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Ready to Launch: Indian football set for lift-off

The much-anticipated Hero Indian Super League kicks-off tomorrow (Sunday) with the 8 team, 10 week tournament seeing Atlético de Kolkata host Mumbai City FC at the beginning of an exciting new chapter for sport on the sub-continent.

Peter Reid, Freddie Ljungberg, Nicolas Anelka, ATK, Atletico de Kolkata, Mumbai City FC
Atletico de Kolkata take on Mumbai City FC in the first match of the Hero Indian Super League. credit@wikipedia

Atlético de Kolkata, co-owned by La Liga champions Atlético Madrid and cricketing super-star Sourav Ganguly, must seek to unite a city usually divided by the East Bengal v Mohun Bagan “Kolkata derby.” Continue reading Ready to Launch: Indian football set for lift-off

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India: Football’s next emerging market

Football in India may finally emerge from cricket’s shadow with the launch of the Hero Indian Super League, an attempt to bring the game to hundreds of millions of fans and ultimately capitalise on the potential for the game’s development in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

With a young, aspirant population comprising 25% of the world’s under-25s and an economy forecast to be the world’s 3rd largest by 2030; backers of the league know that football on the sub-continent has enormous potential.

Indian Super League Soccer Delhi Dynamos FC (Delhi) Atlético de Kolkata (Kolkata) Kerala Blasters FC (Kochi, Kerala) Mumbai City FC (Mumbai) North East United FC (Guwahati, Assam) FC Pune City (Pune) Chennai Titans (Chennai) FC Goa (Goa)The new league’s 8 team franchise format draws inspiration domestically from the success of cricket’s IPL Twenty20 tournament, which brought genuine international stars to Indian stadiums. The inaugural season will kick-off in October
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