The much awaited Indian Super League is scheduled for a 12th October kickoff and with players pooling in from all sides of the world, it is bound to be a success. The International drafts, in which 49 players will go under the hammer are set for a 21st August hearing. TheHardTackle takes a look at the top five players in the list, in no particular order.
Sylvain Monsoreau is a French footballer, who operates as a center-half. 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. Monsoreau, is bound to bring in defensive stability and tactical awarness for any ISL side which picks him.
Marek Čech started playing football at age eight for Slavia Orlová, whose first team was then in the 4th division. In 2004, Slovan Libere purchases him after indifferent 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. Solid no-nonsense goalkeepers are hard to come by and Marek Cech is the epitome of it. It would be no surprise that even at 38, Cech would perform at the highest level and give his everything on the pitch.
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. A Premier League veteran, Bojan will surely light up the stadiums with his long strides, skills and acceleration.
A product of the Newcastle United Youth system, Michael Chopra he has also played for Sunderland, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town, and has spent loan spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley in his career. He has represented England at the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels. In 2006, Chopra made news for scoring what was then the fastest goal by a substitute in Premier League history, scoring after being on the pitch for 15 seconds. With an Indian father, he was also the first player of Indian parentage to play and score in the Premier League. Finishing as the top scorer of the Championship in 2006-07 season, Chopra has also been a part of the PFA Championship Team of the year, twice in 2006-07 and in 2009-10. With an amazing goal scoring tally of 105 goals in 310 appearances, Chopra is set to be one the deadliest strikers in the ISL.
Making his debut at just 16 for Tanmere Rovers, Iain Hume is mostly known for his brilliant goal scoring campaign in the 2004-05 season where he finished top scorer with 16 goals. Though playing in the lower divisions most of his life, Hume has been one of the leading lights in the much physical environment of the English Second Division. Born in Scotland, Hume has went out an represented respectable club sides such as Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers in his fifteen year long career. A Canadian by citizenship, Hume has also played an integral role for the Canadian Squads, much notably in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Scoring 110 goals in 477 appearances, Hume is another prolific striker, much remembered for his physical approach, to grace the Indian sub-continent.
Apart from the remaining 44, these 5 players are some of the most influential players to grace the Indian Sub-continent. In a course of a league, these players have the capability to change the outcome of a team and lead them to higher grounds. There would most certainly be a fierce competition between the ISL franchisees to sign these players, regardless of the money involved. In times like these, it is fortunate to be a football fan in India and the inclusion of players such as Micheal Chopra, Bojan Djordjic, Sylvian Monserau, Marek Cech and Iain Hume justifies this.