2009–10 I-League

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2009–10 I-League
League I-League
Sport Association football
Duration 2009–10
Number of teams 14
I-League season
Season champions Dempo SC
Top scorer Odafe Onyeka Okolie
I-League seasons

This season marks the addition of four new teams, with Lajong SSC, Pune FC, Salgaocar Sports Club and Viva Kerala are confirmed to participate in the I-League. With the inception of these four clubs, many club transfers have been undergone within India, and around the world. The length of the regular season will be longer than in previous years, with 26 rounds rather than 22.

The season kicked off on October 1, 2009 with Mahindra United hosting defending champions Churchill Brothers in Mumbai.[1]

Rule Changes[edit]

India became the latest member association to adopt AFC’s 3+1 rule which will allow clubs to recruit one player of Asian origin in addition to their regular quota of three foreigners.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee decided to embrace the new AFC rule which encourages the mobility of talented Asian players and provides a fillip to the regional game.[2]

Season So Far[edit]

Chirag United has been the surprise of the season so far. Dempo, top of the ladder for the most time, has been unlucky with injury and their star striker Sunil Chhetri leaving to Kansas for playing in the MLS.[3] Despite this, they beat defending champions Churchill Brothers SC 4-2 and remained at the top position. Mahindra United started slowly, but their consistent performance - with only one loss so far, has enabled the club to be at a close second spot. Mahindra reached the top position by defeating leader Dempo 3-1 putting the title race exciting to follow. The other surprise of the season is the up-down performance of the Kolkata teams East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. During round 18, both the teams suffered identical 4-1 defeats at the hands of bottom placed clubs Salgaocar and Shillong Lajong respectively. By losing to Salgaocar, East Bengal had suffered the club record of 13 straight games without a win in all competitions. Of the 4 newly promoted clubs to I-League Viva Kerala and Pune FC had some success, with Shillong Lajong and Salgaocar battling for coming out of the relegation zone. Sporting Clube de Goa, who had a good last season reaching third overall now looks to be heading for relegation.

Biggest wins of the season so far are by defending champions Churchill Brothers SC winning 6-0 against JCT followed by 5-0 by Mahindra United over Shillong Lajong and Mohan Bagan Air India. The top-scoring Indian player in the league is M. Mohammed Rafi of Mahindra United with 13 goals so far.

Round 19 Summary[edit]

A total of 21 goals were scored in this round, one of highest scoring rounds for this season. Foreigners scored 13 goals and 8 were scored by Indians. Round 19 saw a major shift in the title race with second placed Mahindra displacing league leaders Dempo after defeating the latter at the Cooperage. Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers stay in the hunt for the league title after they thrashed JCT at home.[4]

Round 20 Summary[edit]

Dempo defeated East Bengal 1-0 to jump to the top of the table, after Mahindra United drew their match against Mumbai FC. Churchill Brothers SC also won their match 1-0 against Shillong Lajong with Odafe scoring the winning goal. Relegation threatened SC Goa won their third straight match against JCT 1-0. So with the exception of Salgaocar, only Goan-based clubs tasted victory during this round with a solitary goal. A total of 9 goals were scored during this round, with all teams only able to score atmost one goal. 5 goals were scored by foreigners and 4 by Indians.

Round 21 Summary[edit]

Almost all matches in this round produced results. This round can be called as upset round other than Dempo, most of the favorites to win lost their games. East Bengal opened this round with a win over Mumbai FC with a score of 1-0. Yusuf Yakabu scored the winning goal. Dempo beat Chirag United 3-1, Shillong scored upset victory over Mahindra United 2-1. JCT FC scored an important victory over Viva Kerala 5-1, Mohan Bagan also scored 4-0 victory over Air-India. A total of 23 goals were scored in this round. 20 Goals were scored by foreigners and 3 by Indians in this round. Shillong moved out of relegation at the end of the round.

Round 22 Summary[edit]

Out of the 7 matches played this round, 5 produced results and 2 ended in draws. A total of 16 goals were scored in this round, 10 were scored by foreigners and 6 by Indians. Opening this was the Shillong Lajong FC 1-1 draw with Mumbai FC. Next was a win by JCT FC over Chirag United. Mohan Bagan, Pune FC, Dempo SC won their matches and Salgacor drew their match with Air India.

