2011–12 I-League

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RelegatedChirag Club Kerala
AFC CupEast Bengal
Churchill Brothers
Matches played181
Goals scored521 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorerRanti Martins (32 goals)
Biggest home winDempo 5-0 Mohun Bagan[1]
Biggest away winHAL 1-8 East Bengal
Highest scoringHAL 1-8 East Bengal
Longest winning run7 games
Longest unbeaten run7 games
Longest losing run6 games
Chirag United Kerala
Highest attendance90,000
Mohun Bagan 1-0 East Bengal

The 2011–12 I-League is the fifth season of the I-League, the topmost level of the Indian football pyramid. The season began in October 2011 and ended in May 2012. Salgaocar are the defending champions, having won their maiden title in the previous season.

The current edition has a total of 14 teams contesting for the honors. These include the top twelve teams from the 2010–11 season along with the two promoted sides, Shillong Lajong and Sporting Clube de Goa, who had been the winner and the runner-up in the 2011 I-League 2nd Division respectively.


According to the AIFF's rules, the two bottom-most teams from the 2010–11 season-ending points table were supposed to be relegated to the second tier, but in actuality, only ONGC FC were relegated after their second to last place finish, while the team finishing the last, JCT FC decided to disband their senior football team at the close of the session.

Shillong Lajong FC and Sporting Clube de Goa, the Champions & Runner-up respectively, of the 2011 I-League 2nd Division, were promoted to the I-League after being relegated only the previous year.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Air India Mumbai Cooperage Ground 12,000
Chirag United Club Kerala Kozhikode Kaloor International Stadium 60,000
Churchill Brothers Salcette Fatorda Stadium 27,300
Dempo Panjim Fatorda Stadium 27,300
East Bengal Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
HAL Bangalore Bangalore Football Stadium 15,000
Mohun Bagan Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Mumbai Mumbai Cooperage Ground 12,000
Pailan Arrows Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Prayag United Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium 120,000
Pune Pune Balewadi Sports Complex 20,000
Salgaocar Vasco Fatorda Stadium 27,300
Shillong Lajong Shillong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 25,000
Sporting Clube de Goa Panjim Fatorda Stadium 27,300

Managerial changes[edit]

In chronological order from the bottom

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Mohun Bagan India Subhash Bhowmick Caretaker 1 June 2011 Pre-season England Steve Darby 19 July 2011
Churchill Brothers Croatia Drago Mamic Caretaker 1 June 2011 Pre-season Portugal Manuel Gomes 9 June 2011
Pailan Arrows Scotland Des Bulpin Sacked 13 August 2011 Pre-season India Sukhwinder Singh 13 August 2011
Chirag United Club Kerala India P. K. Unnikrishnan Sacked 1 October 2011 Pre-season Sri Lanka Pakir Ali 2 October 2011
Mohun Bagan England Steve Darby Resigned 15 October 2011 Pre-Season India Prasanta Banerjee 18 October 2011
Pailan Arrows India Sukhwinder Singh Resigned 7 February 2012 13th India Sujit Chakravarty 8 February 2012
Churchill Brothers Portugal Manuel Gomes Sacked 14 February 2012 5th Brazil Carlos Roberto Pereira 15 February 2012
Chirag United Club Kerala Sri Lanka Pakir Ali Sacked 18 February 2012 12th India Biswajit Bhattacharya 18 February 2012

