The seventh season of the Indian Premier League (ISL) is perhaps the most anticipated version of the Premier League. Sports around the world, including India, were suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 2019-20 Indian Premier League Final was held behind closed doors in Goa. With sporting activities not resuming in the country since the outbreak of the virus, ISL will take responsibility for managing a league of this magnitude with perfection amid virus fear.ScheduleISL's seventh season has already been delayed. Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), league organizers have selected the window between November 21, 2021, and March 21, 2021, as a possible deadline for hosting the league. The seventh edition will be played behind closed doors in Goa due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Most of the teams begin training in Goa when the foreigners arrive in the state for the season. The matches will be played at the Fätorda Stadium. Bambolim Stadium; And Tilak Medan in Goa.Players are required to go into quarantine periods of between 7 and 14 days with 3 coronavirus tests before starting training with the team upon arrival at Bio Bubble in Goa. East Bengal FC and Chennaiyin FC are the only two teams yet to reach the stadiums.MatchesISL 2020-21 is scheduled to start in the third week of November. It will be the second football event to resume in India after the I-League 2020-21 Qualifiers. ISL is expected to run parallel to the I-League, which is also expected to resume in December at Bio-Bubble in Kolkata. The 2020-21 Indian Premier League matches have not been announced.ISL will see some renewed rivalries as Mohun Bagan (now merged with ATK Mohun Bagan FC) and East Bengal FC will face the Bengaluru FC team at ISL after the I-League split in 2017. Games between Kerala Blasters FC and East are also likely to Bengal FC team turns into contests because both groups of fans are already sharing their pre-season pranks on social media.ISL 2020-21 will see the first new derby in Kolkata when old rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal meet in a renewed showdown in the Kolkata Derby as ATK Mohun Bagan FC and SC East Bengal.TeamsOdisha FC and Hyderabad FC will play the second season of the Indian Premier League in the 2020-21 season. Odisha FC has been renamed Delhi Dynamos FC after changing to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha from National Capital. Hyderabad FC was formed after FC Pune City was closed.ATK merged with I-League's Mohun Bagan to form a combined entity ATK Mohun Bagan FC, while East Bengal entered the league as the eleventh team after joining its Shree Cements investors. The Reds and Golds are expected to play the league as SC East Bengal.Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC will play their fourth season in ISL. The original ISL teams such as FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters FC, and NorthEast United will play their seventh season in the Indian Premier League.PlayersThe Indian Premier League has seen a collective exit from the Premier League. The teams brought in players like Adam Law Founder, Braden Inman, Scott Neville, Gary Hopper, James Donachie, and Stephen Taylor from the A-League. Players like Cy Goddard, Anthony Pilkington, Luis Machado, Costa Nhamoinesu, Facundo Pereyra, Peter Hartley, Igor Angulo, Esmael Goncalves, and Cleiton Silva are other big names who have come to do business in the Indian Premier League.Follow this space as we keep you updated with all the updates of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League.
The seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) is set to begin in less than two weeks. ISL is the biggest arena in Indian football, where the best and brightest of Indian football collide over the course of five exciting months to earn the right to be called the title of India's champions.After six years of history behind it, the league has attracted big names in football from around the world. From former English Premier League winners to Champions League winners, many have claimed the Indian subcontinent.With that said, let's take a look at the top 5 stars in the Premier League who will do their trade in the next edition of ISL.1 - Anthony Pilkington (SC East Bengal)Right now, expectations are high for Anthony Pilkington, who will play SC East Bengal this season. The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international footballer was part of the impressive Norwich City squad that played in the Premier League from 2011 to 2014 before relegating to the tournament.Pilkington's record was particularly good, as he was a staple of the team that survived relegation in the first two seasons. He made 75 appearances for the Canary Islands and scored 14 goals before moving to Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.2. Gary Hooper (Kerala Blasters FC)At one point in his career, Gary Hopper was among the England team names led by Roy Hodgson. Hopper's quality was so high that he was also a target for several Premier League clubs during his time at Celtic, as he managed to win successive titles.Hopper moved from Celtic to Norwich City before the 2013-14 season and was a regular in the club's starting line-up for most of the season. However, he only scored quite a few goals when he relegated the Canary Islands to the Championship. Hopper will help Norwich return to the league before moving back to the championship with Sheffield Wednesday.3 - Stephen Taylor (Odisha)Stephen Taylor, 34, was one of the first foreign players to sign a club in the International League this season. The former Newcastle United center-back played more than a decade in the Premier League and played more than 200 games before moving to Portland Timbers in the United States.Taylor has signed with Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and signed with Odisha FC at a time when the club desperately needs a center back with a good driving experience. On paper, Taylor sure fits the bill, but it remains to be seen if he can be any good for Stuart Baxter's side.4. Adam Low Funder (Mumbai City FC)The 33-year-old joined Reading before the 2011-12 season and was a huge hit with the club. His 12 goals in 32 matches helped the club secure its rise to the Premier League for the 2012-13 season.Although the royals relegated at the end of the season, Le Founder had a good outing, scoring 12 league goals and taking home the Premier League's Player of the Year award in January.Given that Mumbai City coach Sergio Lopera prefers an offensive style of play, the 33-year-old will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the upcoming ISL season.5. Daniel Fox (SC East Bengal)For a six-foot defender, Daniel Fox is as solid as he looks. The 34-year-old has played twice in the Premier League with two different teams. Fox's first taste in the Premier League came in the 2009-2010 season with Burnley. However, after only 14 games for the club, Burnley was relegated.Fox then managed to help his new club, Southampton, secure the promotion ahead of the 2012-2013 campaign. He kept his place in the starting line-up alongside players such as Jose Fonte, Ricky Lambert, and Morgan Schneiderlin.