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ATK MOHUN BAGAN LAUNCH MOBILE APP
28.11.20 : ATK Mohun Bagan launched their Official Mobile App on the eve of the first Kolkata derby in the Hero Indian Super League which they went on to win 2-0. The club is keen to engage its large supporter base through the year. Available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store it is a tool for the Mariners to stay instantly updated with information about their beloved club.
Developed in collaboration with Fanisko, the fan engagement partner of ATK Mohun Bagan, it will enable the fans of the green and maroon to keep abreast of the club's fortunes in the League while also providing an immersive Fan zone experience with quizzes, polls and trivia. It is also a gateway to official club merchandise and exclusive content. The club intends to keep adding interactive features and games in the immediate future.
28.11.2020 - ISL PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee has issued a Show Cause notice to FC Goa's Redeem Tlang for his direct red card incident against Mumbai City FC in the Hero ISL.
Tlang's sending-off offence - a high boot on MCFC's Hernan Santana, was referred to the AIFF body. Upon analysing the video, the Disciplinary Committee concluded it was a serious foul play - a tackle that endangered the safety of an opponent. The player has been asked to show cause as to why no additional sanction be imposed upon him, in accordance with the regulatory provisions of the AIFF Disciplinary Code.\
Tlang will remain ineligible for selection as he serves an automatic one-match ban in FC Goa's next game against NEUFC on November 30.
DR SANJIV GOENKA'S MASSAGE AFTER WINNING THE DERBY
27.11.20: The principle owner of ATK Mohun Bagan Dr Sanjiv Goenka are truely delighted after the Derby as he said in the ATK Mohun Bagan media,
" I am delighted that the first Kolkata Derby has gone ATK Mohun Bagan's way. It's a tribute to the fantastic effort putting by the coach and the team. And a great support by all the fans of ATK Mohun Bagan. Thank you for keeping your faith in us."
COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR THE FIRST EVER ISL DERBY
25.11.20: Indian football are in the verge of another mile stone. The two top clubs of Indian football, SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan, will meet against each other in the first ever Derby of the Indian Super League.
These two clubs had played more than three hundred important and truly competitive matches in the past, but the match on Friday evening has an historic importance. This is the hundred years of Kolkata Derby between SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan since these two club played the first match in the year 1921. In fact the inclusion of SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan the top two clubs in Indian Super League has transformed the dimension of the tournament to a great extent.
This will be the second occasion when a Kolkata Derby will be played at Goa. In 2nd of March, 1999 a National League match between the arch rivals of Kolkata played at Fatorda stadium, Margao.
The the arch rivals of Kolkata, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan played many important tournaments. The results of the first match between the arch rivals are here:
Many important goals scored in Kolkata Derby in the past. The leading goal scorers of the Derby are:
TOP GOAL SCORER IN DERBY
FOR EAST BENGAL: 13
FOR MOHUN BAGAN :6
JOSE RAMIREZ BARETO
FOR MOHUN BAGAN: 17
FOR EAST BENGAL: 10
FOR MOHUN BAGAN: 6
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GOALS SCORED BY A TEAM
EAST BENGAL: IFA SHEILD (1975) 5-0
MOHUN BAGAN: I LEAGUE (2009) 5-3
All eyes will be at Tilok maidan, Vasco on Friday evening as the millons of supporters and football fans will enjoy the live actions of the biggest Derby of Asia in different channels and in web portals. This will be the first occasion when a Kolkata Derby were forced to organise in a close door stadium under bio bubble following the pandemic situation world wide. It will be a compelete different scenerio after, more than 1,31,781 hardcore fans witnessed a Kolkata Derby in Fedaration Cup semi final in 1997 at jam packed Yubabharati Kriangan, Kolkata.
I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DERBY: ROY KRISHNA
25.11.20: The ace striker of ATK Mohun Bagan, Roy Krishan are planning to play in a free mind against SC East Bengal in his first Derby on Friday at Tilak maidan. Krishna, after scoring the all important goal in the opening match against Kerala Blasters FC are now preparing for the Derby. The 33 years old striker from Fiji are confident of winning the match against Robbie Fowler's team. In an interview with the ATK Mohun Bagan media he expressed his views regarding the Derby.
" I have never played against SC East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler's team. But I was with him for three months. At that time I had just started my career as a footballer. I went for a trail to Queensland fury. He was the coach of the team then. I did not know any foreign players of East Bengal. I have played with Balwant Singh and Shehnaj Singh," Roy Krishna said.
While talking about SC East Bengal's defense Krishna said, "I have never played against the defense of SC East Bengal. I think this will go in favour of me. Mainly because if I know I will be worried about them. Now I can play in free mind and with out pressure. I know the importance and majesty of this Derby. Nevertheless, it feels personal and it is an important match of the league. We have to win and we are preparing for that."
Roy Krishna played in A League before he joined ATK last year. He was an important member of the ISL champions ATK in the 2019-20, scored 15 goals in 21 matches he played.
SC EAST BENGAL'S SUCCESS DEPEND ON THEIR FOREIGN FOOTBALLERS
25.11.20: SC East Bengal will start their Indian Super League campaign on 27th November against their arch rival ATK Mohun Bagan after a delayed entry in the competition. It is indeed a good effort by SC East Bengal team management to depute a highly professional coaching team under the leadership of Robbie Fowler, who proved his managerial ability within a very short span.
In addition to the coaching team SC East Bengal hires a forensic and sport psychologist, Nicola McCalliog, to the support the team. She is currently part of the player welfare team as a consultant for several leading English Premier League football clubs and Fowler's Education and Football Academy.
SC East Bengal recruited some important foreign footballers from EPL and A league along with a group of Indian footballers. Interestingly the none of the Indian footballers are a member of the current Indian national team. They are not even a regular member of the last years ISL teams. Though SC East Bengal signed footballers like Jeje Lalpeklua, Balwant Singh, Debjit Majumdar, Md Rafiq, Shehnaj Singh and Eugeneson Lyngdoh, but these footballers had a limited exposure in the last season. The Indian footballers are recruited before the joining of Robbie Fowler and before the clubs inclusion in ISL.
SC East Bengal performance will depend heavily on their six foreign footballers recruited so far. In central defense Scot Nevil from Brisbrane Roar, Danny Fox from Wigan AC, Anthony Pilkington from Norwich City Jacques Maghoma and Matti Steinmann from Wellington Phoenix will be in charge of the midfield, while Aaron Amadi Holloway will be in the striking zone along with Jeje and Balwant.
These foreign footballers had a good success record in EPL or in A league, are exceptionally good in their position. But these foreign footballers did not play in India ever before. The success of SC East Benagl in their new mission will depend how these footballers can perform in the hot and humid conditions of Goa.
SC EAST BENGAL WILL PLAY FOR GREAT SHIRT AND FANS: ROBBIE FOWLER
26.11.20: The Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler will going to start his mission in India on Friday evening with a Derby when his team SC East Bengal will face the challenge of ATK Mohun Bagan in the first ever match in Indian Super League.
The term Derby is quite familiar with Robbie Fowler. As a footballer Fowler had the experience of playing Derbies in EPL in matches like Liverpool vs Everton,Manchester United versus Leeds United,and in Manchester derby while playing for Manchester City. Fowler had a record of scoring number of goals for his teams in important Derby matches in England. But here in India he will be in the dugout of SC East Bengal equipped with his strategies and experience.
MEANWHILE SC EAST BENGAL ANNOUNCES, CENTRAL DEFENDER DANNY FOX WILL LEAD THE TEAM IN DERBY AGAINST ATK MOHUN BAGAN.
Robbie Fowler believes, the Derby on Friday evening is significant to him. He wants a winning start in the first ever match of SC East Bengal in ISL. While interacting he said, "It's a massive game not because we are playing against ATK Mohun Bagan, it's important to us because it's our first game as a team," he says. "It's a big game. It's huge for the fans. It's probably one of the biggest games in India. But it's also a chance for us to go out there and show everyone what type of team we are. The type of game where we can show our identity and what we are working on, on the training pitch.
It's an incredibly tough game for us to start. We are massively behind all the teams in terms of preparations. Massively behind in terms of playing games. ATKMB have played a game and we haven't, so we are coming into the season relatively new. No one has a clue how we are going to play, what type of team we are. It's up to us now to go out there and set a bit of a marker. We can do that. Because we got a great work ethic, a great team spirit. The players' attitudes are absolutely first class. We can't wait to get started. It's been a long time. We have done all the work. We have come so far and we are ready."
The match will be played in a close door stadium as the millions of fans will witness the match in Television or in web portals. The supporters will be far away from the pitch. As the 45 years old Robbie Fowler said, "We know the fans can't be there. Certainly not in person. But I have no doubt that in spirit, they are going to be there 120 per cent with us. We can feel the support. We can feel the love. We as a staff and we as a team are very grateful for the support and I hope that will continue. We will be playing not only for the great shirt that we wear but also for the fans who are instrumental in a lot of things this club does."
The match will kick off at 7.30 PM, IST.
