Chennaiyin FC, also known as the Super Machans, is one of only two teams to have lifted the Indian Super League trophy. Owners of this franchise include Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and Indian cricket superstar MS Dhoni; the club has a huge fan following, and understandably so!
Home Ground: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Manager: Marco Materazzi
Marquee Player: John Arne Riise
The two most consistent teams of ISL history - FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC! In the first season, Chennai finished 1st on the league table but crashed out in the semi finals after having a flawless season. In the second season, they finished 3rd, but they managed to reach the final, where they beat Goa 3-2 and won the title. They are the current champions and if they can show consistency like the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, then they will make a fantastic bet to defend the trophy, at pre-tournament odds of 2.1 on India Bet.
Chennaiyin toured Italy for pre-season warm-ups and guess what? They won all three! Results:
- ASD Torogoano 2-4 Chennaiyin FC
- Chennaiyin FC 3-1 Paolo Rossi Academia
- ASD Gualdo Casacastalda 0-1 Chennaiyin FC
Stiven Mendoza was the team's top scorer last year with 13 goals, including one in the final. However, he has decided to leave and play for New York City FC this year; his presence will definitely be missed. Who will be Mendoza's replacement when it comes to goal scoring? Former Liverpool and Roma midfielder John Arne Riise is their marquee player, and he has loads of experience that will definitely be a huge boost for the team!
First game - Atletico de Kolkata v Chennaiyin FC, on 2nd October at 19:00 IST!
Chennaiyin FC Squad:
Duwayne Kerr, Karanjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Éder, Nallappan Mohanraj, Hans Mulder, Bernard Mendy, John Arne Riise, Harmanjot Khabra, Manuele Blasi, Davide Succi, Jayesh Rane, Thoi Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Eli Sabiá, Abhishek Das, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Dhanpal Ganesh, Siam Hanghal, Raphael Augusto, Maurizio Peluso, Uttam Rai, Zakeer Mundampara, Dudu Omagbemi, Baljit Sahni, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Dhanachandra Singh.