I LEAGUE

  • Hope ISL's success boosts I-League's popularity: Baichung Bhutia Yesterday

    As the inaugural Indian Super League readies to get its first champion tomorrow, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said that ISL has exceeded his expectation in terms of crowd turnout and hoped it would generate interest among fans for upcoming I-League. "It has definitely been a better success than what...
  • Baichung Bhutia to play for East Bengal one last time in I-League 2 days ago

    It was in famous red-and-gold East Bengal jersey that 17-year-old Baichung Bhutia came into prominence back in 1995 and after nearly two decades, one of India's greatest ever footballer is going to play what will be his final season in Indian club football. Bhutia had retired in national jersey after playing...
  • Indian Super League is here to stay, but what about the I-League? December 11, 2014

    The ISL came and, quite rightly, conquered over the sporting world of India. With crowds of over 20,000 at each game, it is quite easy to see the popularity of the tournament. Yet with the end of the inaugural season now fast approaching, a bigger question now arises regarding the...
  • Dempo Sports Club signs Carlos Hernandez for next season December 10, 2014

    Margao: Dempo SC has signed Costa Rican midfielder Carlos Hernandez as its marquee player for the 2014-15 season. Hernandez is currently playing for home club Cartagines in the Costa Rican Premier League. He will miss the Federation Cup as he is expected to join the team on January 15, a club...
  • Indian football feeling the ISL impact - the positive way December 3, 2014

    Many expected it to fizz out, many thought it could never take off in a cricket frenzy nation; but contrary to all those obstacles, the ISL has made a mark on the sporting world in India. So what are the positives that India can take from this mega tournament? The main...
  • ISL and I-League will merge in 5 to 6 years, hints AIFF official November 27, 2014

    Dubai: India's two rival soccer leagues will merge within five years and will be profitable not long after, a senior official at the country's football association said on Wednesday. The India Super League (ISL), which launched in October under a deluge of publicity, was conceived in an effort to convince India's...
  • No regrets for not playing Indian Super League: Sunil Chhetri November 10, 2014

    Imagine Indian cricket without Sachin Tendulkar or the Indian Premier League with no Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hard to digest, isn't it? However, that's what has happened with India in football. At a time when Indian football, immensely popular at one point of time but now confined to a few...
  • I-League: Kalyani Group appoints Stuart Watkiss as head coach November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Kalyani Group on Tuesday appointed Stuart Watkiss as the head coach for their football team that will participate in the 2014-15 season of the I-League slated to begin January 17 next year. The 48-year-old Watkiss, who holds the UEFA A and B coaching licenses will join the Pune-based...
  • Mohammedan Sporting not shutting down, to play in all tournaments October 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Just days after shocking the football fraternity by declaring they were shutting down for the season due to acute funds crunch, the city's 123-year-old club Mohammedan Sporting on Friday announced that they would play in all tournaments and resume practice on Saturday. "After the wide media coverage (of our shutdown),...
  • Mohammedan Sporting dismiss talks of closure, says will not play in I-League Div 2 October 21, 2014

    Mohammedan Sporting have opted against playing in the second division I-League and the club has also pulled out of Durand Cup football tournament, beginning October 28, apparently due to financial crisis. Dismissing reports that the club was being disbanded, president and MP Sultan Ahmed told PTI: "We will not play in...
  • 123-year-old football club Mohammedan Sporting shuts shop October 20, 2014

    One of Indian football's oldest clubs Mohammedan Sporting has decided to shut down operations due to lack of funds. ...
  • I-League is India's real league, ISL short-term booster: AIFF October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: With comparisons aplenty between I-League and the newly-started Indian Super League, FIFA and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that the older league will always get priority. "I-league is the only league in India. You can not have two leagues in a country. We will not call ISL...
  • Mumbai FC sign forward Josimar da Silva October 9, 2014

    Mumbai: I-League club Mumbai FC on Thursday added forward Josimar da Silva Martins to their squad. The Brazilian scored 13 goals in 23 I-League matches for Mohammedan SC which was the second highest tally last season. "Josimar is a fantastic signing for us. He will provide a focal point for all our...
  • I-League: Mumbai FC sign Justine Stephen October 6, 2014

    Mumbai: I-League club Mumbai FC on Monday announced the signing of 26-year-old centre-back Justine Stephen for the upcoming season. Stephen recently plied his trade at Mohammedan Sporting Club and was also part of the Mumbai FC squad in 2012-13. "I am happy to be back here. The last time I played for...
  • ILeague club Mumbai FC signs Taisuke Matsugae September 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Mumbai FC on Tuesday announced the signing of Japanese player Taisuke Matsugae for the 201415 ILeague season. Having played for Shillong Lajong last season and for teams in the second division of JLeague previously in Japan, the 31yearold brings with him a lot of experience to the Mumbai FC squad. Taisuke...
  • AIFF discriminating against ILeague, say Mohun Bagan September 1, 2014

