Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly to own teams in Indian Super League football

Sachin Tendulkar won the bid for the Kochi franchise in the IPL-style Indian Super Legaue, while Sourav Ganguly bagged Kolkata team. The inaugural eight-team football tournament will be held in September-October.

updated: September 29, 2014 17:17 IST
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Former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly will own teams in the much-awaited Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament. Tendulkar, along with PVP Ventures bagged the Kochi franchise, while Ganguly successfully bid for Kolkata, which he will jointly own with Harshavardhan Neotia, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Sanjeev Goenka and Utsav Parekh. (Click here for latest on Football)

"I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation. The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding players," Kochi co-owner Tendulkar said.

"It has been an interesting experience interacting with the young, passionate team at PVP Ventures led by Prasad Potluri. Based on the various insights shared by the team, the opportunity of the Kochi club seemed like a compelling and challenging proposition. With the Kochi club, we will strive to 'score our goals' and play a part in developing the game of football across the country," he added.

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