The amazing ISL, Hindustan's own soccer league is going to begin from 12 October, and as Indian soccer fans gears up for this soccer league, here is primarily what you should know about it.
Awaking Indian soccer out of hibernation
The ISL was organized in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are crazy about football, but regrettably, have no national football competition with International allure to support. The HeroISL aims to turn this around.
It is going to comprise eight franchise teams, 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 competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, coached 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, practiced 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, practiced by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their clubs, each team will have to aqcuire:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the club and 5 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 domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the team belongs to.
Popular 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 aired exclusively on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the competition; 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 team, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC outfit, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City club, 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 outfit.
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each squad will play against all other squads twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will finish in the finals.
Investing in the club
Team owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different squads have financed hugely to acquire 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 prestige towards the ISL, this is surely a football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a quality boos to bring soccer in Hindustan to a higher level!
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