The amazing ISL, India's exclusive soccer league is going to commence from 12 October, and while Indian football fans anticipates for this soccer league, here is what you should know about it.
Bringing Indian soccer out of hibernation
The Indian Super League was organized in 2013 after noticing that a lot of Indians are passionate about football, but sadly, have no national soccer league with International prestige to see. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It will have 8 franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will take off in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, practiced by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, practiced 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, coached 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, 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 squads, each squad will have to aqcuire:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which 2 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 star player;" and
· fourteen Hindustani homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
Important Who's who in the ISL
The competition is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be shown 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 club North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC outfit, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City outfit, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa team. 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 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 4 teams will be eligible for the finals.
Financing the squad
Outfit owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different squads have spent 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 investments and international allure towards the Indian Super League, this is surely a league you would not want to miss! Possibly a kickstart to bring soccer in Hindustan to a higher level!
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