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03.09.2014: ISL official Press Release : Atletico de Kolkata will take on Mumbai City FC in the opening game of the Hero Indian Super League's first season at the historic Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Sunday, 12th October 2014. ALL MATCHES WILL KICK-OFF FROM 7.00 PM SHARP. FINAL WILL BE HELD On 20th DEC,

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IMG-Reliance and Star India – the promoters of the League, today announced the fixtures for the much-anticipated inaugural edition, featuring eight clubs, 61 games spread across 70 days. The League stage will witness 56 games on home and away format, followed by a two-legged semi-finals and the final scheduled for 20th December 2014. All games will be played at 7:00 pm (IST), including the semi-finals and finals. On days of double headers, ie 9th and 10th December 2014, the first game will start at 5:00 pm (IST) followed by 7:00 pm (IST) game.

Delhi Dynamos FC will host the League’s second game when they play FC Pune City on 13th October 2014. The action will move to Guwahati on 15th October 2014 for the home match of NorthEast United FC against Kerala Blasters FC and then to Goa next day for FC Goa’s game against Club Chennai.

The maximum city Mumbai will see the first Hero ISL action on 17th October 2014 when Mumbai City FC will take on FC Pune City at DY Patil Stadium, New Mumbai. Club Chennai, FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters FC will host their first home matches on 19th October, 22nd October and 27th October 2014, respectively.

The semi-finals will start from 13th December 2014 with top four clubs qualifying for the knock-out stage to be played in a two-legged format with the winners moving onto the final. The Hero Indian Super League final would be played at a neutral venue on Saturday, December 20, 2014.


28th August 2014: The official logo of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) was unveiled in Mumbai today. The logo launching programme was led by Nita Ambani, chairperson of the IMG-Reliance joint venture. The logo was introduced on a backdrop of a large model football.

Indian Super League 2014 Owners of the eight ISL clubs along with AIFF president Praful Patel along with Sanjay Gupta (COO of broadcasting partners Star India), and Pawan Munjal (Chairman & MD, Hero MotorCorp, the ISL title sponsors) on stage. ISL teams were represented by Kapil Wadhawan (FC Pune City), Utsav Parekh (Atletico de Kolkata), Sameer Manchanda (Delhi Dynamos FC), cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala Blasters FC) and Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan (Team Chennai), Ranbir Kapoor (Team Mumbai), John Abraham (NorthEast United FC) and Varun Dhavan (FC Goa) were present in the colourful ceremony


The Domestic player Draft of the Hero Indian Super League ended in a city hotel at Mumbai today. Six out of the eight franchises took part in the inaugural ISL Drafting process, while the two franchises will going to retain their I league team . The tension and enthusiasm mounted high during the process of player’s drafting for the last two days.

Over Fifteen Players who have represented the Indian National Team in the last three years and 12 Players from various Indian age-group National sides were drafted by the Clubs on Day 2 of the Hero Indian Super League.

The selection of the international footballers will be finalized next month. The teams can select two footballers directly and the rest five footballers will be selected from the pool drafting.

The Senior Vice-President, IMG Global Football Development, Jefferson Slack while interacting after the conclusion of the “Football Bazar” said, “It’s so fulfilling to see the realization of the vision and hard work. This is also a step to inspire young Indians not only to follow but also to play the sport as this is a project for the development of Indian Football,” Team Pune City FC : Lenny Rodriguez, D Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal , Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung, Deepak Devrani, Tapan Maity, Arindam Bhattacharya, Anupam Sarkar, Pratik Sindhe, Lalit Thapa, Mehrajuddin Wadoo.

Team Mumbai: Subrata Paul, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim Nabi, Raju Gaikwad, Singhan Subhas Singh, Ram Malik, Deepak Mondal, Rohit Mirza, Ishan Debnath, Nadong Bhutia, Asif K, Peter Costa, Lalrin Fela, Sushil Singh.

