Oliver Kahn to inaugurate Durga Puja in Kolkata

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The German football legend will set foot in Kolkata during the coming Durga Puja and inaugurate a local Pandal...

Bayern Munich and German football legend Oliver Kahn is all set to visit Kolkata for the second time in nine years. The former goalkeeper will be present in the City of Joy on the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, 19th September, the first day of Durga Puja.

Oliver Kahn had earlier played his farewell match in Kolkata back in 2008. Led by the goalkeeping legend, German football giants Bayern Munich visited the city to play against Mohun Bagan. They won the game 3-0 to ensure Kahn ended his career on a winning note.

Though the German will not be playing football this time, Kahn will inaugurate one of the local Durga Puja Pandals in the city. West Bengal state minister Firhad Hakim, who is the chief organiser of the Durga Puja, has taken the initiative to bring the football legend.

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On bringing a footballer of Kahn’s stature to the city, Hakim told Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin, “Following the tradition, the Chief Minister of West Bengal will be present on the auspicious day of Mahalaya. Oliver Kahn will be present and will be our chief guest.

“Back in 2008, when he came to Kolkata for the first time, he was overwhelmed and wanted to return someday. When we contacted him and told him about Durga Puja he agreed at once. Kahn’s presence will be a gift to the city from our side.”

Oliver Kahn is one of the most celebrated goalkeepers the world has ever seen. He has 86 international caps for the German national side and he also was an integral member of the Bayern Munich side for 14 seasons.

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