Arsenal favourites Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg are the latest former Premier League stars to sign up to India's football equivalent of the IPL, reports the Daily Mail.

Following on from the success of cricket's Indian Premier League, a new franchise is being set up, with a host of household names set to enrol in the tournament which kicks off in January 2014.

In a similar structure to the cricket competition, clubs will begin bidding for the players' services next month, with eight teams - two of which will be managed by Manchester United and Chelsea legends Peter Schmeichel and Marcel Desailly - ready to battle it out for the Indian Super League trophy.

"India is hungry for its second sport," enthused Uday Shankar, the CEO of Star India. "For far too long, the Indian sports fan has waited for this revolution.

"Our objective is nothing short of creating a movement around football in India. We want to put India on the global map."

Business giants IMG and Reliance are understood to be putting money behind the project, in the hope that it will generate the same sort of success as the Twenty20 IPL tournament, since its launch in 2008.

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