Kerala Blasters FC: Mehtab Hussian, Sandesh Jhingan, Ishfaq Ahmed, Gurwinder Singh, Sushanth Mathew, Godwin Franco, Abhinabo Bag, Sandip Nandy, C.S. Sabeeth, Luis Barreto, Milagres Gonsalves, Ramendeep Singh, Rennedy Singh.

Team Bengaluru: Harmanjot Khabra, L Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Gouramangi Singh, Shilton Paul, Denson Devdas, Khelemba Meetei, Abhishek Das, Jayesh Rane, Abhijit Mondol, Anthony Barbosa, Dane Pereira, N.P. Pradeep, Jaison Valles.

Atletico De Kolkata: Cabin Lobo, Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Rakesh Masih, Md. Rafique, Md Rafi, Biswajit Saha, Sanju Pradhan, Kingshuk Debnath, Lester Fernandez, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Baljit Saini, Climax Lawrance, Nallapan Mohanraj.

Delhi Dynamos FC: Francis Fernandes, Robert Lalthlamuana, Naoba Singh, Shylo Malswantulunga, Shouvik Ghosh, Souvik Chakraborty, Munmun Lugun, Adil Khan, Manish Bhargav, M.Govin Singh, Jagrup Singh, Steven Dias, Anwar Ali, Manandeep Singh.

Team Goa: Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Jewel Raja, Alwyn George, Narayan Das, Mandar Rao Desai, Romeo Fernandez, Peter Carvalho, Holicharan Narzary, Pronoy Haldar, Prabir Das, Rowilson Rodrigues.

North East United FC: Kunzang Bhutia, Jibon Singh, Durga Boro, Aiborlang Khonjee, Zodingliana Ralte, Rehnesh TP, Boithang Haokip, Pritam Singh, M. Milan Singh, Robin Gurung, Allen Deory, Redeem Tlang, Demilen Doungel, David Nghaite.


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19.07.2014: The eight franchises of the Hero Indian Super League will going to select and finalize their team at a meeting on and from 21st at Mumbai. The name of the 84 Indian footballer are in the panel from which the franchises will have to finalize their team. There will be 14 domestic footballers in each team. Six out of the Eight franchises have already finalized their team. The franchisee from Guwahati have selected their team from Shillong Lajong FC while the Goan franchises have selected their footballers from the I league playing club Dempo Sports Club.

A total of 84 footballers are in the pool and will be drafted by the six teams over 14 rounds. Goa and Guwahati will be announcing the names of their selected footballers, while the six teams are going to draft players. Seven additional players will be placed in the reserve pool if injury occurs during the course of the tournament. The teams reqires to select players only from the draft pool of 84 players and not from the reserve pool. It is expected that an amount of 20-25 crores will be required by the franchises during the drafting process as sources said that the prices of Subrata Paul, Gounrmangi Singh and Nirmal Chettri will go high during the drafting process.

The first day of the drafting will be on sequence selection. Apart from the Guwahati and Goa the names of the six teams will be placed in sealed envelopes visible to the representatives of all the teams present.

A group of designated team will finalize the envelopes one by one to determine the order in which the teams will select their players in each round. The team whose name is in the first envelope chosen will be allocated the letter 'A', the team whose name is in the second envelope chosen will be allocated the letter 'B',until all six teams participating in the draft process have been allocated a letter between 'A' and 'F'. The teams from Goa and Guwahati will automatically be allocated letter 'G' and 'H' as they have finalized their teams.

