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FIFA fever: Argentina jerseys hot pick among Chandigarh fans

From among the 32 teams, Argentina’s clear blue and white striped jerseys, bearing Argentine Football Association crest, have emerged as the crowd favourite.

punjab Updated: Jun 18, 2018 11:41 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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An Argentina football team’s fan tries on the team’s jersey at a showroom in Sector 17, Chandigarh. The team played its first group stage match against Iceland on Saturday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia, sales of team jerseys are soaring in the tricity.

From among the 32 teams, Argentina’s clear blue and white striped jerseys, bearing Argentine Football Association crest, have emerged as the crowd favourite here — thanks to its star player Lionel Messi, who has suggested retiring from international football, again, if Argentina fail to win the World Cup.

“The FIFA World Cup jerseys are the hottest selling product at the moment. Among teams, Argentina’s jerseys are the crowd favourite. The second most preferred are those of Germany, the team that won the 2014 World Cup,”said Shivam Kumar, an attendant, at a sports equipment store in Sector 17, said.

He shared interestingly, fans continued to pick the Manchester United jerseys apart from the Argentina and Germany shirts. “Footballs are also selling like hot cakes. Our stock has already finished, so we have ordered more,” he added.

Another seller in Sector 20, Vipan Kathuria, said footballs were the most sought-after at his shop. A customer at this store, Ashwani Sharma, said, “Argentina and Lionel Messi are my favourite this year. They finished as runners-up last time (2014), so I am rooting for their win this World Cup.”

Unable to resist talking about Friday’s Portugal vs Spain match, Sharma said, “I am not an ardent fan of Portugal, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick performance had me swooning over him. They might prove to be a tough competition for other teams.”

Another customer at the store, Harpreet Singh, said,“Argentina is definitely my favourite team, so I am here to buy a team jersey. Any clash between Argentina and Germany is to watch out for!”

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 13:08 IST