East Bengal are Indian Super League-bound. Yes, it’s official.
In a frantic effort to keep up with their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan who merged with ISL side ATK to become a part of India’s new top-most football tier, the Kolkata giants have turned around what appeared to be a lost cause over a month ago to enter the ISL fray.
They were blessed by the efforts of the West Bengal government who took matters in their own hands to aid East Bengal’s ailing fortunes and get them an investor despite the economic slowdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Having been synonymous with Indian football for over a century and even to an extent outgrowing the ecosystem, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are back in the big league after a brief period of uncertainty when the launch of the ISL threatened to leave the two marquee clubs in its shadow. But even the cash-rich ISL couldn’t match the…