Meet the 8 marquee players of Indian Super League (ISL)

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All the marquee players of ISL, barring Elano Bulmer, with Chairperson of Football Sports Development, Neeta Ambani (centre). From left: Fredrik Ljungberg (Mumbai City), David James (Kerla Blasters), David Trezeguet (FC Pune City), Robert Pires (FC Goa), Alessandra Del Piero (Delhi Dynamos FC), Joan Capdevila (Northwest United FC) Luis Garcia (Atletico de Kolkata) and Mikael Silvestre (Chennaiyin FC) during the unveiling of the ISL (Indian Super League) trophy
There is plenty of experience among the 8 foreigners who have been chosen as the marquee players for the Indian Super League (ISL). However, with all these men well past their prime, it remains to be seen how they perform on the field when the ISL kicks off on October 12.

Full list of foreign players

During their heydays they have achieved a lot with various clubs. The oldest marquee player is David James at 44 years. The youngest of the lot is 33 - Elano Blumer. (Full Schedule)

Complete guide to the league is here

Here are the 8 marquee players and their achievements


1. Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) - Delhi Dynamos FC

  • Date of Birth - 09 November, 1974
  • Age - 39; Position - Forward
  • Matches for Italy - 91; Goals - 27
  • Achievements
  • Titles - World Cup 2006; UEFA Champions League (1996), Intercontinental Cup, Italian Cup, Serie A (8 times), Serie B, European Super Cup, Italian Super Cup (4), Intertoto Competition, Under-21 European
  • Overall, won 18 titles with Juventus Club
  • Record number of appearances for Juventus FC - 705 (Year 2012)
  • Record number of goals scored for Juventus - 289 (Year 2012)

2. David Benjamin James (England) - Kerala Blasters FC

  • Date of Birth - 1 August, 1970
  • Age - 44; Position - Goalkeeper
  • In May this year, James was declared bankrupt. "David James has been declared bankrupt after blowing his £20million fortune from the game. His costly divorce from wife Tanya in 2005 is being cited as one of the reasons behind his decision to file for bankruptcy," "Daily Mail" wrote at the time.
  • Matches for England - 53
  • Played for 8 clubs in England - Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Bristol City, Bournemouth
  • He was the oldest ever World Cup debutant at 39 years and 321 days old in the 2010 edition in South Africa
  • Achievements
  • League Cup (1994-95) - Liverpool; FA Cup (2007-08) - Portsmouth
  • Player of the Season for Watford (1990-91) and Portsmouth (2006-07)

3. David Trezeguet (France) - FC Pune City

  • Date of Birth - 15 October, 1977
  • Age - 36; Position - Forward
  • Matches for France - 71; Goals - 34
  • Achievements
  • Titles - World Cup 1998, Euro 2000 (Scored the winning golden goal against Italy in the final), Serie A (2) and Serie B with Juventus, Golden Boot (Serie A), Serie A Footballer of the Year 2002, Serie A top goalscorer 2002
  • Runner-up - World Cup 2006

4. Elano Blumer (Brazil) - Chennaiyin FC

  • Date of Birth - 14 June, 1981
  • Age - 33; Position - Midfielder
  • Matches for Brazil - 50; Goals - 9
  • Achievements
  • Titles - FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, Copa America 2007, Ukrainian Premier League (2) with Shaktar Donetsk, With Santos - Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (2), Campeonato Paulista (2), Copa Libertadores, Golden Boot 2011 in Campeonato Paulista
  • Played in 2010 World Cup and scored a goal against South Korea in Brazil's first game. After scoring a goal against Ivory Coast he was injured in the game and ruled out of the remainder of the tournament

5. Fredrik Ljungberg (Sweden) - Mumbai City FC

  • Date of Birth - 16 April, 1977
  • Age - 37; Position - Midfielder
  • Matches for Sweden - 75; Goals - 14
  • Achievements
  • Titles - English Premier League (EPL) (2), FA Cup (3), FA Community Shield (3) - All with Arsenal
  • Voted Swedish Best Footballer of Year twice (2002, 2006)
  • Voted sexiest player in the EPL by "The Sun" in 2007

6. Joan Capdevila (Spain) - Northeast United FC

  • Date of Birth - 3 February, 1978
  • Age - 36; Position - Defender
  • Matches for Spain - 40; Goals - 4
  • Achievements
  • Titles - World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, Copa del Rey with Deportivo La Coruna
  • 3rd Place - FIFA Confederations Cup 2009
  • Silver medal at Olympics 2000 Sydney

7. Luis Garcia (Spain) - Atletico de Kolkata

  • Date of Birth - 24 June, 1978
  • Age - 36; Position - Midfielder
  • Matches for Spain - 20; Goals - 4
  • Achievements
  • Titles - With Liverpool - Champions League, UEAF Super Cup, FA Cup, FA Community Shield; With Atletico Madrid - UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • Was named in the UEFA Team of the Year 2005

8. Robert Pires (France) - FC Goa

  • Date of Birth - 29 October, 1973
  • Age - 40; Position - Midfielder
  • Matches for France - 79; Goals - 14
  • Achievements
  • Titles - World Cup 1998, Euro 2000, FIFA Confederations Cup 2001, 2003, English Premier League (2) with Arsenal
  • Won Golden Ball and Golden Shoe at 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year 1995-96

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