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Indian Super League 2018-19 Schedule- All about the New format

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The 5th season of Indian Super League will begin from Sep 29. With a host of changes rung in this time around, here’s all you need to know about ISL 2018-19.

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This season, truly, by the sheer volume of matches and the period of time over which the teams will battle out for the prize, will be bigger than ever. The season 5 begins on the last weekend of September with two blockbuster matches. However, this season, the organizers have decided to scrap the doubleheader weekend this season. On September 29, ATK host Kerala Blasters at the iconic Salt Lake stadium. On Sunday i.e on September 30, Bengaluru FC, the last year’s runner-up will host last year’s winners Chennaiyin FC at Sree Kanteerva Stadium.

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Image Source: Bengaluru FC players

ATK have had a change of baton in their setup and under a certain Steve Coppell, they will be looking to make amends after a disastrous last season. What better way than to start at home. Kerala Blasters, had a tumultuous season last time around and were subject to a lot of disappointment by the lack of player-coach camaraderie.

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Image Source: Twitter

Chennaiyin FC, arguably have the longest season in the super league. By virtue of being the champions last year, the southern team booked a spot in the preliminary rounds of AFC Cup. Any progress to the group stages will see them have a tough set of fixtures ahead. But the destiny of John Gregory’s men will take them for greater things and they will be up for the challenge. They have come through every major challenge unscathed and on top. When they took on FC Goa in Fatorda Stadium for the title, they emerged victoriously. In the season 4 finale, when they faced the almighty Bengaluru FC in their own backyard, they came on top. There are reasons why they call Chennaiyin the most successful team in the league.

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Source: Chennaiyin FC 2018-19 Squad 
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Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, will only have the Indian super league this season. After Turkmenistan club Altyn Asyr FC  knocked them out in the Interzonal semi-finals, they will look to go all the way in the league. They narrowly missed out on the title in their first season after making the jump from the super league. Moreover, they will also be without the services of Albert Roca who parted ways after the successful Super Cup campaign. Carles Cuadrat who assisted Albert Roca for the last 2 seasons will take over the reins.

The prolonged super league season will see fixtures being played out over a period of six months. As of today, the fixtures have been announced till December 16. The teams wil play out the fixtures through the week with all teams having the weekend slot equally over the first phase. Here’s over the fixtures pan out.

Indian Super League 2018/19 FIXTURES

September 29ATK vs Kerala BlastersSeptember 30Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin
October 1NorthEast United (NEUFC) vs FC GoaOctober 2Mumbai City FC vs Jamshedpur FC
October 3Delhi Dynamos vs FC Pune CityOctober 4ATK vs NEUFC
October 5Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FCOctober 6Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa
October 7Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FCOctober 17Delhi Dynamos vs ATK
October 18Chennaiyin vs NEUFCOctober 19Mumbai City FC vs FC Pune City
October 20Kerala Blasters vs Delhi DynamosOctober 21Jamshedpur FC vs ATK
October 22FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FCOctober 23Delhi Dynamos vs Chennaiyin FC
October 24FC Goa vs Mumbai City FCOctober 25NEUFC vs Jamshedpur FC
October 26ATK vs Chennaiyin FCOctober 27Mumbai City FC vs Delhi Dynamos
October 28FC Goa vs FC Pune CityOctober 29Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala Blasters
October 30Delhi Dynamos vs NEUFCOctober 31Bengaluru FC vs ATK
November 1Jamshedpur FC vs FC GoaNovember 2FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters
November 3Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City FCNovember 4Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FC
November 5Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FCNovember 6FC Pune City vs Chennaiyin FC
November 8FC Goa vs Delhi DynamosNovember 9NEUFC vs Mumbai City FC
November 10ATK vs FC Pune CityNovember 11Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa
November 21FC Pune City vs Jamshedpur FCNovember 22FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC
November 23NEUFC vs Kerala BlastersNovember 24Mumbai City FC vs ATK
November 25Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FCNovember 26Bengaluru FC vs Delhi Dynamos
November 27FC Pune City vs NEUFCNovember 28ATK vs FC Goa
November 29Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala BlastersNovember 30Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City
December 1Jamshedpur FC vs NEUFCDecember 2Chennaiyin FC vs ATK
December 3Delhi Dynamos vs Mumbai City FCDecember 4Kerala Blasters vs Jamshedpur FC
December 5NEUFC vs Bengaluru FCDecember 6Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC
December 7Kerala Blasters vs FC Pune CityDecember 8NEUFC vs ATK
December 9Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FCDecember 11FC Pune City vs FC Goa
December 12Jamshedpur FC vs Delhi DynamosDecember 13ATK vs Bengaluru FC
December 14FC Goa vs NEUFCDecember 15Chennaiyin FC vs Delhi Dynamos
December 16Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasters


Viewer Fatigue factor

From one perspective, every fixture will get television slot without having to clamor for space against cricket matches or other sport. On the other hand, the first timers for whom the #FanBannapadega call has been made will find it hard to last the distance. The organizers made a point when they got rid of the opening ceremony. They made a point that whatever works for cricket in this country need not necessarily work for football. Contrarily, this will be a huge boost for every match of an Indian football season to be telecasted on live TV. Nearly 82 years after the 1936 Berlin Olympics was telecasted live for the first time, we have indeed come a long way. One step for the mankind, a giant leap for Indian football (albeit 82 years later).

International Break and AFC Asian Cup

The period from October 8 to October 16 will be the first international break in the history of Indian football. This will see the national team travel to China for a friendly. Moreover, the two teams will be playing against each other after a gap of 21 years. This will also be the first time India will play away to China. Almost every focus this season will be on the prestigious AFC Asian Cup. Stephen Constantine hasn’t changed his style of football or the players he has been selecting for what seems like an eternity. But it feels there’s an Indian waiting on the fringes who can play attacking football but accustom to his way of long ball football in an instant, this is the right time. Come January 5, India will embark on their Asian dream. The AFC Asian Cup will be in UAE till February 1.

C’mon India, Let’s Football.

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Sumukh Padukote
Thoroughly believe in the motto 'A life without sports is a life wasted' which was coined a long time ago by my father. If not for writing on sport, I'd be on a couch watching a sports channel and dissecting it to needless levels. Thus, the high number of ranting posts. The only other thing I'm good at is unsuccessful bottle flips.


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