Indian Super League Preview Video & Interview With Peter Reid

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 0

Indian Super League preview video from the BBC

Ex-Sunderland and Manchester City boss Peter Reid says that the upcoming Indian Super League will help boost the sport’s profile in the Country most famous for it’s cricketing stars….

The upcoming Indian Super League will kick off this Sunday October 12th, 2014, with eight teams featuring some huge names from around the world. Freddie Ljungberg, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, David James and David Trezeguet are among some of the marquee stars in the inaugural Indian Super League competition.

Mumbai City FC manager Peter Reid spoke to recently, to discuss the impact of the ISL 2014 competition on India’s passion for football:

“Football is in India and one thing I know is that it will grow,” Reid told BBC Sport. “The ISL is very well organised. This project is only going to get bigger. We drove past a beach and there were so many people playing football it surprised me, it will grow and one of the reasons is the Premier League. The Indians are watching this and La Liga is on as well.”

“While I have been in India, I went to watch the Liverpool-Everton derby at a Liverpool supporters’ club. There were Evertonians in there as well – only a couple of us, mind – but it was fantastic. There are also Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea supporters’ clubs. “We had a practice game the other day and it was such a physical game,” he said. “I was thinking, ‘dear me’. The foreign players are in the twilights of their careers but they can still handle a football and have got good technique. What we have got with the Indian lads is really good professionals. It’s marrying them together. You never know until the first game in training, but it is going well at the moment.”

Reid racked up 13 caps for England’s international side, and played in the 1986 world cup during his time as a professional. Among so many other huge names from the Western game, it’s likely that Reid’s influence on his Mumbai side will give a huge boost during the Indian Super League 2014.

But the ex-Sunderland and Man City manager has a very positive vision for the ISL competition; one of success at a large scale, but also of grass-roots players and young hopefuls getting their chance at playing on a bigger stage. We hope that the Indian Super League will help boost football’s profile in the East, and with names like Reid, Nicholas Anelka, Zico and Franco Colomba, it’s likely that October 12th could mark the start of a footballing future for our Indian cousins. Watch this space….

See the full Indian Super League schedule here, and the coaches, stadiums and squad listing here

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