Bengal family is ‘victim’ of Lionel Messi’s magic, Argentina fan club made tea shop
Brazil and Argentina have fans all over the world
A family in Bengal is so crazy about football
Argentina Football Fan Club made tea shop
Ichhapur (West Bengal). Ichhapur, a small town in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, has long been synonymous with a British-era rifle factory. The town on the banks of the Hooghly River, however, now has a new, more vibrant symbol attached to it. The ‘Argentine Tea Stall’ that has become the “designated fan club” of football star Lionel Messi and his country in the football-enthusiastic state of West Bengal.
FIFA World Cup is being played in Qatar, but football fans are all over the world and fans of Brazil and Argentina are all over the world. One such family is in Bengal, which is such a fan of football. Shivshankar Patra’s three-storey house in Nawabganj area, painted in the colors of the Argentine flag, and the tea stall he started some 30 years ago, have become a must-go-to place for football ‘buzz’ in the Kolkata-adjacent area. Has been.
Apart from the Argentinian flag and other paraphernalia, several posters and pictures of Messi will be seen here and there at Patra’s house and tea shop. The area has been further decorated for the FIFA World Cup starting on Sunday.
This is how visitors are welcomed
Giant posters of all 11 members of the country’s World Cup participating team, along with a 120-foot by 20-foot flag of Argentina, now welcome visitors to the shop. A life-size statue of Messi was also installed in front of the shop on Sunday, which shows the love people have for this Argentine player who played his last World Cup in this edition.
Employees working in the private sector often stop here while returning home from office. Basu said, “As you can see, this is no ordinary tea shop.” He said, “Everyone identifies this shop as the Argentina Fan Club of West Bengal. You can call it Argentina’s second home.”
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Patra, a club-level footballer, has been an ardent fan of Argentina ever since Diego Maradona’s team won the World Cup in 1986. Messi’s magic, however, turned his attachment to the team into an obsession. Especially when in 2011, after seeing the football star in front of his eyes during an exhibition match at a packed Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Patra decided to give his home and shop an Argentinian tinge.
Patra (54 years) told PTI, “It was like a dream come true to see Messi playing in front of me. I could not sleep for many days.
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The interiors of his house, including cupboards and doors, have been painted in sky blue and white, the colors of the Argentina football team jersey. Patra and his daughter Neha, who is equally passionate about the Argentina football team, also do charitable activities and organize blood donation camps and distribute blankets to the needy.
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Patra said, “People come to the stall and engage in passionate discussions about football. It is not just limited to Argentina, fans from Brazil, France, Portugal and other countries also gather here.” He said, “This will be his Messi’s last World Cup and we all want to make it special.” The theme of Neha’s wedding earlier this year was also Argentina.
Showing the video of the ceremony, Patra’s nephew Soumen said, “During the mehendi ceremony, all the traditional dresses were in white and sky blue. There was also a distinctive form of Argentina in pandals and sweets. Neha said, “I grew up watching my father’s passion for Argentina and football and we will pass it on to our next generation.”
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Tags: fifa world cup 2022, Indian football, Lionel Messi
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 21, 2022, 20:05 IST
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