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╚>Chennaiyin Football Club<╝

Chennaiyin Football Club(Football Club of Chennai) is an Indian Super Leaguefootball franchise based in Chennai, Tamil Naduwhich began play in October 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The franchise is owned by cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoniand Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan. [ 1 ]
When the Indian Super Leaguewas founded in 2013, the city of Chennaiwas one of the nine proposed cities up for franchise bidding. [ 2 ]However, on 11 April 2014 it was reported that Chennai's main bidder, a consortium led by Sunil Gavaskarwould drop out due to commitments with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. [ 3 ]Then, in August 2014, with two months before the 2014 ISL season, the Bangalore owners Sun Groupdropped out due to disputes with the organizers. [ 4 ]Initially reports came out that the ISL organizers were looking for bidders for new owners for the Bangalore franchise before it was revealed that Ronnie Screwvalaand actor Abhishek Bachchanwould together bid for a Chennai team instead of a Bangalore franchise. [ 5 ]Then, on 14 August 2014, it was reported that ISL officials were inspecting the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiumin Chennai for the proposed team. [ 6 ]
On 21 August 2014, for the ISL international player draft Prashant Agarwal CEO of Kshatriya Sports and Playon Skills, who is an Indian origin football expert based in London, UK and has a technical tie-up with Italian club Inter Milanrepresented the Team Chennai. [ 7 ] [ 8 ]Prashant Agarwal & his team picked the ex-PSG star Bernard Mendy, Cristian Hidalgo, Gennaro Bracigliano, Bojan Djordjic, Eduardo Silva Lerma, Bruno Pelissariand Jairo Suárezas their 7 international players, [ 9 ]for INR 2.34 Crorefor all 7 players at an average value of INR 33.43 Lakhsper player.
On 12 September 2014, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazziwas hired as player-manager. [ 10 ]Chennaiyin FC will start their ISL journey from 15 October 2014. A detailed schedule was announced. [ 11 ]
The club officially launched their jersey in the presence of co-owners Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani at a press conference on 9 October 2014. They also announced that the Ozone Group, a prominent real estate developer, would be their principal sponsor for the tournament. [ 12 ]
On 15 October 2014, Chennaiyin won their first Indian Super League fixture with a 2–1 victory at FC Goa. The goals were scored by Balwant Singh, who became the first Indian player to score in the competition, and the former Brazil international Elano, who was the first marquee player to score.

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