The amazing HeroISL, India's own soccer competition is going to start from twelve October, and as the soccer fans prepare for this soccer league, here is everything you should know about it.
Bringing Indian soccer out of hibernation
The HeroISL was organized in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are passionate about football, but unfortunately, have no national football competition with International allure to see. The HeroISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to comprise eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will launch in October and end in December.
The 8 clubs that will compete in this league 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, trained by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, trained by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, assisted 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, assisted 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 aqcuire:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the club 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 star player;" and
· fourteen Indian domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
High-Profile 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 cup; 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 club, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City squad, 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 club 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 teams twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will qualify for the finals.
Investing in the squad
Outfit owners' investments in the ISL 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 financing and international prestige towards the HeroISL, this is surely a soccer league you would not want to miss! Possibly a quality boos to bring football in India to a higher level!
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