Indian Super League is all set to fire the high octane football and make Indian fans go gaga over. The high dose of quality football skills is what ISL is all about. Well, the biggest carnival of Indian football will kick off from 29 September and what more we can expect from the opening fixture where two-time Champions Atletico de Kolkata will lock horns with the two-time finalists Kerala Blasters. So here is all the information about the India based franchise football league aka ISL.
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Salt Lake Stadium also is known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan is owned by the Indian Football Association. The stadium has tenants like Indian national teams, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mohammedan and ATK. It has a capacity of 85,000 which is needed in Kolkata as they are a football freak city. It was established in 1984 with a capacity of 20,000 seating area. Salt Lake Stadium is an iconic Football stadium of India as it witnessed numerous Friendlies and club matches.
Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
It is a multi-purpose stadium which mostly used for football matches. The Stadium has a Volleyball court, Running track in its arena. It is the main stadium of the Bengaluru city. It has the capacity of 25,810 and was built in 1997. It currently the home ground of the Indian Football Team and ISL side Bengaluru FC.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
It is also known as Marina Arena which is a multipurpose stadium. The stadium hosted football matches and athletics competitions mostly while it is the house for numerous Indoor games like Volleyball, Basketball, Table Tennis etc. The stadium has the capacity of 40,000, but Chennaiyin FC uses only 19, 484.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is renowned as national stadium of India. It has 60,000 seating capacity which is designed to meet international standards set by AFC, FIFA and IAAF. The stadium is home for Indian National football team, Delhi dynamos and Indian Athletics.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Situated in Margo Goa, and commonly known as Fatorda Stadium. It has the seating capacity of 25,000 where ISL side FC Goa uses only 18,600. Sporting Authority of Goa operates it.
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
The stadium is situated in Balewadi Mahalunge, Pune. This has been a venue for 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. The complex has a capacity of 11,900, but Pune FC uses only 9,110.
JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur
Opened in 1991, The JRD Tata Sports Complex is majorly used for football and Athletics. It has a capacity of 24,000spectators. It is the home for ISL side Jamshedpur FC and Tata Football Academy.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
This stadium is situated in Kochi Kerala with the capacity of 60,000 while Kerala Blasters uses 39,000 from it. It is the home for Indian national football team, Indian national cricket team, Kerala Football team, Kerala Cricket Team, Kerala Strikers, Kerala Blasters.
Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Mumbai Football Arena is one of the most famous and iconic football stadium of India. It has been a venue for Mumbai City FC, Indian National football, team, 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and lots of International Friendlies.
Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
It is situated in Sarusajai, Guwahati, Assam. It has the total capacity of 35,000 which was reduced to 23,850 for FIFA U-17 World Cup. It hosted the 33rd National games, South Asian games. This stadium is the home for Indian National football team, North East United FC, Aizawl FC.
Team Preview- ATK
The two-time ISL champion Atletico de Kolkata will start their campaign in the new season by meeting the two-time finalists Kerala Blasters in the curtain raiser clash at their home ground Salt Lake Stadium. The team is co-owned by the prince of Calcutta and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Kunzang Bhutia, Soram Poirei
Defenders: Anwar Ali, Ashutosh Mehta, Jordi Montel, Keegan Pereira, Mohanraj Nalappan, Prabir Das, Tom Thorpe,
Midfielders: Bipin Singh, Conor Thomas, Darren Caldeira, Hitesh Sharma, Zequinha, Komal Thatal, Ronald Singh, Rupert Nongrum, Ryan Taylor, Shankar Sapingraj, Sibongakonke Mbatha.
Forwards: Jayesh Rane, Martin Paterson, Robbie Keane, Robin Singh.
Coach: Steven Coppell
Team Preview- Bengaluru FC
JSW group owns Bengaluru FC. The team has become the runners-up of the 2017-2018 season where Chennayin FC made it up. This year they must have prepared for the new season.
Goalkeepers: Abhra Mondal, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia
Defenders: Boithang Haokip, Collin Abranches, Harmanjot Khabra, John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose
Midfielders: Alwyn George, Toni Dovale, Daniel Segovia, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Lenny Rodriguez, Malsawnzuala, Victor Perez, Zohmingliana Ralte
Forwards: Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Miku, Sunil Chhetri, Semboi Haokip, Udanta Singh
Coach: Carles Cuadrat
Team Preview- Chennaiyin FC
Chennaiyin FC are the two-time champions of the ISL. They have won the previous season’s title, so they are on the defending side. The team is co-owned by Abhishek Bachchan and Former World Cup-winning skipper and Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Shahin Lal Meloli
Defenders: Dhanachandra Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Henrique Sereno, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Keenan Almeida, Mailson Alves, Sanjay Balmuchu
Midfielders: Anirudh Thapa, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Francisco Fernandes, Germapreet Singh, Gregory Nelson, Jaime Gavilan, Raphael Augusto, Rene Mihelic, Thoi Singh.
Forwards: Baringo Bodo, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jude Nworuh, Mohammed Rafi
Coach: John Gregory
Team Preview- Delhi Dynamos FC
They have been a team that never performed well in the league so far but this year fans are expecting some fireworks from them.
