I-League 2020-2021: A New Beginning



  • munna219777munna219777 27797 Points

    The 2020-21 season of the Hero I-League kicks-off at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata, West Bengal on Saturday, January 9, 2021, when debutants Sudeva Delhi FC play newly-promoted Mohammedan SC.

  • SiVSiV 1853 Points
    edited January 2021
    Request everyone here to  subscribe for 1Sports channel in their DTH and support ileague..

    Roundglass Punjab fc has a good coach, prepared well and are favourites. They have Bikash Yumnam and Hormipam, exciting youngsters.. They have scouted some new punjabi players as well

    Realkashmir with their experienced coach, who knows to identify good indian players, IFA shield winners are favourites as well. Watch out for the wingers

    Churchill bros with Coach varela have a strong team with exciting goan talents

    Gokulam Kerala have come up with a young  Italian coach, many good foreigner players and are one of the contenders as well.  Malayali talents there

    Chennai City FC with their Singaporean coach, 3 serbians , 1singapore forward will give a fight. Core of last team with Lourdsamy, Sriram, Vijay there.. Jockson das, Suhail pasha are exciting talents.. They have brought in shankar sampangiraj for CB, the only kannadiga I guess after their gk kabir and S Rajesh of gokulam fame

    Sudeva fc is like arrows with full indian team.  They have Lovepreet singh tall GK, Manvir singh an exciting young forward and many of their academy players who trained in Spain

    Trau fc I thought are not professional.. but just like last time, they have signed good indian players like Bidyasagar singh- EB sensation, Manchong etc

    Neroca is back with Gift Raikkonen, who would come up with new talented manipuri players  

    Aizwal as always will be competitive with an excellent coach Rozario.. As usual, their players will be raided by isl teams after the season

    Indian arrows has Ricky Shabong, DM linked to EB,  Gurkirat Singh, a strong forward, Sailo known for his assists in u16 football..etc

    Lastly Mohammaden I don't want to support for the unprofessional club officials who will decide the starting lineup despite having one coach and technical director.. but they have signed good players, which made me sad.  Read an article on Jamal Bhuyan today in ie by mihir vasva and was inspiring.. will want him to do well.. he denied an operation to save his hand, by taking nerves from his leg so that he can continue ftball, after he was shot with 4 bullets in Denmark.. 

    Ileague winners will represent india in AFC Cup, and the league will be competitive as always even without the 2 big clubs..
     Do watch it..
    thebeautifulgamePassiDeb_Banashindiakartik91G_Kdeepak dedhagoalkeeparCarbon_14masefieldtheoilfieldand 2 others.
  • SamyajitSamyajit Kolkata1246 Points
    I'm leaning towards Mohammedan (one of my favorite clubs after EB anyway) but their management is a real problem. Wasim Akram is smart and fresh, just that he believes himself to be the next Bajaj.
  • PassiPassi Playboy Mansion1415 Points
    I'm going to predict that one of RG Punjab/Real Kashmir/Churchill will be Champions
  • EastBengalPrideEastBengalPride India8981 Points
    I hope GKFC wins the ILeague, plays AFC Cup and shuts up the KBFC spambots. 
    Ronnydeepak dedhagoalkeepar
  • G_KG_K Kerala4847 Points
    I hope Real Kashmir wins this time. David Robertson has shown a lot of loyalty towards the team and the region. It'll be wonderful if he can win the title. Also, the sport & team will become more popular there.
    thebeautifulgamegiridharanRonnydeepak dedhagoalkeeparSiVashindiakartik91haritrams24athi_bheekaranand 2 others.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India27967 Points

    I-League preview: Second division, or not, the I-League matters

    Now that the existential crisis of 'who are we?' has been, rather brutally, solved for them, they can focus on what it is they do best -- develop football in India. It was the NFL, and then the I-League, that helped expand the footballing base of the nation, that provided the spotlight for teams that would previously have been buried under the weight of Kolkata and Goa (the former more than the latter).

    The recent successes of teams like AizawlChennai CityGokulam Kerala and Real Kashmir speak to the continued importance of that fact. These are teams that have organic fanbases, driven by the simple attribute of parochialism -- when more players from your hometown/state play for your hometown/state team, it just becomes easier to back them.

