The new ISL, Hindustan's own football league is going to commence from October 12th, and as the people hypes up for this football competition, here is everything you should know about it.
Taking Indian soccer out of coma
The Indian Super League was set up in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are wild about soccer, but sadly, have no national soccer league with International allure to support. The HeroISL aims to turn the table.
It will have eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will commence in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, assisted 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, practiced by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, practiced by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, coached 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, trained 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 clubs, each club will have to attract:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the team and five 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 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 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 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 club, 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 outfit 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 team will play against all other squads twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will finish in the finals.
Financing the squad
Squad owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different teams have spent 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 money and international attention towards the Indian Super League, this is surely a competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a kickstart to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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