La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will travel to India for a pre-season friendly in August ahead of the inaugural Indian Super League which is set to kick-off in September.

Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly is one of the stakeholders in the Kolkata team confirmed the news.

“An exhibition match is planned — Atletico versus an invitational XI. We’d like to field a strong invitational team, to compete against Atletico. The idea is to have a good game,” Ganguly told The Telegraph.

Recently, Ganguly attended the Champions League final in Lisbon, where Los Rojiblancos lost to their city rivals Los Blancos, where he met the Atletico representatives. 

“Our jersey colours will be red and white, the same as Atletico’s, and the logo has been finalised. Our focus now is on putting the Atletico de Kolkata team and the coaching staff together. We’re waiting for an update on the FIFA rules and a draft from IMG-Reliance, the promoters,” explained Sourav.

Atletico Madrid is are expected to visit India on 20th August well before the new season of La Liga starts. 

The Indian Super League is the name of a new, proposed football league in India by IMG-Reliance (a joint venture of IMG andReliance 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. The league is expected to be competed by eight franchises with each team featuring one major marquee player and marquee manager. Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is also a co-owner of one of the ISL teams. Leading Bollywood actors Salman Khan, John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor are also co-owners of different ISL teams.

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