Indian Super League – Let’s Get Goalin’

Written by Prajakta Nagore

The ISL or more commonly known as the Hero Indian Super League started in October 2014. The ISL has a couple of co-promoters, namely, Reliance, Star India and also the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The ISL has managed to gain as much popularity as its cricket counterpart. ISL aims at revolutionizing Football as a sport. It also aims to become a stage for talent in the country. We know the Hero ISL to be a league that will help India to have a high standing at the international level.

There are ten football teams based on the following cities: Jamshedpur, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Goa, and Chennai. Industrialists, Sports celebrities as well as people from the Indian film industry are known to have invested in these teams. ATK lifted the trophy at its inaugural season as well as its third season. In the second and fourth season Chennaiyin FC won the trophy, while in 2018-19, Bengaluru FC took the trophy home.

NorthEast United FC popularly known as NEUFC, is the first football club in India.  It represents a region rather than a city. This club represents the sister states of India, namely: Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, and Assam. This football club has its headquarters in Guwahati, Assam.

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John Abraham is the sole owner of NorthEast United FC. John Abraham, a Bollywood actor, and producer, has shown his fondness for this sport right from the beginning. His ambition was to represent India at an international level through football. NorthEast United FC is the only club which not owned by a corporation or a company. John Abraham sponsors this club through money from his self-earnings. During the formation of the clubs back in 2014, John Abraham chose Northeast India over his hometown Mumbai. PriyaRunchal, John Abraham’s wife, is the chairperson of NorthEast United FC.

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