Ivan Vukomanovic’s side are expected to travel abroad for their preparation for ISL 2022-23.

Kerala Blasters enjoyed a brilliant Indian Super League 2021/22 season. For the first time since 2016, the club was back in the grand finale of the competition. The season, however, didn’t start well for them. They kickstarted their pre-season camp at Kochi on July 31, 2021. Ivan Vukomanovic’s side didn’t enjoy much success in the Durand Cup.

But their ISL campaign was spectacular. A team that suffered an 11-match winless run in the ISL across two seasons, was back on track. The Yellow Army established a 10-match unbeaten streak in their eighth campaign. They were very close to their first ISL Trophy, but Sahil Tavora killed all their winning hopes. The tie-breaker resulted in Hyderabad FC’s maiden ISL triumph.

But this season, Kerala Blasters will be more determined. They will be assembling for their pre-season at Kochi in a few days, as reported. But the club also have plans to go abroad for a training camp.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few possible pre-season destinations for Kerala Blasters.

Serbia

Red star belgrade stadium
If they travel to Serbia, we might see Kerala Blasters play in the Red Star facility (Courtesy: Twitter/Red Star Belgrade)

Since Ivan Vukomanovic himself is from Serbia, it will be a known place for him. The tactician certainly knows where to conduct the training sessions in Serbia. Also, the accommodation for the players and staff shouldn’t be a hectic one for the management.

Serbian side Red Star Belgrade conduct their pre-season at Zlatibor high altitude training camp. Apart from that, the FA Serbia Training Centre is also a suitable one. This training centre is one of the finest in Europe and is utilized by many professional clubs. The centre also provides a gymnasium along with other training facilities.

Dubai

Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
The Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex is also an option to host the Kerala Blasters’ pre-season (Courtesy: Twitter/Arsenal)

Dubai can be an ideal place for Kerala Blasters. A few months back Arsenal conducted a camp in the city. The Gunners used the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex for training. Speaking of the facilities provided, the complex has a FIFA-standard football pitch, gymnasium and indoor courts, health club and spa, IAAF-standard athletics track, an indoor stadium and a diving pool.

Apart from Arsenal, about 15 European clubs held their winter camp in Dubai. Clubs like Zenith Saint Petersburg, Spartak Moscow from Europe and Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia chose Dubai for the winter camp. Even the national teams of Jordan and Lebanon relied on the city to fulfill their training demands.

Marbella

Marbella Football Center
Kerala Blasters could also conduct their pre-season in Spain at the Marbella training center (Courtesy: Marbella Football Center)

The Marbella Football Center in Marbella is one of the best training centres in Spain and Europe. The center remains to be a common pre-season destination for numerous world-class football clubs. Marbella FC themselves ply their trade in the third tier of Spain, but their training facilities attract attention from the first-tier clubs as well.

Recently, in 2020, Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC announced a partnership with Marbella FC. Undoubtedly, Hyderabad FC will be expected to head towards Marbella for their pre-season. But similarly, Kerala Blasters should also consider the location to get their players in shape ahead of the upcoming season.   

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