Awakening the Blue Tiger
Sunil Chhetri, Gaurav Gala, Kunaal Majgaonkar, Neel Shah with Shantanu Ray Chaudhari
Football has always been a passion for Gaurav Gala, ever since his formative years growing up in London. He spent nearly nine years in the UK from 1988 to 1996 and completed his O levels (GCSE’s) there. It was during this time that his love affair with sports and in particular football began and has continued ever since. He feels very fortunate that he has been able to create a career in sports over the last two decades and eventually found his way to working in football.
Since 2013, he has been exclusively working on football and looking to grow the world’s most popular sport in India through content creation across Live Broadcast, OTT and Social Media. He’s currently the Head of Broadcast Content for Football Sports Development Limited, which runs and operates the Indian Super League.
During this time, he has worked for and with almost all stakeholders in Indian Football, right from the National Football Federation (AIFF), the country top football league (ISL), the clubs, the broadcasters, the production team, social media teams of the league and clubs, marketing teams and the fans clubs amongst others.
Gaurav started off his career in early 2002 as a Broadcast Journalist, with a specialisation in sports and served as the Sports Editor of the India Today group’s 24 hour English News Channel – India Today. Gaurav was a prominent anchor and reporter having covered some of the biggest sporting events of the time in India and abroad. Some particular highlights include India’s historic cricket tour of Pakistan in 2004 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Gaurav has worked across a wide variety of media organisations during his career so far, including CNBC India – TV 18, The India Today Group, The Zee Media Group and the Star TV Network.
Apart from Sports and Media, Gaurav is very passionate about cooking, especially for his family and friends.