The starstruck Indian Super League, Hindustan's very own soccer competition is going to launch from 12 October, and while the soccer fans anticipates for this football competition, here is primarily what you should know about it.
Awaking Hindustani football out of sleep
The ISL was initiated in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are wild about soccer, but sadly, have no national football league with International allure to see. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It is going to consist of 8 franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will launch 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, 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, 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, practiced 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, trained by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their outfits, each club will have to attract:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the club 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
· 14 Hindustani homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
Celebrity Who's who 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 squad North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC club, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC team, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City club, 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 team and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata outfit.
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each squad will play against all other clubs twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will qualify for the finals.
Financing the team
Outfit owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different clubs have invested a lot to acquire 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 allure towards the Indian Super League, this is surely a football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a boost to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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