The amazing Indian Super League, India's exclusive football competition is going to start from 12-10, and while India anticipates for this football competition, here is the basics you should know about it.
Taking Hindustani soccer out of sleep
The Indian Super League was organized in 2013 after noticing that a lot of Indians are keen about football, but sadly, have no national soccer competition with International prestige to support. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It will comprise eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will take off in October and end in December.
The 8 teams that will compete in this league 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, practiced by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, coached 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, coached 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 outfits, each outfit will have to sign:
· At least seven 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 marquee player;" and
· 14 Indian homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the club belongs to.
Popular Ownership 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 squad, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City outfit, 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 outfit.
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 club
Squad owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different teams have spent 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 investments and international attention towards the Indian Super League, this is surely a football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a quality boos to bring football in Hindustan to a higher level!
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