With an IPL-style football league all set to start in 2014, eight teams will vie for the signatures of many football stars such as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Dwight Yorke, Fredrik Ljungberg, Louis Saha and Michael Owen.
According to the report in Times of India; Yorke, Ljungberg, Pires, Crespo and Saha have already been signed while they are still in talks with Owen and Henry. Names like Peter Schmeichel and Marcel Desailly could also be hired as team managers.
The Indian Super League, which is what it may be called, will be a three month long tournament which will be held between January and March next year. Nine venues have been selected and will be up for auction, namely; Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Pune, Guwahati and Goa. The base price for a franchise is touted to be Rs 25 crore.
Nita Ambani, the IMG-R chairperson, said, "Having Star on board as a partner strengthens our efforts and commitment to propel Indian football to its rightful place. We see the launch of the football league as the realization of a dream of a billion-plus Indians to experience the most cherished game globally in new ways."