John Abraham Launches North East United Football Club
John Abraham, the Bollywood star cum producer launched “North East United Football Club“, a Indian Super League (ISL) football franchise, in Guwahati, Assam on this Tuesday.
The club will be owned and operated by John in partnership with I-League Club of Shillong, Meghalaya.
The team will start playing in September – November 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
The Guwahati franchise was selected as one of the eight franchise cities of the proposed Indian Super League (ISL), a football League promoted by IMG, Reliance and Star India.
John also said “I am a firm believer in the footballing talent that exists in the North East and proud to be associated with owning a football Club from the region. Our objective is to harness the talent and combine the footballing potential of the region into one team that we hope shall become an engine and platform that will power Indian football forward in the future.”
The event was attended by a host of actors and personalities from the Assamese film industry who were present to lend their support and encourage the team besides officials of the Assam Football and Guwahati Sports Association and other dignitaries. The event was also attended by Bollywood Producer Ronnie Lahiri, a designated advisor and mentor of the Franchise as well as by Sanjiv Narain, the CMD of Prag channel & co – promoter of the Franchise.
Larsing Sawyan, Managing Director of Lajong said “A United Team of the North East based out of the region’s largest city has the potential to compete at the highest level in the country and with North East United, we hope to continue to fulfill the sporting aspirations of the people of the region and assist in propelling football in the country to higher levels”.
The league which will be organised by IMG-Reliance and Star India which also has the support of the All India Football Federation, promises to bring international football stars who will be playing alongside the Indian Footballers and create a new era of football in the country.