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Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK (formerly known as Atletico de Kolkata) have made waves in Indian football latest news when they announced that ahead of the ISL 2018-19 season, the ISL team was going to face the Premier League side Fulham FC, in a friendly fixture. ATK have been the two-time champions of ISL football, and are making power moves to impart to their squad crucial experience before the upcoming ISL 2018-19 season kicks off.
Indian Football Latest News: ATK aren’t the only ISL team to take on a Premier League side, as Delhi Dynamos had done it as well in 2016
As reported in Indian football news, the announcement was made on the official Twitter handle of the ISL team ATK, who revealed that they will be taking on the Premier League outfit Fulham FC in a friendly on September 8, 2018. The two sides will face each other in the friendly fixture at the Pinatar Arena Football Centre in Murcia, Spain, which is a renowned venue for hosting football matches between various nations.
We play our next pre-season friendly match against @premierleague side @FulhamFC on Saturday, 8th Septemper, 2018 at the Pinatar Arena Football Center. #AamarBukeyATK #BanglaBrigade pic.twitter.com/zlpDR54Wvf
— ATK (@WorldATK) September 5, 2018
However, while ATK’s latest announcement is making waves in ISL news and Indian football latest news, it would be key to note that the Kolkata-based ISL team is not the first to go up against a Premier League opposition. In 2016, another ISL team – the Delhi Dynamos – had played against West Bromwich Albion in a friendly.
Despite of a 1-nil loss against West Brom which had come courtesy of James Smith, Delhi Dynamos were able to boast off some really valuable experience that they had gained by stepping into Premier League football. However, what has enabled even ATK to make waves in Indian football latest news by announcing a friendly against Fulham FC, is the fact that this will only be the second time in ISL football that a team would take on a Premier League side.
Both the teams – ATK and Fulham FC – will meet in Murcia, Spain for this one-off friendly match on September 8. While ATK are already in Spain for their pre-season tour ahead of ISL 2018-19 season, Fulham will arrive for a one-week training camp in the middle of their Premier League season due to the international break.
Despite of it being a friendly, the London-based football club is being expected to field a strong squad comprising of players such as Fulham FC captain Tom Cairney and former Chelsea star and World Cup winner Andre Schurrle.
Fulham FC probable playing 11: Floyd Ayité, Joe Bryan, Tom Cairney, Calum Chambers, Luca de la Torre, Harvey Elliott, Fabri, Tyrese Francois, Aboubakar Kamara, Maxime Le Marchand, Alfie Mawson, Denis Odoi, Matt O’Riley, Sergio Rico, Andre Schürrle, Luciano Vietto.
The Kolkata-based ISL team, ATK, will certainly look to note down their learnings from this outing against Fulham, and might be able to use them against Kerala Blasters FC in the ISL 2018-19 opener on September 29.
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