Goalkeepers: Arnab Das Sharma, Sukhdev Patil, Xabier Iruetaguena
Defenders: Gabriel Cichero, Jayananda Moirangthem, Sena Ralte, Mohammad Dhot, Munmun Lugun, Pratik Chowdhary, Pritam Kotal, Rowilson Rodrigues
Midfielders: Edu Moya, Jeroen Lumu, Manuel Arana, Matias Mirbaje, Nandhakumar Sekar, Paulinho Dias, Seityasen Singh, Shubham Sarangi, SImranjeet Singh, Vinit Rai
Forwards: David Ngaihte, Kalu Uche, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Romeo Fernandes
Coach: Josep Gombau
Team Preview- FC Goa
Goan Football club Pvt. Ltd owns FC Goa city. There previous season’s campaign ended up in Semi-finals, and now they’ll try keeping their hopes up for the new season.
Goalkeepers: Bruno Colaco, Laxmikant Kattimani, Naveen Kumar
Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Bruno Pinheiro, Chinglensana Singh, Jonathan Cardozo, Mohamed Ali, Narayan Das, Sergio Juste, Seriton Fernandes
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Anthony D’Souza, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Hugo Boumous, Mandar Rao Dessai, Manuel Lanzarote, Mohammad Yasir, Pratesh Shirodkar, Pronay Halder
Forwards: Ferran Corominas, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Mark Sifneos
Coach: Sergio Lobera
Team Preview- FC Pune City
FC Pune city is co-owned by Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood’s heartthrob Arjun Kapoor. They are participating from the inaugural season but are yet to win the title.
Goalkeepers: Anuj Kumar, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kumar
Defenders: Gurtej Singh, Harpreet Singh, Lalchuanmawia Fanai, Manuel Jesus, Rafael Lopez, Sahil Panwar, Sarthak Golui
Midfielders: Adil Khan, Issac Vanmalsawma, Jewel Raja, Jonatan Lucca, Marcos Tebar, Marko Stankovic, Rohit Kumar
Forwards: Ajay Singh, Baljit Sahni, Diego Carlos, Emiliano Alfaro, Gani Ahmed Nigam, Kean Lewis, Marcelo Pereira, Ashique Kuruniyan
Coach: Miguel Angel Portugal
Team Preview- Jamshedpur FC
Jamshedpur FC started competing in the previous seasons and was on the top of the points table, but they fell just before the finals. Tata Steel owned the team.
Goalkeepers: Rafique Ali, Sanjiban Ghosh, Subrata Paul
Defenders: Anas Edathodika, Andre Bikey, Tiri, Karan Amin, Robin Gurung, Sairuat Kima, Shouvik Ghosh, Yumnam Raju
Midfielders: Bikash Jairu, Memo, Mehtab Hossain, Sameehg Doutie, Souvik Chakrabarti, Trindade Goncalves, Wellington Priori
Forwards: Ashim Biswas, Farukh Choudhary, Izu Azuka, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Kervens Belfort, Siddharth Singh, Sumeet Passi
Coach: Cesar Ferrando Jimenez
Team Preview- Kerala Blasters FC
The club began their campaign in ISL from the inaugural season. Blasters Sports Pvt Ltd owns it. Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar supports the team.
Goalkeepers: Paul Rachubka, Sandip Nandy, Subhasish Roy
Defenders: Lalruatthara, Lalthakima, Nemanja Ladkic- Persic, Rino Anto, Samule Shadap, Sandesh Jhingan, Wes Brown
Midfielders: Arata Izumi, CK Vineeth, Courage Pekuson, Deependra Negi, JackichandSingh, Loken Meitei, Milan Singh, Prasanth K, Sahal Abdul Samad, Siam Hanghal, Pulga
Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov, Gudjon Baldvinsson, Iain Hume, Karan Sawhney
Coach: David James
Team Preview- Mumbai City FC
ISL side Mumbai City FC is co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh a Chartered Accountant. It club witnessed the several big names and had performed accordingly, but they are yet to win the title.
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Arindam Bhattacharja, Kunal Sawant
Defenders: Aiborlang Khongjee, Biswajit Saha, Davinder Singh, Gerson Vieira, Lalchawnkima, Lucian Goian, Marcio Rozario, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Raju Gaikwad
Midfielders: Abinash Ruidas, Achille Emana, Sahil Tavora, Everton Santos, Leo Costa, Rakesh Oram, Sanju Pradhan, Sehnaj Singh, Thiago Santos, Zakeer Mundampara
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Ranjal Bhumij, Rafa Jorda
Coach: Jorge Costa
Team Preview- North East United FC
The most followed side of the ISL, North East United FC has the most numbers of fans in ISL. Bollywood actor cum producer John Abraham owns the team. They claim to be the first club in the world that has represented the region but not a city.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh, Ravi Kumar, TP Rehenesh
Defenders: Abdul Hakku, Gursimrat Singh, Jose Goncalves, Reagan Singh, Sambinha, Martin Diaz, Nirmal Chetrri, Robert Lalthlamuana
Midfielders: Halicharan Narzary, Helio Pinto, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalrindika Ralte, Malemngamba Meitei, Marcinho, Rowlin Borges, Seiminlen Doungel, Sushil Meitei
Forwards: Danilo Lopes, John Mosquera, Miac Sema
Coach: Eelco Schattorie
You can watch the live action on Star Sports while Hotstar will avail the live action on digital platforms.