Atletico Madrid CEO Angel Gil Marin was thrilled to have won the bid for the Kolkata franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL) which is organized by IMG-Reliance and Star India.
The Rojiblancos have formed a consortium alongside former India cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly and industrialists Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjeev Goenka and Utsav Parekh.
The Spanish club are enjoying a great season where they are leading the La Liga table and recently edged out Barcelona in the Champions League to book a semi-final date with Chelsea.
“I am very excited to have won the Kolkata Franchise of the ISL and being the first international team to be directly owning a club in India.
“We along with our Indian Partners and IMG-Reliance aim to revolutionise football in the country,” said Gil Marin.
The official website of the Spanish outfit stated: "Through this franchise, the club will work to enhance the level of football in India, and help design a series of growth models relating to sports, commercial opportunities, marketing, and communication. Club Atlético de Madrid will utilize its athletic and management expertise in promoting sports and developing Atlético de Madrid Kolkata."