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English Premier League trophy reaches Goa

Dempo SC player and CEO with the EPL Trophy

Dempo SC player and CEO with the EPL Trophy

The iconic Barclay’s Premier League trophy was on display at the Channel V Indiafest 2014 being held at Baga on Friday. This is the first time that the EPL trophy has reached Goan shores.

The English Premier League, which is one of the biggest and continuous annual global sporting events in the world, is broadcast in millions of homes over 200 countries. The Premier League trophy offers an opportunity for the football fans in Goa to get up close and get a feel of the 25 kg glittering cup made from silver.

And for those who follow Manchester United passionately, they have a chance to get an autograph and pose for a photo with the legendary MUFC player Denis Irwin.

Irwin played who played as a full back during his long and successful career at Manchester United from 1983 to 2004 was highly regarded by their ex-coach Alex Ferguson as his best ever signing.

The President of Goa Football Association and Chairman of Dempo Group of Industries, Shrinivas V. Dempo was invited to witness an exhibition match between Dempo Sports Club and Indiafest V. Later on, he was taken for an exclusive tour of the Premier League trophy and also posed for photographs with Denis Irwin and the Dempo SC team.

Speaking on the occasion Dempo said “The fact that the Premier League trophy has come to Goa highlights the popularity of football in Goa and in India. I hope more youngsters take up to the beautiful game and ensure steady flow of talent that translates into success for India internationally. I do hope that someday an Indian player will be a part of an EPL winning team”.

The trophy will be on display till February 8.