The starstruck ISL, Hindustan's own football competition is going to initiate from October 12th, and as Indian football fans gear up for this soccer competition, here is primarily what you should know about it.
Bringing Indian football out of sleep
The ISL was organized in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are passionate about football, but regrettably, have no national soccer league with International allure to watch. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It is going to comprise 8 franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will take off in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, trained by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, assisted 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, trained by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, trained by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, coached 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, practiced by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their squads, each outfit will have to sign:
· At least 7 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 marquee player;" and
· fourteen Indian homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the team belongs to.
Important Ownership in the Indian Super League
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 outfit North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC club, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC squad, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City outfit, 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 team and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata team.
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each team will play against all other teams twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will decide in the finals.
Investing in the squad
Outfit owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different outfits have spent a lot to sign 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 investments and international allure towards the ISL, this is surely a football competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a quality boos to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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