Pre Match Practice for watching FIFA :-)

Finding Messi in Mallapuram

Sharing is Caring..Let the world know about this storyShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someone

I have heard of Kerala being India’s football state (sharing the sobriquet with Goa and West Bengal). I travelled to Kerala’s football heartland in Malappuram district in the town of Perintalmanna to go watch a World Cup game in a style unique to this district.

Binary Choices in Malappuram District-Messi or Neymar
Binary Choices in Malappuram District-Messi or Neymar
Go Go Goal....Err. Not Quit
Go Go Goal….Err. Not Quit
Pre Match Practice for watching FIFA :-)
Pre Match Practice for watching FIFA 🙂

The video has different sub parts

a) The journey to reach this town from South Kerala
b) Staying in a retiring room in Shoranur junction
c) Finding 2 buses to the place
d) Travel to 2 football grounds, put on jerseys and indulge in a bit of pre match play/banter
e) Get into the large temporary tent to watch the FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and France!

Messi was found and lost, as France won a thriller. Do watch the video to feel the raw energy and emotion of football is celebrated in Kerala. Kerala was no different from Kazan if you look at the post match celebrations!

Try watching the Football world cup, from India’s heartland of football-Malappuram. Simple joys of community watching and joy over goals, passes and yellow cards. Head over to Malappuram district this week, or if you can’t, thank me for this video. My Vlog on my trip to observe how Malappuram enjoys football and Messi

Watch the video story of this journey here or watch it below

The idea to travel here, was made after reading Sandeep Varma’s book and posts on a trip he made in 2010

Sharing is Caring..Let the world know about this storyShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someone

13 thoughts on “Finding Messi in Mallapuram”

  1. What a finding. I thought Bengal was the only football crazy state in India. I could see the football fever while I was there completing my graduations. Mallapuram seems to have a football craze of it’s own. It’s altogether a different level of excitement when the community comes forward to watch any game or event together, and it becomes like a happy social gathering..isn’t it?

  2. It is always fun to watch a football match in a group setting, where everyone can cheer and shout together! I love your first photo showing the young “Neymar” and “Messi” standing side by side 🙂

  3. I did not realise this passion for football in kerala. i thought it was limited to Bengal in our country. Hope we do more to nurture this passion and talent.

  4. I came from a country that loves basketball, but I was never a fan, that or any other sport for that matter. Currently, everyone is going crazy with FIFA and I cannot relate. I admire the fans’ spirit though, as shown in your video. The passion and the enthusiasm of the people are quite interesting to see.

  5. You have captured the essence of Mahabalipuram beautifully. We had once seen the cricket world cup from Pondicherry and the spirit there was amazing. Maybe next time we will try it at Mahabalipuram.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *