The autograph of a 20 year old girl from Kolkata named Shrestha Paul will be on exhibit at the FIFA Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.
Shrestha will exhibit her collection of autographs, which features the signatures of esteemed Indian football players like Sunil Chhetri, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Subrata Bhattacharyya, at an exhibition called 211 organised by the FIFA Museum and FIFA Fan Movement prior to the upcoming football world cup in Qatar, The Telegraph reported.
In a videocall with the exhibition’s organisers, Shreshtha, a member of the FIFA Fan Movement, displayed her treasured diary.
“Finally,” exclaimed a happy Shrestha, “I received an email from FIFA stating that they would like to borrow the diary for the exhibition. It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to represent India at the exhibition. It’s a great honour for me,” she said to the newspaper.
At Kolkata’s Loreto College, Shrestha is a second-year English literature student. She has taken a few short courses in sports management, and this football enthusiast is an eager participant in the Blue Pilgrims, the Indian team’s official fan club.
Being a FIFA fan movement member Shrestha identified the movement as a worldwide fan network where members have access to exclusive FIFA seminars, webinars, and jobs.
“I had applied for a membership of FIFA Fan Movement at the end of 2019. There were a few rounds of applications, including the filling up of a form with the tiniest details. I got selected after clearing the interview round. I have been a member of the official fan movement for almost a year now,” Shrestha said.
Shrestha was raised in a city that embraced soccer. She used to engage in the game in school. “I grew up in an environment that’s loaded with emotions associated with football. I used to watch Mohun Bagan matches on telly to tell my dad the score when he would return from the office,” The Telegraph quotes she as saying.
From an early age, the girl loved football. “The 2010 South Africa World Cup was a turning point. I saw Lionel Messi play for the first time. My love for football blossomed from that moment,” remarked Shrestha.
The FIFA Museum is a museum dedicated to association football that is run by FIFA. The museum honours football’s magnificent past as well as its singular capacity to unite and uplift people all across the world. The FIFA exhibition, which has Diego Forlan as its brand ambassador, intends to represent all 211 FIFA member associations worldwide and curate a crowdsourced exhibition that shows how football is viewed around the world.