Written By: Rohan Sengupta
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On the 11th of December 2016, the East Bengal Football Club (EBFC) club grounds witnessed one of the biggest sporting gatherings of the year when they hosted a Manchester United contingent of ex-players and club officials for a day. Aficionados of Indian football would perhaps be aware of East Bengal’s status as one of the most ardently supported and passionately vocal teams in the country. Aficionados of global football would certainly be aware of Manchester United’s fan following, across continents. The general mood surrounding the event was one of excitement at the prospect of meeting some stalwarts of the two clubs and having the chance to interact with them. It was perhaps to be expected. But surely ther
Written By : Somrita Bhattacharyya
Illustration: Arghya Manna
15th July, 2018. 9 PM. La Défense train station in Paris. A joyously tired crowd is heading back home after the magnificent victory of France in the Football World Cup 2018. ‘Allez Les Bleus’ slogan cascades through the air like a wave.
“Why should we shout out ‘Allez Les Bleus’? Our slogan should be ‘Allez Les Noirs’! They don’t want us; they don’t include us, why should we celebrate the victory of the Blues then?”- a voice revolts, in the shadowy railway station of a mid-July late evening. It was the voice of an Afro-French middle-aged man waiting in the station to catch the train to Versailles. Before the train arrived, his voice was subdued by the mockery of his fellow countrymen and some more ‘Allez Le