Indian Super League in its first year had managed to capture the imagination of the entire country. With the second Season around the corner, we are starting a series of posts which would serve as a guide for the newbies to ISL world, so that this time around you can also be a part of the conversation. In the first in this series, we introduce the ISL. Let’s football!
1. Celebrity Quotient
Celebrity love for Football came to fore when ISL was announced with the two biggest rage of India, Bollywood and Cricket coming together to give the most followed sport in the world it’s deserved position in a nation which has often been described as a “sleeping giant” in Football.
2. The Firepower
One of the main reasons behind Season 1′s popularity was a star-studded line-up of Football legends which included Zico, the legendary Brazillian player and coach also known as ‘White Pele’, Materazzi , the Italian who is remembered for the now infamous Headbutt incident with Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final and the controversial yet hugely successful Nicolas Anelka amongst others
3. The Big Four
In its inaugural season itself ISL earned the prestigious distinction of being the 4th most watched Football League in the world with a record-breaking more than 1 million fans enjoying the matches in 8 stadiums, trailing only Bundesliga, Premier League and La Liga in terms of average attendance at venues.
4. India’s best Missing in Action
Indian Football’s poster boy, Sunil Chhetri couldn’t play in Season 1 as his I-League club Bengaluru FC refused to release its players for the inaugural season, but this time around the Indian captain will be donning the Mumbai FC jersey which lapped him up for a whopping amount of 1.20 crore in the domestic players draft
5. Long-Term Impact on Football
In line with ISL’s vision of creating a Football Nation, the teams are mandated to undertake a comprehensive Grassroots development programme, with the aim of exposing kids aged between 6 and 14 years to Global Best Practices and nurture an ecosystem by engaging schools thereby enabling Football to thrive at the Grassroot level
6. High-Quality Play
To ensure international standard Football action, each team can have a maximum of 6 foreign players in the playing XI implying a minimum of 5 Indian players. Apart from this each team should have a Marquee Player who has played at the highest levels. Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters marquee signings, Marco Materazzi and David James also doubled up as Managers.
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