The announcement of ISL 2018 starting date
Indian Super League 2018-19 or ISL season is going to start from 29th September at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. The Two-time champions ATK (Athletico De Kolkata) will be playing against Kerala Blaster in the opening match. It will start at 4 pm.
What’s the story?
This fifth season of Indian Super League is probably to start in the last week of September. According to few reports, the management announces the date already. It will be on 29th September while the I-league is scheduled to start around 15th October, later this year. Chennaiyin FC is the defending champions who won their previous season title by defeating one of the strongest teams Bengaluru FC 3-2 in the final. Chennaiyin FC is also ready to keep and hold their title. But Bengaluru FC is also set to bounce back this year. As they lost their previous year so they will be on their best-attacking mode to get the trophy.
The isl 2018-2019 start date reveals now, all of the teams and players out there started their practice correctly. As the first match is going to be between ATK and Kerala Blasters, so they are also ready to give their best shot. The previous season of ISL postponed to late November due to the India hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but this season the likely start date will be 29th September, which is a Saturday. The season is only a few days away, and all the ten clubs are extremely busy with their pre-season preparations.
The heart of the matter
The fifth season of Indian Super League will be most likely to have three breaks as India is genuinely slated to play against China a friendly match. And this is going to be in October while they merely have the calendar booked for another match in November. Barely few days left for this fifth season of Indian Super League to start, and the clubs are already kick-started the preseason matches by their heart out. Bengaluru FC is in Spain while one of the strongest teams of this year, Kerela Blasters took part in the La Liga World tournament against Melbourne City and Girona FC in the last week of July. There were several reports regarding the entry of new teams like Quess East Bengal, but there have been no positive developments concerning that.
The top picks of this season
Since the arrival of Indian Super League, the football fans have witnessed ample amount of new and talented players playing in this league. And as this specific tournament gives so many opportunities to the new and young players to showcase their talent and that is why it considers as one of the prestigious competition. While some of the players flourished and then moved from strength-to-strength, some might have failed to realize their full potential. But this season, all the teams have some potential players who can win the matches.
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Sandesh Jhingan was the break-out star in 2014 and has since established himself as the untouchable at the backline for Indian senior team. On the contrary note, there have been players such as Jayesh Rane who has failed to make it to the senior squad even after featuring for the U23 side for two consecutive years (2015, 2016).
Under the tutelage of Khalid Jamil, Rane continued a meteoric rise during his loan stint along with Aizawl FC. He was one of the livewires for the North-Eastern team as they went on to script history by just clinching the I-League title in 2016-17. He racked up almost1614 minutes in 18 matches while scoring twice as well as assisting on two other occasions. Touted as the rising star of Indian football, he was also picked in the fourth round by ATK in the ISL draft system last year. 26-year old Delhi Dynamos winger Romeo Fernandes is also one of the famous names who has been nothing more than a flash in the pan after a brilliant season with FC Goa back in 2014.
A glimpse of exciting matches to look out for
Bengaluru vs. Chennaiyin: On the second day of this season, this is the terminal repeat of the 2017-18 final! Bengaluru FC would have an opportunity to dish out the revenge when the champions come to calling at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Interestingly, in the three games played between the two teams, this is always the away side that has prevailed.
Delhi Dynamos vs. Pune City: Miguel Angel Portugal takes the inevitable trip to his old stomping ground with his new side. Along with Marcos Tebar going the other way and old boy Marcelinho paying the visit, the JL Nehru Stadium in the capital will have a feeling of familiarity yet surprises.
Chennaiyin vs. FC Goa: When these two meet against each other, there is no dull moment. The controversial 2015 final, the nine-goal thriller in the year of 2016 and the 3-0 rout by Chennaiyin last season and the Marina Arena can get assured of several high-octane footballs given the average of 3.6 goals per game in this tie. Where the co-owners former Indian captain MS Dhoni and current Indian captain Virat Kohli will cheer up for their own teams against each other, where the teams will fight for to hold their position.
Chennaiyin vs. NorthEast Utd
Chennaiyin is already one of the more formidable sides in the history of the ISL but, NorthEast United somehow considers being their bogey opponents. In their last eight games, the two-time winners have won as well as drawn twice each whereas the perennial strugglers have had their number four times.
So, now you will not have to ask when will ISL start as the date is now declared. Get ready to celebrate the biggest tournament of India.
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