East Bengal to ISL is what we all are hearing in social media while the entire world has been forced to stay inside home due to the world wide coronavirus pandemic.
Right now in Indian football, there is one topic, one question roaming around everywhere, will East Bengal play in the Indian Super League (ISL). Some are saying yes and some saying no, and it is creating a lots of questions regarding that.
East Bengal to Indian Super League (ISL), How It All Began ?
So how it all started ? Well after a meeting between AIFF and AFC, it was announced that a future roadmap has been made, and in which it says that after the end 2020-2021 season, two I-League clubs will be offered entry into ISL.
But earlier in January mid, Mohun Bagan announced that they will be merging with ISL club ATK FC and will join the Hero Indian Super League for 2020-2021 season. And we all know the rivalry between both the Kolkata giants.
So, as Mohun Bagan announced their entry into the Indian Super League, fans of East Bengal started to demand to see East Bengal in ISL. And even FSDL and AIFF also want East Bengal in ISL so the Kolkata derby can be possible.
After all the demands from East Bengal fans, an East Bengal official reportedly announced that whatever happens, they will be playing in the Indian Super League this year. And from then the entire social media started buzzing about it, especially the Kolkata side fans.
Even the signing that the Kolkata side is doing are also creating hype in social media. So far they have signed lots of players in pre-contract which includes Balwant Singh and Indian origin player Omid Singh.
But according to the roadmap, the two teams who wants to join the Indian Super League, will have to pay a franchise fee of 15 crore to the AIFF and FSDL. As Mohun Bagan merged with ATK, so they don’t have to pay the fee.
But suddenly, a problem occurred between the Kolkata side and their investor Quess Corporation. They no longer wanting to invest in East Bengal and wanting to break their partnership mutually before even their partnership deal is over which is next year.
Now this Quess drama leave East Bengal in a big problem, if the Kolkata side wants to join ISL, they will have to pay that franchise fee and for which they will need sponsors and investor. Some sources are reporting that, even West Bengal CM is helping the side to find sponsor and investor.
While this Investor dilemma is still going on, more and more rumour about East Bengal in the ISL is making their fans crazy. Reportedly, more officials from the Bengal side have said that they will play in ISL. Now according to sources, AIFF and FSDL are also interested in bringing Kolkata side to ISL.
And both AIFF and FSDL have asked East Bengal to check all the required criteria. And one among them is that the bengal side will have to give financial guarantee to the board.
Then, Kolkata side started negotiation with sponsors and investors. Some sources say that Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment is probably the new investor. Then later, another name came up which is P&G company.
But, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the ISL clubs don’t want expansion of the teams in the league this season because of time issues. Even AIFF official said that they are not ready for an expansion this season and has asked East Bengal to stop talking about ISL.
Now it is to be seen who will be the next investor in East Bengal, who will sponsor them and will they play in ISL. The chances are that Kolkata side will remain in I-League and try to win the league.