Players from four continents sign up for ISL
Posted on Aug 14 2014 | IANS
Mumbai, Aug 14 : Indian Super League (ISL) is set to bring the world football flavour to India as experienced international footballers and young promising talent from across Europe, South America, Africa and Asia would descend on Indian soil for the first time to set the pace for the beautiful game.
The league organisers IMG-Reliance and Star India Thursday announced the names of 27 players for the 'central international player draft pool' representing countries like Spain, Czech Republic, South Korea, France, Brazil, Colombia, Senegal, Burkina Faso.
ISL have signed 30 overseas players, including the earlier announced three - Jairo Suarez, Andres Gonzalez (Colombia) and Bojan Djordjic (Sweden).
The 'international player draft', to be held Aug 21 will feature 49 overseas players and will witness the eight ISL clubs putting their expertise to test in selecting seven international players each for the squad of 22.
Of the 30 players, the Indian fans will witness the Spanish style of football with six players from the country, including Jofre Mateu Gonzalez, 34 and Victor Herrero Forcada, 28 - both a product of FC Barcelona's prolific youth system - plying their trade for the ISL clubs.
South Korean duo, Do Dong-Hyun (20) and Park Kwang - II (23) will bring the Asian appeal to ISL, while six experienced players will represent Czech Republic.
ISL have also roped in the services of five promising young Brazilian players from Atletico Paranaense, namely Erwin Spitzner (20), Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos (20), Guilherme Felipe de Castro (22), Bruno Augusto Pelissari de Lima (21) and Pedro Adriano Veloso Gusmao (22).
The league has closed in the remaining 19 overseas players and is in the process of receiving the contract documents from the respective identified players.