Kolkata mourns Brazil loss

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

The city of Kolkata plunged into depression on Sunday after favourites Brazil were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Kolkata:

The city of Kolkata plunged into depression on Sunday after favourites Brazil were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Till about 24 hours before the match, the city was worshipping their Brazilian gods but as the minutes ticked by to the final whistle, gloom and rains descended on Kolkata. "The standard of the Brazilian game was so bad, now we can expect even India to participate in the next World Cup," said a Brazil fan. Former footballer Shyam Thapa was amazed by what the Brazilians dished out against Zidane and his men. "What did the Brazilians play. They have some of the world's highest paid footballers. I think the villain of the tournament was Ronaldinho. What did he play? Not a single goal in the entire world cup," he said. But old habits and first loves die hard. Artist Ajay Kar, who painted a landmark 'Brazil Wall of Fame' at Harish Mukherjee Street was bitterly disappointed, but said there was no question of erasing the heroes from the wall or from Kolkata's heart. "No, there is no question of changing the paintings. We had high hopes of Brazil, but it couldn't play. But that doesn't mean we will stop supporting Brazil," he said.

Topics : Football
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