Let’s Welcome Tim Cahill – For his Last Great Geriatric Hurrah

It’s all about the money folks and you damn well know it. When you see franchises going for 38 year old outfielders, you know that they’re looking at monetising their marketing potential. When you see 38 year old geriatrics joining (let’s admit it, playing in ISL isn’t as glamorous as any of the other major European leagues) lesser known franchises, you definitely know that it’s for that one last grand payday. And yet, Tim Cahill will bring publicity to the Indian Super League and Jamshedpur FC. Continue reading

Club Owners’ Public Spat; 6 Transfers – Matias Mirabaje, Jorge Costa, Miguel Palanca, Andrija Kaludjerovic, Andre Bikey, Everton Santos

Things are heating up with player transfers in the Indian Super League and it seems as if everyone is feeling that heat including club brass. The transfer of Mirabaje (we’ll talk about it later) to Mumbai City FC seems to have turned the Delhi Dynamos FC Director Rohan Sharma green with jealousy as he criticised the attacker’s fitness levels via a tweet. He even threw in Jorge Costa into the mix by claiming that the Dynamos had rejected him right away.

A single tweet, though, does not a spat make. You need the other side to return the shot across the bow. The CEO of Mumbai City FC, Indranil Das did exactly that albeit with dignity. He schooled Sharma, advising him not to talk trash about former work associates. Continue reading

NorthEast United Finally Make Moves; Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur FC Up the Ante

It’s picking up, folks. No, I’m not talking about my weight. Neither am I talking about the collective IQ of our ministers. And, I’m definitely not talking about Arsenal’s position in the EPL. I’m talking about the transfer action in the Indian Super League. I’m seeing more signings now than I did last month. Even the perennially slumberous NorthEast United FC have got in on the act (even though their acquisitions hint at a massive shortage of funds). This uptick only natural, though. The season is expected to start next season after all. So, what’s the latest and is it worth the effort being put into it? Let’s see. Continue reading

Multiple New Signings: Tim Cahill, Jhonny Acosta, Andrea Orlandi, Miguel Portugal, Marcos Tebar, Carlos Pena

So, the English Premier League started this weekend and I got to see the “new-fangled” version of the team I’ve been supporting since 1998. That’s right; I speak of Unainal Football Club. Wenger has been such an integral part of Arsenal that, for all intents and purposes, you can say the club was named after him (yeah, I know that Arsenal is one of the oldest clubs in the world. The team was out of sorts, of course, and I do worry we’re all going to regret Wenger’s exit before the season ends. The first match didn’t hearten me at all. But, this isn’t an Arsenal Blog (there are enough of those out there). This is an Indian Super League Blog, so let’s get into the meat of things. Continue reading

Lots and Lots of Signings: Josep Gombau, Iain Hume, Gerson Vieira, Mourtada Fall, Robin Singh

Do you know what the problem with East Bengal (and Mohun Bagan) is? They have this high opinion of themselves that is based on nothing but tradition. Neither of these clubs has performed well in the last decades barring one-off titles here or there. Other much poorly funded teams from hitherto unknown footballing parts of the country and overshadowed them. And, they still think they can call the shots… Continue reading