The fresh Indian Super League, India's very own football competition is going to launch from 12 October 2014, and as the fans hypes up for this soccer competition, here is the basics you should know about it.
Bringing Indian football out of sleep
The Indian Super League was brought to life in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are passionate about soccer, but regrettably, have no national soccer league with International allure to follow. The ISL aims to turn this around.
It will have 8 franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will take off in October and end in December.
The eight clubs that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, practiced 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, assisted by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, coached by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, coached 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, practiced 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 club will have to sign:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the squad 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 Hindustani homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the club belongs to.
High-Profile Ownership in the HeroISL
The league is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be aired exclusively 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 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 squad, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa club. 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 club.
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each outfit will play against all other squads twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will decide in the finals.
Investing in the club
Outfit owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different clubs have invested a great amount to buy 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 Indian Super League, this is surely a football competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a media boost to bring football in Hindustan to a higher level!
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