Archive for June, 2010
World Cup football banners: A visual treat! Part V
One more for the Brazil fans!
Lots of action in the Banner.
On one side Maradonna kissing the hand of Ronaldinho and saying “Oh God, Now even if I die its ok!”. Next to that one Argentina player begging to one Brazil guy, “Please don’t thrash us any more” and another guy telling “Guys, lets go, its Brazil”.
In the middle there is this 6 pointers on why they like Brazil, all statistics on how many times Brazil defeated Argentina!
To be continued..
Argentina Brand ambassadors for Malappuram district!
Shafiq and Nithumon, the self proclaimed Brand ambassadors of Argentina team.
They visit all the near by fan clubs, get a warm welcome, especially from Argentina fans clubs.
Purchased this scooter only for the World cup 2010. spent around Rs.1000 for stickering.
Shiju, a business man wanted to do something different in this World cup. So decided to sticker his two cars. He attended all the road shows related to World cup
He spent around Rs 3000 per car for stickering work.
The official means of transportation for Argentina
Portugal and Italy fan clubs!The banner has the complete World cup fixture also.
I saw this person in Brazil Vs Argentina match organised at Aricode. Notice the strange percussion instrument.
Cheer leader for Argentina team in a match against Brazil at Aricode.
Meet Sukumaran, a die hard Brazil fan. He made this World cup replica in cement. It took two days for him to make the World cup. One day for molding and another for painting. He says he has made this World cup for Brazil to win. This cup was given to the winning team, Brazil in the match organized at a place named Makkarapparamba, near Malappuram and again in Aricode match, where both Brazil and Argentina were declared joint winners!
Ananda Shankar Jayant,renowned classical Indian dancer,tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it.
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Day 2,3: Malappuram, Aricode and Calicut
Die hard football fans of Malabar! Part I
Throughout my trip in Malabar, I met some real die hard fans of football. They are ready to go to any extent to enjoy the World cup football season. I heard of some people coming from gulf, resigning their jobs, reason? they did not get leave. Lets meet some interesting football fans from Malabar!
Subi from Calicut.who rents out tarpaulin and chairs.
Came up with this interesting concept, he covered his roof top with tarpaulin and made it an indoor stadium!
With two TVs inside, one cable connection and the other DTH. There is a generator also. No way you can miss a match!
The Brazil van at Aricode!, covered with Brazil flags!
The youngest (and cutest) Brazilian fan, met this little fellow at Aricode.
The Argentina Car!
Jabbar with his Argentina Bike, a regular fan in all World cup special road shows, met him at Aricode.
Met this hard core Brazil fan at Puthiyathani, a place near Kotakkal in Malappuram dist. He has spent almost Rs. 900 for stickering his bike.
To be continued…..
World Cup football banners: A visual treat! Part IV
We cheer for India!
It’s not that only Brazil, Argentina and other leading Football playing nations have banners and fan clubs. India also has some supporters. During my trip I saw two interesting banners supporting India. They sincerely hope that one day Indian football will make it to FIFA World Cup.
The wording are funny, ” We want to play!we also have boots and jerseys!”
. The tag line says ” World cup committee is waiting for them” day dreaming?
Now lets wait for that the day when India will play in FIFA World Cup, JAI HO!
Day 1: Perinthalmanna, Malappuram District
Crown fashion enterprises- The shawl distributors of Malappuram!
I met Manoj and Anil, two youngsters, in front of the Garima stores. They were about to leave with a bag full of shawls they had picked up from Garima. Manoj works for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.
Their company, Crown fashion enterprises mainly distributes sports related stuffs through out Malappuram district. During World Cup season they take only football related merchandising.“Football is in our blood” says Manoj, who is a hard core Brazil fan, seen in the pic wearing Brazil jersey. I requested for some pic and within no time Manoj and Anil drapped their car with various nations’ shawls.
Messi’s jersey has the highest demand and Manoj has taken around 1000 pieces. Other items include Wrist bands, flags, football itself and shorts.
To be continued….
World Cup football banners: A visual treat! Part III
A set of banners for hard core Argentina fans.
Now here I see a clear case of inspiration from a recently released Malayalam movie, Pokkiriraja, starring Mammooty and Prithviraj
And look at Messi, also in similar traditional Malayalee clothing of Shirt and Mundu (dhothi)!
Emulating your legendary coach (Diego)in football is okay, but clothing also?
Now the connection, Mammootty is one of all time super stars of Malayalam cinema, same with Maradona, who is one of the greatest in the game of football.
Prithviraj is the young super hero of Malayalam cinema and Messi is no different, is the new super hero of Football and (2010 World Cup?)
To be continued……
Investor and prankster Yossi Vardi delivers a careful lecture on the dangers of blogging. Specifically, for men.
On my way to Malappuram, I saw this wonderful set of banners, ten of them in a junction. For the first time I saw such a long banner series,later heard from some kids that some where in Malappuram there is a series of 32 banners, a banner each for all World cup football finalists!
There were banners for Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Italy, North Korea, France, England, Portugal, Spain and Germany.
So as usual I started taking pictures of the banners, by the time some students of nearby high school gathered and were looking curiously. So I started my usual chat with the kids about the World Cup celebration. One guy almost screamed in excitement and said that Brazil beat Argentina 4-3. I was bit confused. Because the World Cup kick off was yet to happen and how come Brazil won against Argentina? Then the details started coming in.
The match was a locally organized one for the fans of Brazil and Argentina. These types of matches are a usual occurrence during World cup season in these parts.Players will wear various nations’ jerseys and play exhibition matches. So Sakkir, who used to play for Viva Kerala was the captain of Brazil team and Asif Zahir, ex SBT Kerala player captained Argentina. The match was very thrilling it seems. Around 300 people came for the match.
A local club, Legends Club at Makkaraparamba organized the game.
The members of the club with their favourite team’s flags!
And the winner gets the World Cup, not the original one but a replica, this one made in cement by a person named Sukumaran. Later at a Aricode I met Sukumaran and had a rare opportunity, but that’s a different story!
The victorious Brazilian team with the World Cup! believe me this will happen only in Kerala, that too in Malabar!
To be continued….