Kerala Blasters is an Indian football club which participates in the Indian Super League, popularly abbreviated as ISL. Among the list of owners, is the former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, who is also the club's majority stakeholder. The club was founded along with the inception of ISL on 21st May 2014.
The team camps at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, Kerala which has a capacity of a little over 38,000. The team logo portrays a silhouette of the great Indian elephant with its trunk wrapped around a football in yellow against a blue background.
The club hails from Kochi, Kerala and is owned by Blasters Sports Pvt. Ltd. The club has been named after one of its owner Tendulkar, who is known as the Master Blaster all around the world. Apart from Tendulkar, filmmaker Allu Aravind, film stars Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna are minority stakeholders of the club. Varun Tripuraneni sits as the CEO of the club.
The club has yellow and blue as their home colours, and dons black and yellow as their away colours. The club is currently coached by David James who took over the responsibilities from Reinhard Jozef Petrus Meulensteen. David was the club's first head coach during its 2014 season but was replaced by Peter Taylor only to be reinstalled in 2018 after the club's involvement with a series of other coaches.
Trajectory in ISL
The Kochi based football club embarked on its ISL journey on 13th October 2014 in which they lost to North East United FC with a scoreline of 1-0. But they did not let the loss define itself as it went on to reach the finals of the first edition of ISL. Unfortunately, they couldn't lift the cup as they lost to Atletico de Kolkata one goal to none, thanks to Mohammad Rafique 's 95th minute screamer of a goal.
Ever since then it has been an uphill-downhill sort of a journey for the Blasters. They finished in the 8th place the succeeding season. However, they managed to forge a comeback in the season to follow, making it to the finals. But yet again they lost the finale to Atletico de Kolkata, this time in the penalties with a scoreline of 4-3 in the shootout(1-1 full time).
The 2017-18 season was also disappointing for the Blasters as they again failed to qualify to the knockout stages and finished 6th in the league.
Two final berths in four years, you just cannot overlook this huge achievement by the Blasters. However, their inconsistencies have overshadowed their success.
Apart their heartbreaking loses to Atletico de Kolkata twice in the finals, Kerala Blasters have also managed to keep themselves out of the playoffs in two seasons. But their worst season so far has been the 2015 season, where the Blasters managed to bag only three matches out of 14, losing seven of their games.
Major Players for ISL 2018-19
Kerala Blasters is led by Sandeep Jhingan, who is also the Indian national football team defender and is one of the strongest players of the side. Huge responsibilities rest on Jhingan 's shoulders for the forthcoming season. But the center of attraction is going to be forward C.K. Vineeth. Vineeth is the second leading scorer in the club's history with nine goals and shows great potential and a promise of greater achievements in future.
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