The starstruck HeroISL, Hindustan's own soccer competition is going to start from 12-10, and while the soccer fans gear up for this football competition, here is everything you should know about it.
Awaking Hindustani football out of sleep
The HeroISL was founded in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are crazy about football, but sadly, have no national football competition with International attention to support. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It will comprise 8 franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will begin in October and end in December.
The eight teams that will compete in this league are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, coached by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, coached by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
· Delhi Dynamos FC, trained by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, coached by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, trained by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, trained by Peter Reid with England as the foreign draft.
· North East United FC, coached by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, trained by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their squads, each team will have to sign:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the club and five will be from the foreign player draft;
· One marquee player, which in the words of AIFF is "A foreign recruit who has represented his country in any of the continental championships like the European Championship, Copa America, African Nations Cup, Asian Cup, or FIFA World Cup will be called a star player;" and
· fourteen Hindustani domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the team belongs to.
High-Profile Ownership in the ISL
The league is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be shown exclusively on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the squad North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC squad, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City squad, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa outfit. From the field of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC outfit and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata outfit.
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each outfit will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will finish in the finals.
Financing the team
Club owners' investments in the ISL are worth having a look. Different outfits have invested a lot to attract foreign players:
Goa: 430.000 USD
Chennai Titans: 380.000 USD
Atletico de Kolkata: 350.000 USD
Mumbai City: 330.000 USD
Kerala Blasters: 315.000 USD
Pune City: 280.000 USD
Delhi Dynamos: 260.000 USD
North East United: 260.000 USD
With this kind of cash and international prestige towards the ISL, this is surely a football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a quality boos to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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