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Indian football finally gets some attention from Ambani and Star this time, good times are around the corner for indian football fans who want to see the abysmal 150 turn to some respectable 80 odd..:dance: The Indian Super League is the name of a new, proposed football league in India by IMG-Reliance (a joint venture of IMG and Reliance Industries) and the All India Football Federation. It is set to kick-off in September 2014 and finish its first season in November of that year.[1] The league is expected to run along the lines of the Indian Premier League and Major League Soccer of the United States. The eight cities which were selected to host teams are Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai,Chennai and Pune. Chennai in place of Bangalore, hoping Bangalore franchise gets a nod in the next season.

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doubt talent will come up no matter how much money is put in the africans seem to being well despite being next to money invested in their leagues. best way is to naturalize players from other countries and put them in the leagues and inspire the young kids so that the next generation is better

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Spain’s Joan Capdevila joins Indian Super League side North East United • 2010 World Cup winner to become club’s marquee player • Ljungberg, Pires and Yorke among names in ISL draft http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/16/joan-capdevila-indian-super-league

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Just when you thought kochi Tuskers was a lame name....Kerala blasters l:hysterical: Anyways my team blasters :cheer: 2nd team Mumbai :cheer:
Owned by Goddy....so now you are insulting his team :finger::finger:

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Athletico De Kolkata owned and operated by Sourav Ganguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh, and Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Reason behind it's name. But North East United FC has no relation with Manchester United?

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220332_heroa.jpg The former French international is set to ply his trade in the inaugural edition of the IMG-Reliance’s organized tournament… David Trezeguet looks likely to be the marquee player for Salman Khan and Wadhawan Group’s FC Pune City, Goal can reveal. The former Juventus striker played for Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina on loan from River Plate where he scored 7 goals in 24 appearances. With his contract set to expire in December and not having the best of relationships with River Plate coach Fernando Cavenaghi, it seems the 36-year old will be seen playing in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). “Trezeguet is an example as an athlete and for his love for River. Our desire is for him to continue at the club, not as a player," said River Plate president, Rodolfo D'Onofrio a couple of days back. However, it is learnt that the Frenchman will play for FC Pune City as their designated marquee player. With 34 goals in 71 appearances for France, Trezeguet was part of the 1998 World Cup winning side and also has the distinction of scoring the golden goal in the Euro 2000 triumph against Italy in the final.

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trezeguet.jpg David Trezeguet is starting the next chapter of his glorious career at Pune, the Indian football club that is controlled by the Della Valle, who also owns Fiorentina. The Della Valle strongly wanted to acquire the former Juventus striker to help promote football in Asia and India. This is what Trezeguet said in an interview to the Viola Channel: ”This will be a new experience for me in a different place and with a different football. They made me a proposal that also went beyond football, but also to do with marketing and I believe promoting football in these countries is the right thing to do. It will be an interesting life experience. I’m ready for this new 3 month adventure with other players that come from different places and played at a high level. I always follow Italian football despite the distance. I follow Fiorentina since they play nice football and have many South Americans. I wish Fiorentina to do continue to do well. Was I disappointed by Italy in the World Cup? Nobody expected them to be eliminated in group stage, but I’m certain Italian national team will return to the level where they belong” Trezeguet is ready to make an impact in India by scoring many goals.

