The starstruck Indian Super League, Hindustan's very own football competition is going to start from twelve October, and while the soccer fans anticipates for this competition, here is the basics you should know about it.
Awaking Hindustani football out of hibernation
The Indian Super League was set up in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are passionate about football, but unfortunately, have no national football league with International allure to watch. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It will comprise 8 franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will begin in October and end in December.
The eight teams that will compete in this league 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, trained by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, assisted 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, coached 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 sign:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the club and five 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
· 14 Hindustani domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the outfit belongs to.
Celebrity 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 televisedbroadcasted only on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the league; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the team North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC club, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC squad, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City squad, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa squad. 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 club.
Indian Super League setup:
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each squad will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will qualify for the finals.
Financing the team
Club owners' investments in the ISL are worth having a look. Different clubs have spent a lot to purchase 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 football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a jumpstart to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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