The starstruck HeroISL, Hindustan's very own football league is going to take off from October 12th, and while India get's crazy for this competition, here is primarily what you should know about it.
Bringing Hindustani football out of sleep
The HeroISL was set up in 2013 after seeing that many Indians are wild about soccer, but sadly, have no national football competition with International reputation to see. The HeroISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to have 8 franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will initiate in October and end in December.
The 8 clubs 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, 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, assisted 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, coached 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 teams, each outfit will have to sign:
· At least 7 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 star player;" and
· 14 Indian domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the team belongs to.
Celebrity Ownership in the ISL
The competition is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be televisedbroadcasted only 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 club North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC squad, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC club, 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 outfit and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata squad.
Indian Super League rules:
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each outfit will play against all other clubs twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will finish in the finals.
Investing in the club
Club owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different clubs have spent a lot 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 money and international allure towards the HeroISL, this is surely a competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a jumpstart to bring football in Hindustan to a higher level!
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