Brazil football team to play exhibition match in Kolkata today

Kolkata, Dec 8 (TruthDive): To thrill the football fans in Kolkata and India, the Brazil all-star football team, led by the former World Cup winning captain Carlos Dunga, landed in Kolkata against a team put together by Indian Football Association (IFA), the governing body for football in the state of West Bengal.

Brazil stars were greeted by a wave of fans outside the airport.

Roberto Carlos and Edmilson figure in the Brazilian side in the exhibition match. The exhibition game, named ‘Angel Agritech Cup’, between IFA Super Stars and NVD Brazil Masters will be played for 90 minutes, no extra time in case of tie and direct penalty shoot-out will be there to decide the winner. The match is scheduled on December 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium in the city.

Local stars from the likes of Alvito D’ Cunha, Jose Ramirez Barreto are expected to be a part of the IFA team. The other Indian legends are Gautam Sarkar, Subrata Bhattacharya, Basudeb Mondal and Debashish Mukherjee.

The Brazilian Masters team comprises of Bebeto, Dunga, Mauro Silva, Zinho, Paulo Sergio, Aldair, Zetti, Juninho Paulista, Roberto Carlos, Caio Felipe, Edmilson and Nilton Cesar.

Dunga said after arriving Kolkata, “It’s a long time that we played together. So we are eagerly looking forward to the match. We thank the organisers for hosting us here.”

Tickets for the match are already available online at Kyazoonga. In order to increase the number of spectators, the organisers have decided to sell some 25,000 tickets at a reduced price of Rs. 100 especially for students.

The Salt Lake Stadium had hosted a FIFA International friendly match between Venezuela and Argentina on September 2, 2011 and this latest speculation would be another addition to this list.

Players of the soccer legends like Pele, Messi, Maradona, Lotthar Mathaus, Gerd Muller, Oliver Kahn, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenige, Romario and 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan have come on promotional visits to Kolkata in the recent past.

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