ISL 2015 Team List
The ISL teams consist of eight franchises located in various parts of India. Teams include the Atlético de Kolkata from Kolkata, and teams from Chennai, Goa, Kerala, Mumbai, Guwahati, Pune and Delhi. Each team is allowed to sign 8 foreign players with one of them being a marquee player.
Atletico de Kolkata
Winners of the 1st edition of the ISL, Atletico de Kolkata is based in West Bengal in Kolkata and is owned by Sourav Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka, Harshavardhan Neotia, and Utsave Parekh. Ganguly once played cricket in India and was captain of the national team in India. The former cricket star is now a commentator for the sport. Portuguese striker Helder Postiga is appointed their marquee player.
Team Chennai named Chennaiyin FC has been the latest entry to the ISL following the withdrawal of Bangalore from the 1st season of the competition. Brazilian midfielder Elano Blumer is appointed their marquee player.
The ISL franchised FC Goa team is owned by Mumbai resident Venugopal Dhoot and Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo of Goa. Brazilian centre back Lucio is appointed their marquee player.
Kerala Blasters FC
Based in Kochi, Kerala, the Kerala Blasters were officially designated their team name in May 2014. The choice for the name is based on the owner’s popular nickname, the “Master Blaster.” The owner, Sachin Tendulkar formerly played cricket and is considered a master batsman. He was named “God of Cricket,” by fans of the sport. Spanish midfielder Carlos Marchena is the marquee signing of the Kerala team.
Mumbai City FC
The Mumbai City FC team franchise of the ISL is owned by Bimal Parekh and well-known Bollywood actor, Ranbir Kapoor. Kapoor is the recipient of five Filmfare awards. French forward back Nicolas Anelka is appointed their marquee player.
FC Pune City
ISL members of the Pune franchise are based in Pune, Maharashtra. FC Pune City is owned by the Wadhawan Group and Bollywood actor and producer, Salman Khan who have tied up with Fiorentina. Khan, who received a Filmfare Award for his role in the film Maine Pyar Kiya, is the son of screenwriter and actor Salim Khan. Romanian forward Adrian Mutu is appointed their marquee player.
Delhi Dynamos FC
The Delhi Dynamos FC team, based in Delhi, is owned by the DEN Networks in the same city. DEN Networks is the country’s leading cable television distribution company. Currently, the company serves well over 10 million households. Delhi Dynamos tie-up with Feyenoord Rotterdam (Dutch side). Brazilian left-back back Roberto Carlos is appointed their marquee player.
North East United FC
The North East United FC is based in Guwahati, Assam. It is owned by Shillong Lajong of the I-League club and John Abraham, a Bollywood actor and producer. The team has signed Portuguese Winger Simao Sabrosa as their marquee player.
All the above indian super league teams will kick off the exciting ISL season on October 3 2015.