Indian Super League Football & English Football Predictions 2015
With the transfer window now shut, Entouraaj makes its predictions for the season on which teams and players will shine in Europe and south Asia.
The first Indian Super League kicks off next month with star players from Europe being signed up by the franchises. Eight teams from across the country will compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL) style competition.
The franchises are run by Bollywood stars like Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham and they have splashed the cash to buy the best talent. It has its fair share of critics who say the league will do little to improve the Indian national team but it is sure to grab the headlines worldwide.
Here is a look at the new signings to look out for:
ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO – Delhi Dynamos
The Juventus and Italy legend will turn out for the Delhi Dynamos. Del Piero, 39, has spent the last two years playing in Australia where he averaged a goal every two games for Sydney.
DAVID TREZEGUET – Pune
From his strike for Monaco against Manchester United to his winner in the Euro 2000 final for France, the forward is known for his memorable goals. The 36-year-old will play for Pune having been in Argentina for the past three years.
Michael Chopra – Kerala Blasters
The former Newcastle United player will be in the Kerala Blasters team who are coached by former England goalkeeper David James. Chopra’s career has petered out in England and he has not matched his goal scoring exploits at Cardiff City in 2011. It will be interesting to see how the 30-year-old rebuilds his career in his dad’s birthplace after some off-the-field problems.
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2015 Premier League Champions – Manchester City
Despite the blip at the weekend losing to Stoke City, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a deep squad who will be hungry to retain the title. Even if Sergio Aguero continues to have injury problems, they have cover in Edin Djeko and Stevan Jovetic.
2015 Premier League Top Four – Chelsea followed by Arsenal and Liverpool
The Blues have brought in a new spine to the team which look impressive and the result is more scintillating football compared to last season. Arsenal will have another textbook season when they threaten to challenge for the league only for injuries and suspensions to affect them. And I feel Liverpool will struggle to match the heights of last season without Luis Suarez and having to juggle Champions League football. But the way they are coached by Brendan Rogers and their style of football could see them take fourth spot.
2015 Premier League Relegated – QPR
The west London club, co-owned by Amit Bhatia, have an experienced coach in Harry Redknapp. But losing Loic Remy is a hammer blow as he is a 15-goal-a-season striker. Despite signing Sandro on deadline day, I think they will join West Brom and Leicester City as the sides who drop into The Championship.
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2015 Champions League Winners – Bayern Munich
The German champions have made impressive signings in Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid and Roma’s Mehdi Benatia, one of the most highly-rated defensive players in Europe. And they have a goal machine in Robert Lewandowski. Last season was a bedding in period where the players were getting used to Pep Guardiola’s system – similar to what Manchester United are enduring now – but I expect them to be a match for the top sides in Europe and learn from their dismantling by Real Madrid last season.
2015 Coach to watch – Robin Dutt
Dutt is the only Indian-origin coach in Europe. He is boss at German side Werder Bremen, who have started the Bundesliga season with two draws. The coach has vast experience in Germany having taken charge previously at Bayer Leverkusen, who his team will play next on September 12th. The 49-year-old has also worked with the German Football Association and made his name by guiding Freiburg to promotion to the top-flight in 2009.
Asian Young Player To Watch: Easah Suliman
The Aston Villa youngster has been with the Midlands club since he was eight years old and was spotted playing in a tournament at holiday resort Butlins. Easah is 16-years-old and was linked with a move to Bayern Munich earlier this year after impressing scouts in the FA Youth Cup.
The defender has captained England at Under 17 level and can play as a left-back or centre-back. He was also England Under-16 skipper in the Montaigu international tournament in France where The Three Lions finished third. During the 2013-14 season, he represented Villa in both the Barclays U18 Premier League and could break into the senior squad this season.