KERALA

Soccer passion



Soccer passion has gripped every nook and cranny of Kannur district where football has always been a popular game. Hardly a day passes without the local media giving publicity to the soccer-crazy youths in an area or the other organising some events to celebrate their favourite teams. Festoons, banners with pictures of favourite players and national flags of the preferred teams playing in the World Cup flutter at street-corners that are their meeting places.

What, however, one can hardly resist being overwhelmed by this football passion is the display of internationalism. If one group of youth in one area display its support for its favourite team, not far from that area you will find banners supporting another team. Of course, the most favourite teams in this part of the region are Brazil and Argentina.