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Meet Karthik Thulasi, a 24-year-old Indian-born La Liga footballer – The New Indian Express

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Karthik Thulasi still remembers going back and forth with the football in his building. The living room would become his pitch, the couch and coffee table would become obstacles, and the table in the corner would become a goal post.

The now 24-year-old football aspirant, who stands on the doorstep of La Liga, laughs as he adds: “My mum hit me on the head for breaking everything from windshields to light bulbs and even smashing its precious porcelain.”

Born and raised in the Sultanate of Oman, he aspired to be a professional footballer. His love for the game has taken him to play in four different countries during his career. Currently playing for La Liga development team Rayo Vallecano, he started off like any other football fan, but with a lot more fire!

“Gaming captivates me with the myriad of perspectives available to me – the need to thrive and succeed is always burning,” he says.

Karthik studied at the Indian school Nizwa, Oman. Apart from playing for the school football team, he started his career playing with FC Nizwa, a native football club in the country. Continuing his studies in Muscat, he was rooted in his passion for sports and constantly played for several other clubs in Oman. Soon after graduating, he moved to Kerala and joined training with Gokulam FC.

“I trained with Gokulam (FC) for a while and everything was fine. I wanted to take a leap in my career and decided to join Universidad Europea de Madrid, well known as the University of Madrid. Real Madrid. This decision opened the door to my all-time dream,” he said.

Although the fans love the Real Madrid club, Universidad Europea de Madrid is not a known place for Indians. Karthik joined the university to pursue an international master’s degree in football coaching and management.

“The university had the best environment for learning and sports training. It helped bring out the best in me. From world-class training to sessions with Real Madrid superstars, the routine has made me learn and improve with each passing day,” he said.

Remembering them as the best days of his life, some of his training sessions were with Real Madrid stars Roberto Carlos and Iker Casillas.

“The experience was overwhelming. I grew up idolizing them since I was a kid. Real Madrid was my favorite team…but being coached by these Real Madrid stars caught me off guard,” Karthik said.

Even his graduation ceremony was nonetheless a dream come true. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez graced the ceremony.

Rayo Vallecano

His career in Spain started with Segundo Division side CD Leganes’ youth team. His inability to converse in Spanish caused a setback ending his link with the club within a month. Participating in several other trials, he entered CD Proas. He remained with the team until his offer with Rayo Vallecano.

“For now, I’m the only Indian player in the team. Over time, I hope more Indian players will appear in the team,” he said. Currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, his ultimate goal is to play for La Liga Santander in Spain.

Karthik’s Indian Stay

Playing for Spain, staying in Spain and making Spanish friends never undermined his love for India. Apart from La Liga, Karthik wants to play in the Indian Super League at least next season. Having played the sport in four countries and honed his skills as a player, Karthik wants to be part of the ISL. Indian national team projects are not far off either.

“Soon I want to play for India, be part of the Indian team. Maybe starting with ISL would open better opportunities.”

Putting his education at Real Madrid to good use, Karthik also wants to train aspiring footballers in India. He wants to create an academy to train young talents. He aims to build a better team of young players.

“Football as a profession would require much more than just training. The game requires hard work and risk taking. You have to believe in yourself. Putting in reasonable effort at the right time can take you to great heights amazing. And the right time waits none. And as the saying goes, when life throws lemons at you, make lemonades!” he signed.

Karthik Thulasi still remembers going back and forth with the football in his building. The living room would become his pitch, the couch and coffee table would become obstacles, and the table in the corner would become a goal post. The now 24-year-old football aspirant, who stands on the doorstep of La Liga, laughs as he adds: “My mum hit me on the head for breaking everything from windshields to light bulbs and even smashing its precious porcelain.” Born and raised in the Sultanate of Oman, he aspired to be a professional footballer. His love for the game has taken him to play in four different countries during his career. Currently playing for La Liga development team Rayo Vallecano, he started off like any other football fan, but with a lot more fire! “Gaming captivates me with the myriad of perspectives available to me – the need to thrive and succeed is always burning,” he says. Karthik studied at the Indian school Nizwa, Oman. Apart from playing for the school football team, he started his career playing with FC Nizwa, a native football club in the country. Continuing his studies in Muscat, he was rooted in his passion for sports and constantly played for several other clubs in Oman. Soon after graduating, he moved to Kerala and joined training with Gokulam FC. “I trained with Gokulam (FC) for a while and everything was fine. I wanted to take a leap in my career and decided to join Universidad Europea de Madrid, well known as the University of Madrid. Real Madrid. This decision opened the door to my all-time dream,” he says. Although fans love the Real Madrid club, Universidad Europea de Madrid is not a known place for Indians. Karthik joined the university to pursue an international master’s degree in football coaching and management. “The university had the best environment for learning and sports training. It helped bring out the best in me. Coaching from world-class to sessions with Real Madrid superstars, the routine made me learn and improve with each passing day,” he told Iker Casillas. “The experience was overwhelming. I grew up idolizing them since I was a kid. Real Madrid was my favorite team… but being coached by these Real Madrid stars caught me off guard,” Karthik said. Even his graduation ceremony was still a dream come true. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez graced the ceremony Rayo Vallecano His career in Spain began with Segundo Division side CD Leganes’ youth team His inability to converse in Spanish caused a setback ending to his link with the club within a month. Attending several more trials, he entered CD Proas. He stayed with the team until his offer with Rayo Vallecano. “For now, I am the only one Indian team player. In time hopefully more Indian players will appear in the team,” he says. Currently playing for Rayo Vallecano, his ultimate goal is to play for La Liga Santander in Spain. spain, staying in Spain and making Spanish friends has never undermined his love for India. Apart from La Liga, Karthik wants to play in the Indian Super League at least next season. After enjoying the sport in four countries and honed his skills as a player, Karthik is keen to be a part of the ISL. Indian national team plans aren’t far either. “Soon I want to play for India, be in the Indian team. Maybe starting with ISL would open up better opportunities.” Putting his education at Real Madrid to good use, Karthik also wants to nurture aspiring footballers in India. He wants to start an academy to nurture young talent. He aims to build a better team of young players. “Football as a profession would require much more than training. The game requires a lot of work and risk taking. You need to believe in yourself. Making reasonable efforts at the right time can take you to incredible heights. And the right time waits for no one. And as the saying goes, when life throws lemons at you, make lemonades!” he signed.