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INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE -2018-19 ( NEWS BELOW)

ISL: 2ND MEDIA DAY AT KOLKATA

KFC NEWS DESK - 22.9.18: ISL observed the second Media Day at Kolkata after Bengaluru with the three teams from the eastern part of India, two times champions ATK, North East United FC and Jamshedpur FC. The coaches as well as footballers expressed their views regarding the forth coming fifth edition of the competetion which will going to kick off on the 29th September.

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VIEWS OF THE COACHES:
EELCO SCHATTORIE - NORTH EAST UNITED

Eelco is not a new came in Indian football. He is quite experienced in Indian football circuit as he worked with United football Club and East Bengal in the recent past. While expressing his views at Kolkata today the Dutch coach said, " Our prime target is to qualify for the play off stages. It is a huge task for me to combine this relatively younger side. If you have never qualified, you are asked to do so. Yes, there is huge pressure on me. I believe lower budget and low-quality players don't matter in football. Everything is possible. Taj Mahal was not built in a day and if you want to build something it takes time."

STEVE COPPELL - HEAD COACH ATK
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The British coach Steve Coppell was associated with Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC in the last two editions respectively. After managing these two franchisee quite successfully Steve decided to join as the Head Coach of ATK in order to revive the past glory of the Kolkata team.

In his massage Steve Coppell said, "We had a good preseaon and are confident to regain the past glory after an unsuccessful campaign in the last edition. ATK signed footballers who played in India in the past with a proven track record. We are prepared for the tournament and ready to utilise the opportunity. The squad is quite balanced with experienced and young talented footballers but we have to prove ourselves right from the start of the tournament. I know that it is agreat challange for us to play successfully at the highest level. We will make reqired changes as the tounament progess. It is a long season and we will change our attitude and style during the course of the tournament."

CESAR FERRANDO - HEAD COACH JAMSHEDPUR FC

This is the first assignment for Cesar Fernando in Indian football. The experienced Spanish coach managed clubs like Valacia B and Atletico Madrid in the past.Tim Cahill is a name synonymous with aficionados of the Premier League, given his illustrious eight-year-long stint at Everton FC. Jamshedpur FC, the football team owned by Tata stell is playing only in the second season.

Cesar Fernando in his massage said," Jamshedpur FC is a young, talented and balanced side and are capable of perform well as the tournament progess. The team consists of footballers like Subrata Paul, experienced Australian striker Tim Cahill as well as young talents from Tata Football Academy like Vishal, Mobi and Gaurav. My prime object is to maintain our defense first and will attack finally. We will play in short passes and will create pressure to the oppornants. We had a good preseason though we have some injuries. Our main target is to win finally."

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ISL: 1ST MEDIA DAY AT BENGALURU

ISL MEDIA RELEASE - 20.9.2018: Bengaluru, 20th September 2018: When the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) kicked off in 2014, not only did it change the Indian domestic football scene but also revitalised the sport in South India. For long, South India had produced many star footballers who went on to claim national fame. Players like IM Vijayan, T Abdul Rahman, Peter Thangaraj are all household names. But in the 21st century, the region saw the game’s popularity on the wane with many clubs shutting shop.
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The ISL, though, has sparked the dormant love for football in these states. Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC command sizeable fan followings which has made witnessing a match in Kochi and Chennai a pleasurable experience. To add to it, Bengaluru FC were added to the ISL in 2017, giving fans from Karnataka representation as well. The revival in popularity has translated to success on field. Safe to say that, the South Indian clubs have dominated the ISL in all its four editions so far.

Twice in four years, Chennaiyin FC won the competition. Kolkata’s ATK claimed the trophy twice as well, but a South Indian club has always competed for the silverware in the final in all four editions. In the first season, Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC reached the play-offs along with ATK (then Atletico de Kolkata) and FC Goa. It was the Kochi-based team who reached the final after a thrilling two-legged tie against Chennaiyin FC, before losing at the death against the Kolkata side.

The second season saw Chennaiyin FC reach the play-offs again where they defeated ATK and then put it across FC Goa, at home, in a stunning finale when they scored two goals in the last three minutes. Chennaiyin were disappointing the next season but the South India quotient was kept intact by Kerala Blasters who found their way to the final. Playing at home, they were heavy favourites, only to be pipped at the post by ATK.
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The 2017-18 season saw Bengaluru FC join the two South Indian rivals in the ISL, establishing new rivalries.The Blues and Marina Machans went on to enjoy stellar seasons as they grabbed the top-two spots in the league stage. Both would go on to make it to the final, setting up a grandstand finish to the competition.

It would be Chennaiyin FC who would ultimately triumph in the battle between the two best sides from the season, underlining the superiority that South Indian clubs have enjoyed in the league. Now, as the new season beckons, Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC are all front-runners for a spot in the play-offs.

“We have to be mentally tough. You just don't win it only once but you go back and defend it. The thing that I am trying to instill in my squad is that champions do not win only once. They go and defend it year after year. It is more of a mental thing,” said Chennaiyin FC’s ISL winning coach John Gregory.

Kerala Blasters head coach David James is also eyeing the trophy that slipped away twice from their grasp. “I think the quality of characters we have in the dressing room, they can deal with things. It’s a wonderful bunch we have together and we have a chance to get our hands on the trophy after missing out twice,” he stated.

By virtue of winning the ISL last season, Chennaiyin FC will becoming the first ISL club to now compete in AFC Cup. Blasters’ coach says the dream is not too far for his side to step in the Asian competitions too. “The progress ISL has shown from the inception year of 2014 to now has been phenomenal. If first year was a lot of trials and test, season 5 will be a reflection of league settling down. Clubs are aiming for not just for ISL title now but AFC competitions as well.”

ISL has certainly brought forth the South Indian states in football, and one can expect the three southern clubs vying for the coverted trophy in 2018-19 and ahead.

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ATK UNVEILS NEW JERSEY

20.9.2018: After a preseason in Spain the Kolkata franchisee of Indian Super League ATK today unveiled their new look official team jersey for the upcoming season. In a press meeting at Kolkata the new jersey was unvailed by the principle owner of the team Mr Sanjiv Goenka in presense of Steve Coppell, Head Coach, ATK and Assistant Coach ATK, Sanjoy Sen.

The jersey design embodies the bold stripe pattern while the red and blue colours echo the ethos of the club. The already known colours of ATK stand for the values of the club.

While interacting with the media Steve Coppell said, “I am eagerly waiting for the start of the tournament. We have had a fruitful preseason in Spain where we got our chance to test all our players and now it is time to prove our mettle on the stage that matters.”

ATK's princple owner Sanjib Goenka said, “We are happy to unveil the team’s new jersey for the upcoming fifth season of Indian Super League. The new jersey is the symbol of the strength and the passion the club carries with it. We are quite excited after the preseason and the players are raring to go."

ATK will play their first match against Kerala Blasters at home on 29th September,the opening day of the tournament.

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