The inaugural edition of Indian Super League which is set to be kicked off on 12th October, is going to witness another Pivotal event. The International Drafts which were preceded by the Domestic drafts are going to take place on the 21st of August. The quota of 49 international players who will take part in the drafts is almost complete, with 30 players already signed. The Hard Tackle takes a look at 30, which are set to grace the Indian Lands with their skills :


Marek has been an inspiration for his club sides

Marek has been an inspiration for his club sides

Marek Čech started playing football at age 8 for Slavia Orlová, whose first team was then in the 4th division. In 2004, Slovan Libere purchases him after dismayal spells with MSK Zillina and Spartak Trnava. He was first considered a substitute (behind Zbyněk Hauzr), but quickly became number one and even one of the best goalkeepers in the Czech league, spending 740 minutes without conceding a goal in 2006.

Jan Seda, started his career with Mlada Boleslav in 2005. He would remian at the club for the next eight years playing as a back up to their first keeper. In 2013, he was loaned to RKC Waalwijik. Still 28, Seda has a long career ahead.

Key Player- Marek Cech



Jairo Suárez is a Colombian footballer who has played for Santa Fe almost all of his career.Usually a central defender, he can operate as a Left Back too. He played for Colombia in the 2005 World Cup qualifiers, and was capped for the NT in 2006 for games against Germany, Romania, Poland and Morocco. Andrés Felipe González Ramírez is a Colombian footballer. Gonzalez became an integral part of the America Cali team, wherein he bagged 115 appearances in over four years(2003-2007). He is known for being a solid defender with intelligent marking ability.

A young Monsoreau

A young Monsoreau

Sylvain Monsoreau is a French footballer. He started his career with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard playing 110 games and scoring 4 goals. He also scored a goal for Sochaux in his 6 UEFA Cup matches in the 2003/04 season. He joined Olympique Lyonnais in the summer of 2005, playing 19 league games and 2 in the UEFA Champions League. In 2006, he joined Monaco where he has played 630 minutes in 7 games.Cedric Hengbart is a French Footballer, who operates as a Right Back. He has been instrumental for his club side Caen, wherein he amassed almost 250 appearances in his seven year spell with the French Club.Born in Paris, Youness Bengelloun has played in France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria for Paris Saint-Germain B, Amiens, Neuchâtel Xamax, Alavés, Raon-l’Étape, Istres, Panserraikos, Olympiakos Nicosia, Lokomotiv Plovdiv, CSKA Sofia and Mulhouse. In his Illustrious 13year career, Bengelloun has tasted football in almost every European country.

Massamba Lo Sambou is a Senegalese footballer who played for French club Châteauroux in Ligue 2.Born in Kolda, Sambou can play in central defense, but also as a defensive midfielder. In 2006, he signed its first professional contract with his formative club, Monaco.Tomas Josl is a Czech footballer, who plays as a Left Back. Josl, had been one of the holding pillars of the Tatran Presov side, wherein he belted 78 appearances in his time with the Slovak Club.

Key Player – Sylvian Monsoreau



Bojan has also featured for Manchester United

Bojan has also featured for Manchester United

Bojan Djordjic, is a Swedish Footballer who can operate as an Attacking Midfielder and also as a Left Winger. Bojan, has one of the most illustrious careers winning some of the most crucial trophies domestically. He has won, First League of Serbia and Montenegro,Serbia and Montenegro Cup,Allsvenskan,Svenska Cupen,Supercupen,Nemzeti Bajnokság I and the Manchester United Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year in 1999–2000.Omar Andres Rodriguez is a Colombian footballer, who operates as a Midfielder. He played for Once Caldas in the Colombian Premier League. Rodríguez is a product of the Millonarios youth system and has played with the Millonarios first team since January 2001 till 2005.

Born in Alpicat, Lleida, Catalonia, Jofre Mateu was a product of FC Barcelona’s prolific youth system. .In 2002 Jofre joined second division’s Levante UD, being instrumental in the club’s 2004 promotion to La Liga. Pavel Elias  is a Czech Footballer who operates as a Midfielder. He has been one of the holding pillars of club side FK Jablonec97, ever since he was signed in 2006 from Slavia Prague.

 At 29, Jan Stohanzl has been a key player and delivered decent performances for clubs such as FK Teplice and Bohemians 1905. He has been one of the most consistent players in the Czech League. Do Dong-hyun is a South Korean footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for J. League Division 2 team F.C. Gifu. Do signed a three-year deal with Australian A-League club Brisbane Roar on 17 July 2012. The signing makes him the youngest player to occupy a Visa spot in the A-League. Still 20, Do Dong-Hyun has a long road ahead. At 23, Park Kwang has been a leading light for his previous club, Matsumoto Yamaga FC. Operating as a Midfielder, Park is known for his un-tired running and off the ball hardwork. Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Cristian Hidalgo was a product of FC Barcelona’s youth system. He scored three goals during the 2003–04 season and four in the following campaign, while performing as a forward with the B-team. The team’s coaches would, however, change his roll into one of a winger, and he impressed in this position, ending the 2005–06 campaign with eleven third division goals; he also played one official game for the main squad, a Copa del Rey match against Zamora CF.

Key Player – Bojan Djordjic



Arnal has been a prolific striker

Arnal has been a prolific striker

At 31, Luis Yanes is one of the most experienced strikers around. He has played in almost 10 clubs in a career spreading over 14 years. He has also been capped for the Colombian National Team. Mirsolav Slepicka is a Czech footballer who played for Sparta Prague.He is a forward who wore the prized no. 10 shirt for Sparta Prague. He is also former Czech U-21 international who has previously played for Slovan Liberec, Marila Příbram, Milín, Marila Příbram, UD Příbram.

Arnal Llibert or Arnal as he is commonly called, has applied his trade for over 15clubs ranging from Spain to Cyprus. In his Illustrious 15 year career, Arnal has been a prominent figure in the strike department, averaging a goal per five games.

Key Player – Arnal Llibert


With 49 International Players gracing the Indian Lands, the Indian Super League is set to become one of the most exciting footballing event in the Country. The 49, will be bringing the technicality and professionalism which is sure to revolutionize the Indian Footballing Techniques. The Indian Super League has been a blessing and an eye-candy for every football fanatic in India.