    This is also where India's new top division not-existing-in-a-silo bit comes in. Take ISL 2020-21, for instance. NorthEast United's young Indian spine has been bought from the I-League - Apuia (Lalengmawia) is from Indian ArrowsRochharzela from Aizawl, VP SuhairBritto PM and Ashutosh Mehta from Mohun Bagan. Hyderabad FC's two sensational full backs - Ashish Rai and Akash Mishra are both graduates of Indian Arrows.

    But that's just this season.

    Almost every Indian currently playing in India's new top division cut their teeth in the I-League. From Sunil Chhetri (MB, JCT, EB, Dempo, Churchill Brothers, and indeed BFC) to Halicharan Narzary (Pailan Arrows, Dempo, DSK), from Pritam Kotal (Pailan Arrows, MB) to Brandon Fernandes (Sporting Goa, Churchill), from Rehenesh TP (ONGC, Shillong Lajong, East Bengal) to Rowllin Borges (Sporting Goa) - the I-League has been the starting point for footballers across the league. Even in the ISL era, the I-League continues to be the cradle.

    Financially, though, this season will be a slog. How the I-League clubs respond to this will be a test of their character. For a while now, they have been resigned to their fate -- as was evidenced when ESPN spoke to four league CEOs/owners a few months ago -- and they are preparing for the new normal.

    The loss of the Maidan big boys means commercials will take a hit overall, and so will broadcast numbers. The AIFF will not be providing its annual subsidy (of INR 45 lakhs), but will be making up for that by footing the travel and accommodation expenses in Kolkata. Expenses will also be kept in check due to the reduction of foreigners in the squad (only three foreigners + one AFC-region foreigner per XI).

    Clubs will have to work on their feet to keep revenues up -- most will lean on their football crazy owners (Gokulam Gopalan and Churchill Alemao to name but two), others will look to attract investment from outside (Chennai City are in talks for more stake sales after FC Basel bought 26% in 2019), and some will be dependent on member contributions (Mohammedan Sporting).

    What's at stake - AFC Cup group stage spot

    A good transfer window, in terms of player sales to ISL clubs, could spell the difference between red and black on the financial statements. And for a healthy transfer window, a successful league is mandatory. As cynical as it sounds, it's in their best commercial interests to play well simply to attract the deeper pockets. Their survival could well be dependent on it.

    Meanwhile, for the clubs themselves, the consolation remains that AFC will be providing the winner of the league, a direct entry spot in the AFC Cup group stages. That it went to Mohun Bagan, who are now in the ISL, which means that no one in the league will see AFC action, is a rather cruel quirk of fate that the league is now becoming accustomed to.

    In an expansive press conference ahead of the start of the league, Kushal Das and Sunandho Dhar, AIFF General Secretary and Leagues CEO respectively, strove to underline the importance of the league.

    "The Hero I-League will never lose its relevance. We are on a right track to structure Indian football and the Hero I-League has given a platform to a lot of young Indian talent," said Das. That structure, that roadmap remains the same as announced -- promotion to the ISL will start with the winners of the 2023-24 I-League. Until then, survival is key.

    "The Hero I-League has a nationwide impact on football in India. There are clubs from different parts of the nation and that gives us a unique opportunity for young talent in that area a chance to aspire. It gives them a platform to showcase talent," said Dhar. For the neutral viewer this remains its most compelling USP -- you want to watch the emergence of exciting, new Indian talent? Switch on the I-League.

    While their statements have all the hallmarks of carefully worded PR, there is an essential truth to them. Second division, or not, the I-League matters. For Indian football, for the players, for the fans, for the ecosystem.

    This season will pose the toughest question to the I-League's existence, its importance, relevance, and success. The answer is critical. For if Indian football is to prosper, so must its new second division.


  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9654 Points
    Mohammedan players look like clowns in that funny jersey.
  • DEFENCE123DEFENCE123 India583 Points
  • SiVSiV 1853 Points
    edited January 2021
    Kean lewis , head shaved and looking fit..  Sudeva's centre forward should have done better in the 1st half.. Faisal Ali too looks promising, but he needs to improve
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