Tata Steel will own Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League (ISL) and will officially become a part of ISL from the next season. The names of Jamshedpur team members, along with the squad and coaching staff, will be announced in due course of time by Tata Steal, Press Trust of India reported. A company statement said that the team logo and jersey will also be unveiled soon. As per the statement, ISL organisers and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) had invited bids for 10 cities in India, namely Ahmedabad, Jamshedpur, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. In the bidding, Jamshedpur has been awarded to Tata Steel, and it will participate in ISL. Tata group statement also mentioned about the company’s long association with sports, especially football and cited about its Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur. The statement added that TFA has been grooming exceptional players who have brought glory to the nation for the last 30 years.
Along with Tata, Bengaluru FC, which twice bagged India’s national football league (I-League) and is owned by the conglomerate Jindal South West (JSW) Group, will also participate in the ISL and not the I-League next season, Reuters reported. With the new additions, Indian Super League (ISL) has been expanded to 10 teams next season from the current eight.
“We’re glad that our bid to be part of the ISL has been accepted. A lot of time and thought has gone into our decision of wanting to be part of the Indian Super League,” Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal was quoted as saying in a statement. “The biggest factor has been the interest of the long-term future of Indian football. A longer league is the right road ahead.” ISL, promoted by billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries and Rupert Murdoch’s Star India TV, has gained remarkable popularity since it was launched in 2014.