Sourav Ganguly is optimistic that the ATK, the Kolkata-based ISL club, can win the Hero Indian Super League Season 5 title.
ATK will host Kerala Blasters in the Hero ISL 2018 season opener at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata on September 20. The Hero ISL official broadcaster Star Sports has captured the voices of the fans in West Bengal, including the State’s biggest sports icon Sourav Ganguly.
Sourav is optimistic the Hero ISL trophy this year will come to football’s traditional home in the country. “To all, this is the new film of the season, hopefully it will bring us luck and we will have a good year this year. Our record at Hero ISL is phenomenal, yes it wasn’t a great year last year but we will surely turn it around,” said Ganguly, looking forward to another successful season of ISL season.
The 2014 and 2016 Hero ISL champions are sporting a new look this year with Englishman Steve Coppell, taking over as head coach. A highly regarded wing player with domestic honours with Manchester United who represented England at the highest level and as a manager, Coppell has managed some of the biggest clubs in English football and now comes to ATK, in his third year in the ISL.
ATK this season have signed some exceptional players such as John Johnson, Kalu Uche and Manuel Lanzarote Bruno which strengthen their defence, attack, adding to their strong core of players such as Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Pronay Halder, Cavin Lobo, Balwant Singh and Jayesh Rane.
This season is full of optimism for the players and the fans, and the TVC captures the emotions of the fans who are getting behind ATK to get them off to a flying start. The national campaign of the HISL was launched earlier last week, the essence of the campaign puts football fans at the heart of the experience and their role in helping Indian football grow. With the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League, fans have the perfect opportunity to show their love for Indian and global footballing talent on display.
Season 5 will kick off with 2-time champion and home team ATK taking on Kerala Blasters FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. The match will be live from 7.30 pm on September 29 at Hotstar, Jio TV and Star Sports network channels – Star Sports 1 & Star Sports 1 HD in English, Star Sports 3 (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil, Asianet (Malayalam), Colours Kannada Cinema and Jalsha Movies (Bangla).