Kicking off in the month of October, the 2017–18 Indian Super League season will be the fourth season of the Indian Super League, the football league, since its establishment in 2013.
ISL has gained commendable success in a cricket-mad country, with several leading names from world football plying their trade in India. The ISL has attracted top names like Zico, Roberto Carlos, Thierry Henry, Diago Forlan, Elano Blumer, Helder Postiga, Adrian Mutu and Nicolas Anelka to name a few.
This year there are 10 teams in the ISL after a successful last season with 8 teams.
The teams and their head coaches are:
This year two new teams have been added which are: Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC, the two time champion of the I-League, India’s top-tier professional football league.
With the transfer window open, we have seen (yet to see) some spectacular stars’ names adding up from foreign leagues. Some of these include the latest signings of ManU legend, Dimitar Berbatov (Kerala Blasters), Spanish winger Eduardo (Bengaluru FC), Brazilian midfielder Thiago Santos (Mumbai City FC), Spanish striker Adrian Perez (FC Goa) to name a few.
French legend Thierry Henry said that the Indian Super League football which attracts some big names from across the world can help massively in the development of the game in the country.
“It helps massively when you have such people in the league”, said Henry.
The Arsenal legend, who also played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls, however, asked the organizers to ensure that more young Indian players come through the ranks and get a chance to rub shoulders with the best in the world.
“What helps more is if you can develop young Indian players who can play alongside these footballing greats and learn about the game. That’s what will be amazing.”
Looking at the stunning signings and the pace with which the ISL has been gaining popularity, the Indian football fans can easily say that the day is not long before the ISL catches the eye of the international media.