Foreign Footballers to lookout for in Indian Super League Season 2
The second edition of the Indian Super League has drawn some of the biggest names in world football already. The teams still have some time before the deadline for foreign signings become effective but most teams have already done some very good business on that front. In this post, we take a look at some of the foreign players who are best equipped to make a significant impact in this year’s competition. The Internatioanl players to watch out for in the Indian Super League 2015 are placed below.
Mumbai City FC had announced quite early on that they have reached an agreement with former France international Nicolas Anelka for ISL 2. The former Chelsea striker who had significant spells at Real Madrid, PSG, Arsenal, and Manchester City among others, had been a part of the outfit last season and made some telling contributions. Anelka often played a deeper role in ISL 1 and showed sparks of brilliance. He will be determined to make a lasting impact when the new season kicks off in October.
FC Pune City have signed up two very exciting players in the forms of Adrian Mutu and Didier Zokora. Mutu has had a controversial but colourful career in Europe. A striker of immense potential, the Romanian was part of the Chelsea set up when Roman Abramovich bought the side and had a decent spell with Fiorentina in Italy. Zokora had a good career in the game in the French top division and with his national team, Ivory Coast. The two players should feature heavily for Pune as they look to do better this season.
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata was the talk of the ISL a few weeks ago as they paid a huge chunk of money for 33-year-old Portugal forward Helder Postiga. Postiga was part of the side that made it into the Euro 2004 final which lost to Greece. He has had a successful career in the Portuguese top flight as well as the Spanish top flight. Although the striker is a bit injury prone, he knows how to hit the back of the net. Kolkata have also signed last season’s player of the tournament Iain Hume for the coming season and with these two players in the side, Atletico should be scoring plenty of goals this season.
Like Postiga, another Portuguese player who made a big impact in the Euro 2004 and skippered Portugal in his time with the national team was Simao Sabrosa. The left-winger, who forged a successful career with Benfica and then with Atletico Madrid, will ply his trade for NorthEast United FC this season and Simao will give them a huge lift after a rather disappointing first season.
Chennaiyin FC have signed Fikru from Atletico de Kolkata in the off season and have retained Brazilian attacking midfielder Elano. While Fikru was a crucial part of Atletico’s title winning season especially towards the beginning of last campaign, Elano banged in 8 goals last season despite missing a chunk of the tournament. The former Manchester City player showed that he was a class apart from the rest. At 34-years of age, Elano still has enough in the tank to put in an effective shift for Chennai and the side will definitely benefit from his presence.
The Delhi Dynamos FC have made a huge signing in Roberto Carlos. The former Real Madrid and Brazil left-back was the best in his position in his heydays and although he is quite old for a footballer now, fans would undoubtedly flock into the stadium to watch him curl one of those signature free-kicks for Delhi.
FC Goa’s best piece of business ahead of ISL 2 was to sign up Brazil world cup winner Lucio. With Zico at the helm of team affairs, it was a straightforward piece of business but it could prove to be a master stroke. The defender skippered the Selecao at a point of time in his career and built a reputation as one of the most dominating center backs in the European game with Bayern Munich and then Inter Milan. He worked under maverick manager Jose Mourinho at Inter, where the duo won the Champions League together.