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Chhetri rumours fuelled elation
Chhetri rumours fuelled elation .

Last Saturday was a crazy day in India with social media going crazy over a possible Borussia Dortmund move for Indian national team star Sunil Chhetri.

It all started when a simple article from Borussia Dortmund's ongoing training camp in Switzerland by Stefan Schinken for German magazine RevierSport appeared on their site. 

The article touching on Dortmund's new Armenian signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the subsequent interest generated in the tiny mountainous country due to the signing, upon translation, ending in the following paragraph:

"The question arises whether it is really so easy to draw the attention of an entire country to a club. 

"If yes, BVB should maybe take promising Sunil Chhetri under contract. The 28-year-old striker, who currently plays for the reserves of Sporting Lisbon would cost the club less than €1 million. 

"He is popular in his country and in 61 international matches scored an impressive 36 goals - for India!

"That would be another 1.25 billion potential BVB fans...'

It quite clearly was an ironic remark by the author mentioning the signing of Chhetri, solely for marketing purposes, which was picked up rather foolishly by the social media as serious interest on Dortmund's side for the Indian star.

Following this, another article appeared on ESPN FC by another German writer, which read:

'Mkhitaryan's arrival at Dortmund led to much celebration in his native Armenia." 

The Central Committee of the Armenians in Germany released a press statement calling him an 'exceptional sportsman' and 'not only a rising star on the football landscape' but also 'a successful ambassador for Armenia'.

Mkhitaryan's Dortmund debut was broadcast live on the club's official website, with one in every five viewers hailing from Armenia.

This led local German football weekly RevierSport to suggest that Dortmund should now set their sights on Sporting Lisbon and India international Chhetri.

Both the articles touch on the fact that RevierSport was just suggesting Chhetri's move to Dortmund as it could potentially result on a huge financial windfall for the club. 

Nowhere in these articles was it mentioned that Dortmund had an actual interest in the player.

But the social media, no doubt with the help of faulty translation, went berserk with the possibility of an Indian joining one of the biggest clubs in the world, causing a lot of interest in the country. 

 

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