The franchises can select seven overseas footballers and a marque footballer which will be finalize on the 25th of July. The name of the 84 footballers are :

Sr.No.	Name 			  	Position 
1	Abhijit Mondal		  	GK
2	Ishan Debnath 		  	GK
4	Jagroop Singh             	GK
5	Lalit Thapa              	GK
6	Luis Barreto			GK
7	Priyant Singh			GK
8	Sandip Nandy  		 	GK
9	Shilton Paul		 	GK
10	Subhasish R.Chowdhury 	        GK
11	Subrata Paul  			GK
12	Pritam Kotal			DEF
13	Nirmal Chettri  		DEF
14	Avinabo Bag			DEF
15	Naoba Singh 		 	DEF
16	Anupam Sarkar		 	DEF
17	Anwar Ali 	                DEF
18	Arnab Mondal 			DEF
19	Deepak Devrani 			DEF
20	Gouramangi  Singh		DEF
21	Govin Singh                     DEF
22	Kinshuk Debnath			DEF
23	Munmun Lugun			DEF
24	Ramandeep Singh			DEF
25	Sandesh Jhingan			DEF
26	Khelemba Singh			DEF
27	Raju Gaikwad  			DEF
28	Deepak Mandal  			DEF
29	D Ravanan			DEF
30	Peter Costa 			DEF
31	Shouvik Ghosh			DEF
32	L Dhanachandra Singh 		DEF
33	Biswajit Saha			DEF
34	N Mohanraj 			DEF
35	Robert Lalthlamuana  		DEF
36	Yumnam Chingkhei Meetei		DEF
37	Syed Nabi  			DEF
38	Dane Pereira                    DEF
39	Manish Bhargav 			DEF
40	Mehtab Hussain  		DEF
41	Adil Khan  			DEF
42	Rakesh Masih  			DEF
43	Mehrajuddin Wadoo  		DEF
44	Tapan Maity 			DEF
45	Denson Devadas			MID
47	Manish Maithani  		MID
48	Simranjeet Singh		MID 
50	Souvik Chakraborty 		MID
51	Tomba Singh  			MID
52	Ishfaq Ahmed 			MID
53	Mohammed Rafique		MID
54	NP Pradeep  			MID
55	Godwin  Franco 			MID
56	Sushant Mathew			MID
57	Harmanjot Khabra  		MID
58	Ram Malik			MID
59	Sanju Pradhan  			MID
60	Steven Dias  			MID
61	Rajinder Kumar			MID
62	Anthony Barbosa 		MID
63	Asif Kottayil			FOR
64	Rohit  Mirza			MID
65	Lester Fernandez  		MID
66	Alvito D'Cunha  		MID
67	Lalrin Fela 			MID
68	Shylo Malsawmtluanga   		MID
69	Renedy Singh  			MID
70	Israil Gurung 			MID
71	Pratik Shinde  			MID
72	Lalrindika  Ralte  		MID
73	Baljit  Sahni  			FOR
74	CS Sabeeth  			FOR
75	Jayesh Rane 			FOR
76	Joaquim Abranches  		FOR
77	Manandeep Singh  		FOR
78	Milagres Gonsalves 		FOR
79	Mohammed Rafi  			FOR
80	Nadong Bhutia 			FOR
81	Cavin Lobo			FOR
82	Sushil Kumar Singh  		FOR
83	Jeje Lalpekhlua  		FOR
84	Singam Subash Singh 		FOR 



AIFF PRESS RELEASE: The Indian Super League (ISL) has entered into a strategic partnership with the English Premier League (EPL) – the World's most popular and successful Football League to bring its best practices to India under the exchange program.

The Co-operation Agreement between the Indian Super League, co-promoted by IMG-Reliance, the joint venture between IMG and Reliance Industries, Star India with support from All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the English Premier League will allow the ISL to leverage the league's expertise in nurturing and growing a high quality football competition.

England's Premier League is the most watched continuous annual Global sporting event in the World. Last season, 13.9 million fans attended matches with record average stadium occupancy of 95.9%. Across nine months, 380 matches are viewed in 175 countries with coverage available in more than 650 million homes.

The Indian Super League, set to kick off in September 2014, will receive strategic support, advice and assistance from the Premier League to further the development of the League and its Clubs. The EPL will also assist in establishing Club governance, shaping the brand, fan engagement, defining anti-corruption and anti-doping policies for the ISL, as well as joint promotion of the ISL and Premier League Football in India.