Foreign players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Air India Nigeria Henry Ezeh Senegal Lamine Tamba Japan Takayuki Omi
Chirag United Kerala Ghana Isaac Boakye Ghana Charles Dzisah Nigeria David Sunday None
Churchill Brothers Brazil Roberto Mendes Silva Gabon Henry Antchouet Nigeria David Opara Australia Antun Kovacic
Dempo Nigeria Ranty Martins Nigeria Koko Sakibo Trinidad and Tobago Densill Theobald Japan Yusuke Kato
East Bengal Brazil Edmilson Nigeria Uga Samuel Okpara Nigeria Penn Orji Australia Tolgay Özbey
HAL Nigeria Joseph Femi Adeola Nepal Rohit Chand
Mohun Bagan Brazil Jose Ramirez Barreto Brazil Hudson Lima Silva Nigeria Odafa Onyeka Okolie None
Mumbai Nigeria Kingsley Chioma Nigeria Gbeneme Friday Nigeria Ebi Sukore Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri
Pailan Arrows Pailan Arrows don't use foreigners as they are an Indian Developmental Side
Prayag United Brazil Josimar Ghana Yusif Yakubu Nigeria Bello Razaq Japan Kayne Vincent[nb 1]
Pune Guinea Keita Mandjou Ivory Coast Pierre Djidjia Douhou Japan Arata Izumi Nigeria Chika Wali
Salgaocar Brazil Luciano Sabrosa France Maxime Belouet Nigeria Chidi Edeh Japan Ryuji Sueoka
Shillong Lajong Liberia James Gbilee Liberia Johnny Menyongar Nigeria Christopher Chizoba Australia Matthew Mayora
Sporting Goa Guinea Boubacar Keita Nigeria Ogba Kalu Nnanna South Sudan James Moga South Korea Park Jae-Hyun

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Pailan Arrows India Pailan Group India All India Football Federation 31 July 2011[2]
Prayag United India Prayag Group India RP-Chirag 3 August 2011[3]
Chirag United Club Kerala India Chirag Computers India Viva Kerala Group 7 August 2011[4]
Shillong Lajong United Arab Emirates Anglian Holdings (20% stake)1 29 February 2012[5]
  • 1: Anglian Holdings only brought 20% in Shillong Lajong. The rest of the club is still owned by Shillong Lajong plc.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dempo (C) 26 18 3 5 59 21 +38 57
2 East Bengal 26 15 6 5 46 22 +24 51 2013 AFC Cup Group stage[a]
3 Churchill Brothers 26 14 6 6 47 28 +19 48 2013 AFC Cup Group stage[b]
4 Mohun Bagan 26 13 8 5 51 32 +19 47
5 Pune 26 13 7 6 44 34 +10 46
6 Salgaocar 26 12 8 6 32 19 +13 44
7 United SC 26 11 9 6 41 29 +12 42
8 Sporting Goa 26 11 7 8 53 43 +10 40
9 Air India 26 9 5 12 29 37 −8 32
10 Shillong Lajong 26 7 7 12 24 44 −20 28
11 Mumbai 26 7 3 16 31 52 −21 24
12 Chirag United Kerala (R) 26 6 2 18 28 50 −22 20 Relegation to 2013 I-League 2nd Division[c]
13 Pailan Arrows 26 2 10 14 17 40 −23 16
14 HAL (R) 26 1 5 20 19 68 −49 8 Relegation to 2013 I-League 2nd Division
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2012. Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
  1. ^ East Bengal, the winner of the 2012 Indian Federation Cup, qualified for the 2013 AFC Cup.
  2. ^ Dempo refused to enter the 2013 AFC Cup, so they were replaced by Churchill Brothers.[6]
  3. ^ Pailan Arrows were not relegated in the season as they were a developmental team.

Season charity[edit]

IMG Reliance and the I-League have joined hands with the polio eradication campaign India Unite to End Polio Now. IUEPN is an initiative of Aidmatrix Foundation, supported by UNICEF, and a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), World Health Organisation (WHO), National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP), Rotary International and US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).[7]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]


Rank Player Club Goals
1 Nigeria Ranti Martins Dempo 32
2 Nigeria Odafa Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan 26
3 Australia Tolgay Özbey East Bengal 18
Gabon Henry Antchouet Churchill Brothers
5 South Sudan James Moga Sporting Goa 16
Guinea Mandjou Keita Pune
7 Ghana Yusif Yakubu United SC 12
8 Brazil Josimar United SC 11
Nigeria Ogba Kalu Sporting Goa
10 Nigeria Gbeneme Friday Mumbai 10
Nigeria David Sunday Chirag United Kerala

