The new ISL, Hindustan's own football competition is going to launch from twelve October, and as the nation hypes up for this soccer league, here is what you should know about it.
Bringing Indian soccer out of sleep
The ISL was initiated in 2013 after noticing that a lot of Indians are keen about football, but unfortunately, have no national football competition with International allure to watch. The HeroISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to have eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will begin in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this league are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, coached 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, practiced 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, trained by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, coached by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their teams, each outfit will have to aqcuire:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the team and 5 will be from the foreign player draft;
· One star 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.
High-Profile Who's who in the Indian Super League
The competition is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be shown only on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the league; 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 squad, 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 squad and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata club.
Indian Super League setup:
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 qualify for the finals.
Financing the outfit
Squad owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different teams have invested 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 money and international prestige towards the HeroISL, this is surely a competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a kickstart to bring football in India to a higher level!
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