The co-operation between the Indian Super League and the Premier League lends credence to the Indian Super League’s mission to engage the 200 million-plus Indian football fan base by showcasing a quality football offering with International standards of governance and an unparalleled viewing experience.

Indian Super League is an unrivalled Football Championship, aiming to foster local talent and feature International stars, making the game one of the Country's flagship sports and India, a name to reckon within the global arena. ISL will feature eight franchises from Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

India is the Premier League's number one market in terms of social media engagement, with an average reach of 1.48m Indian fans every week.

Through the alliance, Indian Super League will help Premier League and its Clubs in staging Football matches and assist in other business development initiatives in India. This will encourage exchange programmes and partnership building between Clubs of the two Leagues. Indian Super League and the Premier League will also cross-promote Football coverage on Star India’s platform to the growing Indian fan base.

ISL 2014 Indian player auction AIFF President Praful Patel said he was "pleased to be a part of the strategic partnership."

"The AIFF is extremely pleased to be a part of the strategic partnership between the English Premier League and the Indian Super League. This is an outstanding opportunity for the Indian Super League to build from the very best in the business when it comes to running a highly successful league. The EPL is revered around the World and by learning from the practitioners who have made it so successful, the Indian Super League will develop and grow in the right way, ensuring benefits not only for the League itself but also for the wider Indian Football ecosystem in the longer term," he stated.

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: "Having earlier this year signed a mutual co-operation agreement with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), we are very pleased to also enter into this partnership with the ISL. This will see both organisations work together and share knowledge in several key areas including player development, refereeing, marketing and promotion."

"We know from our broadcast partner Star India and our work with the AIFF on our long-established grassroots football project Premier Skills that we run in several locations across India, that the popularity of Football, and the Premier League, is growing. There is a further opportunity to develop the sport as a result of that increased interest and we hope to continue to make a real contribution to all levels of Indian football," he added.

Mrs. Nita M. Ambani felt "Partnering with Premier League brings credence to Indian Super League."

"Partnering with Premier League brings credence to Indian Super League and to our vision of popularizing the sport in India. I am confident that the tie-up will immensely help in nurturing and establishing Indian Super League with good governance and best practices. The alliance also presents a great opportunity of partnership and cross promotions between the ISL League Partners and Premier League Clubs," she said.

Meanwhile, Jeff Slack, Senior Vice President, IMG, Global Football Development, maintained that "Pairing the Premier League, an established best-in-class football organization, with the Indian Super League is a dream arrangement for football fans in India. The ability to leverage the Premier League's experience in creating a successful League model for both Players and fans will be a tremendous value to the Indian Super League as it continues to grow the sport in India."

Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India added, "The partnership puts belief in our Star's Sports philosophy 'Believe.' From a game that hobbled about on the fringes of Indian sports, there's promise that this partnership will lift and reinvigorate Football. Star strongly believes in creating local heroes, inspiring Indians to believe greatness is possible through sport and together we can create a world where sports comes first. The partnership with PL is going to help us achieve just that. Through this tie-up Star India will cross promote coverage of the Indian Super League and the Premier League to the growing base of Indian Football followers."

ISL 2014 Indian player auction Michael Chopra excited to play in Hero Indian Super League.

16.08.2014: AIFF Media Team Press Release : Indian origin English Footballer Michael Chopra today (August 16) confirmed his participation for the inaugural season of Hero Indian Super League, expressing excitement of the home coming and the honour to be involved in the new era of Football in the Country.

"I am delighted to be part of the new Indian Super League. It's an exciting time for Indian football and an honour for me to be involved in this new era," said the former Newcastle United striker.

