The 24-year-old Hyderabad FC forward believes Indian football will benefit from having a “longer competition.”
In the hope of adding more firepower to the frontline, Hyderabad FC turned to Javier Siverio in August. The young 6-foot forward has spent his entire playing career in Spain before taking the bold decision to move to another country. In his brief career, the 24-year-old has demonstrated enormous potential wherever he has played. At 19, Siverio was a part of the Las Palmas B side that trained under current HFC head coach Manolo Marquez in the 2016-17 season. After spending a couple of seasons with Las Palmas B, Siverio joined Racing Santander in 2018. In the 2018-19 season, the striker turned up for Racing Santander II. He found the back of the net 16 times in 22 appearances in his debut season, where he also played and scored for the Racing first team in Segunda B as a part of the side that earned a promotion to Segunda A Division after a four-year absence.
He followed it up with a 24-goal campaign for Racing Santander II next season, wherein he also featured and scored for Racing’s first-team in the 2019-20 Segunda A Division. Right now, playing for the Indian Super League side, Javi Siverio’s immediate target is to help the team reach the playoffs. Last season, Hyderabad FC narrowly missed out on a Top-4 berth, finishing fifth in the league table. Currently, sitting at fourth place after playing four matches till now, HFC will hope to finish in the playoffs spots. Speaking to Sportslumo, Javi Siverio opened up about his short, long term target and why ISL will benefit from having a longer format.
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— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) December 9, 2021
I think that it is too short. For me, there could be a minimum of 30 matches. I think that for Indian football is better to have more matches and a longer competition.
Like I said before the project and the confidence they showed in me convinced me to come here. The experience it provides too is important. For me, this is the first time that I play out of my country and so far it has been pretty good.
I think the league is improving a lot every year. I’m not the only young player that is here. I have seen many of them. It’s not common here but I think that young foreign players can do a great job in this league and also help young Indian players to improve.
I have really big expectations here. I think we can have a great season. Last year the team finished the league in 5th position. This year practically we are the same players so why can we not finish in playoffs. Personally, not too much, I just want to help the team achieve our objectives, and obviously, it is better if I can help with a few goals.
The first impression was really nice. I think we have a lot of young talented players and some experienced ones and for me, this is the best combination. I think that if we have confidence in ourselves, we can achieve what we want. I know coach Manolo from a few years ago and how he works so it’s not new for me.
The confidence they showed in me was amazing. And for me the experience is incredible. It is better with fans in the stands but this is the first step, maybe next year we can enjoy with them. Like I said before the objectives of the club are really interesting and this is what made me come here.
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— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) December 8, 2021
For sure. We have a lot of young players like I said before. If the boys believe in their qualities, continue working in this way and try to improve every day, we will be a great team in the upcoming years. They need more matches to get that confidence.
I think last year the coach did an amazing job. But we have to forget this job and keep our focus in the present. I think all of us can help the team to achieve his objectives.
I’m number 9. I like to play near the box, giving support to my teammates, arriving in the second line, and work for the team. Also, I am comfortable with air balls for touch and love making a run for a cross.
I think a lot. All of us know that there is a great football level in Spain. Fortunately, I have played in good teams and in good categories, so I think I’m ready to play here.
It’s true that I have not played a lot of matches, but I think that always when I played, I did my job and I was at the level of my teammates and the category. I’m here for giving my best and to help the team.
My short-term target is to reach the playoffs with the team. It is our main objective. And a long target is to do a great season and maybe why not stay here a lot of year living the experience. Right now I’m really comfortable here in India.
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