The new ISL, Hindustan's exclusive football competition is going to commence from 12-10-2014, and while the soccer fans gears up for this competition, here is the basics you should know about it.
Bringing Indian football out of coma
The ISL was brought to life in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are keen about football, but regrettably, have no national soccer league with International allure to watch. The Indian Super League aims to turn this around.
It is going to have 8 franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will commence in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this league are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, assisted by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, trained by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
· Delhi Dynamos FC, coached by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, trained by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, assisted by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, practiced by Peter Reid with England as the foreign draft.
· North East United FC, practiced by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, assisted by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their teams, each outfit will have to sign:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the team 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
· 14 Hindustani homegrown 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 televisedbroadcasted 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 team North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC team, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City club, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa squad. From the field of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC club and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata club.
Every year, the league 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 qualify for the finals.
Financing the squad
Squad owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different teams have invested a great amount to purchase 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 attention towards the HeroISL, this is surely a league you would not want to miss! Possibly a jumpstart to bring soccer in Hindustan to a higher level!
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