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╚>Atlético de Kolkata<╝

Atlético de Kolkatais an Indian Super Leaguefootball franchise based in Kolkata, West Bengalthat began play in the inaugural seasonof the Indian Super League. Atlético de Kolkata was established on 7 May 2014 as the first ever Indian Super League team. [ 1 ]The teams name is Atlético de Kolkata due to the team being partly owned by Spanish La Ligaside, Atlético Madrid.
The team is owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd.which consists of former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenkaand Spanish club Atlético Madrid. [ 1 ]The team is managed by former Boliviaand Valenciamanager Antonio López Habasand the team play their home matches at the Salt Lake Stadiumin Kolkata.
In early 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, and IMG-Reliancewould be accepting bids for ownership of eight of nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier Leaguecricket tournament. [ 3 ]On 13 April 2014, it was announced that Sourav Ganguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh, and Spanish La Ligaside Atletico Madridhad won the bidding for the Kolkata franchise. [ 4 ]The Kolkata franchise turned out to be the most expensive franchise, being purchased for 18 crore. [ 4 ]
On 7 May 2014, the team was officially launched as Atlético de Kolkata. [ 1 ]The team then signed their first ever player on 4 July 2014 when they signed former Real Madridmidfielder Borja Fernández. [ 5 ]The team then went on to sign their first head coach, Antonio López Habas, and marquee player, former UEFA Champions Leaguewinner Luis García, on 8 July 2014. [ 6 ]On the same exact day, the official team logo was revealed, as well as the home jersey for the season. [ 7 ]
The first Indian signing by the club took place in round one of the 2014 ISL Inaugural Domestic Draftin which Atlético de Kolkata selected Cavin Lobowith their pick. [ 8 ]
The club played their first ever match in their history on 12 October 2014 at home against Mumbai City FCin what was also the opening match in Indian Super League history as well. [ 9 ] Fikru Teferrascored the first goal in team and league history in the 27th minute as Atlético de Kolkata went on to win 3–0

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