Football – Soul of Kolhapur

            

The relationship of Kolhapur city to ‘FOOTBALL’ game can be confirmed from the fact that there was ‘JAMDAR FOOTBALL CLUB’ established in the year 1910, which is prior to commencement of  FIFA’s FOOTBALL WORLD CUP tournament.  

Kolhapur city has more love with ‘FOOTBALL’ and ‘WRESTLNG’ than that of itself.  The great King Chhatrapati Shahaji, a grand son of Rajashri Shahu Maharaja who had come to Kolhapur from DEVAS city of M.P. state, for taking higher education, had an intense attraction with FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL stated during the reign of the King Chh. Rajaram Maharaja, a son of the king Chh. Shahu Maharaja around 1920.  

The people of Kolhapur got inspiration from the Kings to play FOOTBALL with great zeal and enthusiasm. The graph of spirit of football players never came down; it went higher and higher.  

In brief, in the 96 years history of FOOTBALL, this game has created a permanent place in the hearts ofKolhapur people. You will find FOOTBALL players in every family in the city. There are very few  families inKolhapur city who doesn’t like Football.

Many of them have achieved outstanding performance and have rendered yeomen service to FOOTBALL game. The more we write about them, the lesser will be words.

Thus FOOTBALL is the heart of city with thousands of beats per second. 


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