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Lucio is the Marquee Player for FC Goa

Lucio, Brazil, ISL, Hero,  Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, FC Goa, Leverkusen, Football, Goa, Soccer, Champions League, Winner, Indian Super League, Season 2, IILucimar Ferreira da Silva (born 8 May 1978), commonly known as Lúcio has signed by the Goan franchise for the second edition of ISL.

We had reported about this development earlier.

The Goan Franchise has gone ahead and confirmed the signing.

In his career spanning over 17 years, he has played for top European clubs like Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen. He last played for Palmeiras in Brazil. Lucio won the 2002 World Cup with the Seleção, Champions League with Inter Milan in the 2009-10 season and a league treble with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. This is a top class marquee player. Good luck to FC Goa for the second season.

Bad day in the media for Indian Super League?

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A news piece that appeared on Livemint did not cut a good picture.

The article talks about IMG-R and Star’s difficulty in finding suitable associate sponsors for the league. Indian Super league had earlier announced Hero MotoCorp Ltd as the title sponsor. It was also mentioned that team sponsorships were equally hard to come by. Average advert rates for the front of the players’ jersey is Rs.5 crore, the back costs Rs.3 crore and each sleeve is priced at Rs.1-1.5 crore according to the article.

The second one should concern the  franchise owners. An article in www.afaqs.com talks about how the franchise owners might suffer because unlike IPL in which a Dollar-Rupee ratio cap is existing, ISL has no such measures. The article claims that exchange rate fluctuations could result in 10% variation in the pay outs for foreign players and thereby escalating costs for the franchises. Such financial strain for franchises in the very early stages of the league might not bode well for its future. Read the article here.

Well, before this is wound up it has to be mentioned that Indian Super League sort of papered over all these cracks by the end of the day when the signing of former French International Nicolas Anelka was announced by the Mumbai franchise.