The fresh ISL, Hindustan's exclusive football competition is going to commence from twelve October, and as the people hypes up for this football competition, here is what you should know about it.
Taking Indian soccer out of hibernation
The Indian Super League was set up in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are keen about football, but unfortunately, have no national football league with International prestige to watch. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to have 8 franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will take off in October and end in December.
The eight 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, assisted by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, trained by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, coached by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, coached 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 squads, each squad will have to attract:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the team and five 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
· 14 Indian homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the club belongs to.
High-Profile Ownership in the HeroISL
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 competition; 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 outfit, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC team, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City team, 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 squad.
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each team will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will compete in the finals.
Financing the outfit
Squad owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different teams have financed 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 financing and international attention towards the ISL, this is surely a soccer competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a media boost to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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