Happy Homecoming Team ATK!
24th September 2015
The ATK armada came home yesterday morning, and what a rousing welcome were they given by their fans! Rains, rush hour traffic, nothing could stop them from turning up in hordes at the Netaji Subhash International Airport to see their favourite footballers.
There was music, there were flowers, and there was a sea of red to greet the boys as they stepped out of the airport's arrival lounge. Spanish midfielder Javi Lara was so taken in by the sight that he couldn't stop clicking pictures on his phone! "This is unbelievable! I'm really glad to see so many fans here. We need all the support we can get", he said before hopping on to the red hot team bus, or Champions' Chariot (as we like to call it)
Kolkata has always been a big fan of the game of football, and the ISL has been an extension of the same love. Last season, every home game saw a capacity crowd at the Yuva Bharati Kridangan, and going by today's turn up, it's safe to say that we'll see a repeat of the same this season! With such a generous outpour of love as affection coming their way, we're sure our boys are going to be pumped up and raring to go! Marquee player Helder Postiga is on his first visit to the city, was spotted tirelessly shaking every hand extended towards him and had a big smile plastered across his face. "There's such a lot of energy in these people. It's incredible! Can't wait to play in front of the home crowd", he said when asked about his first brush with the football-crazy city.
As the boys walked into the team hotel to the boisterous beat of the dhol, we noticed a spring in their feet and a bounce in every step of theirs. And, we suspect that much of it is thanks to the extremely warm welcome they'd just received! FanATKs, keep the love coming because without you football wouldn't be football!