Indian Super League - A Success Or Failure
First season of the Hero Indian Super League was started on 12th October 2014. The league started with a huge reputation because of the marquee players playing in this tournament. Some of the world class players and coaches agreed to participate in this league because of the big money involved in it and they also loved the intentions of the league that is Making A New Football Nation. This league started with breaking a rare record, Average Attendance Per Game. Having more than 25,000 people coming in a non-footballing county. India has never qualified for the FIFA world cup. Having ranked Number 1 in Asia, this tournament is a big Success. Let's see what the marquee players has to say about this tournament's Success.
Luis García, the Spanish footballer who has played for Liverpool and Atletico Madrid is the Capitan of the Atletico De Kolkata says that The Hero Indian Super League's Success is very important for India's success at the world stage. He also said that this league will go on BIG! He is also having a good time in India.
Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero, the Italian football legend is currently playing for Delhi Dynamos FC said in an interview that this league is not less than any other league in the world, it's just that how ISL works it out next year and there is a lot of interest from Europe as well. He really loved the quality of the games played by the Internationals and Indians too. He really liked the new budding star of Brasil, Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos.
Robert Pirès, the French footballer who is known for playing for Arsenal. He was signed by FC Goa as their marquee player. He had been tweeting about the good time he had spent in India. He says that he wants to work with youngsters and develop their game. He also said that the upcoming FIFA U - 17 World Cup in 2017 is going to be very important for India. India is currently ranked 158 in the FIFA Rankings.
Emerging Indian Players
That's what this league is about, The Emerging Indian Talent. There are a lot of Indian players who really showed us that they really have the potential to be on the world stage. They just need good guidance which they are getting from ISL. FC Goa's Romeo Fernandes and Chennaiyan FC's Jeje Lalpekhlua are the highest Indian goal scorers of the League stage. Many more players have shown the talent as well such as, Calvin Lobo, Baljit Sahni, Shylo. These are the players who are going to take the Indian football to another stage. With the ending of the league it's effect has clearly shown that Indian Football is ready for the world stage as FC Goa's Romeo Fernandes was approached by a Brazilian Football Club, Atletico Paranaense.
Success Or Failure
If this league is about getting the Indian Football on the world stage and promoting the local talent that we have in India. Yes! It's a Success. Being the most watched Asian league in just a year is a great success. Indians getting noticed around the world for their skills is definitely a success for the organizers and the Indian players as well, playing at the world stage and doing great.This First season of ISL has also commercialized football in India. Now everything depends on how the next season of the ISL goes, if it's as good as the First season we are not much far behind the top teams of the world.
Indian Super League, A Success ?
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