THE FOREIGNERS OF ATK MOHUN BAGAN ARE DETERMINED FOR A WIN IN DERBY
24.11.20: The countdown begins, as the first ever Derby of the top tier league in Indian football is just seventy two hours away. The footballers at the ATK Mohun Bagan camp at Goa are preparing themselves under head coach Antonio Habas for Friday night.
The foreign footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan did not have the opportunity to play a Derby, nor they witnessed Kolkata Derby between the arch rivals during their stay at Kolkata. Though they are confident and determind to earn three points against SC East Bengal.
In a discussion with the club media the three important members of the squad expressed their views:
"I have not played against the foreigners who came to play in SC East Bengal.But I have heard that they are good footballers. After a long time we played a match on last Friday. We are confident for the Derby after winning the first match against Kerala Blasters. Now we are preparing for the Derby. Our team will be more organised as the competition progress."
"I do not know the foreigners who will play for SC East Bengal. I do not have the opportunity to watch their game. I have seen Jeje and Balwant Singh since I am playing in ISL for the last six years. Derby is always a difficult match. But we will return to the dressing room with three points and try to keep our goal intact. I wanted to play with professional footballer like Sandesh Jhingan, which has come true now."
In last season I played under the coaching of SC East Bengal's Robbie Fowler. In Brisbrane Roar I and Robbie Fowler were together but now he is oppornant team. Though Fowler is a great coach but on Friday night he will be my oppornant.I am mentally prepared to defeat him at any cost."
ATK Mohun Bagan will play their second match in the league against their arch rival SC East Bengal on Friday evening.
AIFF DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE WARNS AHMED JAHOUH
24.11.20: The Disciplinary Committee of AIFF reviewing the direct red card incident involving Mumbai City FC midfielder Ahmed Jahouh in Hero ISL Match #2 NEUFC vs MCFC played on November 21 in Bambolim, has cautioned the player with a warning that in event of any repetition of such act, exemplary sanctions might be imposed in accordance with regulatory provisions of the AIFF Disciplinary Code.
The AIFF body deemed Jahouh’s first-half reckless tackle on NorthEast United FC player Khassa Camara, a serious foul play offence, endangering the safety of the opponent on field, after the video footage of the incident was sent for review.
While Jahouh has been let off without any further disciplinary action for the time being, he will serve an automatic 1-game suspension following his sending-off on Saturday.
CHENNAIYIN FC JOIN HANDS WITH ACKO INSURANCE AS ASSOCIATE SPONCER
21.11.20: Chennaiyin FC announces that India's leading digital general insurance company, ACKO General Insurance, as club's Associate Sponsor for 2020-21 season as Official Insurance Partner. ACKO has more than 60 million unique customers since its inception in 2016, while also holding the distinction of being India's first digital insurer.
The Vice President - Marketing, ACKO General Insurance, Ashish Mishra said, “We are thrilled to partner with Chennaiyin FC for the upcoming ISL season. Chennaiyin FC is one of the most successful football clubs in the country, with a huge fanbase, making it the right choice for us. This partnership is aligned with our current focus on the Chennai market, as we expect Chennai customers to discover the benefits of great customer service and extremely low prices of an ACKO car or bike Insurance. We expect growth for digital insurance to come from cities like Chennai where digital adoption is higher than most cities." Two time champions Chennaiyin FC ,will play the first match on 24th November against Jamshedpur FC.
SC EAST BENGAL TIED UP WITH TOP TECH AS ASSOCIATE SPONCER
21.11.20: SC East Bengal are now tied up with TopTech TMT as an associate sponsor. TopTech TMT is a leading player in India’s steel industry for several years.
The Directorof TopTech, Ashish Beriwala feels proud for the association with SC East Bengal as he said, "Toptech, the fastest growing TMT brand and the manufacturer of original X ribs TMT, is incredibly excited to team up with the original fighters of Indian football, SC East Bengal. The red-yellow brigade’s passion to be number one is shared by TOPTECH and hopefully this association will help them reach their goal."
SC East Bengal will play the first match of the competition against arch rival ATK Mohun Bagan on 27th November at Tilak Maidan, Goa.
INDINEWS JOINS FC GOA AS TITTLE SPONSOR
21.11.20: FC Goa announced INDINEWS as the Club’s Title Sponsor for the 2020-21 seventh edition of Hero Indian Super League. The logo of INDINEWS, the online sports news portal will appear on the chest of the club shirt throughout the the season.
Though INDINEWS is an online portal but this will be the first ever appearance in Indian football. The aim to further popularise Indian football, INDINEWS.COM will be providing footballing news and updates as the Gaurs look to reclaim the ISL League Winners Shield and get their hands on their first ISL title.
NITA AMBANI'S WELCOME ADDRESS BEFORE THE OPENING MATCH OF ISL
20.11.20: The Founder and Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited, Mrs Nita Ambani, welcomed the resumption football in India as Hero Indian Super League kicks off in Goa today.
In her massage through Star Sports Mrs Ambani said, “I am proud to announce that ISL will become the first sporting event of such large scale to be organized in our home country, India. We are overjoyed to bring the League back into your homes once again and broadcast it in over 80 countries outside of India,”
"The merger of ATK with Mohun Bagan, and the entry of our 11th club SC East Bengal, has reaffirmed our faith in the ecosystem we are creating for Indian football. An ecosystem that is already showing results internationally, and has given us our own Indian footballing heroes to look up to, from the likes of Sandesh Jinghan, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal and the promising youngsters like Sumit Rathi, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Narender Gahlot and many more.” Mrs Ambani added.
Mrs Nita Ambani furthur added, "We will miss the fans in the stadium, the roars and waves. You have shown up in huge numbers year after year and brought the grounds alive with your passion and support. But your safety is of utmost importance to us. We take pride in our fans and have planned a wonderful mix of broadcast innovations and digital engagements, so that you can be close to your favourite players and clubs.”
ISL 2020-21 promises to be the most exciting season with the addition of two iconic clubs in Indian football history – Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
ISL WILL BE TELECAST LIVE IN 82 TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: The much awaited seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) kicks off on November 20, 2020 with live action to be telecasted and live streamed in 82 territories across the world. Acknowledging the love and support of fans globally, ISL will be brought to 82 international territories through 5 partners across TV and digital platforms.
The league has partnered with global sports broadcasters to bring the action live to millions of Indian football fans across geographies. In addition to international markets including USA and Australia, fans across Continental Europe, Central Asia, Far East, South East Asia, and Asia Pacific can also tune in to enjoy India’s premier football league live.
List of international broadcasters and live streaming partners:
ESPN + : USA & Canada
Fox Sports : Australia
1Play Sports (YouTube channel and Facebook page): Singapore, Indonesia (Genflix), Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Macau.
Yupp TV: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Vatican City, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Digicel PNG (TVWan Action) : Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomons, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, American Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Niue, Tokelau, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Tonga, Nauru
Asianet Plus: Middle East
Jalsha Movies SD: Middle East and Bangladesh
Jalsha Movies HD: Maldives and Bangladesh
ISL marks the resumption of live sports action in India with the entire season being played in Goa behind closed doors. The 2020-21 season features 115 games amongst 11 teams, with the inclusion of Kolkata giants ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal.
Official broadcasting partner Star Network will exclusively telecast ISL matches in India on Star Sports 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 2 SD & HD (English); Star Sports Hindi 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 3, Star Gold 2 (Hindi), Asianet Plus, Asianet Movies (Malayalam); Star Sports Bangla; Star Sports Kannada; Star Sports Tamil; Star Sports Telugu and Star Sports Marathi. Online streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and JioTV.
THE VIEWS OF BENGAL BRIGADE OF ATK MOHUN BAGAN
18.11.20: ATK Mohun Bagan will play the inaugural match of the seventh edition of ISL against Kerala Blasters FC on 20th November and will face the challenge of the arch rival SC East Bengal on the much awaited Derby in the second match. The Spanish coach of the team Antonio Habas has finalised seven footballers in the squad who are basically from Bengal and played for 131 years old prestigious club of the country Mohun Bagan, before the merger with ATK. Some of them has had the experience of playing in I League as well as in ISL.
These footballers are well aware of the football culture and legacy of the top two football clubs since their childhood. Seven footballers from Bengal know the importance of Kolkata Derby while dawning the green and maroon jersy.
The defender of ATK Mohun Bagan, Pritam Kotal is one such footballer who played for Mohun Bagan and ATK before the merger of the club. He knows the impotance of Mohun Bagan colour and the pressure a footballer had to take during the course of a match. Pritam played almost all the important tournaments for Mohun Bagan and knows what the fans expect from the footballers in a Derby. Pritam is an experienced campaigner, who played for Mohun Bagan for five years before joining ATK. He is thrilled to get back in Mohun Bagan jersey are of the opinion that ATK Mohun Bagan is a well combined team and are capable doing good even in the international circuit.
ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharjee is an experienced goalkeeper who had the taste of winning I league and ISL in fifteen years of experience. Arindam played for Mohun Bagan before he joined Churchill Brothers of Goa. Arindam is thrilled and eager to play the first ISL Derby for ATK Mohun Bagan as he feels it is alaways good to play for the top two clubs of the country. Arindam and Pritam feels that to play a ISL Derby will be of great experience.
