Porto and Barcelona Champions League winner Anderson Luís de Souza – better known as Deco – and global futsal legend Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcao, already confirmed.

Michel Salgado said, “Futsal is an extremely underrated sport. It has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest names in football the world over and I’m glad Premier Futsal in India is creating a platform that can showcase the sport and give it its due. I think the talent the league has managed to draw is fantastic with not just futsallers like Falcao but also career football players like Paul Scholes and Deco taking part. It’s almost nostalgic in a way to go up against these players again and I’m really looking forward to reliving the old days and reigniting those old rivalries, this time on the futsal court.”


PREMIER LEAGUE FUTSAL former Manchester United mid-field maestro Paul Scholes signs

Former Manchester United mid-field maestro Paul Scholes signs up for Premier Futsal

23.06.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : Paul Scholes commits to play in India for the next three seasons. Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has signed a deal to play for the next three seasons of Premier Futsal, the world’s first-ever multi-national futsal league announced today in an emphatic statement of intent ahead of its inaugural season. Premier Futsal is a private and semi-professional Futsal league promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group.

Scholes is one of those rare English footballers who played their entire professional careers at a single club. He is one of the most decorated footballers of England and is one of the most successful footballers in English Club Football. Paul Scholes has won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies during his stint with the Red Devils.

Scholes, part of Manchester United’s class of 92 – the famous golden generation which included stars like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and the Neville Brothers – is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of modern football. He boasts a staggering 718 caps for Manchester United over an illustrious career spanning 22 years.



Premier Futsal signs top international Futsal talent

22.06.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : 18 international futsal stars from across eight nationalities commits to the league. Premier Futsal has signed a battery of decorated futsal stars from around the world to compete in the sport’s first-ever multi-national league ahead of its inaugural season. Premier Futsal unveiled Alessandro Rosa Vieira, the sport’s most renowned player fondly known as Falcao, as the league’s first big signing last month. Now, joining him are 18 other futsal stars from across eight nationalities.

The roster of players signed includes the Best Player in the World Cup award winner Dovenir Domingues Neto; two-time winner of the UEFA Best Player accolade and five-time winner of the UEFA Golden Shoe Adriano Foglia; twice winner of the Best Goalkeeper of the World honours Santiago Daniel Elias; and world championship silver-medallist and three-time European Golden shoe-winning Spaniard Miguel Marti Sayago.

Other celebrated stars of the sport taking part include Russian Romulo Alves Nobre, compatriot Cirilo Tadeus Cardoso Filho, Italian Carlos Eduardo Morgado Oliveira, Brazilian Wagner Pereira Caetano, Argentine Maximiliano Daniel Rescia, Iranians Hossein Tayyebi and Mostafa Nazari. All players have committed to competing in Premier Futsal for five years and will be assigned a team in the upcoming player draft scheduled for later this month.



Former Barcelona & Chelsea midfielder ‘Deco’ commits to play in Premier Futsal.

09.06.2016 : PFL PRESS RELEASE : After signing Alessandro R. Vieira 'Falcao' now famous footballer Deco, runner-up with Portugal in Euro 2004, signs a three-year deal Premier Futsal, the world’s first-ever multi-national Futsal League, has signed former Portugal national and multiple Champions’ League winner Anderson Luís de Souza, better known as ‘Deco’, to play in its inaugural season.

Deco, whose signing makes him the first marquee football player to confirm his participation in the league, has been signed for three seasons. The franchise he will play for will be decided during the player draft.

Anderson Luís de Souza ‘Deco’ said, “I’m really looking forward to playing in the inaugural season of Premier Futsal. I was born in Brazil and grew up playing Futsal on the streets. It’s where I picked up the skills that laid the foundation for my success on the international stage and served me well throughout my career. So in a sense I’m returning to my roots. I can’t wait to see how I match up against seasoned futsallers who have dedicated their entire career to the shorter, more intense format of the game.”

Deco is one of very few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two clubs – FC Porto and Barcelona. The Brazil-born attacking midfielder, who played in Portuguese colours internationally, has won numerous accolades – including UEFA Club Footballer of the Year honours – in a decorated international career spanning more than a decade.

Premier Futsal President Luis Figo said, “It gives me a great amount of joy to welcome Deco to Premier Futsal. We go back a long way, having shared the dressing room for Portugal during our playing careers. He has great talent, skill and ability as is evident from his storied international career which, I am confident, will add a whole lot to the quality of play in Premier Futsal’s inaugural year. We are all extremely delighted to have him.”

Premier Futsal, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Abhinandan Balasubramanian said, “Signing a player of Deco’s global standing is a major coup for us as we head into our inaugural season. Following on from Falcao’s singing, Deco’s participation in Premier Futsal adds further gloss and sizzle to the league. It’s a major vote of confidence for us that players of Deco’s calibre are committing to multi-year deals to play in the league and brings us that one step closer to realising our vision for this wonderful sport.”

Premier Futsal, promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group, is the world’s first-ever multi-national Futsal league and promises to bring the legends of football and futsal together for the first time. Led by the ‘Pele of Futsal’, Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as Falcão, the league will feature over 50 International Futsallers from four continents and 21 countries. Each franchise will be assigned a marquee international football player, seven international and five Indian Futsallers through a player draft scheduled later this month.

The league will kick-off July 15, 2016, and will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, SONY ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on Sony LIV.