At 30, Chopra has amassed vast Footballing experience. A product of the Newcastle United Youth System - while he was just 10 – Chopra played for England at all age category competitions starting U-16. He also represented England at 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. In his long and impressive career, Chopra has played for Sunderland, Cardiff City, Ipswich Town, Blackpool and has spent loan spells at Watford Nottingham Forest and Barnsley.

Chopra has made over 300 club appearances at Senior level and scored 100 plus goals in his impressive playing career. Chopra, in year 2010 had expressed his interest to play for Indian National Team, but that remained just a dream. The Hero Indian Super League provided an excellent opportunity for the striker to show his skills, for the first time, on Indian soil.

Andy Knee, VP Business Development - Football at IMG said, "Michael's excellent profile and achievements are well known to Indian football fans, and his interest in football in India, as well as his desire to play for the Indian National Team, is well-documented. We're thrilled that he's signed to participate in the Hero Indian Super League, and look forward to seeing him in action for the very first time on Indian soil."

Chopra will feature in the ‘Central International Player Pool,’ to be held on August 21st 2014 in


ISL 2014 Indian player auction Indian Super League to be organized between September to November 2014.

Indian Super League 2014.. 13.04.2014 : All India Football Federation finally announces the journey of the Indian Super League which will going to be organized between September to November 2014. This will going to be the one of the major and colorful football tournament of international standard in the sub continent apart from the I League and Federation Cup.

In a press release sent to www.kolkatafootball.com the AIFF stated that IMG Reliance and Star India will be the promoter of the proposed football tournament while they will be identify the 'League Partners' across the country for the inaugural season.

IMG is being associated with the All India Football Fedaration in the recent years has an international exposer in football. IMG produces grobal TV feed for the Barkleys Premier League and partners with major football client like FIFA, UFEA. Star India is being one of the most popular TV channel in India since last two decades. Star has it's channel in almost all India languages and cover major sports through it's numerous channels world wide.

There is overwhelming response from the Buisness Houses, Bolywood stars and from the Sports Personnel to organise teams in the selected cities of the country - Kolkata,Goa, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochi, Guwahati and Bangaluru.

In an important meeting today the organisers with the help of an advisory firm Earenst and Young has finalised the owners of the different teams which comprises of celebrities from Corporates, Films and Sports.

1) Bangaluru :- Sun Group, Samir Manchanda lead Den Network.
2) Delhi :- Videocon, (Venugopal Dhoot)
3) Goa :- Shirivas Dempo, Dattaraj Salgoakar
4) Guwahati :- Shillong Lazong and John Abraham
5) Kolkata :- Sourav Ganguly, Harshvardhan Neotia, Sanjeev Goenka, Utsav Parekh and Atletico Madrid
6) Kochi :- Sachin Tendulkar and PVP Ventures
7) Mumbai :- Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh
8) Pune :- Salman Khan, Kapil Wandhawanand and Dheraj Wandhawanand for Wandhawanand Group.

The introduction of Indian Super League can be reckon as revolutionary as a number of Corporate Houses show their keen interest to promote Indian Football.

Even the Sports Personal from different feild are now the owners of Football Teams in ISL. At present the I league are organised in some patrs of the country where as the ISL will going to be organise across the country which will definately boost up the interest among the young blood as the Under 17 FIFA World Cup football are schedule at 2017.

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29.08.2014 : It will be a great news for Indian Football. The ISL franchisee Chennai Titans are in negotiation with the Brazilian Super Star Ranaldhino as their marquee player ,though the deal are yet to be finalized. The Chennai Titans which is owed by the Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan are planning to sign Ronaldhino with a two years contract. The discussion are in progress with Ronaldhino's brother Roberto de Assis, who virtually is his agent to finalize the deal. Sources said that the Brazilian superstar are interested on a short term deal as he may join the USA’s MLS next year. If the deal is finalized then Ronaldhino will come to India to sign the deal officially. Ronaldhino is the member of the Brazil national team that won the FIFA world Cup in 2002, and FIFA Player of the Year for two times.

