The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League (ISL), on Monday announced the inclusion of two more franchises from the cities of Jamshedpur and Bangalore.
Tata Group, who have long been associated with the beautiful game in the country, have finally taken the plunge into the top division football while JSW already own Bengaluru FC who have now transitioned from the I-League into the ISL.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary, Kushal Das was pleased to see the interest shown in football by two of the biggest steel magnates.
“The interest shown by India’s two large corporates to be part of ISL and Indian football’s growth story is an indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country. Their contribution to Indian football has been immense and will only set the high standards in ISL,” he stated in a statement issued to the press.
Goal takes a look at the Twitter reaction to the announcement.
Isl is buzzing in India but Legecy of indian football is present only In I Leauge !!— Sunil Choudhary (@choudhary_Boy21) June 12, 2017
Welcome Bengaluru FC and TATA Steel to the @IndSuperLeague— Indranil Das Blah (@indranildasblah) June 12, 2017
See you on the pitch.
All the best.
Let the games begin!
It's not a big deal to make a football club nowadays with money power.North India should have one more team to add some flavour in #HeroISL— Himanshu Kharkwal (@Hckharkwal123) June 12, 2017