India’s grandest football extravaganza returns as the fifth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) begins on Saturday. After undergoing a major revamp last term with the addition of two teams, Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru, the latter making a switch from the I-League, it was John Gregory’s Chennaiyin FC who were crowned winners.
Though the cash-rich league has done away with the compulsory rule of signing a marquee player which has seen World Cup-winning stars such as Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Materazzi and Roberto Carlos, few foreign recruits have captured the attention of many fans.
Jorge Costa, a former Champions League winner with Porto is currently managing Mumbai City while Jamshedpur FC has replaced Steve Coppell with former Atletico Madrid boss Cesar Ferrando. Jamshedpur, backed by the Tata group, has also brought Australian great Tim Cahill on board.
The upcoming edition is expected to be the longest with action taking place over a span of six months featuring three breaks – two FIFA windows during the month of October and November while one will be allotted towards India’s preparatory camp for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Manager – Steve Coppell
Home stadium – Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
2. Bengaluru FC
Manager – Carles Cuadrat
Home stadium – Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
3. Chennaiyin FC
Manager – John Gregory
Home stadium- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
4. Delhi Dynamos
Manager – Josep Gombau
Home stadium – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
5. Goa FC
Manager – Sergio Lobera
Home stadium – Fatorda Stadium, Margao
6. Jamshedpur FC
Manager – Cesar Ferrando
Home stadium – JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur
7. Kerala Blasters
Manager – David James
Home stadium – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
8. Mumbai City
Manager – Jorge Costa
Home stadium – Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
9. NorthEast United
Manager – Eelco Schattorie
Home stadium – Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
10. FC Pune City
Manager – Miguel Angel Portugal
Home stadium – Balewadi Stadium, Pune
Match schedule and timings:
Full list of squads:
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharja, Avilash Paul, Debjit Majumder
Defenders: Aiborlang Khongjee, Andre Bikey, Arnab Mondal, Gerson Vieira, John Johnson, Sena Ralte, Prabir Das, Ricky Lallawmawma
Midfielders: Cavin Lobo, El Maimounie Noussair, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Hitesh Sharma, Jayesh Rane, Komal Thatal, Malsawmzuala, Manuel Lanzarote, Pranay Halder, SK Faiaz, Yumam Singh.
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Everton Santos, Kalu Uche
Goalkeepers: Aditya Patra, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Soram Porei
Defenders: Albert Serran, Asheer Akhtar, Gursimrat Singh, Harmanjot Khabra, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima
Midfielders: Ajay Chhetri, Altamash Sayed, Bidyananda Singh, Boithang Haokip, Chencho Gyeltshen, Dimas Delgado, Eric Paartalu, Xisco Hernandez, Kean Lewis, Udanta Singh
Forwards: Miku, Sunil Chhetri, Semboi Haokip
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Nikhil Bernard, Sanjiban Ghosh
Defenders: Eli Sabia, Hendry Antonay, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Alves, Tondonba Singh, Zohmingliana Ralte.
Midfielders: Andrea Orlandi, Anirudh Thapa, Bedashwor Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Francisco Fernandes, Germanpreet Singh, Gregory Nelson, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Thoi Singh, Pandian Srinivasan, Raphael Augusto.
Forwards: Carlos Salom, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Mohammed Rafi.
Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Francisco Dorronsoro, Shayan Roy
Defenders: Amit Tudu, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jayananda Moirangthem, Marti Crespi, Mohammed Dhot, Narayan Das, Pradeep Mohanraj, Pritam Kotal, Rana Gharami.
Midfielders: Adria Carmona, Bikramjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Marcos Tebar, Nandhakumar Sekar, Rene Mihelic, Romeo Fernandes, Shubham Sarangi, Siam Hanghal, Vinit Rai.
Forwards: Andrija Kaludjerovic, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Seiminmang Manchong.
Goalkeepers: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Laxmikant Kattimani, Mohammad Nawaz.
Defenders: Carlos Pena, Chinglensana Singh, Lalhmangaihsanga, Mohamed Ali, Nirmal Chhetri, Saviour Gama, Mourtada Fall, Seriton Fernandes
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Hugo Boumous, Imran Khan, Jackichand Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Mandar Rao Dessai, Miguel Fernandez, Pratesh Shirodkar, Princeton Rebello
Forwards: Ferran Corominas, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh
FC Pune City
Goalkeepers: Anuj Kumar, Kamaljith Singh, Vishal Kaith
Defenders: Ashutosh Mehta, Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Martin Diaz, Matt Mills, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Sahil Panwar, Sarthak Golui
Midfielders: Adil Khan, Alwyn George, Jonathan Vila, Marco Stankovic, Rohit Kumar, Shankar Sampingraj.
Forwards: Diego Carlos, Emiliano Alfaro, Gabriel Fernandes, Ian Hume, Jacob Vanlalhlimpuia, Marcelo Pereira, Ashique Kuruniyan, Nikhil Poojari, Robin Singh.
Goalkeepers: Rafique Ali, Subhasish Roy, Subrata Paul
Defenders: Dhanachandra Singh, Tiri, Karan Amin, Pratik Chowdhary, Raju Gaikwad, Robin Gurung, Sanjay Balmuchu, Yumnam Raju
Midfielders: Bikash Jairu, Carlos Calvo, Memo, Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Mario Arques, Michael Soosairaj, Mobashir Rahman, Pablo Morgado, Vishal Das
Forwards: Farukh Choudhary, Gourav Mukhi, Sergio Cidoncha, Sumeet Passi, Tim Cahill.
Kerala Blasters FC
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Naveen Kumar, Sujith Sasikumar
Defenders: Anas Edathodika, Cyril Kali, Lalruatthara, Mohamad Rakip, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Sandhesh Jinghan, Pritam Singh
Midfielders: Courage Pekuson, Deependra Negi, Halicharan Narzary, Hrishi Dhath, Keziron Kizito, Loken Meitei, Nikola Krcmarevic, Prasanth K, Sahal Abdul Samad, Seminlel Doungel, Suraj Rawat, Zakeer Mundampara
Forwards: CK Vineeth, Matej Poplatnik, Slavisla Stojanovic
Mumbai City FC
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Kunal Sawant, Ravi Kumar
Defenders: Anwar Ali, Bikramjeet Singh, Davinder Singh, Lucian Goian, Marco Klisura, Arnold Issoko, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Shouvik Ghosh, Subhsish Bose
Midfielders: Bipin Singh, Matias Mirabaje, Milan Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Raynier Fernandes, Sanju Pradhan, Sehnaj Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
Forwards: Alen Deory, Pranjal Bhumij, Rafael Bastos.
Goalkeepers: Gurmeet, Pawan Kumar, TP Rehenesh
Defenders: Gurwinder Singh, Keegan Pereira, Reagan Singh, Mato Grgic, Mislav Komorski, Pawan Kumar, Provat Lakra, Robert Lalthlamuana, Simranjeet Singh
Midfielders: Federico Gallego, Jose Leudo, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Nikhil Kadam, Redeem Tlang, Rowllin Borges, Rupert Nongrum
Forwards: Augustine Okrah, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Girik Khosla, Juan Mascia, Kivi Zhimomi
Matches of the ISL 2018-19 season will be aired on various Star Sports channels.
Live broadcast of matches is also available on the Hotstar app and can also be viewed on Hotstar.com