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10563156_316872991821964_3379794444964128834_n.jpg FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel:
Indian football is at a point of inflexion, and FC Pune City shall leave no stone unturned in our endeavour to fulfil millions of dreams of players, fans and of football lovers. We shall uphold our motto of Passion, Honour and Glory on the pitch and off it as well - by engaging with the community and working purposefully at grassroot level. Our partnership with ACF Fiorentina is a step in this direction. David Trezeguet will be our marquee player. David is the third highest French goal scorer behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini (34 goals in 71 appearances). He will be the team`s spearhead in the ISL and we expect him to lead us to the title. The whole idea was to build a spine of the team and so we wanted to pick the right goalkeeper and central defender. We draw inspiration from Pune city and the team will play with passion to achieve honour and glory. We would like to win on and off the pitch. Trezeguet will spearhead the team’s campaign. He has scored 138 goals in 245 appearances for Juventus. We will send our team to Florence for training. By joining hands with the legends of football, FC Pune City brings international expertise to the Team to nurture young talent and hopefully take football to a different level in a country where all other sports have been eclipsed by cricket. We have to keep the signing amount confidential due to the ISL rules. We are redoing the dressing rooms for international players.
ACF Fiorentina CEO Sandro Mencucci:
It is indeed a great opportunity for us to associate with FC Pune City, as it is a platform for us to nurture football talent amongst India's youth. Pune is a young and vibrant city in India and is a great destination, synonymous to the definition of football - young, vibrant, global and youthful. ACF Fiorentina has tirelessly worked towards growing the level of football in Italy and through this tie-up we only hope to help the much needed growth of the wonderful sport of football in a country as beautiful and lively as India. This is the first season and we have to run to build the team. We have to teach the young players. Soccer in US was developed around the youth. They are doing well and in the recent World Cup also they did well. In India, we can build a soccer movement like in USA. We want to build an academy in Pune. Our club was languishing in Serie C2 , but we recovered, became strong and played the Champions League. We are involved in youth development in Switzerland, China and Japan and in a soccer movement in the California, USA. We would like to be part of the soccer movement in India. Trezeguet played for Juventus that was Fiorentina’s enemy team, but here we will work together.
ACF head planning and control Leonardo Limatola:
We think the quality will improve with six overseas players taking the field with five Indians in the ISL. FC Pune City has an excellent and experienced coach in Franco Colomba (he has worked with Napoli, Cagliari, Verona and Parma) and he will find ways for the overseas and Indian players to adjust and combine well. The quality of the Indian players would improve. Not all the best Indian players were available at the draft. We debated a lot and did serious analysis before choosing a player. Playing with better players will allow the weaker to become stronger, especially in group sports like football. We have to let the players grow up with others. Some players could become better in a few sessions or a few weeks of training. When a player comes out from the young sector, normally if you look at them playing all together, they don`t look like high quality footballers. But some of them, when they are put in with professionals, play as good as the other players in a few months. That is what we hope will happen in India. It (Indians playing with stronger players) will increase the speed, the way they pass the ball and maybe increase their self-confidence. We have seen some Indian football in the past. The standard of the I-League was not close to the first division of most important European countries. We would like to develop the sport and its quality with the help of clubs that would like to invest in development. We think Indian football needs to be developed from the first stage. We have to start from the beginning. It is the only way to improve the standard of football. It is the only way to increase the quality or the performance of the players.

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Del Piero could play in India Alessandro-del-Piero-italy-2002_3144508.jpgAlessandro Del Piero: Former Juventus and Italy great could be India-bound Rumours of an imminent move to the Indian Super League for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero have gathered pace after he revealed he is weighing up two offers to continue his playing career. The inaugural ISL commences in October and marquee players confirmed to play include UEFA Champions League winner Luis Garcia, World Cup winners Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila, and Del Piero’s former Juventus team-mate David Trezeguet. The 39-year-old is currently in Australia and will captain an All-Stars side against former club Juventus on Saturday. "It could be my last game in Australia, but I'm still in touch with the (Australian) federation and Sydney FC as well. I'm happy to be here and hope to stay in touch in the future,†Del Piero said. "Now I have to choose exactly what is the best for me with the opportunities, but I want to play on. "At the end of the day it's not an easy moment for me to understand what is best to do because I have more options coming for outside the pitch rather than on the pitch. "After this game I will sit with my family, my manager, everyone and I will decide what is the best for me and, I hope, play on. "It's my passion. I understand I can follow my passion until I'm 90 years old, but I think I'm in good shape to play for one more year and this is my idea." The former Juventus striker, who scored 208 goals in 513 appearances, admitted coming up against his old side will be an emotional occasion. "This is a special game, not only for me but for the Australian federation, all the players," he said. "It will be, for sure, exciting to come face-to-face with my former team. I don't know what can happen, because it's a very unique situation."