Pranay Halder is another experienced footballer of ATK Mohun Bagan who wants to win the Derby and ISL. To him the name Mohan Bagan is simply a passion for the millons of fans worldwide. He is waiting for the Derby day and is optimistic for a favourable result. Subasish Bose the defender of Indian national team wants to continue the tradition of not losing Derby match against the arch rival.
Prabir Das after recoving from injury had a successful season with the champion ATK in the concluding season. He was an important member of ISL champion ATK and wants to repeat of winning the mission.
ATK Mohun Bagan is now all set to start a successful mission in the forth coming seventh edition of the tournament.
KERALA BLASTERS FC ANNOUNCED THEIR CAPTAINS TODAY
18.11.2020 : Kerala Blasters FC announced their captains for the upcoming season. They are - Sergio Cidoncha, Costa Nhamoinesu and Jessel Carneiro.
Spanish Midfielder Sergio Cidoncha played for Kerala Blasters FC in last season before joining from Jamshedpur FC. Zimbabwean center back Costa is a experienced defender, who joined Kerala Blasters FC this season. Indian defender Jessel Carneiro have an excellent last season earn him for this cap. Goan left back was the only player who played all the matches with all minutes in last season for Kerala Blasters FC. He also made the most number of passes(746) for his team with 5 assists.
ISL WILL BE COMPETITIVE AND DIFFICULT THIS SEASON: SERGIO LOBERA
17.11.20: The Head coach of Mumbai City FC, Sergio Lobera in a virtual press conference on Tuesday afternoon discussed various aspects of his team, Mumbai City FC before the first match of the tournament against North East United on Saturday.
While answering to the media the Spanish coach said, "I am very happy to be back here in India, and very excited to be a part of the Mumbai City family. We have a great challenge ahead of us here, and with the current COVID-19 situation and living in the bio-bubble, I want such challenges because it makes us work closely and collectively in the best way.”
MUMBAI CITY FC SQUAD
GOALKEEPERS: Amrinder Singh, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Singh, Phurba Lachenpa.
DEFENDERS : Amey Ranawade, Valpuia, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Mandar Rao Desai, Tondonba Singh, Mohamad Rakip, Sarthak Golui.
MIDFIELDERS : Ahmed Jahouh, Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Hernan Santana, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Sourav Das, Hugo Boumous, Cy Goddard, Asif Khan, Farukh Choudhary, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Vikram Partap Singh, Pranjal Bhumij.
FORWARDS : Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche.
Sergio Lobera is satisfied with the teams progress as he observed during the practice session and is optimistic to do well in the tournament. “We have started training well in these past few weeks, and I am delighted to be working with this group of players who have been great in training. I am excited to see what each one of our players can offer to us, and if we can get our ideas through to them, it’ll be a great season for us and for our fans,” the Head coach added.
Sergio Lobera promises for an attacking and attractive brand of football during the competetion. As he was answering to the media the Spanish coach said, “You know what my idea of playing is, and I followed the same at three seasons at FC Goa. It is important for me that spectators enjoy the football that we play – of course winning the matches is important, but I also believe in having my team play an attacking brand of football where we are also able to create a balance. I want my team to be able to play beautiful, possession-based football, and also close down teams to quickly win back possession.”
Sergio Lobera was also appreciative of ISL’s decision to include teams like ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal this season. He said, “It’s good if the ISL improving a lot in the last seasons. It’s good playing new teams in the league. It means we need to play against 10 teams and with all the teams having good players."
The Spanish coach are of the opinion that this will be most difficult and competitive season till now. He said, “In my opinion, it is going to be the most difficult and competitive season till now. I want to respect all teams, and obviously if I say we are favourites, maybe it’s not respecting the other teams and maybe it is not true. We have some great teams who have great players and have won the titles. Our dream is to work hard and to try to finish in the best position that is possible, and the best position is number one. We need to keep working and at the end of the season, we will see.”
APOLLO TYRES TO CONTINUE AS CHENNAIYIN FC'S PRINCIPLE SPONSOR
16.11.20 : Apollo Tyre India’s one of the leading Tyre manufacturer, will continue its association with Chennaiyin FC, as their Principal Sponsor after signing a multi-year deal. Apollo Tyres came onboard as CFC's Principal Sponsor ahead of the 2017-18 ISL campaign.
Apollo Tyres has become synonymous with Chennaiyin FC 's success, that saw them win the 2017-18 ISL title, become the first ISL team to qualify for the prestigious AFC Cup in 2019, reaching the 2019 Super Cup final, and making it to the 2019-20 ISL final in stunning fashion following an incredible comeback in the league stage.
Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres Ltd commented after the extension of agreement, "This has been a very fruitful association with Chennaiyin FC, wherein we have engaged and interacted with their large fan base, especially the youth, both in rural and urban areas. Multiple campaigns together have not only helped increase our brand visibility and acquisition of more customers, but moreover the club has also garnered more followers in their home state of Tamil Nadu and beyond. The extension of this partnership is mutually beneficial for both the brands, and for the upliftment of football as a sport."
The co-owner of Chennaiyin FC Abhishek Bachchan said, At Chennaiyin FC, we value relationships over anything else. And one such significant relationship has been with Apollo Tyres, our Principal Sponsor. It is testament to the mutual merit we see in continuing this relationship, that we're all set to help football progress further in Chennai and Tamil Nadu through our robust efforts. It is truly an exciting time for Indian football."
FIVE ISL CLUBS FAILED TO FULFILL CLUB LICENSING
15.11.20: AFC announced the results of club licensing 2020-21 season on Saturday where some of the clubs of Indian Super League failed to secure the target. It is understood that 11 clubs from ISL and 8 clubs from I league applied for club licensing for the season.
The ISL clubs who are successful in securing AFC as well as National license are, ATK Mohun Bagan, FC Goa, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC and Jamshedpur FC.
The ISL clubs who failed to secure the licensing are North East United FC, Odisha FC, Kerala Blasters FC,SC East Bengal and Hyderabad FC.
Though AFC will give special relaxation to the clubs who failed to secure the license. These clubs can apply to AIFF mentioning they will fulfill all the criteria regarding club licensing successfully within 2021. In such condition AIFF may grant permission to the clubs to participate in the forth coming tournaments.
HABAS ANNOUNCES THE NAME OF FIVE FOOTBALLERS TO LEAD IN ISL
15.10.20: The Spanish coach of ATK Mohun Bagan, Antonio Habas are strict to his principle and ideology during the practice session or while implementing important decisions regarding team management with just a few days left for the opening match against Kerala Blasters FC on 20th November.
Antonio Habas today declared the name of five footballers who will lead the team in different matches of the forth coming competition. Out of the registered 27 footballers the name of Edu Gracia, Roy Krishna, Arindam Bhattacharjee, Pritam Kotal and Sandesh Jhingan is finalised to lead the team. We have seen in the past that Antonio Habas did not depend on the single captain theory in a tournament.
Habas does not believe about big names or star signings. He doesn’t like to label himself as an attacking or defensive head coach either. What really matters to him is discipline from his players not just on the pitch but also off it.
ATK Mohun Bagan will play their opening match of the seventh edition of ISL against Kerala Blasters FC. Antonio Habas have special sessions with his footballers in close door at the practice turf at Goa. All the 27 footballers are under his close eyes preparing for the opening match and the other matches of the tournament. Though ATK are the defending champions, but they failed to over come the challenge of Kerala Blasters in the last two matches in 2019-20. ATK lost the home as well as the away match against Kerala Blasters FC.
'I AM IN INDIA WITH A CHALLENGE': BRAD INMAN
13.11.20: The first ever Derby in Indian Super League between the two iconic clubs of Indian football ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal will kick off on the 27th of November at Tilak Maidan, Goa. Though both the clubs had played a number of memorable and competitive Derbies in the last one hundred years in different competitions.
The footballers are enthusiastic and exited to be a part of the historic match. Even the foreign footballers are well aware of the importance of Kolkata Derby. ATK Mohun Bagan's midfielder Bradden Inman is one of the footballer who played under Robbie Fowler,the current coach of SC East Bengal. Inman was an important member of Brisbane Roar, the club which was managed by Robbie Fowler in the recently concluded season.
Bradden Inman and Tiri are the two foreign recruits who were not a part of the last year's team. But as Tiri played in ATK under Antonio Habas some years back, Inman is the only footballer who is a debutante in the Kolkata team. Inman played for New Castle United and Pitsburg United before he joined A League club Brisbane Roar.
In a discussion with the club media the 28 old midfielder said, Robbie Fowler is good and respectable coach. "We were in the same dugout at Brisbane Roar last year, planned strategies and enjoyed some good victories. But I will be playing against him in the Derby on 27th for 90 minutes. We are eager and confident to earn three points against SC East Bengal in the historic Kolkata Derby." Though Inman does not want to take any unnecessary pressure. Inman has had the experience of playing Derbies in England and he knows how challenging it is. But the Kolkata Derby is slightly different, as Brad Inman says he knows what the fans are expecting from the footballers in a Derby day.
Inman are of the opinion that as his team is the reigning champions, so all the teams of the competition will give extra effort against ATK Mohun Bagan. "We are ready to accept the challange. In fact I am here in India with a challange I want to be a successful footballer in the league." the midfielder said.
