The amazing Indian Super League, India's own football competition is going to initiate from 12 October 2014, and as the people prepare for this competition, here is primarily what you should know about it.
Awaking Indian football out of coma
The ISL was brought to life in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are keen about football, but regrettably, have no national football competition with International allure to support. The ISL aims to turn the table.
It will consist of eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will start in October and end in December.
The eight clubs that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, trained 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, practiced by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, practiced by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, practiced by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, trained 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 clubs, each outfit will have to aqcuire:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which 2 will be from the club and 5 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 marquee player;" and
· 14 Indian domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the squad belongs to.
High-Profile Ownership in the ISL
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 league; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the outfit North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC outfit, 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 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 squad.
Every year, the competition would be played between October and December. Each team will play against all other squads twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will qualify for the finals.
Financing the outfit
Team owners' investments in the Indian Super League are worth having a look. Different outfits have spent a great amount 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 money and international allure towards the HeroISL, this is surely a competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a media boost to bring soccer in India to a higher level!
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