ISL Club Profiles: 10 Teams, 1 Trophy, A Billion Indians...

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The excitement for Indian Super League season 4 is surely building up with each passing day. The fourth edition is set to be the most extravagant of all seasons with 10 teams ready to battle it out in the country's elite football league. Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC are the new entrants to the ISL with this season set to be a five month long affair featuring 95 matches.

The ISL has finally been recognized by the AFC which means that the winner of this season will get a qualification spot at next year's AFC Cup - an extra motivation to win it for all the 10 teams. Ahead of the fourth season, let's do a quick profiling of all the 10 teams in the Indian Super League with the first match set to be played on November 17:


Along with a name change, the Kolkata has a new man in charge this season along with a completely new squad, courtesy of the ISL draft. The reigning champions will be managed by Teddy Sheringham - the former Manchester United striker and will be right in the mix for their third title in four years.

Manager - Teddy Sheringham

Squad - Jayesh Rane, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Keegan Pereira, Shankar Sampingraj, Anwar Ali, Hitesh Sharma, Robin Singh, Rupert Nongrum, Debjit Majumder, Prabir Das, Ashutosh Mehta, Augustin Fernandes, Ronald Singh, Kunzang Bhutia, Bipin Singh Thounaojam, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Jordi Figueras, Tom Thorpe, Carl Baker, Conor Thomas, Zequinha, Njazi Kuqi, ROBBIE KEANE

Players to watch out for - Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Robbie Keane

Best finish - Winners 2014', 2016'

Bengaluru FC

The Blues from the tech city of India are currently the flag bearers of the country's club football at the moment. Bengaluru recently faced an agonizing defeat in the zonal final of the AFC Cup and will be raring to go and win the ISL in the first attempt - just as they did in the I-League. This side plays an attractive possession style football and expect them to dominate the proceedings from the first game itself.

Manager - Albert Roca

Squad - Lalthuammawia Ralte, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Subhashish Bose, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Zotea Ralte, Thongkhosiem Haokip, SUNIL CHHETRI, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar and Malsawmzuala, Abhra Mondal, Boithang Haokip, Collin Abranches, Joyner Lourenco, Calvin Abhishek, Juanan, John Johnson, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale, Erik Paartalu, Edu Garcia, Miku, Braulio

Players to watch out for - Sunil Chhetri, Erik Paartalu

Best finish - Inaugural season

Chennaiyin FC

The Super Machans will be eager to replicate their 2015 winning streak after a disappointing previous season. With a new manager and a new squad, the Chennai side is raring to go and feature some of the most exciting names in their roster.

Manager - John Gregory

Squad -  Thoi Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanachandra Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Pawan Kumar, Keenan Almeida, JEJE LALPEKHLUA, Karanjit Singh and Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mohammed Rafi, Ganesh Dhanapal, Sanjay Balmuchu, Francisco Fernandes, Shahin Lal Melol, Inigo Calderon, Henrique Sereno, Mailson Alves, Jaime Gavilan, Rene Mihelic, Raphael Augusto, Gregory Nelson, Jude Nworuh

Players to watch out for - Jeje Lalpekhlua, Henrique Sereno

Best finish - Winner 2015'

Delhi Dynamos

The capital side played one of the best brands of football last season and under a new manager, replicating that form would be of utmost priority. The Dynamos have brought together a young squad with no marquee player which may make the qualification for the knockout stages a bit too difficult for them.

Manager - Miguel Portugal

Squad - Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sena Ralte, Seityasen Singh, Pratik Chaudhari, Romeo Fernandes, David Ngaihte, Sukhadev Patil, Sajid Dhot, Rowilson Rodrigues, Munmun Lugun, Arnab Das Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Edu Moya, GABRIEL CICHERO, Paulinho Dias, Matias Mirabaje, Jeroen Lumu, Guyon Fernandez, Kalu Uche

Players to watch out for - Pritam Kotal, Gabriel Cichero

Best finish - Semifinals 2016'

FC Goa

The team from the picturesque state of Goa have started brightly but have always fizzled in the latter stages of the competition. Bringing a sense of consistency is one of the biggest tasks in hand for manager Sergio Lobera. With a win percentage of 41, Lobera is the manager to watch out for this season. He has been an assistant to Tito Villanova at FC Barcelona.

Manager - Sergio Lobera

Squad - NARAYAN DAS, Pronay Halder, Chinglensana Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Naveen Kumar, Mohamed Ali, Laxmikant Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai, Jovel Martins, Amey Ranawade, Anthony Dsouza, Mohammad Yasir, Bruno Colaco, Bruno Pinheiro, Chechi, Manu Lanzarote, Manuel Arana, Ahmed Jahouh, Edu Bedia, Coro, Adrian Colunga

Players to watch out for - Narayan Das, Manu Lanzarote

Best finish - Runners up 2015'

Jamshedpur FC

The Tata owned side are the newest member in the league and have been formed just a few months ago. But the ownership has done a fantastic job to sign some brilliant Indian as well as foreign players in the draft and in the transfer market along with taking on board an experienced ISL manager in the form of Steve Coppell.

