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The Hero Indian Super League is now bigger, better and stronger. The tournament now gets an extended run time and few new teams to the kitty. The #TwoTimeChampions, Atletico De Kolkata has also opted to revamp the team squad completely, irrespective of their success in Hero Indian Super League Season 1,2, and 3. Strange right?

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What a moment this was! Right?

The team has let go their former manager, Jose Molina and captain, Borja fernandez and other star performers like Iain Edward Hume & S. Doutie, who will seen donning the Kerala Blasters FC and Jamshedpur FC jersey respectively. To compensate the above said losses, Team ATK have roped in manager, Teddy Sheringham and technical director, Ashley Westwood.  If there is someone who knows all about Indian Football, then it has to be the former BFC coach and now ATK technical director, Ashley Westwood, whose experience was clearly witnessed during the recently concluded Hero ISL draft.

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Umm.. Why so intense, Coach?

Chill. I know you all are eager to know how the defending champions poise after the Hero ISL draft 2017. So let’s talk.

Team Atletico De Kolkata have roped in the best midfielder of Indian football, Eugeneson Lyngdoh and one of the most fierce striker Indian football has ever witnessed, Robin Singh.

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Robin Singh (Left) and Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Right) expressing their thoughts over getting picked by the defending champions.

Hero Indian Super League is now stronger and tougher. The league gets an extended run time, with matches expected to be played only on weekends. That’s not all, the league now also gets few new teams into the hat and has also seen some major shift of players in the recently organised draft of Indian players. Two time champions have probably come up with the most replenished Indian lineup of the season, with proper arsenal in the departments.

Atletico De Kolkata has got Indian marquees in form of veteran Robin Singh and shining midfielder of Indian football, Eugeneson Lyngdoh! Not only that, the Red And Whites have picked up stars like Jayesh Rane and Rupert Nongrum, who can play as wingers cum midfielders, Augustine Fernandez, Ashutosh Mehta, Anwar Ali and Keegan Periera, who can handle the burden of ATK’s defense with ease.

One might consider the job half done if the Indian squad looks balanced, but its far from settled, as Atletico De Kolkata hasn’t yet signed any known overseas stars and sadly has let go many of the star ATK performers like Postiga, Doutie, Iain Hume, Stephen Pearson, Javier Grandier Lara, Jaime Gavilan, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri) and Henrique Sereno. Will the said names be missed? Well, only time will tell!

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Will they be missed?

The only major highlight in team Atletico De Kolkata’s open market signing is inclusion of 37 year old Irish striker, Robbie Keane. Though there is no official statement regarding the marquee of the team, but given the stature of Robbie Keane’s profile, he could well be the marquee signing for the defending champions.

The Red And Whites have also roped in some of unknown commodities like Portuguese striker, Zequinha and English midfielder, Conor Thomas, who will need to fill in the big shoes of players like Doutie and Borja fernandez, who were instrumental in Atletico’s good form in the past seasons. So far, ATK has done a decent job in the Hero ISL draft and in open market signings, with specialised players patrolling their respective areas.

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Grandest signing of the season. Say hello to Robbie Keane.

For all those anxious minds reading this blog for the confirmation of Atletico De Kolkata’s name change. Yes, team ATK has parted ways with Atletico madrid, but still we don’t have any update regarding the name change. For now, its Atletico De Kolkata, and not Aamar Tomar Kolkata, which to me sounds like a municipality scheme, rather than a football club’s name. Still anxious about the mystery of ATK’s name change? Why not spin a fidget? That was lame right?

That’s all I have with me at the time of scripting this article. Keep all the love flowing in our way using #AamarBukeyATK. On behalf of our domain, this is Rudra signing off, keep following this space for more updates on #YourTeamYourDream as I’ll catch you in the next one. Sayo-Nara!

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