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Indian Super League Season 2: 8 world famous footballers to look out for

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 3 October 2015, 18:42 IST

The 2015 Indian Super League (ISL) will be the second season of the highly successful Indian Super League, a professional football league in India. The league, modelled on cricket's Indian Premier League and United States' Major League Soccer, completed a highly successful first season in December of 2014. This season, the ISL runs from 3 October to 20 December. Instead of a promotion and relegation system, the ISL uses a franchise based system, where eight teams participate in the league. The inaugural season saw Atletico de Kolkata lifting the trophy after a narrow 1-0 win against the Kerala Blasters.

The eight teams participating are Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC, NorthEast United FC and FC Pune City. A number of celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan have already snapped up teams. Certain teams are also owned by prominent businessmen. Since the beginning, the ISL had a rule wherein each team would sign one player who would be considered their marquee player. This particular player would be a world-renowned footballer who has played at the highest-level.

Here's your guide to the the eight star players that the teams have chosen for this season:

01
Atletico de Kolkata - Helder Postiga (Portuguese)
Helder Postiga. Photo:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Date of birth: 2 August, 1982

Place of birth: Vila do Conde, Portugal

Age: 33

Position: Forward

Major teams played for: Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Sporting CP, Valencia, Deportivo La Coruna, Portugal

Matches for Portugal: 71; Goals: 27

Achievements

Titles: UEFA Cup 2002-03 (Porto), Intercontinental Cup: 2004 (Porto), Portuguese Liga: 2002-03 (Porto), 2006-07

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 448; Goals: 101

02
Chennaiyin - Elano Blumer (Brazilian)
Elano. Photo: Ricardo Ramos/Getty Images

Date of birth: 14 June, 1981

Place of birth: Iracemapolis, Brazil

Age: 34

Position: Attacking midfielder

Major teams played for: Santos, Shakhtar, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Santos

Matches for Brazil: 50; Goals: 9

Achievements

Titles: Super Cup: 2005 (Shakhtar Donetsk), Copa America: 2007 (Brazil), FIFA Confederations Cup: 2009 (Brazil), Indian Super League Golden Boot Award: 2014 (Chennaiyin)

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 568; Goals: 136

03
Delhi Dynamos FC - Roberto Carlos (Brazilian)
Roberto Carlos. Photo: BONGARTS/Andreas-Rentz

Date of birth: 10 April, 1973

Place of birth: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Age: 42

Position: Left-back

Major teams played for: Palmeiras, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, Corinthians

Matches for Brazil: 125; Goals: 11

Achievements

Titles: La Liga: 1996-97, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07 (Real Madrid), UEFA Super Cup: 2002 Real Madrid), UEFA Champions League: 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2001-02 (Real Madrid), Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002 (Real Madrid), FIFA World Player of the Year: 1997, FIFA World Cup: 2002 (Brazil), Copa America: 1997, 1999 (Brazil)

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 820; Goals: 102

04
FC Goa - Lucio (Brazilian)
Lucio. Photo: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Date of birth: 8 May, 1978

Place of birth: Planaltina, Brazil

Age: 37

Position: Centre back

Major teams played for: Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras

Matches for Brazil: 105; Goals: 4

Achievements

Titles: Bundesliga: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08 (Bayern Munich), Serie A: 2009-10 (Inter Milan), UEFA Champions League: 2009-10 (Inter Milan), FIFA Club World Cup: 2010 (Inter Milan), FIFA World Cup: 2002 (Brazil), FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005, 2009 (Brazil)

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 555; Goals: 44

05
Kerala Blasters FC - Carlos Marchena (Spanish)
Carlos Marchena. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Date of birth: 31 July, 1979

Place of birth: Las Cabezas, Spain

Age: 36

Position: Centre back

Major teams played for: Sevilla, Benfica, Valencia, Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna

Matches for Brazil: 69; Goals: 2

Achievements

Titles: UEFA Cup: 2003-04 (Valencia), UEFA Super Cup: 2004 (Valencia), La Liga: 2001-02, 2003-04 (Valencia), Copa del Rey: 2007-08 (Valencia), FIFA World Cup: 2010 (Spain), UEFA European Championship: 2008 (Spain), FIFA U-20 World Cup: 1999 (Spain)

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 525; Goals: 22

06
Mumbai City FC - Nicolas Anelka (French)
Nicolas Anelka. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Date of birth: 14 March, 1979

Place of birth: Le Chesnay, France

Age: 36

Position: Forward

Major teams played for: Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Fenerbahce, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea

Matches for France: 69; Goals: 14

Achievements

Titles: Premier League: 1997-98 (Arsenal), FA Cup: 1997-98 (Arsenal), UEFA Champions League: 1999-2000 (Real Madrid), Premier League: 2009-10 (Chelsea), FA Cup: 2008-09, 2009-10 (Chelsea), UEFA European Football Championship: 2000 (France), Premier League Golden Boot: 2008-09

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 665; Goals: 210

07
NorthEast United FC - Simao Sabrosa (Portuguese)
Simao. Photo: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Date of birth: 31 October, 1979

Place of birth: Constantim, Portugal

Age: 35

Position: Winger

Major teams played for: Barcelona, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol

Matches for Portugal: 85; Goals: 2

Achievements

Titles: UEFA Europa League: 2009-10 (Atletico Madrid), UEFA Super Cup: 2010 (Atletico Madrid), Turkish Cup: 2010-11 (Besiktas),

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 642; Goals: 158

08
FC Pune City - Adrian Mutu (Romanian)
Adrian Mutu. Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Date of birth: 8 January, 1979

Place of birth: Calinesti, Romania

Age: 35

Position: Winger

Major teams played for: Barcelona, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol

Matches for Portugal: 85; Goals: 2

Achievements

Titles: UEFA Europa League: 2009-10 (Atletico Madrid), UEFA Super Cup: 2010 (Atletico Madrid), Turkish Cup: 2010-11 (Besiktas)

Overall (clubs): Appearances; 642; Goals: 158

First published: 3 October 2015, 18:42 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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