The fresh Indian Super League, India's exclusive football competition is going to begin from 12 October 2014, and as Hindustan hypes up for this competition, here is most of you should know about it.
Bringing Indian football out of hibernation
The HeroISL was initiated in 2013 after noticing that many Indians are wild about football, but sadly, have no national soccer league with International prestige to support. The ISL aims to turn this around.
It is going to have eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will commence in October and end in December.
The eight clubs that will compete in this league are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, assisted by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, coached by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
· Delhi Dynamos FC, coached by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, trained 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, assisted by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, coached by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their teams, each outfit will have to aqcuire:
· At least seven foreigners, out of which two will be from the team 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 star player;" and
· fourteen Indian domestic players, four of which have to be local players from the city the club belongs to.
Important Ownership in the ISL
The competition is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be televisedbroadcasted only 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 team North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC team, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC club, 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 outfit 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 outfit will play against all other outfits twice on a home-and-away basis. The top four teams will finish in the finals.
Financing the club
Club owners' investments in the ISL are worth having a look. Different teams have financed massively to purchase 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 HeroISL, this is surely a football league you would not want to miss! Possibly a media boost to bring soccer in Hindustan to a higher level!
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