Besides Rajinikanth and Sachin, Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were also present at the event.
FC Goa started their ISL football campaign on a convincing note after dispatching Delhi Dynamos 2-0 at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda in Margao on Sunday.
Postiga struck once in each half, while Frenchman Valmiro Lopes Rocha (Valdo) was the other scorer for the winners at the packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The ceremony began with hundreds of children starting the countdown in a colourful manner, which was followed by the unveiling of flags of all eight ISL teams
Habas also added that the league is short and if one makes mistakes it will be difficult to recover.
In head to head encounters, there is nothing to separate the two-sides as they have drawn the two games that they have played.
Mumbai and Pune face-off in their first match at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune.
India were in the 155th spot rankings last month. The dip follows poor performances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers where India have lost all 3 matches.
Chennaiyin’s build-up to the ISL has been better than last year and Materazzi was happy with the preparations.
Thje AIFF on Friday held a meeting with all I-League club officials and chief promoters of ISL to discuss the future road map.
Earlier in July, India had dropped 15 positions to 156th place after two successive defeats in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The full-scholarship programme, done under the collaborative guidance of Bundesliga, was a scouting programme based across 1,000 schools in over 45 cities