Manager - Steve Coppell

Squad - ANAS EDATHODIKA, Subrata Pal, Mehtab Hossain, Shouvik Chakrabarti, Robin Gurung, Bikash Jairu, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Souvik Ghosh, Sairuat Kima, Sanjiban Ghosh, Farukh Choudhary, Sumeet Passi, Yumnam Raju, Ashim Biswas, Siddharth Singh, Andrew Bikey, Tiri, Memo, Sameehg Doutie, Matheus Goncalves, Talla N'Diaye, Kervens Belfort

Players to watch out for - Anas Edathodika, Kervens Belfort

Best finish - Inaugural season

Kerala Blasters

No team has impressed more than the Blasters with their business in the transfer market. The Kerala side not only replaced Steve Coppell well with Rene Muelensteen, the Blasters also signed some of the biggest names to ever play in the ISL this season. This Blasters side looks to be the strongest team on paper at the moment but will they be able to reflect that on the field is the million dollar question.

Manager - Rene Muelensteen

Squad - Rino Anto, Lalruatthara, Milan Singh, Arata Izumi, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Jackichand Singh, Siam Hanghal, Lalthakima, Sandesh Jhingan, CK Vineeth, Pritam Kumar Singh, Samuel Shadap, Loken Meitei, Karan Sawhney, Ajith Sivan, Paul Rachubka, Wes Brown, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Courage Pekuson, Mark Sifneos, Iain Hume, DIMITAR BERBATOV

Players to watch out for - Sandesh Jhingan, Dimitar Berbatov

Best finish - Runners up 2014', 2016

North East United

The Highlanders have always impressed with their fearless style of football in the ISL. Based in Guwahati and working on a small budget, North East United have always won plaudits for their performances. But the John Abraham co-owned have not been able to sustain their form for the entirety of the season which has caused them to fade off in the latter stages of every ISL campaign.

Manager - Joao De Deus

Squad - Holicharan Narzary, Nirmal Chettri, Lalrindika Ralte, Robert Lalthlamuana, Sieminlen Doungel, Reagan Singh, Ravi Kumar, Gursimrat Gill, Rowllin Borges, TP Rehenesh, Malemnganba Meitei, Abdul Hakku, Lalrempuia Fanai, Gurpreet Singh, Sushil Meitei, Jose Goncalves, Martin Diaz, Sambinha, Marcinho, Adilson, Odair Fortes, Luis Paez, WELLINGTON SILVA

Players to watch out for - Rowlin Borges, Wellington Silva

Best finish - Fifth 2016'

Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City finally rose from their slumber in the last season where they were one of the best sides in the group stages. The Blues of Maharashtra qualified for the semis but a counter attacking performance from ATK led to their defeat in the final four. Keeping faith in the manager, Alexander Guimaraes has paid dividends with Mumbai having a well balanced squad at their disposal for the upcoming season.

Manager - Alexander Guimaraes

Squad - BALWANT SINGH, Arindam Bhattacharya, Raju Gaikwad, Abinash Ruidas, Sahil Tavora, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sanju Pradhan, Zakeer Mundampara, Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Biswajit Saha, Pranjal Bhumij, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Kunal Sawant, Lalchhawnkima, Lucian Goain, Marcian Rosario, Gerson Viera, Achille Emana, Leo Costa, Everton Santos, Thiago Dos Santos, Rafa Jorda

Players to watch out for - Balwant Singh, Leo Costa

Best finish - Semifinals 2016'

FC Pune City

The perennial underachievers of the Indian Super League brought smartly in the draft and excelled in their signing of foreign individuals. This has resulted in the Stallions having one of the most potent attacks to look forward to in season 4. Pune have announced a new manager just a few weeks ago which may hinder their bid to win the title as the new man in charge has just over a month to prepare for the hectic season ahead.

Best finish - Semifinals 2016'

Manager - Ranko Popovic

Squad - Adil Khan, Kean Lewis, Chhuantea, Jewel Raja, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Harpreet Singh, Wayne Vaz, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Ashique Kuruniyan, Baljit Sahni, Rohit Kumar, Ajay Singh, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez, Damar Grgic, Robertino Pugliara, Marcos Tebar, Jonaton Lucca, MARCELINO, Diego Carlos, Emiliano Alfaro

Players to watch out for - Kean Lewis, Marcelino

Best finish - Sixth 2014', 2016'




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