Roberto Carlos to manage Delhi Dynamos in Indian Super League

NEW DELHI -- Former Brazil and Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos will manage the Delhi Dynamos for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League.

The appointment, which was announced on the team's website on Sunday, is one of the biggest in the franchise-based league that saw players like Nicolas Anelka, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, Luis Garcia and David Trezeguet turn out for different teams in the inaugural season last year.

Known for his powerful free-kicks, h was a member of the Brazil World Cup squads that reached the final in 1998 and won the tournament in 2002.

The 42-year-old's managerial experience includes stints with Turkish sides Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor.

The Delhi team, coached by Dutch coach Harm Van Veldhoven, had failed to make the semifinals of the eight-team competition last year.

The ISL has been the most highly anticipated pro league in India since cricket's Indian Premier League was launched in 2008, surpassing interest in similar competitions in more traditionally popular games in India like field hockey and kabaddi.

Though the standard of football has generally been dismal with India ranked only 141st in the FIFA rankings, the ISL has been seen as a means to glamorise the game.

The second season of the ISL will be held from Oct. 3-Dec. 20.