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Chennai: Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC on Thursday launched their squad ahead of the third edition of the League.
Head coach Marco Materazzi, the coaching staff and all the players including marquee player John Arne Riise addressed the local media at a press conference.
"We are all happy to be back in Chennai. We have enjoyed fantastic support in the first two seasons and are looking forward to defend the title. We all know how difficult it was for our people in Chennai last year during the floods. I know winning the trophy didn't solve their problems but we played for them and will try our best to keep the trophy in Chennai," Materazzi said.
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Duwayne Kerr (Jamaica).
Defenders: Abhishek Das, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Dhanachandra Singh, Nallappan Mohanraj, Jerry Lalrinzuala (developmental player), Eli Sabia (Brazil), Eder Monteiro (Brazil), Bernard Mendy (France), John Arne Riise (Norway).
Midfielders: Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Hans Mulder (Netherlands), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Dhanpal Ganesh, Zakeer Mundampara, Siam Hanghal, Baljit Sahni, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa (developmental player), Bodo Baoringdao (developmental player), Bedashwor Singh (developmental player), Manuele Blasi (Italy).
Forwards: David Succi (Italy), Maurizio Peluso (Italy), Prosenjit Chakraborty (developmental player), Uttam Rai (developmental player), Jayesh Rane, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Dudu Omagbemi (Nigeria).