Indian Super League Kicks Off With Glitzy Opening Ceremony

Indian Super League's opening ceremony included throbbing Bollywood music, dancers and a large fireworks display over Kolkata's Salt Lake stadium seating some 70,000 fans, business people and celebrities.

updated: October 13, 2014 01:13 IST
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ISL Kicks Off With Glitzy Opening Ceremony
Artists perform during ISL opening ceremony.


India's star-studded new football league kicked off on Sunday with a glitzy pyrotechnic opening ceremony before a match that organisers hope will ignite the country's passion for the "beautiful game".

After the vibrant celebration, the home side Atletico de Kolkata demolished Mumbai City FC 3-0 to clinch a victory in the opening game of the inaugural season.

Cricketing great Sourav Ganguly said the league was the beginning of something great, arguing that there was room for football in the cricket-obsessed country of 1.2 billion people.

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