Kochi: Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday introduced the new team of Kerala Blasters, ahead of itstwo-week visit to Thailand.
Blasters will fly to Thailand Thursday early morning for matches with premier, first-divisionteams and practice sessions as it looks to emerge from the rout in the second season of theIndian Super League. Blasters was the only team which did not go for training abroad last year.
Kerala Blasters Football Club on Wednesday unveiled their team for the thirdIndian Super League (ISL) at a star-studded function in the presence of their star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjunaalong with Nivin Pauly posed in Lungis. The traditional Mallu avatar of these superstars has drawn huge attention from sports enthusiasts and movie lovers. among others.
Kerala Blasters have made significant changes to the team which has Stephen Coppell, a former Manchester United veteran, as its coach.
The team has an impressive line-up of 27 footballers including star marquee playerAaron Hughes, defender Cedric Hengbart, goalkeeper Graham Stack, Michael Chopra, Azrack Mahamat, Duckens Nazon, Kervens Belfort, Didier Boris Kadio and Elhadji Ousseynou Ndoye.
It has also retained Antonio German and Josue who were impressive last season along with Indian players Sandesh Jhingan, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Nandy, Mohammad Rafi and Gurwinder Singh for ISL 2016.
The other ISL franchisees have all opted for training abroad to keep abreast with the pace.Atletico de Kolkata and FC Pune City go to Spain while Chennaiyin FC opt for Perugia in Italy.FC Goa’s training ground is in Ziko 10 Academy in Brazil while Mumbai City have a rendezvous withDubai. Delhi Dynamos fly to Sweden and England for practice sessions and friendlies. NortheastUnited FC slug it out in South Africa.
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