2014–15 I-League

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I-League
Season 2014–15
Matches played 83
Goals scored 208 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorer Ranti Martins (East Bengal)
(16 goals)
Biggest home win
Biggest away win Mumbai 0–6 Shillong Lajong
(3 April 2015)
Highest scoring Pune 5–2 Shillong Lajong
(29 January 2015)
Mohun Bagan 4–3 Shillong Lajong
(27 February 2015)
Longest winning run Bengaluru FC
Pune
Royal Wahingdoh
Mumbai
Mohun Bagan
(3 games)
Longest unbeaten run Mohun Bagan
(12 games)
Longest winless run Sporting Goa
(13 games)
Longest losing run Salgaocar
(4 games)
Highest attendance 57,780 (Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal)
(28 March 2015)
All statistics correct as of 7 May 2015.

The 2014–15 I-League (known as the Hero I-League for sponsorship reasons) is the eighth season of the I-League, the Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on January 17, 2015, after the conclusion of the Federation Cup.[1][2]

The defending champions this season is Bengaluru FC after the club won the league the previous season, the first in the clubs history.[2]

Teams[edit]

The official number of teams for the new season will be eleven. After the success of the leagues first direct-entry side, Bengaluru FC, the All India Football Federation held bidding for new teams from 15 May to 2 June 2014 with cities such as Chennai and Ahmedabad in the running.[3] At the same time the federation would review the AFC Club Licensing Criteria and any club which failed to pass the criteria will be banned from entering the league.[3]

On 22 May 2014 the All India Football Federation officially announced that former I-League champions Churchill Brothers, Rangdajied United, and United S.C had been axed from the 2014–15 season for failing to pass the club licensing criteria.[4] Then, in August 2014, it was announced that the AIFF had awarded a direct-entry spot to the Kalyani Group and that they would start a team based in Pune.[5] The team was officially launched in November 2014 as Bharat FC.[6]

In terms of promotion and relegation, Mohammedan were relegated from the I-League the previous season, while Royal Wahingdoh were promoted after winning the 2014 I-League 2nd Division.[7][8] This would be Wahingdoh's first season in the I-League after remaining unbeaten through the entire 2nd Division campaign.[8]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

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

East Bengal
Mohun Bagan

Pune teams Pune Bharat FC
Pune teams

Pune
Bharat FC

Locations of the 2014–15 I-League teams
Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Team Stadium Capacity
Bengaluru FC Sree Kanteerava Stadium 24,000
Bharat FC Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Dempo Fatorda Stadium 18,500
East Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 68,000[9]
Mohun Bagan Salt Lake Stadium 68,000[9]
Mumbai Cooperage Ground 5,000
Pune Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Royal Wahingdoh Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Salgaocar Fatorda Stadium 18,500
Shillong Lajong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting Goa Fatorda Stadium 18,500

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 Main Sponsor
Bengaluru FC England Ashley Westwood India Sunil Chhetri JSW Group
Bharat FC England Stuart Watkiss India Gouramangi Singh Bharat Forge
Dempo England Trevor Morgan England Calum Angus Dempo
East Bengal Netherlands Eelco Schattorie India Harmanjot Khabra Kingfisher
Mohun Bagan India Sanjoy Sen India Shilton Pal McDowell's No.1
Mumbai India Khalid Jamil India Climax Lawrence Playwin
Pune Morocco Karim Bencherifa India Anas Edathodika Peninsula
Royal Wahingdoh India Santosh Kashyap India Lalchhawnkima Imperial Blue
Salgaocar India Derrick Pereira India Karanjit Singh Salgaocar
Shillong Lajong India Thangboi Singto North Korea Son Min-chol Gionee
Sporting Goa India Mateus Costa Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe Models

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[10] Pre-season India Sankarlal Chakraborty 27 July 2014[11]
Pune Netherlands Mike Snoei Sacked 30 May 2014[12] Morocco Karim Bencherifa 10 June 2014[13]
Royal Wahingdoh India Nandakumar Singh Unknown 25 October 2014[14] India Santosh Kashyap 25 October 2014[14]
Bharat FC New team England Stuart Watkiss 4 November 2014[15]
Sporting Goa Spain Óscar Bruzón Mutual Consent 4 December 2014[16] India Mateus Costa Unknown[17]
Mohun Bagan India Sankarlal Chakraborty Unknown 8 December 2014[18] India Sanjoy Sen 8 December 2014[18]
East Bengal India Armando Colaco Sacked 19 February 2015[19] 4th Netherlands Eelco Schattorie 19 February 2015[20]
Dempo Australia Arthur Papas Mutual Consent 2 March 2015[21] 8th England Trevor Morgan 3 March 2015[22]

Foreign players[edit]

