IGCC Football Tournament
’I learned all about life with a ball at my feet!’’- Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian Football legend.Football is indeed a game of the masses. There are few sports in the world which have captured the imagination of the people in a way that football does. Right from being the most watched sport in the world, to being the most played sport in the world, there is no sport truly as Global as football.
Although late to the party, Cricket-Crazy India, is slowly and gradually warming up to this beautiful game that is slowly catching up across the country. The 9th IGCC Football tournament organized at the Bangalore Palace Grounds was a reminder of the same. The IGCC, in corporation with the German Consulate, organised the tournament and it had a lot of takers.
German companies including Bosch, Siemens, Festo, SAP and many others across the city of Bangalore took part in this tournament. The 9th annual football tournament was a one-day affair held on a sunny Valentines-Sunday, the 14th of February, 2016. 18 teams participated in this tournament. Every team had eight players, five players and three substitutes, thus making the matches a five-a-side affair.
Our team from IGTC participated by the name of Fortuna IGTC which included the PGPBA batches of 2014-2016 and 2015-2017. Fortuna is the Roman Goddess of good luck and we participated with this name hoping the luck would be carried on to our team. Our players would meet up on weekends and play together in our quest to win the tournament. The tournament included some established German organisations across the city and they were fully prepared for the same. We were placed in a group with Max Muller Bhavan, Continental Tyres, Infineon Technologies India Pvt. Ltd and Festo India Pvt Ltd. Despite some valiant efforts and a couple of good performances from our side, we weren’t able to qualify for the second round, much to the dismay of the players, and to the sadness of the supporters (our classmates) who came to watch the games to cheer on for us. Bosch Limited ended up winning the tournament, which was not a surprise for many as they were the favourites to win right from the inception of the tournament.
The tournament was a very well organised event. Portland Steakhouse had set up stalls serving delicious burgers and other mouth-watering delicacies. The crowd support for most of the participating teams was fantastic which included some great friendly banter and this added to the competitive atmosphere of the entire tournament. Although we would have loved to win the tournament for ourselves and our batch mates who came supporting us all guns blazing in the afternoon sun, it was nevertheless, a brilliant experience. As Paul Brown, the American NFL coach rightly says, ‘’You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat!’’
All in all, the tournament was a wonderful affair and you could see it on the faces of all the people who participated in the tournament as well as all the others who were present on that day. A few teams won, a few others lost, but in the end, in the truest sense, Football was the ultimate winner!