Barcelona vs Inter Milan in Kolkata

rudrarudra 2954 Points
<span style="color: rgb(57, 57, 57); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 28px; line-height: 30px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Barcelona to play Pep's farewell game in Kolkata?</span><div><span style="color: rgb(57, 57, 57); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 28px; line-height: 30px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br></span></div><div><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Barcelona"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Barcelona</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> fans in India, who are still mourning their favourite club's exit from the Champions League, have reasons to get excited. Talks are on at the highest level to hold a farewell exhibition match for Barca coach </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Josep-Guardiola-(footballer)" style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Pep Guardiola</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> against Italian giants </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Inter-Milan"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Inter Milan</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> in Kolkata. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Organizers are looking to host the match at the</span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Salt-Lake"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Salt Lake</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> stadium on May 19, the same night Chelsea clash with Bayern </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Munich"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Munich</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> in the</span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Champions-League"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Champions League</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> final in Munich. "We have already got the go-ahead from both the clubs. Several top players, including </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Lionel-Messi"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Lionel Messi</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">, are more or less confirmed though players on national duty for Euro 2012 may not make it. If everything goes according to plan it will be a treat for </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Football"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">football</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> fans," Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports Management told TOI. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Prashant's company, a part of UK-based firm Indian Football Evolution, was already in talks with several clubs to come to India during the pre-season when top clubs visit new frontiers to expand their support base around the globe. The Nerazzurri (Inter) are already scheduled to play in </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Indonesia"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Indonesia</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> in the last week of May. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">The main challenge for the organizers is to arrange the high-profile match at such short notice. "It will be a herculean task to host the match in just two weeks but we are confident. We are already in talks with various stakeholders and potential investors. The state government is also in the loop and a clear picture will emerge in the next two-three days," Agarwal said. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"As of now I can confirm that the dream match is very much on the cards. What remains to be finalized is the clearance from the sponsors. We are planning to have the match in the evening so that fans can also enjoy the Champions League final later in the night," he added. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Agrawal said if the match in Kolkata doesn't work out, the alternate plan is to have it in Spain. "Discussions are also on to find out the possibility of an El Classico but Barca have given first preference to India," he said. </span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">For Kolkatans it will be their second date with Messi after the Argentine superstar enthralled the capacity crowd, helping his country to a 1-0 win against </span><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Venezuela"; style="color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-decoration: none; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Venezuela</a><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> in an international friendly on September 3.</span>
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  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    Can this really happen!!! The Argentina-Venezuela game is nothing compared to this!!!
  • usaindiausaindia 1671 Points
    i would like some european clubs to play preseason games in india<div>punefc,lajong,mb/eb and dempo</div>
  • imsouravimsourav kolkata659 Points
    cool. But unfortunately I've an exam on 19th may
  • silicon3silicon3 351 Points
    on d same night as CL. league final..come on chosse nt othr day
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5570 Points
    I have serious doubts. Given the way red tape in India n particularly in WB works, it cannot be organized in 2 weeks. Not unless they have extremely good relations with the ruling party
  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    <span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"We have already got the go-ahead from both the clubs. Several top players, including </span><a rel="nofollow" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Lionel-Messi"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-align: left; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Lionel Messi</a><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">, are more or less confirmed though players on national duty for Euro 2012 may not make it. If everything goes according to plan it will be a treat for </span><a rel="nofollow" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Football"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-align: left; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">football</a><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> fans," Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports Management told TOI.</span> 
    <div><br></div><div>This statement says all those players who had been to euro cup team will not get to this match...</div><div>so we will be seeing a barcelona 'b' team vs inter milan 'b' team mostly</div>
  • indian_goonerindian_gooner 3012 Points
    doubt they will come
  • Its gona be gr8 if al da star players join da match
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    shankar wrote:
    <span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">"We have already got the go-ahead from both the clubs. Several top players, including </span><a rel="nofollow" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Lionel-Messi"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-align: left; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Lionel Messi</a><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">, are more or less confirmed though players on national duty for Euro 2012 may not make it. If everything goes according to plan it will be a treat for </span><a rel="nofollow" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Football"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 103, 151); text-align: left; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">football</a><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: left; color: rgb(63, 63, 63); line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "> fans," Prashant Agarwal, CEO of Kshatriya Sports Management told TOI.</span> 
    <div><br></div><div>This statement says all those players who had been to euro cup team will not get to this match...</div><div>so we will be seeing a barcelona 'b' team vs inter milan 'b' team mostly</div>

    <br><div><br></div><div>Even that is ok...as long as 2-3 star players come that's good.</div>
  • meh. Wont improve Indian Football. Just two teams coming to take advantage of the HUGE football market that is India while the AIFF still have no idea how to market in this great country.
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