The steel conglomerate will own and run an I-League club from the 2013-14 season and are optimistic about the league's future...
The city of Bangalore has reasons to smile now. The capital of the south Indian state of Karnataka had once played host to I-League matches thanks to the presence of Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) in the I-League. But they have not been part of the I-League’s top division since the 2011-12 season, which is sad considering that the city has some promising talent on the up.
However now the I-League’s plan to introduce new clubs into the roster has breathed new life into Bangalore’s hopes of being represented in the I-League. With HAL not fulfilling the required licensing criteria and South United failing to make a mark in the I-League Division 2 tournament, the Jindal Steel Works (JSW) has successfully bagged the rights to own and run their own I-League club based out of Bangalore.
"We believe these are exciting times for Indian football and are happy to be entering the league at this stage. We would like to thank the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for awarding us the Bangalore franchise," said Sajjan Jindal, chairman of the JSW group and a former chairman of the I-League to IANS.
"The popularity of football is growing rapidly in India and we are excited at the opportunity to do our bit to enhance the standards of the beautiful game. In keeping with JSW philosophy of building a strong India, we hope to build a strong and successful football franchise," he added.
The franchise will play their home games in Bangalore and have plans of setting up an academy in addition to being led by a renowned coach. They also hope to provide better infrastructure to facilitate youth development in the city.
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