The second of the seven franchises of the upcoming Indian Super League has been given a name, the Times of India report.
Kerala Blasters Football Club is to be the name of the Kochi franchise which will take part in the franchise-league to be held in India in the month of September. The naming comes after the unveiling of the Kolkata franchise 'Atletico de Kolkata'.
Owned by Sachin Tendulkar and PVP Ventures, the Kochi franchise name was announced by the chief minister of Kerala - Oomen Chandy - on Tuesday. Kerala Blasters’ home stadium is the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Though he is the cricketing king of India, Tendulkar talked up his association with football at the ceremony.
He said: “Everyone knows that I grew up playing cricket. I enjoyed playing other sports – hockey, badminton, table tennis and football.
“In the Indian team and Mumbai Indians team, we used to play football during the warm-up session. It used to be so competitive that we were forced to stop it fearing injury.."
The ‘Master Blaster’ was overcome with emotion by the support and expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming league.
The Indian Super League - first proposed a few years ago - has attracted a lot of attention both positive and negative. While some Indian clubs claim it will spell doom for football and is a futile venture, other clubs have openly supported the league. Notably, Shillong Lajong FC are the co-owners of the Guwahati franchise.
Meanwhile, reports by the Times of India claim that the Goa franchise of ISL are looking to seal a partnership with Premier League giants Manchester City.
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