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Magliocchetti and adventure in Pune: "Fiorentina a guarantee, I accepted immediately" BkY0S-DCMAAk1OV.jpg He writes Pune FC, says Italy, or even Fiorentina. From about three weeks, in fact, the Viola have formalized their partnership with this Indian team that will participate in the new national league, the Indian Super League. A tournament still in progress, so much so that the official website of ISL is work in progress, but the movements of the eight participating teams certainly are not lacking. The Pune, in fact, started well in advance and it is assigned to a totally Italian, on and off the field. On the bench there will be sailed Franco Colomba, who has in his employ David Trezeguet, the former champion Juventus, in addition to trusty Emanuele Belardi and Bruno Cirillo. Preside over the defense and with them there will be another old acquaintance of Italian football, the youngest Daniele Magliocchetti. Central defensive grew up in Rome, class '86, he played with the meshes of Verona, Cagliari, Triestina, Reggiana and Ascoli, in the First Division. Now this Indian adventure, which Magliocchetti jumped at. "On July 1, came the proposal of Pune and I accepted it without delay," he said in an exclusive microphones de' Football Magazine. "With my agent Petrocco we delved into this type of proposal and I have not examined whether there were alternatives. Now I'm looking forward to starting a short'll know when I will start this experience. I expect so much, from all points of view: human, soccer and staff." What prompted you to accept this proposal without delay? "I have two main guarantees. Behind the Pune's Fiorentina and then the coach Franco Colomba, there are other Italian and this is definitely good for me. Colomba and Fiorentina are two components to the series that made me accept, without them certainly I would think twice about it. In this regard, I want to thank the family of the Colomba and the ds purple Pradè for the opportunity." Many Italians, but especially Trezeguet... "These are things that the child can only dream of. It does not happen every day to play with champions like Trezeguet, who has won several league titles and a European title with France. Whatever happens one day I will tell my son to have played with Trezeguet, not to mention people like Belardi and Cirillo, who, for the career they have done, they have nothing to envy anyone." The Pune is only the last Asian colony of European football. But what do you think pushes Europe to appear in this type of football? "Honestly, from here I can not say with precision. But if teams such as Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina invest there will have their reasons and development interests. Clearly, in Italy - is under the eyes of all - that the football system is a bit 'stuck. The great champions difficult to get some of our young prospects and export them. I do not agree with those who say that the level is low or more of our scarce in Asia because now there are so many coaches and players who have done well in Europe." Then one day Magliocchetti will return to Italy? "Now I think only partitre, we'll see what happens after day after day. I do not exclude anything, I'm open to all: I have accepted India, but are open to other leagues. I'm not at all disappointed by an Italian football. Pune I want to be reborn in football, there are potential to do well and that here in Italy there were no".

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Caliendo (ag. Trezeguet): "David in India was expected for some time, could return to Italy" E 'born recently the partnership between Fiorentina and Pune FC coached by Franco Colomba. The Indian team will also play David Trezeguet. The French agent Antonio Caliendo has thus spoken to Sky Sports: "Trezeguet in India was expected. The River has not vacated, found this Agreement, but may be important to bring in Modena in January."

