Globe-trotting Falvey having a blast with star names in India

Colin Falvey used to scrape by on meagre wages at Cobh Ramblers. Now, he is being paid to stop World Cup winners like Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.

Globe-trotting Falvey having a blast with star names in India

Signed up to play in the Indian Super League, where Brazilian icon Zico will patrol the sidelines and the likes of Nicolas Anelka will star on the pitch, Falvey feels like he is in a dream.

The boy from Dublin Hill in Cork city has come a long way and even though India’s powerbrokers are squeezing the final drops of quality out of their ageing marquee players, Falvey is taking it seriously.

“They may be at the tail end of their careers, but these boys have so much quality and they can hurt you even if they are not running around much. If you’re not careful, you can have your pants pulled down,” said Falvey.

Recruited to play for Kerala Blasters — who are owned by the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and managed by the former England goalkeeper David James, the former Cobh Ramblers defender is excited about the challenge.

Falvey’s plan is to use the three-month season to stay fit, improve his profile, make connections, and be ready for January when he hopes to link up with an MLS club ahead of their 2015 campaign kicking off.

“I’ve been playing in New Zealand and America for the best part of a decade now and this is another experience that I think can benefit me.

“I just want to keep on improving and going as far as I can in the game,” said Falvey.

“There has been interest from some teams in MLS, but they don’t start their new season until March. So the opportunity to play in India came up and I saw it as a chance to keep active and play against some top players.

“Hopefully it will be a good experience and I’ll be fully prepared, after a brief stop home for Christmas, when January comes around as that is when MLS teams will be going into pre-season and building their rosters.”

As he prepares to pick up a pay cheque from playing football on a fourth different continent, Falvey admits that his global roaming is all down to former Republic of Ireland international Terry Phelan.

The 42-times capped player has been advising Falvey since 2008, having originally lured him to New Zealand from the League of Ireland, and he has now helped set up this Indian adventure.

It was a gamble when he first left to play on the other side of the world, but there is no doubt that the travel bug has sunk its teeth into Falvey and he’s not ready to come home just yet.

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