ISL was formed in 2013 with the primary aim to promote football in India and give a platform to the Indian soccer players. The tournament that decided the ISL champions runs every year from October to December. The third season recently got over, and Atlético de Kolkata emerged as champions.
Irrespective of the sport, a team is referred to be the best only after it has given the best performances year after year. When it comes to Indian Football especially ISL, we can't think of any other team but Atletico de Kolkata. Here are the five reasons why Atletico de Kolkata is better than any other team in ISL.
Unbeatable performance in three seasons:
Out of three ISL tournaments so far, the country and the world has not seen a final without Atletico de Kolkata playing in it. Not only playing the finals, but the team has managed to emerge champions two out of three times. This consistent performance over the years and domination in terms of goal difference makes this team as the best team in ISL (Indian Super League) so far.
Best strikers in ISL:
A team in the game of football is known because of its star strikers, and Atletico de Kolkata features 3 of the best strikers in all of the ISL. Helder Postiga (Portugal), Juan Belencoso (Spain) and the last but not the least Iain Hume(Canada); these three were directly or indirectly responsible for most of the goals scored this season. Iain Hume (Canada) alone won the golden boot twice out of three ISL seasons ever held.
Unbeatable Game plan:
It is not possible to win two out of three ISL seasons without an extraordinary game plan. Atletico de Kolkata has always been in the news for its captivating game plan and unbeatable defense. The experienced defense and the talented midfield is the only reason that Kolkata never lost a game with a goal difference more than one.
From Habas to Molina:
Antonio Lopez Habas the former of Atletico de Kolkata who led the team to two out of two finals games and won one of them. When he left, it was anticipated that this time the presence of Kolkata would not be as big as previous two seasons. But something else was planned by the new coach Jose Molina for this team of champions. They proved everyone wrong by winning the latest season of ISL even more remarkably.
No Compromises on Transfers
Atletico De Kolkata is known for not only playing well on the field but behind the scenes as well. The preparation for 2016 started much before the start of the tournament. Not only coach but they also signed in some players. The Kerela, Mumbai, and FC Goa transfer news was buzzing with transfers of players like Bikramjit Singh and Bidyananda Singh much before the season even started. It is this quest for the best players that makes them the true champions.
This season in the ISL, a lot of anticipation came to ashes and new records, milestones were made. The outshining victory of Atletico de Kolkata with a new coach was the main highlight of the ISL this year. Although the season just got over, the teams are already preparing for the next season. Let's see who gets transferred to which team over next few months.