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443432_heroa.jpgSlack: ISL is born out of Ambani and Forstmann’s vision The global business development officer of IMG discusses the challenges they faced ahead of the inaugural edition of the ISL... Jefferson Slack believes that the Indian Super League (ISL) wouldn’t have been a reality had it not been the vision of Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and late Ted Forstmann, who was the chairman and CEO of IMG. It was back in March, 2010 that they announced an equal joint venture, IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. “Development of sports and the sporting culture is a social imperative for India in the 21st Century. World class infrastructure, frugal engineering, technology and scientific coaching are integral parts of development of today's sporting talent globally," Ambani said. "With IMG's five decade experience, we are embarking on an exciting journey to transform the sporting fabric in the country. Our joint venture company will actively work with like minded organisations and invest in developing immensely talented young Indians," he added. Slack refers to the above statement and highlights that it was the foresight of Ambani and Forstmann which has seen football become the buzzword in the Indian sports circuit, at least in the last couple of months with the ISL taking important steps towards its inaugural edition. “As you say it is easy today sitting here with the fact that we have got franchisees and that Star is our partner and say like it was all destined to be. I think it was the vision of the two guys which are the big views of the world - Mukesh Ambani and Ted Forstmann, made the difference,” Slack told Goal. He acknowledged there were several trials before the ISL could see light of the day given that they wanted the new league to be ‘approved’ one instead of creating a rebel entity as was the case with cricket’s Indian Cricket League (ICL). “If you get into the execution part of it, we had lots of challenges with the existing league (I-League) that was in place. Obviously there was a lot of push back on that and we had to work on it with the stakeholders as we are partners with the AIFF (All India Football Federation). We had to do things in the correct way as this was not a normal league but it had to be a sanctioned league under the auspices of AIFF and FIFA. So that took some time,” he said. The former Inter Milan CEO hailed the idea of bringing in a broadcaster on board as a partner in Star as opposed to selling television rights which is followed by most leagues across the world, including cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL). 427275_heroa.jpgSlack explains the challenges faced by ISL “I think it took us time to get the business model right. It also took some time to get the right people. We have a great organisation of people now and then the final piece was the idea that instead of just selling the television rights to the highest bidder, we will bring in a partner. “Star has been essential and I don't think we could have done without them. So that was another very innovative idea that came to the table and once we had that, the momentum gets started.” Just over eight months after IMG-Reliance was born, they signed a 15-year partnership with the AIFF to radically restructure, overhaul, improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. With this agreement, IMG-Reliance had all commercial rights to all properties controlled by the Indian FA. One criticism levelled on IMG-Reliance has been that it took them close to four years in order to kick-start the new league they had been planning all along. Slack explains that the interim period also saw football gain more foot-hold amongst the youngsters in India which would obviously aid in popularizing the game further. “I think the year when we signed the contract in 2010, football in India continued to grow, so the premise and promise of Indian football only increased. Now we have just come out of World Cup and you feel that buzz. Unfortunately, the Indian team wasn’t playing but it’s because people are enjoying football in India and the demographics continue to grow that way with a lot of urban kids more into it. It’s just the power of football that continued to grow in the four years. So that has helped too,” he said. "That’s how all these things have helped to overcome the some of the challenges. But none of it was inevitable. This is the product of lot of work and lot of investment, lot of financial commitment. You wouldn't have been here today if IMG-Reliance hadn’t agreed to put a lot of money in this,” he highlighted the commitment of the organisers. The invitation to bid for the eight franchisees saw an overwhelming response, according to Slack given that there was a market who was waiting for a sound environment to invest in football domestically. “It’s like you are trying to have the baby for the first time but you are not sure. We didn't know and we only follow the premise was that there was an underline demand for all these franchisees in a football league. What else we just opened the envelopes; we didn't knew how many people came for the bid. Then we had the drama of opening the envelope and that's what actually happened. “And that was another huge step forward because without that we wouldn't have been here. The premise that we had is now a fact and the fact that we have is that we have good partners who will invest significant amount of money and in addition, we have biggest names in Bollywood and Indian sports as part of it,” he remarked. With every franchisee expected to spend around Rs.40-to-50 crores per season, Slack stated that the growth of capital asset in the long term would make up for the operational losses. “The IPL has shown that there was a demand for ownership but it’s also shown that economically it's a good asset. If you can own a sport franchise and make the league work, the capital value of that asset grows significantly because it is de facto monopoly of a major sport. If you believe that, then you are okay for some operating losses to get there. The losses will go into this capital appreciation of this monopoly asset.” Slack stressed that the ISL has maintained lucidity with the franchisees who are being treated as partners. “People got into that vision and what we have tried to do is to become partners with them. I’m sure most of them share that view that we have changed lot of things, we have toned up certain rules and procedures because they wanted it differently. We are very upfront, transparent and operate in the best practice way in the way the franchisees were chosen. “Once we have got them on board we demonstrated that there is great flexibility. We could see the spirit of that was great and the dialogue was back and forth. We know that we will not be successful without them. “So that was another question mark because that we weren't sure. If we hadn't sold the franchisees, all of this idea of Indian football and ISL would not have been here today. I think all the good ideas when you look back and say, ‘Oh, it was the obvious thing’ but it wasn’t the obvious thing really. We weren’t sure of how many people would bid and how much they would bid for.”

