The amazing ISL, Hindustan's very own football league is going to initiate from 12 October, and as the football fans gears up for this competition, here is most of you should know about it.
Taking Indian soccer out of hibernation
The HeroISL was set up in 2013 after noticing that a lot of Indians are keen about football, but unfortunately, have no national soccer league with International reputation to see. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It is going to comprise eight franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will launch in October and end in December.
The eight clubs that will compete in this league are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, practiced by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, trained 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, 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, practiced by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their teams, each club will have to attract:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which 2 will be from the team 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
· fourteen 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 exclusively 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 team North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC club, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC club, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City team, 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 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 squads twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will be eligible for the finals.
Financing the squad
Club owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different squads have invested hugely to attract 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 cash and international prestige towards the HeroISL, this is surely a soccer competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a jumpstart to bring soccer in Hindustan to a higher level!
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