Inman feels that ATK Mohun Bagan is a balanced side with good and talented footballers in every department. Above all, the Spanish coach Antionio Habas is there to guide the team through out the tournament. Brad Inman did not played with or against the two successful footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan, David Willams and Roy Krishna who proved them successful in the last edition guiding the team to win the crown.
'WE RESPECT THE LEGACY IN THE NEW JERSEY': SANJIV GOENKA
12.10.20: ATK Mohun Bagan enveils the new kit ahead of the seventh edition of Indian Super League. The new home as well as away jersey symbolises the iconic green and maroon colour which is retainted after a meeting between the Board of Directors of ATK Mohun Bagan Private Limited. This was intimated in a official Press Release of the club.
There was a lot of discussion regarding the new jersey of ATK Mohun Bagan in the past few days. But, finally the culture which was made for the last 131 years was preserved. The Brand Identity and Brand Elements continue to uphold the rich history and legacy of one of the oldest club of the country. The sentiments of the millions of suppoters of Mohun Bagan have been honoured when the same logo of 'Pal Tola nauka' is retained in the jersey.In addition the word 'Champion' was embrossed in the jersey to honour the previous crowns which was won by ATK twice within the span of six years.
The principle owner of ATK Mohun Bagan, Dr Sanjiv Goenka in his massage said, "My pronams to the many legends who have over the decades contributed to the great legacy of Mohun Bagan. We respect legacy and have retainted the same jersey which generation down the line have embraced adored and loved. My dream is to establish ATK Mohun Bagan as a world class team which earns its place in the international circuit."
In the meeting of the Board of Directors of ATK Mohun Bagan, it was decided that the company will invest to build up a world class football academy in Bengal which will help the local footballers to devolope themselves. ATK Mohun Bagan Soccer School will be launched across the country for high quality football education.
FC GOA IN A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RB LEIPZIG
12.10.20: FC Goa announces a three-year strategic partnership with Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig that will help garner opportunities both in the football and business spheres for the two clubs.
RB Leipzig has been one of the rising forces in German football in recent times ever since their formation in 2009. The club worked its way up the league structure and within a period of 7 years, secured promotion to the Bundesliga by 2016. A season later, in 2017/18 the Club ensured a place in the UEFA Champions League. The 2019/20 season again saw them create history, reaching the semi-finals of the premier European competition.
With a vision to grow the beautiful game, the coming together of two of the biggest names in India and Germany presents an opportunity to exchange ideas and make footballing knowledge more easily accessible. The primary focus of the partnership will be Youth Development.
During this period of collaboration, coaches from RB Leipzig’s Academy will be welcomed to Goan shores to impart knowledge via workshops. FC Goa will also be sending coaches and players from the club’s youth set-up for further training and learning the intricacies of the game at RB Leipzig’s Youth Academy.
FC Goa and RB Leipzig will work in tandem not only to help each other to grow internationally, but also for the development of football in India. The partnership will see both clubs launch a nationwide Soccer Camp programme. The FC Goa National Soccer Camps, both online and offline, supported by RB Leipzig will make superior footballing skills & knowledge accessible to all football enthusiasts across India.
IMPORTANT RULES ADOPTED BY FSDL IN ISL 2020-21
11.10.20: Indian Super League 2020-21 edition is the return of the first major live sporting action in India after the COVID-19 pandemic. The seventh edition of Indian Super League will have some important modifications and plenty of challenges for the players, management and organizers, who will be in a bio-secure bubble throughout the league. This decision was made for safety and security of all who will be engaged in the tournament at Goa.
GOA TO HOST, IN PLACE OF MULTI CITY TOURNAMENT
This edition will see three stadiums of Goa will host all the matches in place of the matches played in different cities of the country. FSDL has decided to host the matches close doors in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, the Tilak Nagar Stadium in Vasco and the GMC Stadium in Bambolim with strict training and social distancing protocols in all places.
NUMBER OF MATCHES INCREASED
The matches are increased to 115 in place 95 last season after the inclusion of ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal in the competition. All the teams will play each other in a double round-robin format with the top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season qualifying for the playoffs.
NEW SUBSTITUTION RULES
FIFA has changed the rule of players substitution due to Covit 19 pandemic. The number of substitutes has been increased from three to five, whereas nine players can sit at the dugout during the course of a match. Teams can use their five substitutes over a maximum of three intervals.
FOREIGN PLAYERS RULE
All the teams must have a minimum of five and a maximum of seven foreign players in their squad with one of them must be Asian Football Confederation (AFC) affiliated. A maximum of five of these foreign players can be on the field at any point of a game along with a minimum of six Indians.
DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALLERS RULE
All teams are required to have a minimum of two ‘Developmental Players’ –- players who were born on or after January 1, 2000 –- in their match day teams.
With just a few days left for the start of the top tier league of the country the teams are busy preparing themselves following the strict protocols adopted by FSDL and administration.
M P BIRLA CEMENT JOINS HAND WITH ATK MOHUN BAGAN
11.10.20: The Cement Division of Birla Corporation Limited, MP Birla Cement will partner ATK Mohun Bagan in the seventh edition of Indian Super League which will going to start on and from the 20th of November at Goa. The news regarding the partnership with MP Birla Group was intimated in a Press Release by ATK Mohun Bagan. The Logo of M P Birla will be visible on the right side of the chest of the team's match jersey.
M P Birla Cement with the umbrella brand is one of the leading brands in Cement industry. This tie-up is a significant step in the world of sports for Birla Corporation Limited. An active participation in the world of sports is expected to drive visibility for the brand significantly amongst its target audience.
The President, Sales & Logistics, Birla Corporation Limited, Mr Dev Banerjee, in his massage said, “We are delighted to partner India's premier football club ATK Mohun Bagan. Football is fast growing in popularity in India and ATK Mohun Bagan will play a significant role in promoting the sport and its popularity. We are happy to partner them in this journey”.
So, the two big clubs of Kolkata, ATK Mohun Bagan and SC East Bengal are now in association with the two big brands of Cement industry.
UPCOMING ISL PROMISES TO BE BIGGER
ISL MEDIA-10.11.20: With the 2020-21 edition of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) now just 10 days away, preparations for the new season are in full swing. The upcoming campaign promises to be bigger than ever before following the expansion of the league with the addition of SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan. Hero ISL 2020-21 will now witness an unprecedented 115 games, up from 95 last season. All clubs will play each other in a double round-robin format with the top four clubs in the standings at the end of the regular season qualifying for the playoffs.
The new campaign, in fact, marks the return of the first major live sporting action in India after the COVID-19 pandemic, making Hero ISL 2020-21 a unique season with plenty of challenges for the players, management and organizers, who will be in a bio-secure bubble for the entirety of the league. With that in mind, here’s all you need to know about what promises to be another action-packed season.
The maximum number of substitutes has been increased from three to five, keeping in mind the welfare of players amid the ongoing pandemic. Teams can use their five substitutes over a maximum of three intervals, and it doesn’t include the changes at the half-time break.
All clubs must have a minimum of five and a maximum of seven foreign players in their squad. Among the foreign players in the squad, at least one of them must be Asian Football Confederation (AFC) affiliated. A maximum of five of these foreign players can be on the field at any point of a game along with a minimum of six Indians. Furthermore, all clubs are required to have a minimum of two ‘Developmental Players’ –- players who were born on or after January 1, 2000 –- in their matchday teams.
Hero ISL 2020-21 will also be entirely staged in the football passionate state of Goa. Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of everyone involved, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) decided to host the new season behind closed doors across three stadiums in Goa. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, the Tilak Nagar Stadium in Vasco and the GMC Stadium in Bambolim are the three venues that have been chosen to host the matches with strict training and social distancing protocols in place.
The schedule for first 11 rounds of matches has been released already and features six double-headers – all of which will be played on Sundays. The opening match of the campaign on November 20 will witness Kerala Blasters FC going up against ATK Mohun Bagan at the GMC Stadium.
MOSCHIP TECHNOLOGIES TIED UP WITH KERALA BLASTERS AS PRINCIPLE SPONSOR
10.11.20: The seventh edition of Indian Super League are just some days away to kick off. Kerala Blasters FC, today announce its partnership with MosChip Technologies, India’s first publicly traded fabless semiconductor company as their Main Sponsor.
Formed in 1999, MosChip caters to Aerospace & Defense, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Medical and Networking & Telecommunication sectors. Over the years, MosChip has established themselves as a preferred partner for technology and excellence, supporting clients with on-time delivery and an unparalleled service.
Kerala Blasters FC wil use the logo of MosChip will be featured on the under-collar of the Official jersey of the club.
Chennaiyin FC launch official app; introduce innovative fan engagement platform
11/11/20 : CFC PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC today launched their official application, to provide the club's supporters with updates, information, and a holistic fan engagement platform ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League season. Complete with football quizzes, trivia games and polls, the CFC official app is now available for free download on the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore.
CFC official app users will enjoy instant updates on club news, exclusive content, and interactive polls. And the most exciting aspect of the app will be the Fan Zone that includes CFC and ISL games, trivia, filters and much more that can be enjoyed by supporters as they root for their Marina Machans virtually. The platform promises to be the perfect destination for fans to voice their support for the club through the many fun offerings like filters, polls, and live contests.
