The game of football in India is not very popular. Cricket is more of a craze than football. However, in the north-eastern states of the country including Goa, Bengal and Kerala, the passion for football is more.
The game of football in India is not very popular. Cricket is more of a craze than football. However, in the north-eastern states of the country including Goa, Bengal and Kerala, the passion for football is more. Most of the players who play in the Indian football team are also from these states. But in our country, football is very popular in another area as well. That is Kolhapur city in Maharashtra. In the background of the FIFA World Cup starting from November 20 in Qatar, some interesting facts have been revealed in a survey conducted by an organization about the popularity of football in India. The football craze in Kolhapur city for the past 30 years has revealed the love that the people have for the game.
Everyone living in Kolhapur city loves football more than cricket. Paintings of star football players are seen on the walls of the city. We see a footballer in every street. From Messi to Ronaldo, from Maradona to Pele, the pictures of the players we want are painted on the walls. Especially the players from Argentina and Brazil are very fond of it. Recently, when Argentina defeated Brazil in the Copa America Cup, a big fair was held in Kolhapur under the auspices of a group called Khanboda Talim. Moreover, football matches were organized by dividing into blue and white flags. There is also a football stadium named Sahoo with a seating capacity of 30,000. On the occasion of Ganesh Navratri, Kolhapur’s football festive season will start and this tournament will continue for about two months till Diwali. Not even a hundred people attend the cricket matches organized here. It is remarkable that thousands of spectators attend the same football match.
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