MUMBAI: Less than a month after the conclusion of a record-setting FIFA U-17 World Cup, India’s biggest football extravaganza is set to kick-off in Kochi with the Indian Super League 2017/18 poised to commence on 17th November 2017.
Over the years Kerala has consistently groomed talented footballers who have represented some of the biggest clubs in the country as well as the national team. In recognition of Kerala’s passion for the beautiful game, Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium readies to host the spectacular opening ceremony of the much anticipated fourth season of the Indian Super League.
The opening match and opening ceremony were supposed to be held at the iconic Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata at first, but later it was announced that the final would take place in Kolkata which saw the opening match was moved to Kochi.
The opening ceremony promises glitz and glamour with Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif geared to set the stage alight with performances on some of their most popular tracks reflecting the increasing role of the entertainment aspect that started to be associated with the sport.
Founder and Chairperson of FSDL Nita Ambani, Kerala Blasters owner Sachin Tendulkar and Chennaiyin FC owner Abhishek Bachchan are expected to attend the opening ceremony which promises to be a cracker of a performance.
The match between home side Kerala Blasters and defending champions ATK will mark the start of a gruelling five-month football marathon.
Interestingly, the two teams faced each other in the final of the ISL 2016 at the very same ground where ATK got the better of Kerala Blasters 4-3 penalties.
Therefor, ATK will be eager to kick off their title defense on a positive note while Kerala Blasters will be looking to go that extra mile this year and crown champions. This promises to be a cracker of a season with a potentially explosive opening fixture.
Featuring two new teams in Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC, the ISL 2017/18 is already bigger than it’s previous three editions and it is about to get substantially better.