The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), today officially confirmed East Bengal FC as ISL’s Eleventh team with the Red and Gold Brigade joining the Indian top flight following a successful bid.
East Bengal’s successful entry to the ISL completes the double entry of both West Bengal giants into the ISL following Mohun Bagan’s entry after their tie up with ATK.
Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, FSDL addressing the media in the aftermath of East Bengal’s successful entry expressed her delight in seeing both the two historic West Bengal teams join the ISL fray.
“Such a happy and proud moment for ISL as we welcome East Bengal FC and their millions of fans. Inclusion of both legacy clubs, i.e. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (now ATK Mohun Bagan), opens up limitless possibilities for Indian football, especially for talent development in WB.”
“West Bengal has made an immense contribution to growth of football in India. ISL’s growing footprint in the state and across India is yet another step towards our mission of building a competitive and robust football ecosystem.”