Kolkata Police to carry FC Bayern Munich logo

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Kolkata, May 21 (UNI) FC Bayern Munich have authorised Kolkata Police to use their logo to popularise ''para football'' (street football) in the city, which has already entered the Limca Book of Records for being the biggest tournament held in India.

Unveiling the logo on T-shirts, city joint police commissioner Zulfiker Hassan today said Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will inaugurate the 2008-edition on May 25 at Bodyguard lines in south Kolkata.

He said altogether 550 teams from across the city will take part in the first round divided in 27 clusters. The top two teams from all the clusters, 54 in all, will qualify for second leg. And two best sidesfrom each division-10 of them, will play in the final round inthe month-long cotnest to be played at 27 locations including the Body Guard Lines.

Last year, 518 teams' participation enabled the ''Friendship Cup'' of para football, being the biggest championship held in India by Limca Book of Records.

German league champions Bayern Munich will play a friendly match with India's oldest club Mohun Bagan at Salt Lake stadium on May 27, billed as last cap for Oliver Kahn before he hangs boots. Khan after this year Bundesliga retired from the competitive football.

Hassan said the Kolkata Police was honoured to have the Bayern Munich logo for promoting football in the city. In exchange, Kolkata Police has also authorised German leauge champion to use its logo.

The exchange, an historic event for any soccer club and police department in the world, claimed Hassan, who is also an addtional commissioner of Kolkata Armed Police.

Kolkata Police's Nabadisha, a community development project, launched in 1997, aims at coming closer to the people and motivate young and youth into sporting activities.

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