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Indian Super League turned out to be a big success

Updated on February 17, 2015

Story of Indian Super League, ISL

Football is a wonderful game and there are hundreds of professional leagues all over the world. Indian football is nowhere near to world standard and India stands 158 in Fifa ranking. Here comes a very surprising story of a professional football league of India. ISL alias Indian Super League finished in grand style with many records. I league was the major football league in Indian prior to ISL. Gigantic companies like Reliance back Indian Super League with mass fund of 700 crores. The very first league witnessed great battle among eight teams.

Indian football is rising with the help of ISL


All eight teams of Indian Super League

Currently there are eight teams listed in ISL. In the future more teams are expected to join the league. The current teams are

1.Atletico de Kolkata

2. Kerala Blasters

3. Chennaiyin

4. Delhi Dynamos

5. Mumbai city

6. Pune City

7. North East United

8. Goa

ISL is copy paste of IPL

Indian Premier League is a professional cricket league and the largest of the kind played in India. Major cricketers of the world are played there as there are huge amount of money involved in IPL. Indian Super League is generated in same way as IPL to promote football in India. The involvement of multinational companies as franchise make it a a mega event offering golden opportunities for professional players all over the world. Multinational companies like Reliance, Sun Group, Den network, PVP ventures running behind teams as franchise. Apart from these multinational companies, major celebrated involved in the business of ISL are Sachin Tendulkar for Kerala Blasters, Sourav Ganguly for Atletico De Kolkata, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor for Mumbai team. All these eight franchises paid $200 million as franchise amount the overall result is the grand success of the first Indian Super League. There are 49 foreign players enlisted in the first league of Indian football.

David James, goalkeeper of Kerala Blaster


Atletico de Kolkata, the first champion of ISL

Beating Kerala Blasters, Atletico de Kolkata won the first ISL title in grand style. It was an Indian footballer, Rafique, scored championship goal in the very end of the scheduled time ( 93 minute). Both teams failed to score in the 90 minutes and in the extra time Rafique's stunning header placed Atletico de Kolkata the first champion of Indian super league. The final was played in Mumbai DY Patil stadium.

Kerala Blasters had few golden opportunities and the irrevocable mistake from David James cost them badly to lose the title. But Kerala Blasters played wonderful football and they had major ball position.

Ian Hume, main striker of Kerala Blasters


Best player first Indian Super League

Ian Hume of Kerala Blasters won the first hero of the ISL award. He scored 5 goals in the entire tournament and provide assistant to 3 more goals. His overall performance helped Kerala Blasters to reach in the final of the first Indian Super League.

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Marco Materazzi, a star in ISL


Other major awards in the first league of Indian football

Eland Blumer of Chennaiyin grabbed the golden boot award in the ISL ceremony. He had an outstanding records in the entire tournament and played major role for Chennai and ensured his team reached the semi finals of the first Indian super league.

Jan Seda of FC Goa selected as the best goal keeper of the league.

Sandesh Jhingan of Kerala Blasters proudly selected as the emerging player of the league. He played as a defender and stand as a rock during the entire matches.

Goal of the league award goes to Kostas Katsouranis of FC Pune and the fittest player of the league went to Jan Stohanzl. Luis Garcia of Kolkata selected as the most exciting player and the fair play trophy went to Delhi Dynamos.

It was dear Sachin Tendulkar who received the happy fans award on behalf of Kerala Blaster. The fans of Kerala were simply rocking.

What will ISL bring for Indian football?

Evey one expect dynamic changes in the standard of Indian football in the near future. By introducing ISL, the standards of Indian players expected to change. The golden opportunities of playing with world players like Hume and Materazzi will reflect in their game and it will improve the quality of Indian football. That's what Every football lovers in India hope and looking at Indian Super league as a golden chance to grab.


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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      It was really a great success and I was lucky that one of the venue was in Kochi which is near my house..I watched 4 matches of Kerala blasters and really enjoyed the awesome ground support and the number of fans. I am sure that in the coming years ISL will get more support and will overtake the cricket league matches in India.