Atletico de Kolkata to ATK
The defending champions and the most successful team with 2 time championship has changed its name from Atlético de Kolkata to ATK as it has ended its three season association with spanish la liga club Atlético Madrid and was abbreviated to ATK.
For the first two seasons the club went under its first head coach Antonio López Habas where they had won the title in the first season itself,in second season he had taken the team to the playoffs there they had lost to chennayin fc with the aggregate score of 4-2.Then on third season the team had signed new head coach José Francisco Molina it is due to the salary issue with Antonio López Habas.But under its ne coach the team had crowned the title.
New season with new crew members
For 2017-18 season ATK formed with new crew members.
1. Teddy Sheringham
The former England striker has been appointed as the head coach of the team.He has a experience in managing carrer as he managed the club Stevenage F.C. for the last season.
2. Ashley Westwood
Has been appointed as the Technical director for the team.He has an experience in the Indian football as he had been managed the Bengaluru FC for 3 seasons(2013-2016).He is the one who structured and give shape to the Bengaluru FC .For the 3 seasons the winning % of the team stands of 55.06%.
Notable Domestic Players
1. Robin Singh
The Indian international striker had been picked up in the 2017-18 isl draft at round 9.The star striker represented Indian team for 29 matches and scored 5 goals.
2. Eugeneson Lyngdoh
The central midfielder had been picked up by ATK in the first round.He has represented Bengaluru Fc for 3 seasons played 43 games and scored 10 goals currently he was in the indian international team squad.
3. Jayesh Rane
Rane who plays as a winger had picked up by ATK in the round 4.Previously he had played in chennaiyin fc for the last 3 season where his performance had made him as a star player this had been reflected he was signed by Aizawl F.C. Which was the defending champion in I-League .
1. Robbie Keane
The Irish forward had signed ATK for this season He has played for ireland for more than 26 years(1998-2016).He has represented ireland for 146 games and scored 68 goals.He was the Marquee player for ATK this season.
2. Njazi Kuqi
The finnish forward had signed ATK for this season.In his carrer he has played more than 16 clubs of different countries.He has reprsented Finland national team for 8 years.
The portugese forward had signed ATK for this season He had represented many division 2 teams in his carrer.
4. Conor Thomas
The English midfielder has signed for ATK.He was the young player(age 23).He has represented England U17,U18 .For the club Coventry City F.C. he has played 100 matches.
5. Carl Baker
The English winger as well as Attacking midfielder has been a part of ATK this season.He had completed his youth carrer in Liverpool and represented more than 6 clubs.
6. Tom Thorpe
The English defender Aged 24 was one of the important player of ATK this season.He has spended his youth carrer in Manchester united.He represented England junior teams.
7. Jordi Figueras Montel
The spanish centre back was a part of ATK squad this season.He had played more than 12 clubs.
8. Jussi Jääskeläinen
The 42 year old Finland goal keeper had signed for ATK.He had spended his most of his carrer in Mikkelin Palloilijat.He was the most aged player in this season.