Lionel Messi, Argentine side to play in KolkataBy IANS
Monday, February 7, 2011
KOLKATA - The entire Argentine national soccer team would be seen in action in a friendly game at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium Sep 2, a sports management group said here Monday.
“An agreement has been signed late last month for bringing the star-studded team to Kolkata,” Celebrity Management Group executive director Bhaswar Goswami told IANS.
Lionel Messi, adjudged 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or, would be a part of the squad that would play either against an European or an Asian side.
“We are yet to finalise the opponent. But it would either be a star-studded European side or a team from Asia,” Goswami said.
The visit of the Argentine team will be a latest addition to a host of football celebrities and side which have visited the soccer-loving city of a cricket-crazy India in recent years.
Last year Uruguayan star footballer Diego Forlan - the golden ball winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup - spent two days in the city for a promotional program of a channel.
Earlier Kolkata has hosted legendary footballers like Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Muller, Romario and Branco.
Brazillian stars Zico had come as the coach of Japan’s national side for a pre-world cup game, while Cameroon’s Roger Milla - adjudged the best African player of the last century - played an exhibition match months after his sparkling performance at the 1990 World Cup.
But it all started with Brazilian’s football legend Pele’s trip to the city as a member of the cosmos football in 1977.
Goswami however said that the name of the sponsor is yet to be decided.