Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wants Football Revolution in India With ISL

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has extended his sporting love-affair with Chennai by joining Indian Super League team Chennaiyin FC as a co-owner. Dhoni has led IPL team Chennai Super Kings for seven seasons.

updated: October 07, 2014 14:11 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who prefers processes than results, is seeking a football revolution starting with the Indian Super League. The eight-team IPL-styled tournament starts on Sunday and the Indian cricket captain, who joined the soccer bandwagon by buying stakes on ISL team Chennaiyn FC, said he could not have lost out on an opportunity to kick off a new soccer journey in India.

"I used to be a goalkeeper in school and always enjoy playing and watching the game. I wanted to be associated with football so when the opportunity came to be a part of Chennaiyin FC I was ecstatic as this gives me a chance to connect with the city of Chennai again. I have played franchise cricket for this city so I know how supportive they are."

Dhoni added, "I am sure all the players of Chennaiyin FC will see how much love Chennai gives to their players. The Indian Super League is a fantastic platform for football to grow with so many big names associated with it. I look forward to an exciting season ahead but at the same time it's important that we develop the grassroots level and produce more football stars in India." (Also Read: Dhoni Adds Glamour Touch to ISL But Will India Football Score Goals?)

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