The app has been developed by Fanisko, CFC's official Fan Engagement Partner. ana.
PVR Cinemas to continue as Chennaiyin FC's Official Multiplex Partner
10.11.2020 - CFC PRESS RELEASE : Chennai, November 10, 2020: Chennaiyin FC is elated to announce that India's leading multiplex chain, PVR Cinemas, is set to continue as the club's Official Multiplex Partner for the 2020-21 season. The announcement comes at the most opportune time as movie theatres re-open across Tamil Nadu from November 10 onwards.
Being the movie exhibition industry leaders in the country and especially Tamil Nadu, PVR Cinemas is renowned for providing a premium experience for movie-goers. And being one of the most successful ISL teams with two titles to their name, Chennaiyin FC's ethos found the perfect match in PVR Cinemas last season with cinema aficionados and football lovers benefitting richly from the association.
CFC's ISL 2019-20 journey had all the ups and downs of a movie thriller - from the penultimate spot in the points table to putting together a formidable run and making the play-offs - with eventual heartbreak in the final, it was a near-fairytale finish. Reconvening in Goa ahead of the new season, Chennaiyin will be hoping it is a photo-finish this time around. However, it will be a season played behind closed doors, without fans.
Hence it will be the club's endeavour to provide its ardent supporters with an experience to remember through this partnership with PVR Cinemas, by bringing out innovative fan engagement initiatives through the same. "We enjoyed a fruitful relationship with PVR Cinemas off the pitch as the boys put up a stunning show to reach the final on it. There is real synergy between our brands and huge potential to reach the masses in Chennai and Tamil Nadu through the same. In this unique season, together we hope to give our fans as well as those going to the movies a fitting return in a safe and responsible manner," said CFC co-owner Vita Dani.
"In this celebratory festive season, we have two big announcements to make to add to the festivities in Chennai. We are delighted to announce that we have finally reopened our theatres in Tamil Nadu, and we are extremely happy to bring your favourite entertainment back - Cinema. It is also with great pleasure that we announce our collaboration with Chennaiyin FC for the second consecutive year. We are very proud of our association with CFC because of the enormous support they enjoy from the people of Chennai. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish Chennaiyin FC the very best for the upcoming ISL season. It is our sincere hope that they bring much happiness during this holiday season!" said Gautam Dutta, CEO of PVR Cinemas.
DESIGN SYMBOLISES ART & CULTURE IN ODISHA FC KIT
09.11.20: The Bhubaneswar based team in Indian Super League, Odisha FC announce the launch of new kits ahead of the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) scheduled to start from November 20 in Goa. The jersey designs are based on the art and culture of the eastern Indian state and celebrate the pure Odia spirit.
Mr. Rohan Sharma, President of Odisha FC in his statement said “Our kit this year is very special. We wanted to have our kit to have a connection to Odisha and exemplify the culture of Odisha, so every time a player or fan wears the kit there is a connection to Odisha. This year our kit is inspired by the beautiful artistic culture of Odisha and that beauty is interwoven on our kits. At the behest of our fans the color purple is incorporated into both our kits and will be a part of our kits going forward. Black and purple will be our official home kit color going forward as well. We are proud of the kit we designed this year and we hope you love it and wear our kit with Odiapride."
STEVEN TAYLOR TO LEAD ODISHA FC
7.11.20: Steven Taylor, the central defender from England will be leading the Bhubaneswar based club Odisha FC seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League. This was announced by the Head coach of the team Stuart Baxter in a team meeting on Saturday.
In an Press Release Head Coach of Odisha FC Baxter said, "Steven will lead Odisha FC as captain for the upcoming season. As you already must have noticed in the training sessions, his intent to mentor the young players, commanding presence and winning mentality shall help the team enormously. I am sure that he will be one of the best leaders in the Indian Super League and the team shall be able to use his qualities to maximum effect."
Odisha FC will play the first match against Hyderabad FC on 23th of November at GMC Stadium Bambolim.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN ANNOUNCES SBOTOP.net AS PRINCIPLE SPONSOR
6.11.20: ATK Mohun Bagan today announced in a Press Release that SBOTOP.net as their Principal Team Sponsor for ISL 2020-21. SBOTOP.net offers the widest scope of coverage and content on cricket and football, as well as other top sporting events. From the Indian Premier League to the English Premier League and Champions League, it delivers all the most relevant news, views, and stories in the world of sports.
The SBOTOP.net logo will be visible on the front of the matchday and training team kits as well as on-ground. The club and the brand have planned innovative digital engagements through the season.
ATK Mohun Bagan begin their quest for the ISL title on the 20th of November against Kerala Blasters in the season opener before facing SC East Bengal in the hugely anticipated, mouth watering Kolkata derby, the first ever in the Indian Super League on the 27th of November.
I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE DERBY: EUGENESON LYNGDOH
6.11.20: SC East Bengal will play their opening match of Indian Super League 2020-21 against the arch rival ATK Mohun Bagan on 27th of November at Tilak Maidan, Goa. The footballers are preparing themselves at the SESA Academy ground under the close eyes of Head Coach Robbie Fowler and his team.
One of important member of SC East Bengal's squad is midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Eugeneson as a footballers of Bengaluru FC was awarded by FPAI as the "Best Footballer Of I League" in the year 2015, missed the matches in the last two season due to his injury. He is now fit enough and eager to serve for his team SC East Bengal.
In an interview with AIFF TV on Thursday evening, Eugeneson Lyngdoh expressed his views. While answering to a question regarding his current club, Lyngdoh said, " It is honour to represent SC East Bengal. Kids from my generation probably dream of playing this massive club. It's a honour to play in the jersey of SC East Bengal. We are hopeful to give our best for SC East Bengal."
Eugeneson is simply impressed and is hopeful to give his best in the forth coming league under Head Coach Robbie Fowler. As he said, "Robbie Fowler is a legend. We have seen him playing on TV and now we are preparing under his instruction. He made us comfortable, and has a great personality. He is communicating with us in the best possible way so that we are successful in the league."
Eugeneson Lyngdoh's prime object is to find a place in team and to play maximum number of matches in the forth coming competition. While answering to a question regarding Kolkata derby the midfielder of SC East Bengal said, " I cannot express my emotions before playing one of the greatest Derby of world football. It will be a great honour if I am selected to be a part on the Derby. Though this time the situation is different owing to pandemic. We may not see the stadium full of supporters but people from all over the world will follow the Derby."
Eugeneson Lyngdoh was spotted by Pradyun Reddy during a practice match against Shillong Lajong FC at Shillong and joined the club of the North Eastern state and proves himself within a very short time. Though, he was not regular in last two season's due to injury. But the promising midfielder is optimistic to show his class in the upcoming tournament.
EAST BENGAL INTRODUCE THREE SET OF KIT
02.11.20: SC East Bengal today introduce new sets of jersey prior to Indian Super League. The jerseys are designed by designer Meghna Nayak.
DESIGNER'S IDEA REGARDING THE KIT:
HOME KIT: The Home kit is a stylized version of the very flame in the club logo. This rendition in red and yellow continues to signal the dynamism and firepower of the team - adapting it to new design sensibilities while paying homage to the Club's history and traditions.
AWAY KIT: The Away kit in blue and white is a cheeky nod to the Ilish or Hilsa fish that is inextricably associated with families that famously feast on Hilsa after an East Bengal win. The design can be interpreted as fish scales, armour or water to depict the waters that flow between and forever connect East and West Bengal, and provide life and livelihood to its people. Most importantly, these very rivers, our lifeline, are over-polluted and cleaning the rivers and water bodies that sustain us is the need of the hour."
THIRD KIT: The pride, energy and power that the Tiger invokes, the uniqueness of its home - the Sunderbans, which protect our region from all sorts of environmental impacts and provide livelihoods to millions of people, was the perfect symbol for our third jersey.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD FOR THE TOUGH DERBY: FOWLER
31.10.20: The newly introduced team in Indian Super League 2020-21, SC East Bengal are on the training pitch from Friday onward at SESA Football Academy under Head Coach Robbie Fowler after completing a period of fourteen days quarantine. SC East Bengal will play against ATK Mohun Bagan on the 27th November in the first ever Derby in ISL in their opening match at Tilak Maidan.
While discussing regarding the first game against the arch rival ATK Mohun Bagan, the Head coach Robbie Fowler said, we have to play indeed a tough match against the defending champions on 27th November. It is a massive game for us and we cannot wait. We are looking forward for the Derby clash.
Robbie Fowler, the Head coach added, "We are weeks behind in term of preparation. But all we can do is to get the team as ready as we can. No pressure on our boys. We are new in the League. Let's put pressure on ATK Mohun Bagan. It will be a great start and we know what we need to do."
ANTONIO HABAS WANTS TO WIN BOTH DERBIES IN ISL
30.20.20: FSDL has published the fixture of the seventh edition of ISL 2020-21 today afternoon. ATK Mohun Bagan will play the inaugural match of the tournament against Kerala Blasters FC on the 20th of November.
