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When Diego Maradona Came to India, Images from a Football-mad Kolkata

Football | News18 Sports | November 26, 2020, 10:04 am
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 Sourav Sengupta, an Indian artist and Argentine football fan, paints a portrait of Argentine football player Lionel Messi (R) next to another portrait of former Argentine player Diego Armando Maradona on a wall at a roadside, ahead of the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup, in Siliguri on June 14, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
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Sourav Sengupta, an Indian artist and Argentine football fan, paints a portrait of Argentine football player Lionel Messi (R) next to another portrait of former Argentine player Diego Armando Maradona on a wall at a roadside, ahead of the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup, in Siliguri on June 14, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

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 Indian football fans of Argentina perform worship in support of the team in Kolkata, 10 June 2006, the day after the FIFA World Cup 2006 kicked off in Germany. Television viewership in India for past World Cups has been known to surpass that of football powerhouses like England, Brazil and Argentina even though the country has never figured in the premier event. India will turn into a nation of couch potatoes and spend sleepless nights for a month cheering their favourite teams. (Photo: AFP)
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Indian football fans of Argentina perform worship in support of the team in Kolkata, 10 June 2006, the day after the FIFA World Cup 2006 kicked off in Germany. Television viewership in India for past World Cups has been known to surpass that of football powerhouses like England, Brazil and Argentina even though the country has never figured in the premier event. India will turn into a nation of couch potatoes and spend sleepless nights for a month cheering their favourite teams. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national football team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona blows a kiss to his fans on his arrival at Maheshtala, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Maradona is to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Football School (IFS) on the first day of his two-day visit to the city of Kolkata. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national football team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona blows a kiss to his fans on his arrival at Maheshtala, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Maradona is to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Football School (IFS) on the first day of his two-day visit to the city of Kolkata. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national football team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona (R) greets the young artist who painted and presented him with a portrait of revolutionary Che Guevara during the laying of the foundation stone for the Indian Football School at Maheshtala, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Maradona laid the foundation stone of the Indian Football School (IFS) on the first day of his two-day visit to the city of Kolkata. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national football team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona (R) greets the young artist who painted and presented him with a portrait of revolutionary Che Guevara during the laying of the foundation stone for the Indian Football School at Maheshtala, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Maradona laid the foundation stone of the Indian Football School (IFS) on the first day of his two-day visit to the city of Kolkata. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona gestures as he attends a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona gestures as he attends a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona (C) is greeted by Indian footballers during a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona (C) is greeted by Indian footballers during a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona gestures as he attends a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP
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Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona gestures as he attends a felicitation programme at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on December 6, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP

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 Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona acknowledges his fans after visiting the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order established by the late Mother Teresa, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former football star Diego Armando Maradona acknowledges his fans after visiting the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order established by the late Mother Teresa, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona gestures towards unseen Indian fans while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona gestures towards unseen Indian fans while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona demonstrates his skills while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona demonstrates his skills while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona demonstrates his skills while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona demonstrates his skills while attending an event at the Mohun Bagan club, in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national soccer team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona (Foreground 3-R) lights a candle as his girlfriend Veronica (2-R) looks on along with nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national soccer team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona (Foreground 3-R) lights a candle as his girlfriend Veronica (2-R) looks on along with nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona (L) looks through an album of photographs with veteran Indian Communist leader Jyoti Basu (2-R) at Basu's residence in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentina's national team coach and former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona (L) looks through an album of photographs with veteran Indian Communist leader Jyoti Basu (2-R) at Basu's residence in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Soccer superstar Diego Maradona said he was greatly touched by the frenzy over his brief visit here and promised to come back to India again in future. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentine footballer Diego Maradona looks at his portrait during a visit in the Indian city of Kolkata on December 11, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentine footballer Diego Maradona looks at his portrait during a visit in the Indian city of Kolkata on December 11, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (C) gestures during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (C) gestures during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (2R) gestures as former Indian cricketer captain Sourav Ganguly (2R) looks on after attending a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (2R) gestures as former Indian cricketer captain Sourav Ganguly (2R) looks on after attending a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)

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 Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (L) plays the ball during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)
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Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (L) plays the ball during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata on December 12, 2017. - Maradona is on a private visit to India. (Photo: AFP)

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