Top Indian scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 India Chinadorai Sabeeth Pailan Arrows 9
India Manandeep Singh Air India
3 India Abdul Hamza HAL 8
India C.K. Vineeth Chirag United Kerala
5 India Sandesh Gadkari Air India 7
India Subhash Singh Pune
7 India Dawson Fernandes Sporting Goa 6
India Clifford Miranda Dempo
India Lalrindika Ralte Churchill Brothers


Player For Against Result Date
Nigeria Odafa Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan Pailan Arrows 3–1 23 October 2011
South Sudan James Moga Sporting Clube de Goa Salgaocar 4–2 5 November 2011
Brazil Josimar United SC Pune 5–1 5 November 2011
Australia Tolgay Özbey East Bengal HAL 8–1 23 November 2011
Gabon Henry Antchouet Churchill Brothers Shillong Lajong 6–0 17 December 2011
Nigeria David Opara Churchill Brothers Sporting Clube de Goa 5–0 28 December 2011
Nigeria Odafa Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan Churchill Brothers 3–2 15 January 2012
Nigeria David Opara Churchill Brothers Chirag United Kerala 4–0 4 April 2012
Nepal Rohit Chand HAL Pune 4–6[permanent dead link] 10 April 2012
Nigeria Gbeneme Friday Mumbai HAL 5–1[permanent dead link] 14 April 2012
Nigeria David Sunday Chirag United Kerala East Bengal 3–4 16 April 2012
India Chinadorai Sabeeth Pailan Arrows Chirag United Kerala 3–0 25 April 2012


  • First goal of the season: C.K. Vineeth for Chirag United Club Kerala against HAL (22 October 2011)[9]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 3 minutesAnthony Pereira for Dempo against Shillong Lajong (23 November 2011)[10]
  • Widest winning margin: 7 goals
    • HAL 1-8 East Bengal (23 November 2011)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 10 goals
    • Pune 6-4 HAL (10 April 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 4 goals
    • Pune 6-4 HAL (10 April 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single player: 4 goals

End of season awards[edit]

FPAI Team of the Year[edit]

Formation: 4-4-2[11]

Nat. Position Name Club
India GK Karanjit Singh Salgaocar
India RB Deepak Mondal United SC
India CB Mahesh Gawli Dempo
Nigeria CB Uga Okpara East Bengal
India LB Syed Rahim Nabi Mohun Bagan
India RM Rocus Lamare Salgaocar
Ivory Coast CM Pierre Djidjia Douhou Pune
Brazil CM Beto Churchill Brothers
Nigeria LM Penn Orji East Bengal
Nigeria ST Odafa Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan
Nigeria ST Ranti Martins Dempo
England Coach Trevor Morgan East Bengal


  1. ^ Prayag United are allowed up to four foreign players (per I-League rules), one of which must be from Asia. Despite being a New Zealander and having represented them at youth international level Kayne Vincent is considered Japanese due to his Japanese mother.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-10-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "I-League: I Will Buy Some New Players If We Can't Have Jeje And The Rest Of The Players – Pailan Group To AIFF". goal.com. goal.com. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ "I-League: United Sports Club To Be Rechristened As 'Prayag United'". goal.com. goal.com. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ "I-League: Viva Kerala Renamed As Chirag United Kerala – It's Turning Into An Absolute Joke". goal.com. goal.com. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Shillong Lajong tie up with NRI owned Danish club". Times of India. Times of India. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  6. ^ "AIFF to approach Churchill Brothers to participate in the AFC Cup". goal.com. 30 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Polio awareness campaign at I-League". Times of India. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Players – I-League – India – Results, fixtures, tables and news – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  9. ^ "HAL Bangalore vs Chirag United Club Kerala Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. goal.com. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-india/match/69378/dempo-vs-shillong-lajong-fc/report
  11. ^ "Indian Football News Updates – Page 55". indianfootballnetwork.com.