2014–15 I-League

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Season 2014–15

The 2014–15 I-League will be the eighth season of the I-League, the Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season will begin in December 2014, after the conclusion of the Indian Super League.[1]

The defending champions this season will be Bengaluru FC after the club won the league the previous season, the first in the club's history.[1]


So far the official number of teams for the new season is unknown. According to the All India Football Federation, the league will be holding bidding for new teams from 15 May to 2 June 2014 with cities such as Chennai and Ahmedabad in the running.[2] At the same time the federation announced that they would review the AFC Club Licensing Criteria and that any club which failed to pass these criteria will be barred from entering the league.[2] The previous season ended with thirteen clubs.[2]

In terms of promotion and relegation, Mohammedan were relegated from the I-League while Royal Wahingdoh were promoted after winning the 2014 I-League 2nd Division.[3][4] This would be Wahingdoh's first season in the I-League after remaining unbeaten through the entire 2nd Division campaign.[4]

On 22 May 2014 the All India Football Federation officially announced that former I-League champions Churchill Brothers, Rangdajied United, and United had been axed from the 2014–15 season for failing to pass the club licensing criteria.[5] In August 2014, AIFF confirmed that a team from Pune, owned by Kalyani Group will be 11th team to be part of the season.[6]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Locations of the 2014–15 I-League teams
Kolkata teams East Bengal Mohun Bagan
Kolkata teams

East Bengal
Mohun Bagan

Locations of the 2014–15 I-League teams
Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Team Stadium Capacity
Bengaluru FC Sree Kanteerava Stadium[7] 40,000
Dempo To be announced
East Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Mohun Bagan Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Mumbai To be announced
Pune Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Royal Wahingdoh Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Salgaocar To be announced
Shillong Lajong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting Goa To be announced

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor Kit manufactures
Bengaluru FC England Ashley Westwood India Sunil Chhetri JSW Group Puma
Dempo Australia Arthur Papas India Clifford Miranda Dempo Adidas
East Bengal India Armando Colaco India Harmanjot Khabra Kingfisher Shiv Naresh
Mohun Bagan India Sankarlal Chakraborty India Shilton Pal McDowell's No.1 Fila
Mumbai India Khalid Jamil TBA TEN HD TBA
Pune Morocco Karim Bencherifa India Anas Edathodika Peninsula Adidas
Royal Wahingdoh India Nandakumar Singh TBA Imperial Blue Uhlsport
Salgaocar India Derrick Pereira TBA Salgaocar Triumph Sports
Shillong Lajong India Thangboi Singto North Korea Minchol Son Aircel Adidas
Sporting Goa Spain Oscar Bruzon TBA Models TBA

Head coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Mohun Bagan Morocco Karim Bencherifa Sacked 29 April 2014[8] Pre-season
Pune Netherlands Mike Snoei Mutual agreement 30 May 2014[9] Morocco Karim Bencherifa 9 June 2014[10]


Foreign players[edit]

East Bengal's marquee player, 2010 FIFA World Cupper Leo Bertos.

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a Marquee player as defined by AIFF and 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 Marquee player Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player
Bengaluru FC England Josh Walker Kenya Curtis Osano England John Johnson Australia Sean Rooney
Dempo TBA Australia Tolgay Ozbey Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri TBA
East Bengal New Zealand Leo Bertos Nigeria Ranti Martins Nigeria Dudu Omagbemi TBA
Mohun Bagan Cameroon Pierre Boya Nigeria Alao Fatai Adisa Haiti Sony Norde Japan Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai TBA Brazil Josimar TBA Japan Taisuke Matsugae
Pune TBA Brazil Luciano Sabrosa Nigeria Ogba Kalu Nnanna Japan Ryuji Sueoka
Royal Wahingdoh TBA Nigeria Loveday Okechukwu Liberia Bekay Bewar TBA
Salgaocar Zambia Francis Kasonde Ivory Coast Douhou Pierre Scotland Darryl Duffy TBA
Shillong Lajong Trinidad and Tobago Cornell Glen Zambia Kondwani Mtonga Zambia Isaac Chansa North Korea Minchol Son
Sporting CG TBA Spain Pablo Gallardo TBA Australia Boima Karpeh

League Table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Bengaluru FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2016 AFC Cup
2 Dempo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 East Bengal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Mohun Bagan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Mumbai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Pune 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Royal Wahingdoh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Salgaocar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Shillong Lajong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Sporting Goa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Updated to games played on 20 May 2014.
Source: []
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.


Bengaluru FC
East Bengal
Mohun Bagan
Royal Wahingdoh
Shillong Lajong
Sporting Goa

Source: []
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.


  1. ^ a b Prasad, Vishnu. "AIFF Invites Bids for I-League Clubs". New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Battacharya, Nilesh. "I-League likely to embrace new cities". Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Bali, Rahul. "Mohammedan Sporting relegated from I-League". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Royal Wahingdoh qualify for I-League". Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Mergulhao, Marcus. "Three football clubs barred from I-League". Times of India. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Patel Welcomes New I-League Team". I-League. 28 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Shreekumar, SS. "Move on Stadium May Hit Football Future". New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Netto, Brandon. "Subhash Bhowmick appointed as Mohun Bagan Technical Director". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pune FC part ways with coach Mike Snoei". 30 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pune FC Appoint Karim Bencherifa". 9 June 2014. 

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