A story about Indian Super League for the French So Foot magazine photographed on the 10th and 11th of November 2014 in Goa, India.
The Indian Super League (ISL) is the first Indian professional football league. The league was founded in 2013 in an effort to make football a top sport in India and to make Indian football a major player worldwide. India’s leading industrialists and celebrities from sports and the Indian film industry have invested in owning the ISL’s eight franchises. These are based out of Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
During the assignment I worked together with a French journalist Joachim Barbier, who later wrote the story. I had a chance to witness and photograph the FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC match in Margao. I also photographed some people involved in the league and the Indian football scene, including Dattaraj Salgaocar – one of the owners of FC Goa, Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) – the legendary Brazilian Football player and FC Goa’s first Manager (Head Coach), Robert Pirès – a Marquee Player for FC Goa and former French international footballer best known for his time with Arsenal, and Churchill Braz Alemao – a former Chief Minister of Goa and the owner of another Goan football club Churchill Brothers S.C.
The story has been published in the current double issue (number 122) of So Foot Magazine (Dec 2014 – Jan 2015).