Round 23 Summary[edit]

Round 23 started with Chirag United holding Shillong Lajong by a late Edmilson goal. Pune FC and Mahindra United also played in 1-1 draw, with Mahindra's hope of catching Dempo now almost impossible. It was during this round that Mahindra United decided to disband the club of 47 years for promoting grass-root football growth at National level.[5] Meanwhile Dempo looks certain to be the League Champions after humiliating Mohan Bagan 4-1. Air India suffered a loss in their attempt to clear from relegation by losing to JCT. Sporting earned a vital away point in their fight for survival as they held East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in Kolkata, while Viva Kerala suffered three consecutive loses after losing 0-1 to Mumbai FC lifting the Mumbai club above the relegation zone. The final match of the round was played between Churchill Brothers SC and Salgocar with Churchill winning 3-1 and pushing Salgocar into relegation zone. A total of 17 goals were scored in this round. 6 goals were scored by Indians and foreigners scored 11.

Round 24 Summary[edit]

Round 24 started with Pune FC taking on JCT FC on May 3, 2010. Pune FC won their match 2-0. Both sides are safe from relegation. On second match day, 3 matches were played Viva beats Shillong Lajong FC to leg up on relegation battle, in second match of the day Sporting Clube de Goa shocks Mahindra United 3-2 and in final match of day East Bengal defeats Chirag United 2-1. Match day 3: Dempo beats Air-India 2-0. Match day 4: Salgocar beat Mumbai FC and final match of the round was played between Churchill Brothers and Mohan Bagan. Churchill defeated Mohan Bagan 4-0. A total of 20 goals were scored on this round. 12 were scored by foreigners and 8 by Indians.

Round 25 Summary[edit]

Relegation battle is getting interesting as final rounds are approaching. Round 25 started with 3 matches being played on May 9, 2010. The first match was between Shillong Lajong and Dempo. This match is crucial for the survival of Shillong and Shillong lost it 0-1. Second match of the day was played between Air-India and Chirag United and Air-India Defeated Chirag 3-1 and final match of the day was played between JCT and East Bengal which was a 1-1 draw. On second match day of the round Pune FC hammered SC Goa 4-0. Relegation battlers Salgocar won against disbanding Mahindra United 2-1 and Viva Kerala drew with Mohan Bagan 1-1. So far a total of 16 goals were scored in this round and 6 were by Indians.

AFC Campaign[edit]

Two of the I-League teams are playing in 2010 AFC Cup. This has caused some delays in scheduling. East Bengal lost all its round robin matches and is out of the tourney, but Churchill Brothers are at Knockout stage.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2009–10 I-League is located in India
Goa
Goa
Kolkata
Kolkata
Mumbai
Mumbai
Pune
Pune
Phagwara
Phagwara
Shillong
Shillong
Kozhikode
Kozhikode
Locations of teams in the 2009-10 I-League
Club Location Stadium
Churchill Brothers Sports Club Goa Fatorda Stadium
Dempo Sports Club Goa Fatorda Stadium
Sporting Clube de Goa Goa Fatorda Stadium
Salgaocar Sports Club Goa Fatorda Stadium
Mohun Bagan Kolkata Yuva Bharati Krirangan
East Bengal Club Kolkata Yuva Bharati Krirangan
Chirag United Sports Club Kolkata Yuva Bharati Krirangan
Mahindra United Mumbai Cooperage Ground
Mumbai FC Mumbai Cooperage Ground
Air-India Mumbai Cooperage Ground
Pune FC Pune Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
JCT FC Phagwara Guru Gobind Singh Stadium
Shillong Lajong FC Shillong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Viva Kerala Kozhikode Municipal Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Mahindra United India Derrick Pereira Resigned.[6] England David Booth[7] Pre season
Mumbai FC England David Booth Resigned.[8] India Khalid Jamil[9] 20 June 2009 Pre season
Shillong Lajong India Hering Shangpliang sacked[10] India Stanley Rozario 1 June 2009 Pre season
Salgaocar SC Goa India Peter Vales Promoted to technical director.[11] United States Tim Hankinson 12 July 2009 Pre season
Sporting Clube de Goa Nigeria Clifford Chukwuma Lacked qualifications.[12][13] Portugal Roy Barreto Pre season
Churchill Brothers SC Serbia Zoran Djordjevic Contract Expired.[14] Brazil Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva 3 July 2009 Pre season
Pune FC England Stewart Hall Contract Expired
East Bengal Club India Subhash Bhowmick Resigned.[15] Belgium Phillipe de Ridder 12
Sporting Clube de Goa Portugal Roy Barreto Resigned [16] India Vishwas Goankar 14 December 2009.[16] 14
Air India FC India Bimal Ghosh Resigned [17] India Yusuf Ansari 8 January 2010.[17] 12
Mohun Bagan Morocco Karim Bencherifa Sacked [18] India Satyajit Chatterjee 7
Salgaocar Sports Club United States Tim Hankinson Sacked [18] Morocco Karim Bencherifa
Mohun Bagan India Satyajit Chatterjee Resignation [19] IndiaBiswajit Bhattacharjee 1 April 2010 5

