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Ghana legend, A-League MVP among ISL's newest stars

ESPN picks out five players you must keep an eye on for the 2019-20 ISL season.

Sahal Abdul Samad

A coach who doesn't feel playing through midfield is a sin. A striker who converts more often than not, and demands high quality service. Midfielders who can create and control in equal measure. What more could a playmaker ask for?

Eelco Schattorie, Bart Ogbeche, Mario Arques, and Sergio Cidoncha are great signings for Kerala, and it'll be fascinating to see just how much this helps the development...

ISL 2019-20: Strength, weakness and what to watch for from each team

The 2019-20 season will be the ISL's first as India's top division.
The 2019-20 season will be the ISL's first as India's top division.

Ahead of the 2019-20 ISL season, ESPN looks at the factors that could make the difference for each of the ten teams in the league. We pick out the one player to watch out for in each team, their biggest strength, the one nagging doubt that clouds their expectations from the new season, and what to watch out for from them.

(Note: the teams appear in the order they finished the last season in, starting with the champions.)

Bengaluru FC

Player: Sunil Chhetri

Strength: A midfield for the ages.


NorthEast United sign Ghana star Asomah Gyan

NorthEast United FC have signed Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan for the 2019-20 ISL season. Gyan, Ghana's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, will join NorthEast on the back of their most successful season, where they reached the play-offs for the very first time. 

Gyan, 33, rose to fame with his performances on the international stage, particularly during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where his three goals helped Ghana to the quarterfinals, the team's best ever finish; he was eventually...

Bengaluru flex attacking muscle to turn frustrating night around

It could have been one of those nights for Bengaluru FC and Miku. One of those where nothing could go right. For 72 minutes, nothing had.

NorthEast United had come to the Kanteerava Stadium with a clear plan -- stay disciplined, stay deep, frustrate -- and it looked like it was going to pay off in the second leg of their ISL semi-final. With a 2-1 lead from the first leg, they were on course to knocking BFC off their pedestal and sealing a place in the ISL final.

BFC had tried everything, playing...

Job half done for gritty NorthEast, but injuries to star players major concern for second leg

"Tough game. They are a very good side. They made it really difficult for us in both games that we faced them. Tonight won't be any different, but we have to make sure we are smarter and take something from it."

These were the prescient words of Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu ahead of his team's first leg ISL semi-final away to NorthEast United. It proved to be a difficult night indeed, but in talking about NorthEast's maiden ISL win in five attempts against BFC, it makes it imperative...