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Argentina-Brazil clash in Thrissur!

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 10, 2018, 6:20 am IST
Updated Jun 10, 2018, 6:20 am IST
'Argentina' was led by ex-India captain I.M. Vijayan and 'Brazil' by C. V. Pappachan.
Agriculture Minister V S Sunilkumar presents a replica of FIFA world cup trophy after the exhibition match held in Thrissur on Saturday. Former Indian captain I M Vijayan is also seen.
 Agriculture Minister V S Sunilkumar presents a replica of FIFA world cup trophy after the exhibition match held in Thrissur on Saturday. Former Indian captain I M Vijayan is also seen.

Thrissur: Argentina and Brazil may be fighting it out in faraway Russia for the World Cup that kicks off on June 14, but their fans have already organised an exhibition  match between their favourite  teams here.      Wearing the jerseys of the rivals,  'Argentina' was led by  former India captain I.M. Vijayan and 'Brazil' by  C. V. Pappachan,  former star of  Kerala Police team, who also played for the country.    

Vijayan  has been  a hardcore fan of Argentina ever since he witnessed the team lifting the FIFA World Cup in 1986 led by legendary footballer Diego Maradona.    Pappachan is an admirer of  Brazilian players like Pele and Zico. The match held in view of the World Cup was organised by Veterans' Football Club and Banerjee Club,  Thrissur,  at the synthetic grass turf of the  corporation on Saturday.   

 

The match ended in a tie with both the teams scoring two goals each. Veteran players  T.K. Chathunni  and Peethambaran acted as coaches of 'Brazil' and  'Argentina'  respectively.  The oldest among the players was former international Victor Manjila, 69,  who played for a few minutes for 'Argentina' braving the rains.   India player C.D. Francis also took to the field  wearing Brazil's colours.     A replica of the golden FIFA World Cup was presented to the joint winners.

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Location: India, Kerala




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