When it comes to football fans' frenzy in
India just no one can match Kolkatans.
Over 50,000 people, on a working day, were
seen in a long queue with 15,000 persons managing to see the World Cup Trophy
and among them 10,000 fans got their individual photo clicked with the Trophy,
and then, with the legendary Brazilan footballer Carlos Alberto Torres.
And that is a world record in itself,
confirmed FIFA officials.
The buzz was there since the Trophy had
arrived on Sunday morning and since morning fans started trickling in at the
Police Grounds near Eden Gardens.
People of all age including children and
women turned up in large numbers to see one glimpse of the Trophy.
"This is amazing. Just can’t believe
my good luck that I got to see the Trophy and get photo clicked with it,"
said Paras Mukherjee.
Reacting to the fan frenzy, former skipper
of the Indian Cricket team said, “the World Cup football is such a massive
event to everyone. It is played in over 200 countries, the game of football.
Brazil are the hosts this year and it's great to have Carlos Alberto Torres
here (Kolkata). If Brazil is the heart of world football, Calcutta (Kolkata) is
the heart of Indian football.”