Before the shiny, glitzy ‘Horidas’er Bulbulbhaja’ that is the English Premier League invaded the footballing conscience, there was the Kolkata League, and Mohun Bagan vs. East Bengal. PK Banerjee vs. Amal Datta. Krishanu, Bikash, Sudip, Subrata, Satyajit, Basudeb, Chibuzor, Atanu … and Chima. Even later, perhaps the best memories of my brief sojourn in Kolkata are of the matches in the Rabindra Sarobar and the Salt Lake Stadium… and in the latter case, the 6 -odd km walk back home, with Soumyajit. After almost a decade of losing touch with the national league, I have been slowly coming back to Indian football. Perhaps the turning point was about a year back, when I took my Baba, who follows the league religiously, to the Kanteerava, to watch Bangalore FC vs. East Bengal. And the triumphant return home – East Bengal ke hariye firecchi!
It’ s a match today, EB is losing 1-0 to the Shivajians, Subrata Paul in playing like a rockstar, and it’s nice to be back. Football is passion. i-League is great
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