First ISL winning captain, Luis Garcia talks about the growth of Indian Super League

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The Indian Super League started in 2013 and has been an instant hit for all the Indian football fans. It has helped immensely in the growth of Indian football.

When ISL started, every team had a marque player. From Luis Garcia to Roberto Carlos many big names of world football has come to India to play in ISL.

Former Liverpool player, Luis Garcia was the captain of ATK (now ATKMB) in 2013. In the very first season, he guided his team to the ISL title.

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Now, ISL’s first captain to lift the title had an interactive session with La Liga. The Spanish forward spoke about ISL.

The former ATK captain said: “It’s always very important to have a marquee player. The figure of a marquee player was part player, part mentor. For the young generation of Indian players, it’s very important to have someone like that,”

“Marquee players can bring something different. They have knowledge of a (big) dressing room in Europe and other markets. Having a marquee would mean something to look at for young players. The decision is for the clubs, but for me to begin with, it was fantastic (to be ATK’s marquee player in the inaugural Hero ISL season in 2014).”

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“From three months at the start, the competition is now six (months long). It’s about continuing to grow. ISL needs to have a few more years, a few more teams involved and in the end, it’s about growing. The league has been doing well in the past few years. I am expecting them to have big names in the future.”.

ISL definitely has a bright future ahead as AIFF has already decided to give it the designation of the Indian top-flight. The 7th season of ISL is set to begin in November. It will be one of the most exciting seasons as two Kolkata giants ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will lock horns for the first time in ISL.

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Rahul Roy
I am a computer guy by profession and a sports fanatic by choice.

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