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Indian Super League (ISL) giants Bengaluru FC have announced their 25-man squad for the upcoming ISL 2018-19 season, which will kickoff in just two weeks’ time from now. Bengaluru FC is a giant when it comes to dominating in the top-flight of India football, and announcing on Tuesday that their squad is ready and raring to go, the ISL team made waves in Indian football latest news.
Bengaluru FC had finished at the top of the table standings with a tally of 40 points in the last edition of ISL football, and in order to make waves in Indian football news through their domination in the ISL 2018-19 season, the ISL team have retained as many as twelve players this season, with five youngsters making a move up from Bengaluru FC ‘B’ side.
Head coach of the ISL team Bengaluru FC, Carles Cuadrat, who recently took over the ISL team after their AFC Cup Inter-Zone semi-final last month, has been sweating it out to get his boys in the groove, as he expects a tough season when the ISL 2018-19 edition starts in two weeks.
Indian football latest news: Bengaluru FC have had enough time to shape their squad for the ISL 2018-19 season, says Carles Cuadrat
As reported in latest Indian football news, Bengaluru FC coach told the BFC media, “Our season began much before most clubs given we had our AFC Cup commitments. This has given us time to work with the squad we have. We have managed to retain a fair number of players from last season which is always a good thing. This season will also see five players from Bengaluru FC ‘B’ fight for a place on the team and that is always encouraging as a club. There’s a good mix of experience and youth and every one of the players is hungry. It’s going to be a tough season, but one that we will give everything we have.”
While the star of India football and Bengaluru FC Sunil Chhetri will continue to storm the from for the ISL team in his sixth season as a Blue, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, defenders Rahul Bheke & Harmanjot Khabra, along with strikers Boithang Haokip, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Udanta Singh, are some of the notable Indian football players who have been retained, as reported in Indian football latest news.
The retention of the foreign players has also stirred up the latest Indian football news, as the presence of Miku, who netted 20 goals last season, Dimas Delgado, Juanan Gonzalez and Erik Paartalu, are all highly valued in the circles of India football owing to their match-winning prowess.
It was also reported in football news India, the ISL team have brought in Xisco Hernandez, who has already made his debut for BFC last month in the AFC Cup, attacker Chencho Gyeltshen and new signing Albert Serran.
The five players who have made a move up from BFC ‘B’ to the A team, are; Bidyananda Singh, Asheer Akhtar, Altamash Sayed, Aditya Patra and Ajay Chhetri. The ISL team will begin their ISL 2018-19 campaign against the defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the ‘Fortress’ on September 30, 2018.
Bengaluru FC Squad for the ISL 2018-19 season
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Soram Poirei Anganba, Aditya Patra (U21)
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Sairuat Kima, Juanan Gonzalez, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Rino Anto, Nishu Kumar, Asheer Akhtar, Gursimrat Singh Gill
Midfielders: Erik Paartalu, Kean Francis Lewis, Dimas Delgado, Bidyananda Singh, Boithang Haokip, Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernandez, Ajay Chhetri (U21), Altamash Sayed
Forwards: Nicolas Ladislao Fedor ‘Miku’, Sunil Chhetri, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Udanta Singh, Chencho Gyeltshen