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dempo (C) 26 16 6 4 54 31 +23 54 2011 AFC Champions League playoff
2 Churchill Brothers 26 11 10 5 50 35 +15 43
3 Pune 26 10 12 4 38 23 +15 42
4 Mahindra United 26 10 11 5 45 29 +16 41 Disbanded
5 Mohun Bagan 26 10 6 10 48 43 +5 36
6 Salgaocar 26 8 9 9 34 38 −4 33
7 JCT 26 8 8 10 26 29 −3 32
8 Chirag United 26 8 8 10 33 39 −6 32
9 East Bengal 26 7 10 9 27 31 −4 31 2011 AFC Cup group stage 1
10 Viva Kerala 26 7 9 10 25 36 −11 30
11 Mumbai 26 6 11 9 24 26 −2 29
12 Air India 26 7 7 12 28 46 −18 28
13 Sporting Goa 26 6 9 11 30 40 −10 27 Relegation to 2011 I-League 2nd Division
14 Shillong Lajong 26 6 8 12 23 39 −16 26

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. East Bengal qualified for the 2011 AFC Cup as 2010 Indian Federation Cup winners.
(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.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] CB DEM MAH SCG MB EB MFC CHI JCT AI SLFC PFC VK SAL
Churchill Brothers 3–2 1–4 0–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 6–0 5–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1
Dempo 4–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Mahindra United 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 1–2
Sporting Goa 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–3
Mohun Bagan 2–2 1–4 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–3 1–2 4–0 1–4 0–0 2–0 1–1
East Bengal 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–5 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–1
Mumbai 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 2–1
Chirag United 2–4 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–5 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0
JCT 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 5–1 1–2 5–1 1–1
Air India 2–3 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–5 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1
Shillong Lajong 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Pune 4–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Viva Kerala 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 1–1
Salgaocar 1–2 3–2 1–4 1–3 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–0

Updated to games played on 28 May 2010.
Source: http://www.indianfootball.com/en/I-League/1st_division/fixtures]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of May 3, 2010

17 goals
15 goals
13 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Hatricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Nigeria Odafe Onyeka Okolie Churchill Brothers Chirag United 4-2 2010-3-07
Nigeria Muritala Ali Mahindra United Air India 4-0 2009-11-12
Nigeria Muritala Ali Mahindra United Salgoacar 4–1 2009-10-18
India Baljit Singh Sahni JCT FC Shillong Lajong FC 5–1 2009-10-4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.indianfootball.com/en/news/articleId/1657
  2. ^ "India adopts 3+1 rule". The AFC. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-06-13. [dead link]
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  4. ^ http://ndtv.footballindia.com/news/An_eye_on_the_League_Round_19_report/news-2010-april-news_20100409_368/news_article.aspx
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  6. ^ "Derrick Pereira resigns". The AFC. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-04-24. [dead link]
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  10. ^ "Stanley Rozario appointed Lajong SC Coach". Indian Football.com. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  11. ^ "American flavour for Indian Football". Indian Football.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Sporting Clube look for European coach". Indian Football.com. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Roy Barreto to coach Sporting Clube". Indian Football.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Pereira to coach Churchill Brothers". Indian Football.com. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  15. ^ "Subhash Bhowmick resigns, de Ridder to be new coach". eastbengalfootballclub.com. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  16. ^ a b http://goal.com/en-india/news/1064/i-league/2009/12/14/1686064/i-league-vishwas-gaonkar-replaces-roy-barreto-as-the-head
  17. ^ a b http://goal.com/en-india/news/1064/i-league/2010/01/09/1734359/official-bimal-ghosh-out-yusuf-ansari-in-at-air-india
  18. ^ a b Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar wield the axe
  19. ^ http://goal.com/en-india/news/1064/i-league/2010/04/01/1857503/mohun-bagan-express-confidence-in-new-coach-biswajit