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries and a marquee player. 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
Bengaluru FC England John Johnson Kenya Curtis Osano England Josh Walker Australia Sean Rooney
Bharat FC Benin Romuald Boco England Bobby Hassell New Zealand Kris Bright State of Palestine Omar Jarun
Dempo Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri England Calum Angus Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Australia Tolgay Özbey
East Bengal Nigeria Ranti Martins New Zealand Leo Bertos Nigeria Dudu Omagbemi Australia Milan Susak
Mohun Bagan Cameroon Pierre Boya Haiti Sony Norde Nigeria Bello Razaq Japan Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai Brazil Josimar Nigeria Chika Wali Japan Taisuke Matsugae
Pune Brazil Luciano Sabrosa Montenegro Darko Nikač Portugal Edgar Marcelino Japan Ryuji Sueoka
Royal Wahingdoh Nigeria Loveday Enyinnaya Liberia Bekay Bewar Trinidad and Tobago Densill Theobald North Korea Kim Seng-yong
Salgaocar Scotland Darryl Duffy Ivory Coast Douhou Pierre Zambia Francis Kasonde Yemen Khaled Baleid
Shillong Lajong Trinidad and Tobago Cornell Glen Brazil Uilliams Nigeria Penn Orji North Korea Son Min-chol
Sporting Goa Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe Nigeria Odafa Okolie Portugal Miguel Garcia Syria Mahmoud Amnah

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Mohun Bagan 18 10 5 3 30 15 +15 35 Qualification to AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2 Bengaluru FC 18 10 5 3 33 17 +16 35 Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off1
3 Royal Wahingdoh 19 8 6 5 27 25 +2 30
4 East Bengal 18 7 5 6 27 23 +4 26
5 Pune 18 7 5 6 23 22 +1 26
6 Mumbai 19 4 9 6 20 26 −6 21
7 Sporting Goa 18 4 8 6 18 25 −7 20
8 Shillong Lajong 18 5 5 8 29 27 +2 20
9 Bharat FC 18 4 6 8 11 21 −10 18
10 Dempo 18 3 9 6 14 23 −9 18
11 Salgaocar 18 5 3 10 18 26 −8 18 Relegation to I-League 2nd Division

Updated to games played on 20 May 2015.
Source: I-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) play-off match
1 Bengaluru FC, as the winner of 2014–15 Federation Cup, have qualified for the qualifying play-off at 2016 AFC Cup
(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.


Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BFC KBFC DEM KEB MMB MUM PFC RWFC SFC SLFC SCG
Bengaluru FC 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–3 3–3 3–1 2–0 4–1
Bharat FC 0–2 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0
Dempo 0–0 1–5 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–2 3–0
East Bengal 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–2
Mohun Bagan 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–0
Mumbai 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–6 0–0
Pune 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 5–2 1–1
Royal Wahingdoh 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0
Salgaocar 0–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–2
Shillong Lajong 1–1 3–0 3–4 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–2
Sporting Goa 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–1

Updated to games played on 20 May 2015.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2015 [23]

Scoring[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
India Thongkhosiem Haokip Pune Shillong Lajong 5–2 29 January 2015
Nigeria Ranti Martins 5 East Bengal Dempo 5–1 1 March 2015
India Satiyasen Singh Royal Wahingdoh Salgaocar 4–2 3 May 2015

5 Player scored 5 goals

Discipline[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Prasad, Vishnu. "AIFF Invites Bids for I-League Clubs". New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Battacharya, Nilesh. "I-League likely to embrace new cities". Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Mergulhao, Marcus. "Three football clubs barred from I-League". Times of India. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Mazumdar, Rakhi. "Kalyani Group bags bid to launch team in I-league". Economic Times. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kalyani Group names I-League team as 'Bharat FC'". Zee News. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Bali, Rahul. "Mohammedan Sporting relegated from I-League". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Royal Wahingdoh qualify for I-League". Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Transformed and shrunk Saltlake Stadium ready for ISL". 8 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Netto, Brandon. "Subhash Bhowmick appointed as Mohun Bagan Technical Director". Goal.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "7th week review of preseason training; Sankarlal Chakraborty declared as Chief Coach". Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Pune FC part ways with coach Mike Snoei". Times of India. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pune FC appoint Karim Bencherifa as coach". NDTV Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Wahingdoh appoints Kashyap as new coach". The Shillong Times. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "I-League: Kalyani Group appoints Stuart Watkiss as head coach". IBN Live. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sporting Clube, Oscar part ways". Times of India. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Noronha, Anselm. "Mateus Costa: 'Bengaluru's defense is very good'". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Mohun Bagan set to appoint Sanjoy Sen as head coach". Times of India. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Armando Colaco parts ways with East Bengal in tears". 19 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "'Taj Mahal was not built in a day' - Eelco Schattorie". 19 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Dempo part ways with Athur Papas". 2 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "CONFIRMED: Morgan to join Dempo SC". 3 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Players — I-League". soccerway. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Players - I-League - India - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". 

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