The Head Coach of ATK Mohun Bagan Antonio Habas Lopaz was busy in practice session with his team when the schedule was published. The Spanish coach after the practice session at the Bambolim ground said that not ony the arch rival SC East Bengal, but he and his team is giving due respect and importance to all the teams of the tournament.
Antonio Habas is well aware of the importance of the Kolkata Derby which his team have to play on the 27th of November. While discussing with the club media Antonio Habas said he know how enthusiastic are the supporters of both the clubs during a Derby match. His strategy is win both the Derbies of the tournament and earn six points for the millions of supporters and team.
HYDERABAD FC IN A STRATEGIC TIE UP WITH MARBELLA FC
29.10.20 - HFC MEDIA: Indian Super League side Hyderabad FC announced today a strategic tie-up with Spanish club Marbella FC, with the clubs signing a three-year association. The Andalusia-based club currently plays in the Segunda División B, having narrowly missed out on promotion last season.
Hyderabad FC Co-Owner Varun Tripuraneni said, “Marbella FC has one of the top infrastructure facilities in not just Spain, but entire Europe. This strategic tie-up allows us to explore a lot of opportunities that will help Hyderabad FC on the technical side of the game. For starters, the top young players in our first and reserve team will head to Marbella for an extended training period, once travel opens up.”
Through this tie-up, Hyderabad FC shall be at liberty to avail the facilities and infrastructure of Marbella FC for conducting preseason for HFC’s first team players, and will also have the opportunity of utilizing their Medical personnel and facilities.
“The facilities and infrastructure will offer a great level of exposure for our players and the idea is to provide medium to long-term training experience and not just a short camp,” added Varun Tripuraneni.
Marbella FC General Manager Héctor Morales said, “This alliance with Hyderabad FC is a source of pride for Marbella FC. It will allow us to be in contact with one of the most important clubs from an emerging football market. We are convinced that this alliance will bring great benefits to both clubs. We are already working with Hyderabad FC to start this new adventure together as soon as possible.”
Apart from gaining their sporting and technical assistance, Hyderabad FC will also have options to loan players, as well as sign and invest in players strategically as part of the tie-up for both sides.
ANTONIO HABAS ARE ON CLOSE DOOR PRACTICE AT GOA
28.10.20: The footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan are preparing under Spanish coach Antonio Habas at the practice turf of Bambolim ground even in the scorching heat of Goa. Antonio Habas incidentally is the most successful coach in the history of Indian Super League who guided his team (ATK) to win the trophy twice out of the six tournaments played so far.
The Spanish coach is following tradition of preparing his team in close door even in the new normal situations. The surroundings are being covered with thick black sheets so that no one can see what is happening inside the practice ground from near by roads. Antonio Habas wants to keep secret his stategies especially the situation from dead ball moves and comers.
ATK Mohun Bagan are now practicing in two sessions even during Puja, which is likely to change from Thursday in order to avoid the heat and humidity at Goa. ATK Mohun Bagan are maintaining almost the same team except a few like Sandesh Jhingan, Subasish Bose, Glen Martins, Brad Inman. This has helped a lot for Habas while preparing for the seventh edition of the tournament.
The footballers are aware of the style of the Spanish coach, who himself have started situation and Positional practice within a very short time. It is expected that Roy Krishna and Brad Inman will start to train themselves after completing the quarantine period from Saturday onwards.
The footballers have had a memorable time in the evening during Puja. The team management arranged for special Bengali delicacies during the dinner which is enjoyed by the footballers.
MANOLO MARQUEZ JOINED HYDERABAD FC'S PRACTICE SESSION
27.10.20: Hyderabad FC Head Coach Manolo Marquez joined the squad and oversaw his first pre-season training session for the club, at HFC’s Training Ground in Guirim on Tuesday. The Spaniard was joined by his fellow overseas coaching staff who stepped on to the field after completing the necessary quarantine procedures.
Monalo after his first practice session told the club media, “Getting back to training felt really good. We spent a long time away from our passion and we spoke about the same with the staff before the start of the training session. I think everyone who loves football would enjoy getting back on to the fiel. The overseas players will obviously be very important for the team. They trained for the first time but I am really happy with the attitude of all the players, including the local players. I think the players are happy as well, as almost the entire team trained together.”
Apart from the staff, Manolo was also joined by the foreign players in the Hyderabad squad in Joel Chianese, Joao Victor, Lluis Sastre, Odei Onaindia, Fran Sandaza and Aridane Santana.
The practice session attended by Assistant Coach Xavi Gurri, who was the interim coach in the latter half last season, along with Thangboi Singto, Jose Carlos Barroso,Strength and Conditioning Coach and Goalkeeping CoachMarc Gamon .
ROBBIE FOWLER PROMISES A COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL IN ISL
24.20.20: The Head coach Robbie Fowler promises to present a competitive team in the maiden appearance of SC East Bengal in the seventh edition of Indian Super League. Dressed in a traditional Bengali outfit, Panjabi, the Liverpool legend discussed various important aspects of his team in an Instagram live with the club’s official handle on Saturday afternoon.
Fowler feels that to get an opportunity to coach a ISL team is brilliant. ISL is becoming competitive and is getting stronger day by day. The brand of football is much higher from the day it was started. SC East Bengal will showcase a competitive brand of football with an aim to do well in the competition. The footballers are now in quarantine in the hotel room, but they will be prepared for the tournament as soon as the team starts practice in the pitch.
While answering to a question regarding SC East Bengal and Indian football Robbie Fowler said, “The club has a lot of history and probably the best fans in Indian football. When these fans join the ISL, it makes for a great team and I wanted to be part of that. I know how passionate the fans are and I have learnt a lot about the club already. It is definitely a challenge, but it is one that I will gratefully accept because I feel I can do well here.”
Robbie Fowler are of the opinion that there are talented footballers in the squad, Yumnam Gopi Singh, N Rohen Singh and Jeje Lalpeklua. Jeje is a good striker who have scored a number of goals in domestic as well as in international football. Though he missed a year but he is eager to start without any delay.The basic task is to develop a competitive team and try and develop Indian talent as well.
Robbie Fowler opined that foreign footballers are experienced, and exceptionally good footballers. Fowler added, “Scott Neville and Danny Fox are both excellent players. Anthony Pilkington and Jacob Maghoma in midfield are both strong and competitive players, technically very good. Matti Steinmann is an excellent player. He can control a lot of areas on the pitch, particularly that midfield. I wish I had some of the attributes that Aaron Amadi-Holloway has as a player. With us bringing him here, he will show us the belief that we have in him. We never just signed because of the good names, all these players are good players.” SC East Bengal's head coach feels that there is a right balance between Indian and foreign footballers.
Robbie Fowler are well aware the importance of Kolkata Derby between the two arch rivals of Indian football. He knows how passionate are the supporters of Red and Gold during a derby match. "Probably SC East Bengal have the best fans in India. It is a really challenge during Derby." Fowler added that there is a need for crowd in a football match, but in the current situation we have no other option than to sacrifice.
ISL 2020-21 SEASON TO START FROM 20TH NOVEMBER AT GOA21.10.2020 : It's hardly a less than a month now. The top tier league of the country will going to be flagged off on and from the 20th of November at Goa under the strict health protocol due to Covid 19 pandemic. The eleven participating teams are at Goa preparing for the tournament will fight for a spot in the AFC Champions League .
ELEVEN PARTICIPATING TEAMS:
ATK MOHUN BAGAN, BENGALURU FC, KERALA BLASTERS FC, CHENNAIYIN FC, FC GOA, MUMBAI CITY FC, NORTH EAST UNITED FC, ODISHA FC, HYDERABAD FC, JAMSHEDPUR FC, SC EAST BENGAL
FSDL has changed the format of the tournament in the seventh edition of the tournament. All the matches will be played at three different stadiums of Goa instead of different cities of the country. A limited number of people will be allowed to enter the stadium apart from the participating teams, coaching teams, medical units and officials. No spectators are allowed to enter the stadium . Star Sports have made elaborate arrangements to telecast the matches live in India as well as in abroad from 7.30 PM IST.
The attraction of the tournament has changed radically after the inclusion of the top two teams of the country, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Mohun Bagan merged up with ATK forming a new club ATK Mohun Bagan, while East Bengal tied up with an investor Sree Cements Private Limited forming SC East Bengal.
HABAS JOINED THE PRACTICE SESSION AT BAMBOLIM GROUND
19.10.20: The Head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan, Antonio Habas started to train his team at the Bambolim ground, Goa from today onwards after completing fourteen days quarintine period. The Spanish coaching team and the three footballers Tiri, Xavi Hernandez and Edu Gracia joined the practice session from today morning. The Indian squad alreay under phycical and sequence trainning under the two Indian physical trainners since last week.
Since the time of preparation is very short in Indian Super League, Habas has planned for trainning sessions in two phases. The first session will start at morning after breakfast followed by the second session in the evening.
The festive season is round the corner in India and especially in Bengal. ATK Mohun Bagan squad are having a host of footballers from Bengal who will really miss the flavour and excitement of Durga Puja. Antonio Habas himself are quite aware of the greatest ever festival in Bengal. He himself enjoyed Durga Puja during his stay in Kolkata. While interacting with ATK Mohun Bagan media Antonio Habas, the Head coach said that he will going to continue the hard practice session during festive days in order to build up a truly competetive team in the tournament.
