‘Welcome to Hero ISL’, Twitter reacts to East Bengal joining India’s top-flight football league
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) announced on Sunday, the inclusion of Kolkata giants East Bengal FC as the eleventh club in the league ahead of the 2020-21 season. The announcement means that the famous Kolkata derby between East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan FC is now set to take place in the Hero ISL.
The decision to include East Bengal in the Hero ISL means that from the 2020-21 season, there will be 11 clubs fighting for the League Winners Shield and the Hero ISL trophy. It also means that there will be two clubs from the same city for the first time in Hero ISL history.
We know you have been waiting, and we have been waiting too.We are happy to announce that The East Bengal Club is playing in the #ISL. We thank all for the constant support and confidence that you rendered on us.We are all getting ready to beat the battle ground. #EastBengalInISL pic.twitter.com/5qxkc1Ua8r— East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) September 27, 2020
East Bengal will now brace themselves for a new challenge in the Hero ISL, and their rivals were quick to congratulate the club on their entry to the league.
Voice of Indian football, Anant Tyagi, welcomed the move, while Bengaluru FC's CEO Mandar Tamhane shared his views on the importance of the move.
EAST BENGAL IN @IndSuperLeague!— Anant Tyagi (@anantyagi_) September 27, 2020
100+ years of history, legacy and now time to make new memories.
Super Sunday indeed 🙌🙌🙌
Good to finally have @eastbengalfc as part of the @IndSuperLeague fold. This will only augur well for Indian football. Extending the club a warm welcome and looking forward to renewing what was a fantastic and growing rivalry on the pitch.— Mandar Tamhane (@MandarTamhane1) September 27, 2020
East Bengal have a very strong fan base, who are looking forward to supporting their team in the Hero ISL. Meanwhile, rival fanbases were also pleased with the Red and Gold Brigade’s inclusion.
Gaur Army would like to welcome @atkmohunbaganfc and @eastbengalfc to the @IndSuperLeague 🤗#GOA and #KOLKATA have always had an intense rivalry in Football. We're looking forward to some great battles on the pitch 🔜 and in the Stands post this Pandemic 💪 #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/cEeoI7LVqJ— gaurarmy (@gaurarmy) September 28, 2020