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Chennaiyin FC (CFC) kick off their Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 season with a fixture against Jamshedpur FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa on November 24.
The stakes will only go up in the next two matches as southern rivals Kerala Blasters FC and Bengaluru FC await them in their next two ISL 2020-21 fixtures at the GMC Stadium.
With two ISL trophies under their belt, Chennaiyin are one of the most successful sides in the competition. Co-owned by cricket star MS Dhoni and Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, the club were also the finalists last season, going down to ATK in the finale.
Compared to last season, fans can expect a very new-look Chennaiyin FC squad in ISL season 7.
Former head coach Owen Coyle, who led Chennaiyin to the final in ISL 2019-20, has moved on to take over the reins of Jamshedpur FC. Leading Chennaiyin FC's title charge in ISL 2020-21 will be Hungarian Csaba Laszlo.
Laszlo has previously coached the Ugandan and Lithuanian national football teams and has the experience of coaching at club level at several countries including Scotland, Hungary and Belgium.
Familiar Indian faces like Vishal Kaith, Anirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Dhanpal Ganesh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul and others are set to return this campaign for the Marina Machans.
Chennaiyin FC will, however, play ISL 2020-21 with a very new-look foreign contingent. Only Brazilian defender Eli Sabia and playmaker Rafael Crivellaro have been retained from last season's foreign players.
ISL 6's Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis has left the club for new pastures but the management has roped in former Dinamo Zagreb frontman Jakub Sylvestr, former Portugal U-21 international Esmael Goncalves and Tajik winger Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev as reinforcements upfront.
Former Jamshedpur defensive midfielder Memo Moura and Bosnia and Herzegovinian defender Enes Sipovic have also joined to add some steel to Chennaiyin FC's defence for ISL season 7.
Chennaiyin FC will play a total of 10 matches until January 11. Rest of the fixtures will be announced later.
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Tuesday, November 24
Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FC - 7:30 PM IST
Sunday, November 29
Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters FC - 7:30 PM IST
Friday, December 4
Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FC - 7:30 PM IST
Wednesday, December 9
Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC - 7:30 PM IST
Sunday, December 13
NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin FC - 5:00 PM IST
Saturday, December 19
FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC - 7:30 PM IST
Saturday, December 26
SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC - 7:30 PM IST
Tuesday, December 29
Chennaiyin FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan - 7:30 PM IST
Monday, January 4
Chennaiyin FC vs Hyderabad FC - 7:30 PM IST
Sunday, January 10
Chennaiyin FC vs Odisha FC - 5:00 PM IST
Note: All dates, teams and timings are tentative and subject to change.
All Chennaiyin FC ISL 2020-21 matches will be telecast live on Star Sports HD and SD TV channels.
Online live streaming of CFC’s ISL matches will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.