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Kolkata Football fans create world record

December 26, 2013

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.”

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Comments (4)
Mrinal Reply
January 01, 2014
I am a die hard football fan... I was outside kolkata during that time... so could not catch a glimpse of the much coveted trophy of world football which was once lifted by greats like Maradona and Pele !!
P Sinha Reply
December 27, 2013
Is this reflection of football frenzy or plenty of spare time??
Satarup Reply
December 26, 2013
As a football fan, I feel really proud that fans in Bengal could create this record.
Chica Reply
December 26, 2013
This is great news for footballs fans in India. But our fotball must improve too, just fan frenzy won't help.
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