Ab toh Football ka Fan banana Padega !!


This is the promotional campaign for the 5th season of Indian Super League – a local football league. What captured my attention was the visuals of MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly (former Indian Test cricket captains) with the young and rising stars of Indian football.

India and most of the Indians have been passionate about cricket for many decades. You must witness the scenes at Oval and Azad Maidan on any weekend and it is exciting to see multiple local teams playing the sport simultaneously. The outdoor hoardings of Indian Super League has made an attempt to give space for another sport – football – alongside cricket.

I grew up in a typical Indian family which pushed TV channel ratings every time India played cricket. My vacation in Madrid this summer coincided with Real Madrid winning the Champions League trophy. I witnessed the excitement and thrill amongst the football fans for their home team  and the celebration that followed the next day when the trophy was brought back to the city. I wrote a piece on my experience of those two days. The wave of happiness that cut through the entire city was fantastic. Now, I can say this about my feelings :  From no football to a fan in the making.

I am posting the piece here for your reading and comments :

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