List of Indian football champions

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Fatorda Stadium, home of five-time champions Dempo

The Indian football champions are the winners of the highest league in Indian football, which is currently the I-League.

At first the first Indian football league, the National Football League (commonly known as the NFL) was an association football league competition in India which was organised into three divisions. The Premier Division of the league was first introduced in 1996, though the country already had a long history in the sport thanks to the likes of the IFA Shield and the Federation Cup. The league though is now transformed into the I-League and continues with that name. The change was supposed to bring more popularity to Indian Football. The first league season of I-League consisted of eight teams from the NFL plus two promoted teams from the former Division Two.

The 1996–97 Indian National Football League was the first season of the NFL and ended with JCT Mills FC being crowned champions. The NFL era though saw Kolkata clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan had the most championships with three respectively. The I-League era is different though as most of the champions of the league have come from Goa.

Currently the teams with the most championships in I-League is Dempo who have won three championships in the league. They are also the team with the most championships overall (3 in I-League + 2 in NFL = 5 titles overall).

Champions[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1996–97[1] JCT Mills (1) Churchill Brothers East Bengal
1997–98 Mohun Bagan (1) East Bengal Salgaocar
1998–99 Salgaocar (1) East Bengal Churchill Brothers
1999–2000 Mohun Bagan (2) Churchill Brothers Salgaocar
2000–01 East Bengal (1) Mohun Bagan Churchill Brothers
2001–02 Mohun Bagan (3) Churchill Brothers Vasco
2002–03 East Bengal (2) Salgaocar Vasco
2003–04 East Bengal (3) Dempo Mahindra United
2004–05 Dempo (1) Sporting Goa East Bengal
2005–06 Mahindra United (1) East Bengal Mohun Bagan
2006–07 Dempo (2) JCT Mahindra United

I-League[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
2007–08 Dempo (3) Churchill Brothers JCT
2008–09 Churchill Brothers (1) Mohun Bagan Sporting Goa
2009–10 Dempo (4) Churchill Brothers Pune
2010–11 Salgaocar (2) East Bengal Dempo
2011–12 Dempo (5) East Bengal Churchill Brothers
2012–13 Churchill Brothers (2) Pune East Bengal
2013–14 Bengaluru (1) East Bengal Salgaocar

Total Wins[edit]

Seven clubs have been Indian champions. Clubs in italics are no longer active.

Club Winners Runners-Up Winning Seasons Runners-Up Seasons
Dempo 5 1 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 2004
East Bengal 3 6 2001, 2003, 2004 1998, 1999, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2014
Mohun Bagan 3 2 1998, 2000, 2002 2001, 2009
Churchill Brothers 2 5 2009, 2013 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010
Salgaocar 2 1 1999, 2011 2003
JCT 1 1 1997 2007
Bengaluru 1 0 2014
Mahindra United 1 0 2006
Pune 0 1 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaudhuri, Arunava; Jönsson, Mikael; Bobrowsky, Josef (6 December 2006). "India 1996/97". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

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