After a lot of controversies and opposition, the Indian Super League is finally set to kick off later this year. The 8 franchises have been finalized and officially announced now. The ISL is managed by IMG-Reliance, commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The league will be held in association with Star India.
A good mix of sportsman, bollywood stars and businessman comprises the owners of the 8 franchises. Cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have won their bids in acquiring Kochi and Kolkata franchises respectively. Bollywood stars John Abraham and Salman Khan are set to be heading Guwahati and Pune franchise respectively with Sun TV acquiring the ownership of the Bangalore franchise.
Also fellow Bollywood star and football enthusiast Ranbir Kapoor has managed to bag the ownership on the Mumbai Franchise with Dempo-Salgaonkar-Videocon collectively taking over the Goa Franchise witg the DEN Group snapping up the Delhi franchise.
There were rumors that Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan were also in the hunt to take over some franchise but surprisingly their names were missing from the list.
Some of the yesteryear stars like Hernan Crespo, Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry and Dwight Yorke may also be seen in action in the ISL and it’s exciting times in Indian football.
Overview of Franchise owners –
Goa: Dempo – Salgaonkar – Videocon
Kolkata: Harsh Neotia – Sourav Ganguly
Delhi: DEN Group.
Bangalore: SUN Tv
Guwahati: Larsing Ming – John Abraham
Mumbai: Ranbir Kapoor
Kochi: PVP Ventures – Sachin Tendulkar
Pune: Dewan Housing – Salman Khan