    Kolkata: Accusing the All India Football Federation (AIFF) of adopting a "discriminatory attitude" towards ILeague, Mohun Bagan on Monday said they would demand an increase in the number of foreigners to be at par with the Indian Super League (ISL). According to ILeague rules, the clubs are allowed to register four...
  • Pune FC sign Sporting captain Matthew Gonsalves August 27, 2014

    Pune: Pune Football Club Wednesday signed Sporting Clube de Goa captain Matthew Gonsalves for the upcoming ILeague season. The highlyexperienced Goan joins Pune FC after spending 10 years with Sporting and will be a valuable addition to Karim Bencherifa's squad. The defender thus becomes the sixth new player signed this season...
  • ILeague: Sporting Clube de Goa rope in defender Creson Antao August 12, 2014

    In a move to strengthen their defence, Sporting Clube de Goa have roped in former Dempo defender Creson Antao for the upcoming season of the ILeague 201415. The 30yearold player, who hails from Majorda in South Goa, on Tuesday joined the club and is likely to make his debut for the...
  • East Bengal net New Zealander Bertos as marquee player July 20, 2014

    Kolkata: East Bengal has signed New Zealand world cupper Leonida Christos "Leo" Bertos as the football side's marquee player for the 201415 ILeague. The 32yearold attacking midfielder, who played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has signed a twoyear contract with East Bengal, club sources said. Bertos started his club career with...
  • Mohun Bagan rope in Cameroon's Pierre Boya July 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Mohun Bagan announced on Wednesday the signing of former Cameroon forward Pierre Boya as their marquee player for the upcoming season. Boya,who was associated with FC Kukesi in the Albanian Superliga, will be the third foreigner, the green and maroon brigade said in a release. Before playing for FC Kukesi, Boya...
  • Pune FC appoint Karim Bencherifa as coach June 9, 2014

    Pune: Pune FC have appointed experienced Moroccan Karim Bencherifa as coach for a twoyear term ahead of the 201415 season. A former ILeague and Federation Cup winning coach, Bencherifa becomes Pune FC's fourth foreign coach since its inception in 2007. Pune FC Owner, Nandan Piramal said: "I would like to welcome Karim...
  • Four ILeague clubs lose appeal, not to be part of first division June 4, 2014

    Churchill Brothers, United SC, Rangdajied United and Mohammedan Sporting all lost their appeals Tuesday and will no longer be part of the topflight ILeague football. These four clubs, however, will be allowed to play in the second division ILeague if they meet the criteria. The Club Licensing Appeals Body of the All...
  • Churchill Brothers and three other clubs axed from ILeague May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In a stunning development in Indian football, twotime champions Churchill Brothers were on Wednesday thrown out of the ILeague along with three other teams for failing to fulfill the AIFF's club licensing criteria. The All India Football Federation's Club Licensing Committee First Instance Body took the decision...
  • East Bengal extend coach Colaco's contract May 17, 2014

    East Bengal club authorities confirmed that Armando Colaco will continue as the chief coach for the upcoming season putting an end to the impasse during the past few weeks over the Goan coach's availability. "He wrote to us confirming his availability and stated 'I'm honoured to remain with East Bengal...
  • Douhou Pierre roped in by Salgaocar FC May 9, 2014

    Panaji: Pune FC playmaker Douhou Pierre has signed on the dotted line for Salgaocar FC for the 201415 season. Having spent the past five seasons in India, the Ivorian has been a vital cog and played a stellar role at the heart of Pune's midfield. He will reunite with coach Derrick Pereira...
  • AIFF invites bids for new ILeague season May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Saturday invited bids for new clubs and entities to participate in the 201415 season of th ILeague. "The invitation to tender sets out the details on how the bids are required to be submitted and can be obtained from AIFF Headquarters, 'Football...
  • Subhash Bhowmick appointed as Mohun Bagan technical director April 29, 2014

    Kolkata: Mohun Bagan on Tuesday brought back Subhash Bhowmick as the technical director for a third term. The decision was taken after a meeting of the club officials and the technical committee comprising former players Sibaji Banerjee, Compton Dutta and Satyajit Chatterjee. "The technical Committee will meet Bhowmick soon to finalise the...
  • Dempo thrash Pune FC 30 to finish 4th in ILeague April 28, 2014

    Pune: Dempo Sports Club thrashed 10man Pune FC 30 in a final round ILeague encounter on Monday to finish fourth in the league table after Bengaluru FC, East Bengal and Salgaocar. Double strike from Afghan defender Haroon Amiri (20th & 25th minute) put Dempo SC in the driver's seat before a...
  • East Bengal blank United SC to finish runnersup in ILeague April 28, 2014

    Kolkata: Secondhalf goals by Abhishek Das, Edeh Chidi and substitute Seminlen Doungel helped East Bengal blank United SC 30 to secure ILeague runnersup place for a third time in four seasons. After a sluggish firsthalf, a couple of changes by East Bengal coach Armando Colaco brought in spark in the secondhalf...
  • East Bengal aim to finish runnersup with a win over United SC April 27, 2014

    Kolkata: Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runnersup for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their ILeague campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday. The redandgold brigade have now gone a decade without the league title as they will...