INDIAN FOOTBALLERS OF ODISHA FC START TRAINING AT GOA
ODISHA FC MEDIA: 18.10.20: The Indian contingent of Odisha FC started training in groups adhering to all the health and safety norms laid out by the League on Saturday. The players under the guidance of Indian Assistant Coach and former international midfielder Mr. Steven Dias started training at their designated training pitch at Betalbatim, Goa.
Meanwhile, the foreign players have also started arriving at the team hotel. Experienced Defender Steven Taylor and forward Diego Mauricio have already checked in earlier while Hero ISL star Marcelinho and Goalkeeping Coach Rogerio Ramos arrived today.
Expressing his delight after getting on to the field for training, Stefen Dias said, "I am very excited and delighted that finally we have started training on field and I am sure that the players must have been waiting for the same as well. They have worked hard in their respective rooms following the fitness training guidelines by our Strength and Conditioning Coach Joan (Casanova). We all are looking forward to it."
Odisha FC's Head of Football Operations Mr. Abhik Chatterjee explained, "This training session was a very special one for all the players and the staff because everybody set foot on the pitch after a long period of time. The joy and the enthusiasm that the players had was very visible and it showed in the training session. Everybody was just grateful to be practising and training again. Hopefully, the players can keep this level of commitment and enthusiasm going as we will look to go from strength to strength in our pre-season training window under Head Coach Stuart Baxter soon and prepare and give our best in the Indian Super League season."
COACHES AND FOOTBALLERS OF SC EAST BENGAL REACHED AT GOA TO PARTICIPATE IN ISL
16.10.20: The British coach of SC East Bengal, Robbie Fowler, the legend of Liverpool and his supporting team reached Goa to paticipate in the seventh edition of forth coming Indian Super League. According to the sources, the newly recruit foreign footballers, Danny Fox, Anthony Pilkington and Aaron Amadi Holloway arrived at Goa with Head Coach Robbie Fowler. The footballers and coaches reached Mumbai Airport early in the morning from where they reached Goa. Robert Mimis, the goalkeeper coach likely to reach Goa early next week.
It is reported that eighteen Indian footballers of SC East Bengal reached Goa this evening from their home town. Seven footballers, Md Rafiq, Samad Ali Mullick, Rafiq Ali Sardar, Sankar Roy, Narayan Das, Debjit Majumdar and Jeje Lalpeklua left Kolkata for Goa this morning. They reached Goa from Mumbai in the evening.
The Coaching team and footballers will now follow the strict rules due to Covit-19 pandemic, implemented by FSDL and local administration from their rooms at Hotel Hilton resorts at North Goa before they start their pre season trainning.
ROBBIE FOWLER & INDIAN FOOTBALLERS OF SC EAST BENGAL TO REACH GOA TOMORROW
15.10.20: The team members of SC East Bengal will reach Goa from 16th of October to participate in the maiden ISL campaign. Head coach of the Kolkata team, Robbie Fowler, Indian Assistant coach Renedy Singh along with the other support staffs will reach team hotel tomorrow. Robert mimms, the Goal keeping coach are expected to arrive at Goa early next week.
The Indian footballers Sankar Ray, Debjit Majumdar, Rafiq Ali Sardar, Md Rafique, Samad Ali Mallick, Narayan Das, Mirshad, Jeje Lalpeklua, Balwant Singh,Eugeneson Lyngdoh will reach Goa from their home towns. The footballers and coaches will be at quarantine at their team hotel following the strict rules of CoviD 19 adopted by FSDL, AIFF and local administration.
After the signing of Scott Neville, the officials of East Bengal are in a target to sign six more overseas footballers for the forth coming season. Sources reveal that Premier League footballers Danny Fox, Anthony Pilkkington and Brisbane Roar midfielder Aaron Amadi is almost set to finalize the deal with SC East Bengal. The officials are engaged in discussing with the some footballers of A League and Premier League which is expected to finalize soon.
HABAS TO START ATK-MOHUN BAGAN TRAINING AT BAMBOLIM FROM MONDAY
15.10.20: The Spanish coach of ATK Mohun Bagan Antonio Habas will be the the first coach of the forth coming Indian Super League 2020-21 who will start to train his team from Monday at the practice turf of the Bambolim stadium, Goa after completing fourteen days quarantine at Goa.The coaching staffs and the three Spanish footballers Xavi Hernandez, Edu Gracia and Tiri will start field training from Monday onward.
The twenty Indian footballers are busy in their hard schedule at Bambolim under two Indian physical trainers. The coaching style and pattern seems to be much different and harder after Antonio Habas joins hi steam from Monday onward. While interacting, Habas said that they is a lot of difference between online training and practical training on the turf of the practice ground. But we have to respect and abide the rules imposed by FSDL and administration.
Fijian international Roy Krishna, is yet to arrive at Goa. He and Australian midfielder Brad Inman is expected to join the camp within Sunday. The other foreigners David Williams and Carl McHugh are at fourteen days quarantine after reaching on Monday at Goa. The Spanish coach will resume his training with twenty three footballers now, are expecting to get his full squad in the first week of November.
FC GOA PREPARING UNDER CLIFFORD WHILE SPANISH BRIGADE IS UNDER QUARINTINE
FC GOA MEDIA - 14.10.20: The new season of the ISL is well and truly upon us and this week saw the arrival of FC Goa’s Spanish contingent. Head Coach Juan Ferrando was accompanied by Strength and Conditioning Coach Javier Gonzalez along with 5 players - Edu Bedia, Igor Angulo, Jorge Ortiz, Ivan Gonzalez and Alberto Noguera.
The Spaniards will now head into a 14-day quarantine as per protocols. The Indian contingent will meanwhile continue to practice under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coach Clifford Miranda with Juan Ferrando taking note of everything remotely via recordings of the sessions till 14th October, before they enter a seven day quarantine. The entire squad will be in action for the first time by the third week of October.
Ferrando is looking forward to finally interacting with the players on a personal level once the quarantine period is over and is delighted at having landed in India - nearly 6 months after his appointment. “I’m very excited and happy because we are here now. All these days, I have had to interact with the coaching and medical staff on video calls. I am now eager to meet them along with the players face to face,” exclaimed the new FC Goa head coach.
“To be honest, I would have loved to be here even earlier to get a feel of the place, but the circumstances as we all know, were not conducive to that. To be in the office with the coaches and work on the pitch - these are the things I love to do. And finally, I’m an inch closer to doing so. Instead of looking back and looking at the challenges, I would rather look forward to the season ahead of us. We have to factor everything in and make the best out of it.”
The season will be unlike any other season in Indian football, let alone the Indian Super League. With the pandemic raging on, the players will remain isolated whilst the stands will be bereft of fans. However, with the safety of everyone on the top of the list in terms of priorities, the protocols demand stringent checks all over.
“It will surely be very difficult for everyone this season, but that is the same for everyone,” added Ferrando. “We are living in isolation. We’ll be together for 7 months in the same hotel. A number of players will have to spend time away from their families and homes.
It will be a task, no doubt, but this year, we have to do it for our fans and supporters. They won’t be able to be with us in the stands, but we know about the passion that they carry in their hearts. And this is a season, we will look to fight all adversities and dedicate it to them.”
ATK MOHUN BAGAN STARTS THEIR PRACTICE AT BAMBOLIN: JOBBY JUSTIN JOINS CAMP AFTER RECOVERING FROM CORONA
11.10.20: The footballers of ATK Mohun Bagan squad started their practice at the Bambolim stadium at Goa from Saturday evening. Twenty Indian footballers were at outdoor practice session after a fourteen days quarintine at the picturesque Novotel resort which is close to Candolim beach, Goa.
ATK Mohun Bagan's Indian footballers Arindam Bhattacharjee, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, were dressed from their hotel room instead of the dressing rooms of the stadium following the rules of FSDL and AIFF due to covid pandemic. The hard practice session ends after two hours. The Spanish footballers were absent as they were still in quarintine.
Meanwhile, Jobby Justin joined ATK Mohun Bagan camp at Goa after recovering from Corona virus. Jobby were tested positive twice, had to admitted for ten days at a hospital in Trivandrum. He was in home quarintine for fifteen days are now allowed to join the team's camp at Goa after a round of medical tests.
Jobby Justin attended the virtual physical trainning sessions twice a day which was conducted by the physical trainner of ATK Mohun Bagan from Madrid. Jobby was not rugular in ATK squad in the previous season. He was included in first eleven in three matches and came in as a substitute in seven matches. Jobby had a remarkable season in East Bengal in the year 2018, scored goals in many important matches as well as in the Derby matches against Mohun Bagan. The Keralian striker are confident to prove himself in the forth coming Indian Super League after after securing a place in the first eleven.
EAST BENGAL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THEIR ENTRY IN ISL
8.10.20: East Bengal will be the 11th team to participate in the seven edition of Indian Super League.
After the official announcement from the founder and chairperson of FSDL, Mrs Nita Ambani, today the newly formed company Sree Cement East Bengal Foundation informed the club's participation in ISL from 2020-21 in a press note.
