FIFA U17 World Cup: Fans in Kerala go crazy over Brazil and Neymar ahead of their first clash
Kochi goes gaga as the Samba boys come to town.
Kerala is a football crazy region - exhibited by their huge turnout in every home ISL game for the Kerala Blasters in Kochi. Every game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is filled to the brim with a sea of yellow (the Blasters' home colours) as the fans create one of the most intimidating and vociferous atmospheres the ISL has ever witnessed.
And their love for the game and the colour yellow seems to have transformed into their love and adulation for the Brazilian team which will take to the field later today against Spain. A large throng of people was earlier today seen take to the roads and the areas adjoining the stadium wearing the yellow jerseys of Brazil and making their love for the Samba boys through their jerseys and banners as can be seen below.
It was not only Neymar that grabbed the imagination but also pugnacious talent like Vinicius Jr - who couldn't make the team owing to an injury was present in their thoughts.
It's the moment of truth when it comes to international football and India as two of biggest style icons in terms how the game is supposed to be played lock horns in Kochi with a World Cup at stake at the end of the month.
In this battle of samba vs tiki-taka, the home advantage certainly seems to have gone to the Samba boys.