The new ISL, Hindustan's very own soccer competition is going to take off from 12 October 2014, and while Hindustan highly anticipates for this soccer competition, here is most of you should know about it.
Taking Indian football out of sleep
The HeroISL was brought to life in 2013 after seeing that many Indians are wild about football, but unfortunately, have no national football competition with International prestige to follow. The Indian Super League aims to turn this around.
It is going to have eight franchise teams, owned from people and companies across the country. The league will commence in October and end in December.
The 8 clubs that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, coached 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, 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 squads, each team will have to sign:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which two will be from the squad 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 marquee player;" and
· 14 Hindustani homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the team belongs to.
Celebrity Who's who in the ISL
The league 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 club North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC squad, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC outfit, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City team, 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 squad and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata team.
Every year, the competition 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 decide in the finals.
Investing in the squad
Outfit owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different teams have spent a great amount to buy 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 attention towards the Indian Super League, this is surely a football competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a media boost to bring football in Hindustan to a higher level!
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