#2 The Big Names
What good can possibly not come of a league that boasts the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet, and Robert Pires? Seldom before have Indians had the opportunity to witness, let alone play alongside stars as decorated as these. Therefore, you know Indian football is looking up when you find out that these players and many more of their ilk are going to grace the country’s football league.
With each franchise snapping up a minimum of ten foreign players, most of who have played for, with and against the world’s finest, (and were also, during their heyday, among the world’s finest), their Indian counterparts will have to raise the bar in order to match them. And for a country where the football has never been of a particularly high pedigree, this is just the chance Indian footballers have been waiting for, to observe and absorb, firsthand.
Not to sound unrealistic, but the ISL could become a hub for foreign players, what with the money and the potential, if the inaugural edition does indeed prove to be a success.
A mini Barclays Premier League in the making, maybe?Published 05 Oct 2014, 09:58 IST