Kolkata sets football fever soaring in City of Joy
At a glittering event in the Official Secretariat of West Bengal Government ‘Nabanna’ today,in the august presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt. Mamata Banerjee, Urban Development Minister Shri Bobby Hakim, and other dignitaries, Atlético de Kolkata unveiled today its team jersey together with the official logo for the Club. It also declared the names of its Marquee Player and Head Coach. Envisaging the future of football in Kolkata and Eastern India, more so nationally and with the intention of sustaining the enthusiasm that was created during the announcement of the team in May 2014 - the team also launched the official Facebook Fan Page and other Social Media platforms to reignite the passion for football among fans of the dynamic Indian Super League premier team.
Atlético de Kolkata franchise was represented by Mr. Ignacio Aguillo, Director of Corporate Development, Atlético de Madrid, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata, former captain, Indian Cricket Team, Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata, Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata and Mr. Utsav Parekh, Chairman, SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata.
“We at Atlético de Kolkata are sure that these announcements will heighten the excitement of football to a feverish pitch and bring smiles on the faces of the admirers of this beautiful game. We are grateful to Smt. Mamata Banerjee and would like to thank her for gracing this occasion and enliven us with her enthusiasm about Kolkata franchise. Along with her we share the pledge of one Kolkata, one Team”
- Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata
Atlético de Kolkata will be ably supported by the Government of West Bengal in developing superlative infrastructure that will be at par with international standards. The grass-root development programme will really connect well with the philosophy of the Chief Minister Smt. Mamata Banerjee and she has promised to help this noble endeavour with the right infrastructure. Besides the home ground for Atlético de Kolkata - Vivekananda Yuva Bharti Krirangan, the Government is also interested to upscale the growth trajectory in sports through best possible facilities for the glorious game.
Atlético de Kolkata will compete against the seven teams in Indian Super League. Atlético de Kolkata was the first team to be announced amongst all ISL teams and the passion, dedication and commitment towards a sustainable growth of football is on top of its agenda. Atlético de Kolkata will leverage on the over 100-year experience of Atlético de Madrid’s sporting model of academies which enables them recognize and empower talent from the very grassroots.
“Atlético de Kolkata is all set to epitomise core Bengali values and philosophy and provide the platform to nurture the raw talent available all across this state which produced some of the Country’s best footballers in the past. Along with the Government of West Bengal our initiative will continue throughout the year and draw up an extensive grass-root programme to discover and nurture these talents. We would strive to showcase the finest quality of football synonymous to an iconic club like Atlético de Madrid.”
- Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata, former captain, Indian Cricket Team
“We are encouraged by the support shown by our Hon’ble Chief Minister and are hopeful to augment the dreams of many true spirited talents across Eastern India. We truly believe that along with Atlético de Madrid our grass-root level initiatives will lead a positive change towards shaping the future of Indian football.”
- Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata
“We at Atlético de Madrid are delighted about this association through this exciting franchise and the people associated with it. We as a premier club of Spain will bring in our management expertise and work towards a common goal to enhance the level of football in India. We have already embarked upon this journey and will help design a series of growth models relating to sports, commercial opportunities, marketing, and communication.”
- Mr. Ignacio Aguillo, Director of Corporate Development, Atlético de Madrid
“We believe the passion for football will unite the states and help in writing a new chapter for Indian football. It will be our endeavour to showcase the talent that Indian football possesses to the football loving population across the world.”
- Mr. Utsav Parekh, Chairman, SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata