The ISL ended and the city of Joy got their Christmas gift beforehand with this win. The team Atletico de Kolkata surely made the city proud by winning the first edition of the ISL. To felicitate them and also to give a boost to their spirits, the West Bengal Government along with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation organized a special felicitation ceremony for the team. This event was held at Netaji Indoor Stadium.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee said that this victory was much needed to boost the state of the game in the city. She also said that this victory made the city proud. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also added that Sourav Ganguly was missed at the ceremony as he was busy with commentary work in Australia.
The players were all given Uttariyas and a trophy as part of the felicitation. The assistant coach, team doctor and physio as also the co-owners of the team including Sanjiv Goenka, Harshavardhan Neotia and Utsav Parekh were felicitated at the program held at Netaji Indoor Stadium. A cake which replicated the ISL trophy won by the Atletico de Kolkata team was also cut.
A host of actors from the Tollywood film fraternity like Dev, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee and singer Usha Uthup were also present at the felicitation ceremony of the Atlectico de Kolkata players.
The win of Atletico de Kolkata will pave the way for boosting of the morale of the individuals engaged with this game and also for developing the state of the game in the city. Moreover with upcoming Bengali films like Lorai (a film which focuses on the game) directed by Parambrata Chatterjee and starring Prosenjit Chatterjee slated for release soon, it is indeed hey days for the game of football.