Friday, December 4, 2020
Home India ISL 2020-21 Will Become Major Sporting Event in Country

ISL 2020-21 Will Become Major Sporting Event in Country

2020-21 season will be the biggest ISL to date

When ATK took on Chennaiyin FC in the last Indian Super League (ISL) season’s final, the COVID-19 pandemic was just starting to become a frightening reality across the country. Played behind closed doors, the final was one of the last sporting events held in the country before normal life essentially shut down.

Fast forward eight months, ISL will become the first major sporting event in the country to return to the daily lives of people as the action unfolds in Goa starting Friday with the tournament opener between Kerala Blasters and ATK Mohun Bagan. Once again, there will be no fans with all teams converging in Goa under the protection of a bio-secure bubble.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

But that won’t be the only thing different about this season.

For starters, the 2020-21 season will be the biggest ISL to date, with the addition of SC East Bengal taking the total number of teams to 11 and the number of matches to 115, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020-21
The innovative ‘fan wall’ concept will see home and away fans cheer on their teams through two LED screens mounted in the stadiums. Pinterest

East Bengal’s entry and defending champions ATK’s merger with Mohun Bagan mean that two of the oldest names in Indian football will go head-to-head in the ISL for the first time. The much-awaited Kolkata Derby in ISL will kick off on November 27.

Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: जमानत पर रिहा हुए कंप्यूटर बाबा, जानिए उनके साधु से कैदी बनने के पीछे का हर राज़

“After the fixtures came out, we have been told about the derby and how big the derby is,” a new East Bengal recruit and former Norwich City star Anthony Pilkington was quoted as saying in an ISL media release. “So, I really cannot wait to get the season going and it is going to be really exciting I am sure.”

Fans will be able to see a number of exciting new stars on their television screens, with the likes of former Reading striker Adam le Fondre and former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor deciding to make the trip to India. Others, like last season’s joint top scorer Nerijus Valskis, who has now joined Jamshedpur FC, and India’s rock-at-the-back Sandesh Jhingan, who signed for ATK Mohun Bagan, will exchange their old jerseys for new ones.

ALSO READ: An Unsung Hero Of The Caribbean: Dr. Jung Bahadur Singh of Guyana (1886 -1956): Politician, Ship Doctor, Labour Leader And Protector Of Indians

And while fans will have to stay at home, the three stadiums hosting matches this season in Goa — Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, GMC Stadium in Bambolim, and Tilak Maidan in Vasco — will not be devoid of their presence. The innovative ‘fan wall’ concept will see home and away fans cheer on their teams through two LED screens mounted in the stadiums. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,778FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Indians Willing To Take Salary Cut To Work From Home

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, at least 54 percent of working Indians said that they love working from home (WFH), of which 34 percent are...

Energy Efficiency Sets Slow Not Reaching Climate Goals

The already sluggish pace of global progress on energy efficiency is set to slow further this year due to the economic impacts of the...

Plant Food Instead of Red Meat Decreases Heart Disease Risk

Replacing red meat with high-quality plant foods such as beans, nuts, or soy may be linked to a modestly reduced risk of coronary heart...

Brahmaputra Bridge Will Connect Bhutan With Vietnam

The longest bridge over the Brahmaputra, which has been cleared for construction will become the lynchpin of a giant trans-Asian corridor that will connect...

14 Drinks Per Week Associated With Risks of AFib

Researchers have found that 14 drinks a week is linked with a higher risk of health problems including stroke and embolism in patients with...

YouTube Premiere Updates New Tools For Better Service

YouTube has announced new features namely Live Redirect, Trailers, and Countdown Themes specifically designed to make its Premieres service more exciting. "Since March 1, 2020,...

Climate Change Putting Lives of People At Risk

Researchers have revealed that high temperatures are putting hundreds of thousands of people's health and livelihoods at risk every year. The study, published in the...

Biography of Joe Biden To Know His Journey

The timing couldn't be more perfect. "Joe Biden: American Dreamer" (Bloomsbury) is a concise, brilliant and incisive examination of the US President-elect and his...

Recent Comments