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Goa tourism portal banks on Zico to attract tourists

PANAJI

A newly-launched tourism portal in Goa is banking on Brazilian football legend Zico to bring home the bucks as well as fans from soccer-crazy Kolkata and other Indian metros, where the ‘Beautiful Game’ has a large following.

Mario Fernandes, general manager of tourism portal Goantourism.com that promises a wide range of e-commerce services for inbound tourists, told IANS that a special discount package had been floated for football fans, especially for the three-month long Indian Super League (ISL) which begins next month.

“We are banking on the fact that football lovers from Kolkata, other metros and elsewhere in the country are keen on watching Zico, who is a world football legend, in action,” Fernandes said.

While Zico, 61, ISL club FC Goa’s marquee coach, is no longer a competitive player, Fernandes believes his legendary contribution to the game is alive even now and that football fans would still travel to watch him bark orders at his team from the designated coaching area.

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