East Bengal club management thanked Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Mrs Nita Ambani for recognising the legacy of century old institution. The Managing Director of Sree Cement Mr Hari Mohan Bangur in his massage thanked the chief minister of West Bengal Smt Mamata Banerjee for her continuous support which ultimately helped East Bengal to get an entry in the top tier league of the country. Mr Bangur also thanked Mrs Nita Ambani for her constant encouragement which helped the dream of the century old club into reality.
Meanwhile, East Bengal will declare the name of their Head coach shortly. Sources reveal the Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler are among the front liners out of the short listed coaches. East Bengal are in close contract with the agent in order recruit the foreign footballers. The declaration regarding the inclusuion of foreign footballers will be announced officially within a day or so.
DERBY IN ISL WILL ADD A NEW FLAVOR : HABAS
7.10.20: The Head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan ,Antonio Habas started his mission within a very short time after his arrival at the camp at Goa. The Spanish coach along with his coaching team reached Goa on Sunday morning after a long thirty hours journey from Madrid.
Antonio Habas is following the guideline adopted by the local administration and FSDL following the pandemic caused by Corona virus since last six months.
Though he himself is in quarantine now but he is closing monitoiring the practice sessions virtually. Apart from Roy Krishna, John Johnson and David Willams all the footballers are at camp, busy in the physical training classes in three session under Alvaro Ross. Habas wants ATK Mohun Bagan to start the field training and match practices only after all the footballers of the squad completes the period of quarantine.
While discussing with the ATK Mohun Bagan Media, the Spanish coach Antonio Habas said that Derby will add a new flavor in the history of Indian Super League. He knows the enthusiasm between the supporters of top two clubs in the most high profile match of the country. Though he will play against East Bengal like the other matches of the competition but he will target for full points and wants to bag the first even Derby in Indian Super League.
Antonio Habas is literally pleased with the beautiful atmosphere and facilities of ATK Mohun Bagan camp at Goa and is optimistic to do a remarkable result in the forth coming tournament.
FSDL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES EAST BENGAL FC ENTRY IN INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE
27.9.20: The dream of millions of East Bengal fanatics came true when Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited officially announced the name of East Bengal to participate in the current edition of Indian Super League.
East Bengal is now the eleventh team to participate in the seventh edition of ISL which will kick off close door at the end of November at Goa. The dimension of ISL rose to a great expectation as the two iconic football clubs of Indian Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are now a part of the top tier league.
In her massage Mrs Ambani said, “It is such a happy and proud moment for ISL as we welcome East Bengal FC and their millions of fans into the League. The inclusion of both legacy clubs, i.e. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (now ATK Mohun Bagan) opens limitless possibilities for Indian football, especially for talent development in the state.
“West Bengal has made an immense contribution to the growth of the beautiful game in India. ISL’s growing footprint in the state and across India, is yet another step towards our mission of building a competitive and robust football ecosystem in the country,”
> After the merger of ATK and Mohun Bagan, East Bengal officials are desperate for a financially sound investor which is essential to play in ISL. Finally, with the intervention of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, East Bengal finally tied up with Sree Cement Private Limited as their new investor.
After the tied up with the investor Sree Cement Private limited, East Bengal picked up the BID paper issued by FSDL and had to fulfill the necessary documentations as well as the transfer of sporting rights in the name of the investor which is mandatory to complete the licensing process with Asian Football Confederation within a very short period of time.
Now, a new journey starts for the Kolkata giants as well as for Indian Super League. The seventh edition of the league will showcase Mohun Bagan after a merge with ATK and East Bengal which will eventually rise the interest of the competition for the millions of fanatics world wide.
FOOTBALLERS ARRIVING AT GOA FOR ISL26.9.20: The seventh edition of Indian Super League are expected to kick off close door at the end of November. The footballers of different franchisee teams started to arrive at Goa for their pre season training. Some of the Indian footballers of Hyderabad FC, Kerala Blasters FC,Mumbai City FC and ATK MohuBagan arrived at Goa and the footballers will have to stay at quarantine in their respective hotels for a week before they start their pre season camp.
The foreign footballers, coaches and support staffs are yet to arrive at the venew. It is expected that the overseas footballer will arrive only after their visa is issued. Meanwhile, Ministry of External Affairs has granted visa to nine footballers and one coaching staff to join their teams at Goa. All the foreign footballers are required for a five rounds of covit test . So, the pre season camp of different teams will start in absence of the foreign footballers.
EAST BENGAL'S INVESTOR SUBMITTED BID TO FSDL
15.9.20: The investor of East Bengal club finally submitted the BID documents to FSDL on Tuesday to participate in the forthcoming seventh edition of Indian Super League. The BID documents were submitted in the name of Sree Cement East Bengal Foundation after discussing various legal aspects between the officials of East Bengal, investors Sree Cements Limited and FSDL.
All India Football Federation will shortly intimate to AFC to take necessary steps for the enrollment of East Bengal in the new name which is required for Club Licensing procedures. The hard copies of the BID documents are being sent to FSDL.
It is likely that FSDL will declare the entry of East Bengal as the 11th team in the forth coming tournament within 22nd September. The inclusion of the two iconic teams Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the top tier league of the country will have a great impact in Indian football in the coming days.
FSDL INVITES BID: EAST BENGAL TO PLAY ISL
4.9.20: After conforming Sree Cement as the principle investor East Bengal are about to find their spot in the seventh edition of Indian Super League. As East Bengal official Debobrata Sarkar said after the deal with Sree Cement at Nabanna that East Bengal will apply to FSDL for an entry in ISL according to the required formalities.
Meanwhile, FSDL has invited 'BIDS' from the interested clubs or franchisees to enroll their name and to participate in the forth coming competition at Goa. It is mentioned that FSDL wishes to invite 'BID' from one additional team to enroll themselves and to participate in the seventh edition of ISL. Clubs or franchisees from cities like Delhi, Ludhiana, Siliguri, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bhopal can enroll themselves to participate in the forth coming competition. One team (who wins the bidder) from the following cities will be awarded the right to participate in the seventh edition of Indian Super League.
The forms of the 'BID' will be available for process from 7th and 8th of September and the documents along with the form are to be submitted on the 14th of September. So, the seventh edition of ISL will be consisting of 11 teams after the entry of one additional team. Now, the inclusion of East Bengal in the top tier league of the country is just a formality.
EAST BENGAL FINALLY FINDS SREE CEMENT AS INVESTORCLICK LINK - MORE NEWS
2.9.20: East Bengal finally tied up with Sree Cement as their principle investor. The official announcement was made today evening from the West Bengal Secretariat NABANNYA in presence of the honrable Chief Minister of WEST BENGAL- Miss Mamata Banerjee, East Bengal as well as Sree Cement officials.
While addressing in the meeting the Chief Minister said " Kolkata is the gateway of Indian football and Football without Bengal is incomplete.” Mamata Banerjee furthur added that she desires to build up three gates in the name of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting in or around Kolkata. In fact Mamata Banerjee took her initiative, as she feels the East Bengal deserves a spot in the top tier league in the centenary year.
East Bengal were in search of an investor since Quess Corp decided to withdraw themselves from the one hundred years old company. Unlike Mohun Bagan (already tied up with ATK), East Bengal are in a target to play in Indian Super League, which is being declared as the top tier league of the country. With this deal the Red and Gold Brigade are now all set to make a spot in Indian Super League. The dream of the millions of Red and Gold supporters to play in the top tier league will come true after the official confirmmation from FSDL.
Sree Cement is one of the top ranking manufacturing company in the country as the maximum share owned by Benu Gopal Bangur with the production units at Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Bihar. Sree Cement has a turnover of Rs 12175.62 crore in the financial year 2019-20.
The final fixture of Indian Super League is yet to be decayed. The next few days will decide the fate of East Bengal in Indian football. Now the game is entirely in the court of FSDL, who will flash a green signal to East Bengal to play in the current edition of the competition.
7th EDITION OF ISL TO START IN NOVEMBER 202007/07/2020 : The 2020–21 Indian Super League (ISL) season will be the 7th edition. The season will start from 20 th November 2020 to March 2021. The entire tournament will be played in Goa owing to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. All matches will be held in three stadiums - the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim and the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco.
ATK were the defending champions, having defeated Chennaiyin in the 2020 ISL final. However, in July 2020, the club was merged with I-League club Mohun Bagan to form ATK Mohun Bagan. While On 27 September 2020, Kolkata Giant SC East Bengal joined the league as an expansion team and thus became the 11th team in the league.
It has been decided that Each club have the option of signing a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 foreign players, but unlike the previous season, there should be at least one overseas player who hails from an AFC–affiliated country. The teams can continue fielding 5 foreign players in the playing XI (4+1).
ISL Head Coaches will need to be holding or pursuing an AFC Pro License or its equivalent. The assistant head coach has to be Indian and hold an AFC Pro License and an Indian goalkeeping coach will not satisfy the requirement.
On July 6th Indian Super League approved 3 (foreign) + 1 (Asian) player regulation will become part of the competition guidelines from the eighth season in 2021-22. In May, the AIFF's executive committee unanimously implemented the '3 (foreign) + 1 (Asian) player recruit rule' for I-League matches from 2020-21 season.