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285951_heroa.jpgSlack: ISL franchisees to break-even by the fourth season The IMG official stated that the amount invested by Hero into the ISL is the maximum any corporate has set aside for domestic football in India... Jefferson Slack, IMG’s global business development officer for football, believes that the Indian Super League’s (ISL) franchisees will be in a position to recover their costs by the fourth season. With every ISL team expected to spend between Rs.40-to-50 crores per year on an average, Slack backs the financial model of the new league which is dependent on central and localised sponsorship apart from the gate revenues and space selling on television. “We are projecting that by year three or four, there would be operation break-even for the franchisees. I think some of them are already doing ahead on the sponsorships which is good. We just announced our title sponsor, Hero and at a number which I think is extraordinary. It is more money than that is committed to football in India by a major company,” Slack told Goal. He hoped that with Hero backing the ISL, there will be more corporates lining up to associate themselves with the league and the franchisees as well. “So we have again begun the demonstration of fact that we can plan major corporate sponsorship. We will continue to do that and I hope that same thing happens with the franchisees,” he further added.

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344700_heroa.jpgFive Atletico PR players part of ISL’s draft The seventh placed outfit in the Brazilian Serie A shall loan five players for the inaugural edition of the ISL... The international players’ draft of the Indian Super League (ISL) to be held later this month in Mumbai shall see five under-23 players of Brazilian side, Atletico PR. The deal with IMG-Reliance, organisers of the ISL was initiated back in April this year when Luiz Greco, the International Director of the Brazilian club was in India. It must be noted that Greco served as the Technical Director of the Mohun Bagan academy a few years back. Erwin Spitzner (centre-back), Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos and Bruno de Lima (attacking midfielder), Guilherme Felipe de Castro (defensive midfielder) and Pedro Adriano Veloso Gusmao (striker) will be part of the ISL’s international players’ draft and are product of Atletico PR’s youth team. Meanwhile, Anglian Holdings have joined hands with Atletico PR to bring in more Brazilian players to India. Apart from the above mentioned players, there are three French centre-backs in Sylvain Monsoreau (former Lyon and AS Monaco), Cedric Hengbart (former Auxxerre) and Youness Bengelloun (former PSG ‘B’) in the elite roster. Four Colombian and a Serbian player have also been roped in for the international players draft.

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Five Atletico players take the path of India The Erwin defender, midfielder Gustavo Marmetini, flywheels Guilherme Batata and Bruno Pelissari and striker Pedro Gusmao. noticia_511524_img1_10f1.jpg Erwin: defender was on loan from Atlético for the new football league in India (photo: Play / TV) Five Atletico players will play in the Indian Super League (ISL), India. The Erwin defender, midfielder Gustavo Marmetini, flywheels Guilherme Batata and Bruno Pelissari and striker Pedro Gusmao. were loaned by the Brazilian club. The competition was created in 2013 and follows the same lines of the Major League Soccer (USA), in which the clubs are franchises and there is no relegation. The ISL will also use the system to "draft" used by the NBA basketball league in the United States, in which the athletes are in a list and choose the clubs in a specific order, in an attempt to give more balance in the competition. The ISL begins in October and ends in December. There are eight clubs, who face off in round-robin. The top four face off in the semifinals. Among the highlights of the competition are the French striker Trezeguet, 36, and the Spanish side Capdevila, 36 years. The Athletic in April signed a partnership with IMG-Reliance, one of the largest economic group in India, which will manage the ISL. The five players were assigned by the Athletic Club under-23 group. And just played at Campeonato Paranaense. Erwin who else was served. He started in 2013 with 21 games and one goal. In 2014, only made one game. Bruno Pelissari arrived to work in nine games games in 2013, but none in the current season. Gustavo played two games in 2014 Pedro Gusmao never played for Atlético-PR professional. "My expectations are very high," said midfielder Gustavo Marmentini, who was named Player of the Tournament Blue Stars FIFA in May, in Switzerland. "It will be a great experience to know a new country. We will help to develop football and have the opportunity to experience a new culture, "he said to the official website of Atlético-PR.

