Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Clash of Soccer Legends in Kolkata


Kolkata, the soccer mad town of cricket crazy India, is ready to carry another massive soccer event involving the game`s legends Dec eight when yesteryears` greats from Brazil and alternative powerhouses clash at the Salt Lake stadium here, the organizers declared weekday.

The match involving Brazilian Masters and Sports Ministers Legends would see in action soccer celebrities from the resident nation like Carlos Dunga, Robeto Carlos, Bebeto, Cafu, Juninho Paulista, Mario Silva and Zetti.

Among those that have confirmed their participation for the Sports Ministers Legends are the Colbian couple of goalkeeper Rene Higuieta and carlos Valderamma, the promoters Omnibus - a happening management and management consultancy company - said.


Among alternative players who are being tapped for the Sports Ministers Legends are David Beckham, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane, though none of them has confirmed up to now.

"We can announce some massive names part by introduce the approaching days," Jimmy Olsson of Omnibus told media persons.

To ensure exposure to young talents, each group can embrace some under-19 players chosen from across the country. "The Sports Ministers Legends may additionally have some players from Bengal," the organizers said.

As per the schedule necessitated, the two sides hold open practice apply sessions Dec 7, besides participating during a charity dinner, and visiting schools and organizations just like the Missionaries of Charity.

However, Olsson admitted they were nevertheless to induce the ultimate nod from the Union Sports Ministry, which is necessary for arranging games involving foreign players.

The promoters said if the venture was victorious, a lot of such matches would be held in future, and even an academy may return up with help from the Brazilian masters.

Dunga, who was present at the media meet, said he was eagerly awaiting the match.

"There are many players who have competed along throughout their taking part in career and will be taking part together another time once an extended time. I'm simply waiting for the eighth of December for the match and so we are going to have an enormous party."

West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra said the authorities would supply all infrastructural support.

The tickets would be priced between Rs.300 and Rs.1500.

The organizers commit to sell broadcast rights of the match across the world, however were circumspect about live coverage, because of bandwidth problem and with the sport incompatible with the India-England test match at the Eden Gardens.

If the match comes through, it'd solely be a continuation of Kolkata`s tryst of hosting soccer legends. Within the past, footballers like Pele, Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Gerd Muller, Romario, Ruud Gullit and Branco have all mesmerized the city with their presence.


Though all of them came to town abundant after their retirement, Uruguayan star Diego Forlan came to town to participate during a soccer talent hunt show simply weeks once turning into the golden ball winner within the 2010 world cup.

Brazilian star Zico had return because the coach of Japan`s national side for a pre-World Cup game, whereas Cameroon`s Roger Milla - adjudged the most effective African player of the last century - compete an exhibition match months after his sparkling performance at the 1990 world cup.

Last September, the city hosted the country`s initial ever FIFA friendly match when soccer sensation Lionell Messi-led Argentina clashed against Venezuela at the Salt Lake stadium. The Argentines won the encounter courtesy a second-half header by Porto centre-half Nicolas Otamendi.

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