FIFA Golden Glove winner of the 2022 World Cup Emiliano Martinez on Monday arrived in Kolkata for a two-day go to, which has already hosted among the legendary footballers previously. Nonetheless, that is the primary time the town will host a reigning World Cup champ. Martinez performed a key function in Argentina’s World Cup triumph in Qatar final 12 months, as he made quite a few saves through the regulation 90 minutes and half-hour additional time, and denied Kinsgley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni within the penalty shootout.
As anticipated Martinez’s arrival drew large crowd on the airport, the place he was obtained by Mohun Bagan officers, following which the Argentine checked right into a five-star lodge on EM Bypass. Martinez will participate in a number of occasions lined up for the following two days.
“I’m feeling great. It’s a lovely country. I’m delighted to be here. I’m really excited. I promised I’m gonna come to India so I’m here. It’s a place I always wanted to come,” Martinez instructed reporters.
Martinez’s itinerary formally begins with a programme titled ‘Tahader Katha’ within the afternoon on Tuesday, the place the goalkeeper will work together with college youngsters at Biswa Bangla Mela Prangan.
Following which he’ll head to Mohun Bagan floor, the place he will probably be felicitating reportedly ten Bengal goalkeepers, together with Bhaskar Ganguly and Hemanta Dora.
He will even be attending an exhibition match between Mohun Bagan All Stars and Kolkata Police All Stars within the night.
On Wednesday, which is the ultimate day of Martinez’s journey, the Argentine will go to Sreebhumi Membership in Lake City and participate within the ‘Paanch e Paanch’ programme. There he’ll award the winners of the programme and have interaction in a soccer clinic for children at Santosh Mitra Sq..
The goalkeeper flew to Kolkata after visiting Bangladesh capital Dhaka, the place he additionally met the nation’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Terming it an “extraordinary” journey, Martinez wrote on his Instagram: “The people here, with their love, care, and unrivaled hospitality, have truly melted my heart. I eagerly anticipate my return to this beautiful country in the near future.”
Martinez provides to the listing of well-known footballers, who’ve graced the town previously.
Legendary footballer Pele, who handed away in December final 12 months, together with Carlos Alberto had visited the town with New York Cosmos for an exhibition match towards Mohun Bagan in 1977.
Germany and Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn bid farewell to aggressive soccer within the metropolis after an exhibition tie towards the identical membership again in 2008.
Different legends to have graced the town previously embrace Gerd Muller, Cafu, and Diego Forlan amongst a number of others.