At a glittering event in the Official Secretariat of West Bengal Government ‘Nabanna’,Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, Sports Minister Shri Madan Mitra, and other dignitaries,unveiled the team jersey together with the official logo of Atlético de Kolkata. The event also saw the names of its Marquee Player and Head Coach being declared. Envisaging the future of football in Kolkata and Eastern India 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.
Atletico de Kolkata franchise was represented by Mr. Ignacio Aguillo, Director of Corporate Development, Atletico de Madrid, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Co-owner, Atletico de Kolkata, former captain of 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.
Atletico de Kolkata will be receiving great support from the West Bengal Government for the development of the infrastructure of the game which will be at par with the international standards. The home ground for Atletico de Kolkata will be the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan. The government will also take steps to provide the best possible facilities to give the footballers the best resources.
Atlético de Kolkata will be seen competing against the seven teams in Indian Super League. Atlético de Kolkata was the first team to be announced amongst all ISL teams. The passion, dedication and commitment towards a sustainable growth of football in the country is on top of its agenda at the moment. Atlético de Kolkata will leverage on the over 100-year experience of Atlético de Madrid’s sporting model of academies which enables them to recognize and empower talent from the very grassroots.
“Atlético de Kolkata is all set to epitomize all the core Bengali values and philosophy and also 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 West Bengal Government our initiative will continue throughout the year. We will be drawing up an extensive grass-root program to discover and nurture these raw talents. We would be striving to showcase the finest quality of football at par with an iconic club like Atlético de Madrid” said Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata, former captain, Indian Cricket Team whose birthday we are celebrating today.
Atlético de Kolkata promises to change the face of football in Kolkata. We will have to wait and see the ultímate outcome of the initiative in future.