Football mania grips Kolkata

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Football mania has gripped Kolkata, as fans throng to buy Zidane, Beckham T-shirts.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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With football mania gripping the European world, how can Kolkata be far behind? The European Championship may be in Portugal but the Zidane victory cry can be heard in the City of Joy as well. And fans are on a last minute shopping spree to buy Beckham and Zidane jerseys. After the England-France match, the jerseys have been selling like hot cakes. "I love Zidane and I will watch the next match wearing his jersey," said Munna, a fan. "I love France and that's why I am buying this jersey," said another fan. Kolkata's pride--the city's trams—are also decked up with posters of David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. And while the city's favourite Brazil may not be playing in Portugal, that didn't stop people from celebrating. So much so that shop keepers found it difficult keeping up with the demand for jerseys. "After the match there is a huge demand for jerseys and people are asking for Zidane and France, which are currently out of stock," said a shopkeeper.

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