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Indian Super League 2014 unveils 49 player list for international draft

18.08.2014: ISL OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : Indian Super League, promoted by IMG-Reliance and Star India, today announced the complete list of 49 international players to go into the next week's 'central player draft pool' to be held in Mumbai on 2st August 2014.

The comprehensive list boasts of experienced footballers and young promising talents from across the world with an average age of 28 years, having played 8197 competitive matches in various leagues globally with an average of 186 appearances per player.

The 49 international players represent countries like Spain (9 players), France (8), Czech Republic (8), Brazil (5), Portugal (5), Colombia (4), South Korea (2), and one each from Argentina, Canada, Serbia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, England, Greece and Cameroon.

Scouting of International players'for Hero Indian Super League was aimed at providing the opportunity for each club to fill in the key positions in their respective team. These international players will form the spine of each team’s line-up and bring in quality to raise the football standard in the country.

Commenting on international players' participation Andy Knee, VP, IMG football said, " We are thrilled with the calibre of international players who will be participating in the Hero Indian Super League this season. They have the quality, skill, determination and ambition to thrive in India and ensure a great playing product to entertain the fans.
These players have committed to play in India given their excitement and belief in the future of Indian football. Our expert player team has scoured the global football player market to attract the best possible players at the agreed salary levels on behalf of the Hero ISL clubs."

Hero Indian Super League will have a total of 56 international players, of which 49 will be picked through the international player draft, while the remaining seven were contracted directly by the four clubs, Delhi Dynamos FC (Mads Junker & Morten Skoubo), FC Pune City (Emanuele Belardi & Bruno Cirillo), NorthEast United FC (Isaac Chansa & Cornell Glen), Atletico de Kolkata (Borja Fernandez), under the provision of signing maximum two international players by the clubs on their own.

International Players Pool

Goalkeepers : Andre Matos Dias Pereira (Portugal); Apoula Edima Edel Bete (Cameroon); Gennaro Bracigliano (France); Jan Seda (Czech Republic); Marek Cech (Czech Republic).

Defenders : Andres Felipe Gonzalez Ramírez (Colombia), Erwin Spitzner (Brazil), Henrique Dinis Oliveira Dias (Portugal), Ilias Pollalis (Greece), Massamba Lo Sambou (Senegal), Raphael Romey (France), Sylvain Monsoreau (France), Tomas Josl (Czech Republic), Gregory Arnolin (France), Bernard Mendy (France), Pavel Cmovs (Czech Republic), Youness Bengelloun (France), Johann Letzelter (France), Cedric Hengbart (France), Jairo Andrés Suarez Carvajal (Colombia), Jose Miguel González Rey (Spain).

Midfielders : Park Kwang-Il (South Korea), Bojan Djordjic (Sweden), Bruno Augusto Pelissari de Lima (Brazil), Cristian Hidalgo Gonzalez (Spain), Edgar Carvalho Figueira Marcelino (Portugal), Francisco Javier Fernandez Luque (Spain), Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos (Brazil), Víctor Herrero Forcada (Spain), Jan Stohanzl (Czech Republic), Omar Andres Rodriguez Martinez (Colombia), Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri (Burkina Faso), Bruno Herrero Arias (Spain), Bruno Filipe Tavares Pinheiro (Portugal), Guilherme Felipe de Castro (Brazil), Pavel Elias (Czech Republic), Jakub Podany (Czech Republic), Jofre Mateu Gonzalez (Spain), Do Dong-Hyun (South Korea).

Striker : Michael Chopra (England), Arnal Llibert Conde Carbo (Spain), Diego Fernando Nadaya (Argentina), Eduardo Silva Lerma (Spain), Iain Hume (Canada), Ivan Bolado Palacios (Spain), Luis Alfredo Yánes Padilla (Colombia), Miguel Bruno Pereira Herlein (Portugal), Miroslav Slepicka (Czech Republic), Pedro Adriano Veloso Gusmão (Brazil).

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