2013–14 I-League

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I-League
Season 2013–14
Champions Bengaluru FC
Relegated Mohammedan SC
AFC Cup Bengaluru FC
Matches played 156
Goals scored 402 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Cornell Glen
Sunil Chhetri
Darryl Duffy
(14 goals each)
Biggest home win Mohun Bagan 4–0 United SC
(6 December 2013)
Sporting CG 5–1 Shillong Lajong
(14 December 2013)
Dempo 4–0 Sporting CG
(8 March 2014)
Rangdajied United 4–0 United SC
(9 March 2014)
Biggest away win Shillong Lajong 0–4 East Bengal
(9 October 2013)
Highest scoring Mohammedan SC 4–5 Shillong Lajong
(16 April 2014)
Longest winning run 5 games
Salgaocar[1]
Longest unbeaten run 8 games
East Bengal[1]
Longest losing run 4 games
Salgaocar[1]
Highest attendance 80,000[2]
Mohun Bagan 0–1 East Bengal
(24 November 2013)
Average attendance 5,618[3]

The 2013–14 I-League (known as the Airtel I-League for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the I-League, the top-tier Indian professional league for football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 21 September 2013, and ended on 28 April 2014.

Churchill Brothers were the defending champions, having won their second I-League title in the previous season.[4]

On 21 April 2014, Bengaluru FC were crowned champions with one game remaining, winning their first ever I-League title by defeating Dempo 2–4 at Fatorda Stadium. Bengaluru FC also created history by becoming the first team ever to win the I-League title in its debut season.[5] On 28 April 2014, Mohammedan SC were relegated from the I-League when Churchill Brothers defeated Salgaocar 2–1, and hence survived relegation. Churchill Brothers also avoided being the first defending champions to be relegated.[6]

During the season, Maria Rebello became the first woman referee internationally to officiate in a country's premier league match when she officiated in Pune vs Shillong Lajong on 8 March 2014.[7]

Teams[edit]

A total of 13 teams are currently registered to start the new season. Ten clubs from the previous campaign, two promoted sides from the 2013 I-League 2nd Division and one new expansion team.

Rangdajied United as champions and Mohammedan as runners-up secured direct promotion from the 2nd Division.

United Sikkim and Air India were relegated, although Air India would not have been given a licence to compete in this edition after failing to fulfill the AIFF criteria. This same fate happened to ONGC who have also been left out of the coming season.

Mumbai Tigers was accepted into the league on 27 May 2013 but later withdrew citing unavoidable circumstances with only 20 days left into the start of the new season.[8][9]

Bengaluru was also accepted into the league and is based in Bangalore. One other consortium from Kerala, whose leading company is Eagles FC, also expressed interest in joining the league. It was also announced in late May that English club Queens Park Rangers also expressed interest but look to be prepared to enter for the 2014-15 season.[10]

On 29 August 2013, the AIFF decided to shut down Pailan Arrows and withdraw them from the coming season.[11] The league committee also announced in May 2013 to use a Conference Model, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The top-four from each Conference would advance to play the final round. But this was later dropped.[12]

On 20 September 2013, it was announced that the largest cellular service provider in India, Airtel, will be the title sponsor of I-League for the 2013-14 season.[13]

Venues and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2013-14 I-League
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Bengaluru FC Bangalore, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400[14]
Churchill Brothers Salcette, Goa Fatorda Stadium 24,000
Dempo Panjim, Goa Fatorda Stadium 24,000
East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Kalyani Stadium 10,000
Mohammedan Kolkata, West Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Mohun Bagan Kolkata, West Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Mumbai Mumbai, Maharashtra Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Pune Pune, Maharashtra Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Rangdajied United Shillong, Meghalaya Nehru Stadium 30,000
Salgaocar Vasco da Gama, Goa Tilak Maidan Stadium 16,000
Shillong Lajong Shillong, Meghalaya Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting CG Panjim, Goa Duler Stadium 6,000
United S.C. Kolkata, West Bengal Kalyani Stadium 10,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Shirt sponsor Kit sponsor
Bengaluru FC England Ashley Westwood India Sunil Chhetri JSW none
Churchill Brothers India Mariano Dias India Lenny Rodrigues Churchill none
Dempo Australia Arthur Papas India Clifford Miranda Dempo Nike
East Bengal India Colaco, ArmandoArmando Colaco India Mehtab Hussain Kingfisher and SRMB TMT1 Shiv-Naresh
Mohammedan India Sanjoy Sen India R Dhanarajan EMTA Group2 none
Mohun Bagan Morocco Karim Bencherifa Nigeria Odafe Okolie McDowell's No.1 Fila
Mumbai India Khalid Jamil Afghanistan Zohib Amiri TEN HD Seven
Pune Netherlands Mike Snoei India Anas Edathodika Peninsula Adidas
Rangdajied United India Herring Shangpliang India Poibang Pohshna none Diadora
Salgaocar India Derrick Pereira India Francis Fernandes Salgaocar none
Shillong Lajong India Thangboi Singto North Korea Minchol Son Aircel Adidas
Sporting CG Spain Óscar Bruzón India Matthew Gonsalves Models none
United S.C. India Ananta Kumar Ghosh India Deepak Mondal T.H.P.L. none
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.

Transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Bengaluru FC Expansion team Pre-season England Westwood, AshleyAshley Westwood 2 July 2013[15]
Dempo India Colaco, ArmandoArmando Colaco End of Contract 31 May 2013[16] Australia Papas, ArthurArthur Papas 1 June 2013[17]
East Bengal England Morgan, TrevorTrevor Morgan Mutual Agreement 12 May 2013[18] Brazil Falopa, MarcosMarcos Falopa 12 June 2013[19]
Mohammedan India Sen, SanjoySanjoy Sen Resigned 10 May 2013[20] Nigeria Aziz Moshood, AbdulAbdul Aziz Moshood 10 June 2013[21]
Pune India Pereira, DerrickDerrick Pereira End of Contract 12 May 2013[22] Netherlands Snoei, MikeMike Snoei 12 May 2013[23]
Rangdajied United None1 India Kashyap, SantoshSantosh Kashyap 6 June 2013[24]
Salgaocar England Booth, DaveDave Booth End of Contract 12 May 2013[25] India Pereira, DerrickDerrick Pereira 12 May 2013[25]
East Bengal Brazil Falopa, MarcosMarcos Falopa Resigned 13 November 2013[26] 10th (5 games in) India Colaco, ArmandoArmando Colaco 20 November 2013[26]
Mohammedan Nigeria Aziz Moshood, AbdulAbdul Aziz Moshood Sacked 17 December 2013[27] 11th (13 games in) India Sen, SanjoySanjoy Sen 17 December 2013[27]
United Netherlands Schattorie, EelcoEelco Schattorie Resigned 27 January 2014[28] 9th (15 games in) India Kumar Ghosh, AnantaAnanta Kumar Ghosh 15 February 2014[29]
Rangdajied United India Kashyap, SantoshSantosh Kashyap Sacked 21 February 2014[30] 13th India Shangpliang, HerringHerring Shangpliang 1 March 2014[31]
1. ^ Rangdajied United, during the 2013 I-League 2nd Division, were under the control of their General Secretary, Karsing Kurbah.[32]

Foreign players[edit]

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player Former Players1
Bengaluru FC England John Johnson Kenya Curtis Osano Liberia Johnny Menyongar Australia Sean Rooney
Churchill Brothers Egypt Abdelhamid Shabana Costa Rica Cristian Lagos Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe Australia Daniell Zeleny Syria Naser Al Sebai
Gabon Henri Antchouet
Syria Yasser Shahen
Syria Ahmad Al Kaddour
Portugal Eurípedes Amoreirinha

Portugal Hugo Machado

Dempo Brazil Beto Australia Tolgay Ozbey Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri Australia Simon Colosimo Republic of Ireland Billy Mehmet
Japan Shinnosuke Honda
East Bengal Nigeria Chidi Edeh Nigeria Uga Okpara South Sudan James Moga Japan Ryuji Sueoka
Mohammedan Nigeria Penn Orji Brazil Josimar Brazil Luciano Sabrosa Japan Taro Hasegawa[33] Australia Tolgay Ozbey
Mohun Bagan Nigeria Odafe Okolie Nigeria Echezona Anyichie Nigeria Christopher Chizoba Japan Katsumi Yusa Kenya Harrison Muranda
Mumbai Ghana Yusif Yakubu Nigeria Henry Ezeh Nigeria Ebi Sukore Afghanistan Ahmad Hatifi Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri
Pune Ivory Coast Pierre Douhou Netherlands Riga Mustapha England Calum Angus Australia Mirjan Pavlović Spain Raul Fabiani
Australia James Meyer
Rangdajied United Senegal Lamine Tamba Nigeria Ranti Martins[34] North Korea Kim Seng-Yong Japan Yohei Iwasaki Brazil Edmar Figueira
Salgaocar Nigeria Chika Wali Scotland Darryl Duffy Nigeria Dudu Omagbemi Australia Matthew Foschini France Claude Gnakpa
Shillong Lajong Japan Taisuke Matsugae Brazil Uilliams Trinidad and Tobago Cornell Glen North Korea Minchol Son
Sporting CG Nigeria Martins Ekwueme Spain Gonzalo Hinojal Nigeria Ogba Kalu Nnanna Australia Boima Karpeh Spain Arturo Navarro
United SC Nigeria Bello Razaq Nigeria Waheed Adekunle[34] Liberia Eric Brown Syria Hasan Al Moustafa Nigeria Ranti Martins
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs midway or after first half of the season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bengaluru FC (C) 24 14 5 5 42 28 +14 47 Qualification to 2015 AFC Cup
2 East Bengal 24 12 7 5 39 23 +16 43
3 Salgaocar 24 11 6 7 36 25 +11 39
4 Dempo 24 9 8 7 31 25 +6 35
5 Sporting Goa 24 9 7 8 34 34 0 34
6 Shillong Lajong 24 8 9 7 35 37 −2 33
7 Pune 24 7 8 9 28 32 −4 29
8 Mohun Bagan 24 6 10 8 23 24 −1 28
9 Mumbai 24 5 13 6 31 32 −1 28
10 United 24 5 11 8 22 32 −10 26
11 Rangdajied United 24 6 7 11 29 38 −9 25
12 Churchill Brothers 24 6 7 11 25 37 −12 25
13 Mohammedan (R) 24 6 6 12 27 35 −8 24 Relegation to 2015 I-League 2nd Division

Updated to games played on 28 April 2014.
Source: I-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored; 5) taking lots[35]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.


Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Bengaluru FC 6 2 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
East Bengal 9 11 12 8 9 11 9 11 10 8 8 9 7 7 5 7 6 8 8 9 7 7 4 3 2 2
Salgaocar 4 5 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 5 6 5 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 2 3 3
Dempo 13 10 9 9 7 8 11 10 9 10 10 8 11 11 9 10 7 6 6 5 6 6 3 5 6 4
Sporting Goa 7 9 7 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 6 4 4 5
Shillong Lajong 1 3 6 7 8 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 5 5 7 7 5 6
Pune 2 4 5 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 5 6 7 7
Mohun Bagan 8 7 8 10 11 9 7 7 8 9 9 11 8 8 10 6 9 9 9 7 9 8 9 10 11 8
Mumbai 5 6 4 5 6 7 10 8 11 11 11 10 9 9 8 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 8 8 9
United SC 3 1 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 5 4 5 6 6 7 8 8 7 7 8 10 10 11 11 9 10
Churchill Brothers 10 8 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 11 11 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 11
Rangdajied United 12 13 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 11 8 9 8 9 10 12
Mohammedan 11 12 13 13 10 10 8 9 7 7 7 7 10 10 11 11 12 12 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13

Last updated: 28 April 2014
Source: soccerway

2015 AFC Cup Group stage
Relegation to 2015 I-League 2nd Division

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BFC CB DEM EB MSC MB MFC PFC RUFC SAL SLFC SCG USC
Bengaluru FC 3–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0
Churchill Brothers 1–3 1–4 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–2
Dempo 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–3 4–0 1–2
East Bengal 2–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 0–0 2–1 1–1
Mohammedan 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 0–1 4–5 3–1 0–0
Mohun Bagan 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–0
Mumbai 2–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–1 1–1
Pune 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1
Rangdajied United 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 4–0
Salgaocar 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 0–0
Shillong Lajong 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–4 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Sporting Goa 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–3 5–1 1–0
United SC 1–3 3–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1

Source: Results
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2014[36]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Club Against Result Date
Nigeria Kalu Ogba
Sporting CG
Shillong Lajong
5—1 14 December 2013
Australia Tolgay Özbey 4
Dempo
Churchill Brothers
4—1 28 March 2014
Ghana Yusif Yakubu
Mumbai FC
Churchill Brothers
4—2 13 April 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Cornell Glen
Shillong Lajong
Mohammedan SC
5—4 16 April 2014

4 Player scored 4 goals

Disciplinary[edit]

Fair play[edit]

The Fair Play qualities of the participating teams and which are pertinent to the spectators will be evaluated using the FIFA Fair Play evaluation form.[37] Salgaocar led the Fair Play rankings at the end of the season.[38]

Rank Team Games Total Points
1
Salgaocar
24
1904.643
2
United S.C.
24
1850.357
3
Rangdajied United
24
1841.429
4
Mumbai F.C.
24
1839.286
5
Dempo
24
1824.286
6
Bengaluru FC
24
1816.571
7
East Bengal
24
1813.514
8
Shillong Lajong
24
1797.143
9
Mohun Bagan
24
1788.214
10
Pune FC
24
1760.357
11
Mohammedan
24
1744.286
12
Sporting CG
24
1719.286
13
Churchill Brothers
24
1672.071

Average attendance[edit]

Average attendance at the various clubs were as follows:[2][3]

Rank Team Average attendance
1
Mohun Bagan
17,068
2
Shillong Lajong
11,308
3
East Bengal Club
8,667
4
Rangdajied United F.C.
7,687
5
Mohammedan SC
7,083
6
Bengaluru FC
7,038
7
Pune FC
2,586
8
Dempo SC
2,542
9
Churchill Brothers
2,450
10
Salgaocar F.C.
2,421
11
United SC
2,250
12
Sporting Clube de Goa
1,608
13
Mumbai FC
321
League Average
5618

Awards[edit]

AIFF Awards[edit]

All India Football Federation awarded the following awards for the I-League season, voted by all the captains and the coaches of all the participating clubs.[39]

FPAI Awards[edit]

Football Player's Association of India awarded the following award for the season[40]

Number of teams by state[edit]

State No. of teams Teams City
West Bengal
4
East Bengal
Kolkata
Mohammedan
Mohun Bagan
United S.C.
Goa
4
Dempo
Panaji
Sporting CG
Churchill Brothers
Salcette
Salgaocar
Vasco da Gama
Meghalaya
2
Rangdajied United
Shillong
Shillong Lajong
Maharashtra
2
Mumbai F.C.
Mumbai
Pune F.C.
Pune
Karnataka
1
Bengaluru FC
Bangalore

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