The Champions of the inaugural season of Indian Super League and last year semifinalist Atlético de Kolkata has made some great signings this year.
They also retained players like Iain Hume, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Sameehg Doutie and Ofentse Nato,Arnab Mandal(Third Time in a row) and Jewel Raja.
Domestic players like Shilton Paul, Debjit Majumder, Pritam Kotal, Bikramjit Singh, Kingshuk Debnath, Bidyananda Singh(Indian Honda), Bikash Jairu, Dika, Robert Lalthlanumna and Prabir Das.
Iain Hume scored 11 goals(including 2 hat-tricks) in the last season.
Sameehg Doutie was instrumental with his passes.
Tiri & Nato showed their class too.
“This year we at Atlético de Kolkata are looking at zeroing upon some consistent performers while building the team for 2016. The motive is to build a favourable and experienced bench strength who will prove to be an asset over the taxing three month long tournament. We have retained our star performers from last season who have been game changers for us on numerous occasions. The consistency and experience shown by them and their ability to grow attuned to the vision of ATK has won many hearts of fans. We plan to up our game few notches higher in the third edition and our choices are inclined in that direction.”
– Mr. Sanjiv Goenka , Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata.
“I am eagerly looking forward for my visit to the football capital of India and coach an exciting team whose performance over two seasons has been fantastic. I am truly excited about the talent I will encounter in India as I am going through their profiles and seeing clippings of their past matches. This year we have some of the best Indian players who will be playing for ATK. I have heard about the love for the game in Kolkata and how passionate are the fans. It will be my priority to marshal my troop and ensure memorable football.”
– José Molina, Head Coach, Atlético de Kolkata.
There’s a rumor that Atlético de Kolkata are closing in to sign Diego Forlan & Stephen Pearson.
It’s still a rumor and we are waiting for the official confirmation.