ISL 2014

The Indian Super League is a men’s professional football league and is considered one of the top tier leagues in India alongside the I-League. It was first introduced in 21st October 2013, when the AIFF announced the formation of a new league in partnership with IMG, Reliance Industries and Star Sports. The first edition of the league was held in 2014, and was arguably the most star-studded edition in the history of ISL with legendary players like Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires and David Trezeguet featuring as some of the marquee players.

The 2014 ISL was contested between eight teams who played in the round robin format followed by the quarter finals and the semi finals, to decide on the teams which will play in the final. The league commenced on 12th October and the opening match was played between Atletico De Kolkata and Mumbai City FC at the Salt Lake Stadium, where ATK prevailed over Mumbai City FC with a 3-0 victory. The final was played on 20th December between Atletico De Kolkata and Kerala Blasters at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The final was won by ATK who defeated Kerala Blasters by a solitary goal and were crowned as the first champions of the Indian Super League.

2014 ISL Player Draft

The players drafts for ISL 2014 was conducted in the same fashion as that of the college draft system used in the United States. The first draft comprised of the native Indian players and each had to select 14 native players for their team (excluding NorthEast United and Goa FC who had already selected their I-League teams, Dempo and Shillong Lajong respectively). A total of 84 Indian players were up for grabs in the first draft. Lenny Rodrigues became the first player to be picked in the draft as he was signed by FC Pune City.

The second draft was for the seven foreign players in the squad and it was participated by all the eight teams. The marquee players were not included in the draft and were signed separately by the clubs. A total of 49 foreign players were up for the grabs. The first draft was Italian defender Bruno Cirillo who was signed by FC Pune City.


With eight franchises in the league, the matches were played across eight cities. Each of team’s home stadium is mentioned below:-

FranchiseHome GroundCapacity
Atletico De Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium68,000
Chennaiyin FCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium40,000
Delhi DynamosJawaharlal Nehru Stadium60,000
Goa FCFatorda Stadium19,500
Kerala BlastersJawaharlal Nehru Stadium60,000
Mumbai City FCDY Patil Stadium55,000
NorthEast UnitedIndira Gandhi Athletic Stadium35,000
Pune CityBalewadi Stadium12,000

Marquee Players and Managers

FranchiseManagerMarquee Player
Atletico De Kolkata Antonio Lopez HabasLuis Garcia
Chennaiyin FCMarco MaterazziElano
Delhi DynamosHarm van VeldhovenAlessandro Del Piero
Goa FCZicoRobert Pires
Kerala BlastersDavid JamesDavid James
Mumbai City FCPeter ReidFredrik Ljungberg
NorthEast UnitedRicki Herbert Joan Capdevila
Pune CityFranco ColombaDavid Trezeguet

ISL 2014 League Table

3Atlético de Kolkata144731613319
4Kerala Blasters14545911−219
5Delhi Dynamos144641614218
6Pune City144461217−516
7Mumbai City144461221−916
8NorthEast United143651113−215

ISL 2014 Final

The final was played between Atletico De Kolkata and Kerala Blasters after they made it past the semi-finals over two legs. ATK defeated Goa in penalties after both the legs ended scoreless while Kerala Blasters defeated Chennaiyin FC on 4-3 aggregate.

The final was won by ATK by a margin of 1-0 as Mohammed Rafique scored the solitary goal in injury time.

ISL 2014 Awards

Hero of the LeagueIain Hume
Golden BootElano
Most Exciting PlayerLuis Garcia
Fittest PlayerJan Stohanzl
Golden GloveJan Seda
Emerging PlayerSandesh Jhingan
Goal of the SeasonKostas Katsouranis
Best FansKerala Blasters
Fair Play AwardDelhi Dynamos

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