Cricket Move over Time for Football to get front row seats

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Winds Of Change has finally arrived in India……

India a country where Cricket is has been the leading sport for a long time even though Hockey is the national sport and where Football is nowhere even close to either of them. The Land where Sachin Tendulkar is worshiped as God, where Cricket has been on top with the worlds best as well as Hockey which gave some great moments, but Football hasn’t managed to captivate alot of golden moments like the World Cup win in Cricket or the Olympic Golds in Hockey  under The Great Dhyand Chand

ISL making small steps towards building a greater future for Football in India


India may have one of the oldest cup tournaments in the world in the form of the Rover Cup but that has not done any good for the progress made for football in India. Even though in the last decade there has been a large amount revenue from Television and Sponsorship coming from Asia and India playing a large role in that.

The first 27 matches were watched by a total 34.65 million viewers on the Sony Six network, compared with 44.9 million viewers for the entire 2010 World Cup.

These Stats can be alarming considering the sudden rise of in terms of Viewership and Revenue that has been generated from India during the World Cup. 


The Indian Super League or the ISL which is going be functioning the same way the A- League and MLS. A total of 8 Teams which are Franchisee owned and name after Major Tier 1 Cities. The Response the ISL has got so far has been astounding with alot  of Football Legends signing up.Mumbai City Fc have managed to accquire the services of Nicholas Anelka, Freddie Lunjberg and most notebly Manuel Friedrich who was a part of the Borussia Dortmund Team for the 2013-14 Season. Raul Garcia has signed for Atletico De Kolkata after a colaboration with Spanish Giants Atletico Madrid.Italy’s World cupper Del Piero has signed for Delhi etc.

This is the magnitude at which the Newly formed ISL league will be and this is a delight for the Indian fans to finally get a glimpse of what Football at the top level is.

List of Players which have Joined the ISL

Atletico de Kolkata: Marquee Player- Luis Garcia

  • Apoula Edel – Armenia – Goalkeeper
  • Sylvain Monsoreau – France – Defender
  • Jose Miguel – Spain – Defender
  • Borja Fernandez – Spain – Midfielder
  • Jofre Gonzalez – Spain – Midfielder
  • Jakub Podany – Czech Republic – Midfielder
  • Arnal Llibert – Spain – Forward

Team Chennai: Marquee Player- TBD

  • Gennaro Bracigliano – France – Goalkeeper
  • Bernard Mendy – France – Defender
  • Jairo Carvajal – Colombia – Defender
  • Cristian Gonzalez – Spain – Midfielder
  • Bojan Djorjic – Sweden – Midfielder
  • Bruno Pelissari – Brazil – Midfielder
  • Eduardo Silva – Spain – Striker

Delhi Dynamos FC: Marquee Player – Alessandro Del Piero

  • Marek Cech – Czech Republic – Goalkeeper
  • Henrique Dinis Oliveira Dias – Portugal – Defender
  • Bruno Herrero – Spain – Midfielder
  • Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos – Brazil – Midfielder
  • Pavel Elias – Czech Republic – Midfielder
  • Mads Junker – Denmark – Forward
  • Morten Skoubo – Denmark – Forward

Team Goa: Marquee Player-  TBD

  • Jan Seda – Czech Republic – Goalkeeper
  • Gregory Arnolin – France – Defender
  • Youness Bengelloun – France – Defender
  • Bruno Filipe Tavares Pinheiro – Portugal – Midfielder
  • Miguel Bruno Pereira Herlein – Portugal – Forward
  • Edgar Carvalho Figueira Marcelino – Portugal – Forward
  • Miroslav Slepicka – Czech Republic – Forward

Kerala Blasters FC: Marquee Player- David James

  • Cedric Hengbart – France – Defender
  • Raphael Romey – France – Defender
  • Erwin Spitzner – Brazil – Defender
  • Victor Herrero Forcada – Spain – Midfielder
  • Michael Chopra – England – Forward
  • Iain Hume – Canada – Forward
  • Pedro Adriano Veloso Gusmao – Brazil – Forward

Mumbai City FC: Marquee Player- Nicolas Anelka

  • Andre Matos Dias Pereira – Portugal – Goalkeeper
  • Pavel Cmovs – Czech Republic – Defender
  • Johann Letzelter – France – Defender
  • Ilias Pollalis – Greece – Defender
  • Jan Stohanzl – Czech Republic – Midfielder
  • Francisco Javier Fernandez Luque – Spain – Midfielder
  • Diego Fernando Nadaya – Argentina – Forward

North East United FC: Marquee Player- Jaon Capdevilla

  • Massamba Lo Sambou – Senegal – Defender
  • Tomas Josl – Czech Republic – Defender
  • Isaac Chansa – Zambia – Midfielder
  • Do Dong-Hyun – South Korea – Midfielder
  • Guilherme Felipe de Castro – Brazil – Midfielder
  • Cornell Glen – Trinidad and Tobago – Forward
  • Luis Alfredo Yanes Padilla – Colombia – Forward

FC Pune City: Marquee Player- David Trezeguet

  • Bruno Cirillo – Italy – Defender
  • Emanuele Belardi – Italy – Goalkeeper
  • Ivan Bolado Palacios – Spain – Forward
  • Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri – Burkina Faso – Midfielder
  • Omar Andres Rodriguez Martinez – Colombia – Midfielder
  • Andres Felipe Gonzalez Ramirez – Colombia – Defender
  • Park Kwang-IL – South Korea – Midfielder


Will the Indian Super league bring long term success and longevity to Football in India only time will tell.




One thought on “Cricket Move over Time for Football to get front row seats

    nilesh999 said:
    September 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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