Arata Izumi

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Goal, 09-Jul-2015

Kaustav Bera

The only foreign-born player to represent the Indian national team said he was taken by surprise, seeing the Indian Super League's popularity last time... The Indian Super League's (ISL) auction and draft await us on the 10th July, where as many as 50 Indian internationals will be up for the taking amongst the eight clubs in fray.

Arata Izumi with nine international caps, has made it into the list of 10 elite players in the first ever auction and believes that the ISL has done a lot to capture the imagination of the masses.

"I have been very passionately involved in promoting football through summer camps and interacting with various people related to sports. I was pleasantly surprised to see the way ISL had showcased players and the sport, pulling in the much needed spectators. The ISL has really raised everyone's expectations for this year," said Arata told Goal.

"To be honest, I had colleagues play in almost all the clubs. I really couldn't pull out any one as my favourite. I enjoyed every match. Each club has delivered exceptionally on all fronts - professionalism, exposure, team spirit. I would be happy to play for any of the franchise," he elucidated.

The 32-year-old had no doubts whatsoever, when asked to pick the most memorable moment in his 11 years of professional football, while steering clear of the recent Person of Indian (PIO) origin debate with coach Stephen Constantine hoping that the government alter their rules to allow PIO's to represent India.

"I wore the indian colour and represented India at an international platform. There can be no better feeling than that. I think PIOs or anything that helps the sport and draws in more and more loyal audiences, is a welcome gesture," he beamed.

July 2015

The Times of India, Jul 11 2015

INGLORIOUS UNCERTAINTIES OF INDIAN SPORTS - With ISL bids, footballers turn crorepatis overnight

Marcus Mergulhao

Japanese born Indian footballer Izumi Arata, who plays for Pune FC in I-League, was signed by Atletico de Kolkata for Rs 68 lakh. Crucially, he has a 100% loan fee clause in his contract, which means that a good show in the ISL could attract offers of a minimum Rs 35 lakh from clubs.Sandesh Jhingan earns Rs 75 lakh with Kerala Blasters and Karanjit Singh can add to his Rs 60 lakh bid with a 70% loan fee each.

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