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India's National Soccer Team Coach Visits Raiders During NorCal Trip


Stephen Constantine, the head coach of India's national soccer team and longtime Raiders fan, recently visited Northern California on a goodwill tour and a fact-findng mission. Part of his visit included a trip to the Oakland Raiders Alameda, Calif., facility.

The Sacramento Bee's Bill Paterson writes:

"When I was a young boy, I played for a team in England called Millwall," Constantine said. "The team song – the chant – is 'No one likes us, and we don't care.' When I came to the States in '82, it was the Raiders with guys like Lyle Alzado and Howie Long that weren't liked much, either. So it was a natural fit for me."

So the highlight of his trip to America was more than getting a chance to watch Republic FC and the San Jose Earthquakes train and play in their respective matches. It was getting a VIP tour of the Raiders' headquarters and training facility in Alameda.

"I love football and the tactical aspects of the game," Constantine said. "I like Jack Del Rio (the Raiders coach) and what he is doing with the team this season. He's a teacher and it resonates with me."

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