2nd I-League title
2nd Indian title
|AFC Champions League||Pune|
|Goals scored||531 (2.92 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Ranti Martins|
|Biggest home win||Prayag United 10–1 United Sikkim|
(10 November 2012)
Salgaocar 9–0 United Sikkim
(13 April 2013)
|Biggest away win||Air India 0–6 Pune|
(20 April 2013)
|Highest scoring||Churchill Brothers 8–4 Sporting Goa|
(16 December 2012)
|Longest winning run||6 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||10 games|
|Longest losing run||6 games|
The 2012–13 I-League was the sixth season of the I-League, the Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 6 October 2012 and finished on 12 May 2013 with Churchill Brothers crowned champions in matchday 25.
On 29 December 2012, Mohun Bagan were barred from competing in the I-League for 2 years following a decision taken by the I League core committee. This was because they failed to turn up in the second half of the match against East Bengal because of crowd trouble. All their results in the I-League were declared null and void and all their remaining fixtures were cancelled.
But on 15 January 2013, Mohun Bagan appealed against the decision to ban them from the league and were reinstated, but would start on 0 points.
A total of 14 teams contested the league, including 12 sides from the 2011–12 season and two promoted from the 2012 I-League 2nd Division.
ONGC as champions and United Sikkim as runners-up secured direct promotion from the 2012 I-League 2nd Division. ONGC returned to the I-League after a one-year absence, while United Sikkim made their debut in the I-League.
Air India and Mumbai FC
Due to the ongoing redevelopment of the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai which is the regular home for Mumbai F.C. and Air India FC in the I-League both clubs will play at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, Maharashtra until it is complete.
The newly promoted ONGC F.C. also usually play at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai but due to the redevelopment the team decided to play at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi which is where the main company, ONGC, are based. However it will only be for five home matches.
The four Goan clubs in the I-League, Churchill Brothers, Dempo, Salgaocar, and Sporting Clube de Goa, usually play their I-League matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao. However, due to a major revamp at the stadium in preparation for the 2013 Lusophony Games which will be held in Goa, the Goan home games for the I-League will be played at the Duler Stadium and then the Tilak Maidan Stadium from the end of January.
Stadiums and Locations
|Air India||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000 #|
|Churchill Brothers||Salcette, Goa||Duler Stadium||6,000 #|
|Dempo||Panjim, Goa||Duler Stadium||6,000 #|
|East Bengal||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Mohun Bagan||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Mumbai||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000 #|
|ONGC||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Ambedkar Stadium||20,000 #|
|Pailan Arrows||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Prayag United||Kolkata, West Bengal||Salt Lake Stadium||120,000|
|Pune||Pune, Maharashtra||Balewadi Sports Complex||22,000|
|Salgaocar||Vasco da Gama, Goa||Duler Stadium||6,000 #|
|Shillong Lajong||Shillong, Meghalaya||Nehru Stadium||30,000|
|Sporting Goa||Panjim, Goa||Duler Stadium||6,000 #|
|United Sikkim||Gangtok, Sikkim||Paljor Stadium||25,000|
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Air India||Naushad Moosa||Vijith Shetty||Air India|
|Churchill Brothers||Mariano Dias||Beto||Churchill|
|Dempo||Armando Colaco||Clifford Miranda||Dempo|
|East Bengal||Trevor Morgan||Sanju Pradhan||Kingfisher|
|Mohun Bagan||Karim Bencherifa||Odafe Onyeka Okolie||Fila|
|Mumbai||Khalid Jamil||Zohib Amiri||TEN HD|
|ONGC||Santosh Kashyap||Jatin Singh||ONGC|
|Pailan Arrows||Arthur Papas||Shouvik Ghosh||Poto Potato Flakes|
|Prayag United||Eelco Schattorie||Deepak Mondal||Prayag Group|
|Pune||Derrick Pereira||Pierre Douhou||Peninsula|
|Salgaocar||David Booth||Luciano Sabrosa||Salgaocar|
|Shillong Lajong||Thangboi Singto||Renedy Singh||Aircel|
|Sporting Goa||Oscar Bruzon||Matthew Gonsalves||Models|
|United Sikkim||Nathan Hall||Anwar Ali||URO|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|ONGC||Caetano Pinho||Unknown||30 April 2012||Pre-Season||Subrata Bhattacharya||30 April 2012|
|Pailan Arrows||Sujit Chakravarty||End of tenure as interim manager||7 May 2012||Pre-Season||Arthur Papas||24 May 2012|
|Mohun Bagan||Prasanta Banerjee||Sacked||26 May 2012||Pre-Season||Santosh Kashyap||26 May 2012|
|Air India||Santosh Kashyap||Signed by Mohun Bagan||26 May 2012||Pre-Season||Godfrey Pereira||3 July 2012|
|Shillong Lajong||Pradyum Reddy||Changed to a Head of Youth||8 June 2012||Pre-Season||Desmond Bulpin||8 June 2012|
|Churchill Brothers||Carlos Roberto Pereira||Did not renew contract||7 May 2012||Pre-Season||Mariano Dias||13 July 2012|