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Slack admits IMG-Reliance not considering a ‘long’ league for now 427275_heroa.jpgThe senior IMG official stated that the organisers have had to adopt in order to ensure that football is taken to the masses... IMG-Reliance, the official marketing and broadcast rights holders of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) have chosen to have a unique tournament of two-and-a-half month duration for the Indian market with the hope that the shorter format would capture the imagination of the nation. However, with the basic premise of promoting football and hoping that in the next decade, India will make into the World Cup, the Indian Super League (ISL) will have to be a successful initiative both from a marketing and technical perspective. FIFA have asked the AIFF to work on a four-year strategic plan which would cover all aspects from youth development to the I-League to national team and more. With regards to the ISL, the Indian FA have requested IMG-Reliance to the best explain their goals, objectives to be achieved until 2018 which would be included the plan thereafter which FIFA general secretary, Jerome Valcke is expected to unveil. With several franchisees such as the Delhi Dynamos wishing that the ISL’s duration to be extended in the near future, IMG’s global business development officer for football, Jefferson Slack comments on the said topic holds massive importance. “We are going to walk before we run. I have worked in football for a very long time. Football is a very traditional game where we have various technologies for this traditional game. I think it is going to be affordable because it is so successful commercially and we would like it to be seen a little bit more in order,” Slack told Goal. He mentioned that the most popular game on the planet is very conventional and follows an established pattern across the world. What it, as a game hasn’t done is, adapt to suit various cultures which would have taken its popularity to a different dimension altogether. Slack points that a short term league with all razzmatazz and entertainment factor, works for India as has been demonstrated in cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL). “One of the challenges football possesses is its tradition in ways of doing things when it goes through new cultures. I think within India, you have a different culture. You have a very successful example in the IPL; it’s a model which does not exist anywhere else in the world. IPL has been the most successful league launched in the last 50 to 60 years, maybe the EPL (English Premier League) but it had existing clubs and was only reformatted.” He highlighted that the immediate concern of the organisers is to ensure that the inaugural edition proves to be a success. “Given that we had to adapt (to the Indian market), we took this approach, and I think it does work. We are thinking about a year one and we are not thinking about year two. “We are thinking about making sure we have a year two because the first year was successful. But you are absolutely right. The rest of the world and the traditional football league is a full season which is of six-to-eight months. We understand that but that's not what we are thinking about right now.” On being further pressed that should ISL see several Indian kids take to football, would the organisers consider changing the format of the league into a longer one, Slack admitted that it is indeed a natural process in the world of football, but for now, patience is the need of the hour. “You are right, what we are doing as IMG-Reliance with Star and the owners, it all now depends on the success of Indian football. These clubs could become centres of excellence for young children to play football and they can start developing coaches. Throughout the world, club football is about developing players so that they become national players. This is a beautiful virtuoso circle.” “It has to happen for us and it has to happen for them (franchisees) but that takes time. The modern world doesn’t have a lot of patience which is why we have drafted the strategy (of a short term league) that we have. “Instead of having marquee players from outside, we have Indian players who can be marquee players and probably go somewhere and play for Manchester United. This country will be nuts about it. And if the national team qualifies for the World Cup, all these visions are what we have. However, again our focus today, from now until December is to have a great product in the ISL.”

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