WEB DESK: India the land of cricket lovers, went a step further and launched the second-part to its very own football series– which will host local football teams and encourage the sport nationally.
Indian Super League season two inaugurated amid stars from Bollywood and sports, in a glamorous event on Saturday night.
Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, and Arjun Kapoor, and Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar came to attend the event in Chennai.
The Indian Super League Season Two kicked off with defending champions Atletico de Kolkata taking on Chennaiyin FC.
Actor Arjun Kapoor hosted the show with Alia Bhatt and Ashwariya Rai performing on stage. Although this marks high expectation for ISL matches but analyst are rooting for a merger between ISL and I-League
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) finds itself in a tug-of-war for attention between Indian Super League clubs and I-League clubs: both tournaments spawned by the same organisation — but one which finds itself backed by big corporate, Bollywood stars and Star Sports; and the other besieged by failing clubs, lack of marketing and almost negligible viewership.
Legacy and history are the only two things going for the I-League, according to first post.
In September, Praful Patel, the president of AIFF which operates the I-League and whose commercial partners IMG are heavily involved in the ISL, said a merger was a question of when and not if.
“We eventually want to bring the two leagues under one common format. There is no time frame but maybe in two to three seasons,” he said.
ISL lacks legacy and history which I-League is offering, although merger is not happening right now it has grounds in future.