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In a land where Cricket is religion and Sachin Tendulkar is God, there is no room for any other sport.

Or is there?

Because Football fever has slowly gripped the nation. Indian Super League, the football version of Indian Premier League has had a successful outing for three years in a row.

ISL 2016

Started with a bang in 2014, Indian Super League saw football-crazy fans across the country rejoice in joy for a league of their own. ISL 2014 ended with Atlético de Kolkata being crowned the inaugural champions after a win over Kerala Blasters FC in the final.

Two years later, nothing has changed. Not the fans, not the chants, not the excitement and not the champions. After the final whistle and a deciding penalty shootout, it was heartbreak once again for Kerala Blasters FC and championship redemption for Atlético de Kolkata.

While there were moments of fun, brilliance, and awesomeness in every match, these 25 pictures will truly sum up the entire league.

1. The Glitzy Opening Ceremony With B-Town Celebrities

ISL Opening Ceremony

2. The First Kick Off – Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC

ISL 2016 First Match

3. Rafael Coelho Takes a Free Kick for FC Goa against FC Pune City

Rafael Coelho Free Kick

4. Defending Champions Chennaiyin FC Fans Cheer for the Home Team With a Trophy Replica

Chennaiyin FC Fans

5. Richarlyson celebrates his goal for FC Goa against Mumbai City FC

Richarlyson Goal FC Goa

6. Iain Hume (right) in action against FC Goa

Iain Hume ISL

7. Mumbai FC Fans Pay Tribute for the Indian Army

Mumbai FC Army Tribute

8. Arsenal Legend Thiery Henry Gets His First ISL Experience

Thiery Henry ISL

9. Golden Boot Winner Marcelinho (Delhi Dynamos) poses with the Golden Boot Band

Marcelinho ISL 2016

10. Fans Celebrate Sunil Chhetri’s Exploits with a Special Poster

Sunil Chhetri Mumbai FC

11. Albino Gomes Makes a Crucial Save Against NorthEast United FC

Albino Gomes ISL 2016

12. Delhi Dynamos FC Fans Celebrating Every Member of the Squad

Delhi Dynamos Fans

13. Laxmikanth Kattimani Makes a Brilliant Save for FC Goa

FC Goa Goalkeeper

14. Fans of Kerala Blasters FC Pose for Photos during Half Time

Kerala Blasters Fans

15. Virender Sehwag Enjoying Delhi Dynamos’ Match Against Kerala Blasters at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Virender Sehwag ISL 2016

16. FC Goa Team Pays Tribute to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Club Which Lost Its Players in a Colombian Plane Crash

FC Goa Tribute

17. Marcelinho Kisses the Ball After Scoring the First Hat-trick of ISL 2016

Marcelinho ISL Hat-trick

18. Romeo Fernandes dribbles past the goalkeeper to score the winner for FC Goa

FC Goa ISL 2016

19. Atlético de Kolkata’s Iain Hume Converts a Penalty to Guide the Team into the Final

Iain Hume ISL Goals

20. Kerala Blasters Celebrate their Victory over Delhi Dynamos in the Semi-Final Clash

Kerala Blasters ISL 2016

21. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar Along with Nita Ambani Before the ISL Final

Sachin Ganguly ISL 2016

22. Kerala Blasters FC Fans Painted the Stadium Yellow During the Final

Kerala Blasters Fans 2016

23. Debjit Majumder Makes a Crucial Save for Atlético de Kolkata in the Penalty Shootout

ISL 2016 Final

24. Jewel Raja Shaikh Kicks in the Winning Penalty for Atlético de Kolkata

ISL 2016 Penalty Shootout

25. Atlético de Kolkata Win ISL for the Second Time in Three Years

ISL Champions 2016

Image Credits: Indian Super League (ISL)

Come on India, Let’s Football!

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