Anglian-owned FC Vestsjælland qualifies for Danish Superliga

02 July 2013
  • Marks the first time the club has made it to the Danish top division
  • Anglian supported player, Netan Sansara, becomes first PIO to make it to the Danish Superliga
  • Anglian Holdings, which also holds a stake in Indian I-League club Shillong Lajong FC, has already begun using the experience to help Indian clubs and players

FC Vestsjælland, the Danish football club based in Slagelse, Denmark, has capped off a remarkable season by qualifying for the Danish Superliga – the top football league in Denmark. FC Vestsjælland (also known as FC Vikings) was established in 2008 as an offshoot of the Slagelse Football Club & Sports Association (SB&I) – and has made it to the premier football division in Denmark within 5 years of its formation.

Anglian Holdings, an NRI-owned multi-national corporation with diverse global investments, had acquired a strategic stake in FC Vestsjælland, and had simultaneously invested in Shillong Lajong FC, with the intent of creating a pipeline for bi-directional exchange of talent, knowledge and expertise between the two clubs. Post the promotion of FC Vestsjælland, Anglian aims to intensify its efforts towards bringing European footballing knowhow to Shillong Lajong FC and the rest of India.

Commenting on the promotion, Kurt Andersen, President, FC Vestsjælland, said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the Superliga next season and are extremely proud of what the team has been able to achieve. I think it is nothing short of amazing that within 5 years of being formed, we have climbed our way to the top-most football league of Denmark.  We congratulate and thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication as well as the wonderful coaching staff. We would also like to thank Anglian Holdings for believing in us and helping out with the club’s strategic planning both on and off the field.”

Dhruv Ratra, CEO – Sports & Marketing, Anglian Holdings, said, “We are delighted for FC Vestsjælland’s players, staff and fans. It really is a remarkable achievement for the club to ascend so rapidly. We are also extremely happy that our player Netan Sansara has become the first PIO to reach the highest level of Danish football. Anglian will continue to support the club in its quest and we wish them all the success for the next season in Superliga. We have already brought over three players from Shillong Lajong for training in Denmark and will continue to help in the transfer of knowledge and expertise between Europe and India.”

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