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India’s ISL became world football’s fourth biggest league


ISL became world football’s fourth biggest league

ISL attendances behind only England, Germany and Spain.

Atletico de Kolkata

A goal by Mohammed Rafique in the dying seconds of the final won the Indian Super League title for Atlético de Kolkata in what is now the fourth highest attended league in the world.

The opening game drew 65,000 supporters to Atlético de Kolkata’s ground, the Salt Lake Stadium, for the match against Mumbai City. That game was also watched on TV by 74.7m, and the league as a whole had ratings of 170.6m in the first week. The figures for the first phase of this year’s Indian Premier League cricket was 184m.


Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and other cricket connections of ISL

After the success of Indian Premier League (IPL) the franchise based sports leagues have become hot properties of Indian sports. We have seen similar kinds of leagues in Hockey, Badminton, Kabaddi and now Football became the latest sports to join this trend.

Football in India is like Cricket in United States of America (USA), where lot of people follow the game but not many concerned about their own country’s performance. In a diversified country like India it is not easy to attract eyeballs without any publicity stunt. And in this country publicity comes from two sources, Bollywood and Cricket.

When International Management Group (IMG) and Reliance merged together to shape this much awaited league, they knew very well only typical hardcore football connections won’t craft this event a big hit. They needed immense promotion for their newly created brand ISL.

From their association with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in IPL, IMG had already tasted success in similar project. So to serve their purpose, the organisers decided to nurture the IPL concept of Cricketainment (Cricket + Entertainment) and created a modified concept-Focritainment (Football+Cricket+Entertainment).

Among the current eight teams of ISL, seven have either any cricket connection or bollywood connection or even both. Delhi Dynamos is the only team which is an exception in this regard. Their main attraction is Del Piero, the World cup winning Italian footballer and a Juventus legend.

Amongst other seven teams, the North East United, Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City do-not have any cricketing tie-ups. They have Bollywood stars like, John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor on their ranks.

So let’s have a look at the other four ISL teams which have some cricket connections.

Atletico de Kolkata: The Kolkata-based team’s co-owner is former Indian captain and undoubtedly the most famous sportsperson of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly. An avid football lover, Ganguly was probably one of the first cricketers who decided to associate with this football venture. For Kolkata it’s a double gain, their favourite son with their favourite sport. What more can the Atletico de Kolkata fans ask for?

Kerala Blasters: Sachin Tendulkar, the most popular sporting legend of this country co-owns the Kerala team of ISL. Kerala is known for its football culture, but Sachin’s popularity in the country and in the world will earn this team some more fan-base outside its catchment area too.

Chennaiyin Fc:  Indian Captain MS Dhoni’s association with the city of Chennai is quite known to all. His heroics for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL and Champion’s League T20 made him popular son of this city. And Football is one of Dhoni’s favourite games. He was a goalkeeper in his school days and whenever Dhoni finds time he plays this game. Don’t be surprised if you see Dhoni playing football with the Chennaiyin FC players in one of the practice sessions. Apart from Dhoni this team has Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan as a co-owner too.

FC Goa: Virat Kohli, the star Indian batsman co-owns the Goa-based team. Goa’s love for football is known to everyone. But now with Kohli in their ranks, their marketing strategy will be much more equipped.

ISL will take Indian football to next level: Colomba

Italian football professional Davide Colomba, who is midfielder for Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City, believes that the inaugural tournament will be a step towards improving the quality of football in the country and help bridge the gap to the game’s elite countries.

“In Europe, football is a modern sport. In Italy, it is the national sport, the same as cricket is in India. It (ISL) will be a good step towards modern football,” he told indiansuperleague.com, when asked about the difference between the sport in India and Italy.

ISL begins Oct 12 with Atletico de Kolkata taking on Mumbai City FC in the opener at the fabled Salt Lake Stadium.

FC Pune City make their first appearance away against Delhi Dynamos FC Oct 14.

India is currently languishing at the 158th spot in the FIFA rankings, while four-time World Cup champions Italy are 13th in the table.

FC Pune City will be the Italian’s first club outside his country, and interestingly, he will be coached by his father Franco Colomba.

The Italian midfielder expressed his delight at getting the opportunity to play alongside prolific French striker and Juventus star David Trezeguet.

“He gives us a lot of confidence and is a fine example of a professional footballer. He’s humble and a winner,” the 26-year old said.

He is optimistic about the team’s chances in the tournament as the players are “slowly getting to know each other”.

“We are gelling well together, both tactically and technically. Some Indian players are very nice guys, strong willed and hardworking, which gives us the possibility of reaching a common objective,” the Bologna-born player said, adding: “My experience in the country so far has been fascinating.”

Indian Super League Football Going to Start live from 12 October, 2014

All football fans are so much excited to watch ISL. Only a few days left to start a India’s biggest football league. This league is one of the biggest leagues in India. There are lots of funs and entertainment for two months because this league continues for two months from October to December. At the last who wins this league is the winner of this amazing league.

The Indian Super League was set up from 2013 for awareness and to take an attention of the youth. Because in India most of the people know about the cricket and hockey but don’t know about the Football. So, from this event youth will take interest in this game. Football is a world class game in all our the world.

In India first time this league will going to start a big league of football. This league is organized by the Indian Football Association. In this league total 8 teams are participating in this league. This league is first time organized in India. So everyone one so excited to know about the team.

In all our India all match plays are arranged in different cities like IPL. In every major city this game is going to play. This is also India’s biggest league so, everyone eagerly waiting for this game not only in India but all our the world because most of the players are coming from outside of India like IPL same things happen with the Indian Super League. So, it’s so much excited to watch first time Indian super league From, This tournament, Indian player can learn so many new things to play with the other players. So, be ready to watch the biggest tournament live from this site.

Lots of celebrities also take interest in this football league and so many actors and actress buy the Indian Super League team.

Celebrities Who Buy Indian Super League Franchise?

  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Saurav Ganguli
  • Salman Khan
  • John Abraham
  • Ranvir Kapur

So, All fans get set, ready for bigger and awesome football league. It’s going to live from 12th October -214

Indian Super League Football 2014 Teams

  • Atletico De Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Delhi Dynamos
  • FC Goa
  • FC Pune City
  • Kerala Blasters
  • Mumbai City
  • North East, United

Indian Super League Eight Franchise Owners Name

  • Atletico De Kolkata Team Owner – Saurav Ganguli
  • Chennai Team Owner – Sun Group
  • Delhi Dynamos Team Owner – DEN Network
  • FC Goa Team Owner – Videocon
  • FC Pune City – Salman Khan
  • Kerala Blasters – Sachin Tendulkar
  • Mumbai City – Ranbir Kapoor
  • North East, United – John Abraham

All fans of football and above starts are eagerly waiting for the Indian Super League. For latest updates about the super league stay tune to this site for latest news and update about the championship.