Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) on Thursday announced that the opening match of the fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) has been shifted from Kolkata to Kochi.
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“The decision has been taken post reviewing the grand success of Kolkata hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup final concluded recently. Hero ISL started its journey from Kolkata in October 2014 with a glamorous ceremony, the city of Kolkata for the first time will play host to the Hero ISL grand finale on Saturday, 17th March 2018. The reverse game between Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK earlier scheduled in Kochi will now be played in Kolkata on the same day, i.e. Friday 9th February 2018.” said a statement released by the ISL read.
Earlier, the opening fixture between ATK and Kerala Blasters was slated to be played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata but that has now been shifted to the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi. The final, on 17th March 2018, whose venue hadn’t been decided until now has now been confirmed to be in Kolkata. The decision has been taken post reviewing the grand success of Kolkata hosting the recently concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup final. The decision will see the ISL final to be hosted by the city of joy for the very first time after the last three seasons saw Navi Mumbai, Goa and Kochi hosting the title clash.
The ISL 2016 final was held in Kochi last year where the Kolkata side got the better of the Blasters in a penalty shootout to lift the trophy for the second time in three seasons. Who do you think will make it to the summit clash this season around at the Mecca of Indian football?