Football-mad Kerala has long yearned for a club which could match the exploits of the state teams which have made their mark in the Santosh Trophy. Fans have gotten their wish, with the Hero Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC. Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar – whose nickname “Master Blaster” is the inspiration for the team name – is a part-owner and lends immediate star power to the club. Prasad V Potluri sold his
shares to a consortium including Telugu superstars Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad and Indian film producer Allu Aravind.
After the 2015 season, Steve Coppell was announced as head coach of Kerala Blasters. In order to encourage local talents, former Indian International N P Pradeep was announced as the official Scout. On 28 July, the team brought in Northern Ireland national team international defender Aaron Hughes as their new marquee player.
The Kerala Blasters currently play their home games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, also known as the Kaloor International Stadium, is a multipurpose stadium, playing host to both football and cricket.