|Mohun Bagan||Santosh Kashyap||Resigned||13 October 2012||11th (2 games In)||Mridul Banerjee||19 October 2012|
|Salgaocar||Karim Bencherifa||Resigned||20 October 2012||9th (2 games In)||Peter Vales||20 October 2012|
|Prayag United||Sanjoy Sen||Resigned||8 November 2012||5th (4 games In)||Eelco Schattorie||8 November 2012|
|Salgaocar||Peter Vales||Interem period ended||9 November 2012||9th (4 games In)||David Booth||9 November 2012|
|United Sikkim||Philippe De Ridder||Changed Post to football director||13 November 2012||11th (5 games In)||Baichung Bhutia||13 November 2012|
|Mohun Bagan||Mridul Banerjee||Interim period ended||19 November 2012||5th (6 games in)||Karim Bencherifa||19 November 2012|
|Sporting Clube de Goa||Ekendra Singh||Moved to Goalkeeper Coach||3 December 2012||11th (9 games in)||Oscar Bruzon||3 December 2012|
|United Sikkim||Baichung Bhutia||Interim period ended||10 December 2012||12th (10 games in)||Nathan Hall||10 December 2012|
|ONGC||Subrata Bhattacharya||Sacked||18 December 2012||14th (11 games in)||Santosh Kashyap||18 December 2012|
|Air India||Godfrey Pereira||Resigned||27 December 2012||10th (10 games in)||Anthony Fernandes||30 December 2012|
|Shillong Lajong||Desmond Bulpin||Sacked||22 January 2013||12th (16 games in)||Thangboi Singto||22 January 2013|
|Air India||Anthony Fernandes||Interim period ended||2 March 2013||12th (17 games in)||Naushad Moosa||2 March 2013|
Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use three foreign players on the field each game including a least one player from the AFC country.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Asian Player|
|Air India||Henry Ezeh||Junior Obagbemiro||Amos Omeje||Mujtaba Faiz|
|Churchill Brothers||Beto||Henry Antchouet||Lamine Tamba||Balal Arezou|
|Dempo||Ryuji Sueoka||Johnny Menyongar||Koko Sakibo||None|
|East Bengal||Chidi Edeh||Uga Okpara||Penn Orji||Andrew Barisić|
|Mohun Bagan||Quinton Jacobs||Echezona Anyichie||Odafe Okolie||Tolgay Özbey|
|Mumbai||Evans Quao||Yusif Yakubu||David Opara||Zohib Amiri|
|ONGC||Eric Brown||Muritala Ali||Hassan Odeola||Katsumi Yusa|
|Pailan Arrows||Pailan Arrows don't use foreigners as they are a Developmental Team|
|Prayag United||Carlos Hernández||Ranti Martins||Bello Razaq||Kayne Vincent[nb 1]|
|Pune||Pierre Douhou||Chika Wali||James Moga||Boima Karpeh|
|Salgaocar||Josimar||Luciano Sabrosa||O. J. Obatola||John Wilkinson|
|Shillong Lajong||Sho Kamimura||Taisuke Matsugae||Edinho Júnior||Minchol Son|
|Sporting Goa||Ogba Kalu Nnanna||Ángel Berlanga||Juanfri||Seiya Sugishita|
|United Sikkim||John Landa||Salau Nuruddin||Pablo Rodríguez||Steve Hayes|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Churchill Brothers (C)||26||16||7||3||56||22||+34||55||Qualification for 2014 AFC Cup group stage|
|2||Pune||26||16||4||6||53||26||+27||52||Qualification for 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off[a]|
|13||Air India (R)||26||4||7||15||28||63||−35||19||Excluded[b]|
|14||United Sikkim (R)||26||2||9||15||23||63||−40||15||Relegation to 2014 I-League 2nd Division|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champions; (R) Relegated
- Pune were chosen to represent India in the AFC Champions League as they passed the club licensing requirements.
- ONGC and Air India were expelled from I-League because they failed to meet Asian Football Confederation's licensing criteria.
- On 29 December 2012, Mohun Bagan failed to turn up in the second half of the match against East Bengal due to crowd trouble; their record was expunged, with their remaining fixtures scratched, and they were banned from the I-League for until 2015 by the I-League core committee. On 15 January 2013, Mohun Bagan appealed against the decision to ban them from the league and were reinstated, but would start on 0 points.
Top Indian Scorers
|Ranti Martins||Prayag United||Air India||5–1||1||7 October 2012|
|Akram Moghrabi||Churchill Brothers||ONGC||5–0||2||11 October 2012|
|Odafe Onyeka Okolie||Mohun Bagan||Sporting Goa||3–1||4||4 November 2012|
|Ranti Martins[nb 2]||Prayag United||United Sikkim||10–1||5||10 November 2012|
|Bineesh Balan||Churchill Brothers||Sporting Goa||8–4||11||16 December 2012|
|Chidi Edeh||East Bengal||Salgaocar||4–1||14||5 January 2013|
|Koko Sakibo||Dempo||United Sikkim||7–0||17||19 January 2013|
|C.K. Vineeth||Prayag United||Air India||4–1||19||2 February 2013|
|Odafe Onyeka Okolie||Mohun Bagan||Sporting Goa||5–1||23||7 April 2013|
|Josimar||Salgaocar||United Sikkim||9–0||24||13 April 2013|
- 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.
- Martins scored 5 goals in this match.
- "Century-old Mohun Bagan banned from I-League". Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "AIFF revoke two-year ban on Mohun Bagan". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Choudhuri, Arunava. "I-League 2012/13: Tentative Fixtures from Round 1 to 13". Arunfoot. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "I-League returns to Delhi". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "DULER STADIUM TO HOST I-LEAGUE ON NEW TURF". Navhindtimes. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- Choudhuri, Arunava. "Interview with Bibek Bhowmik (ONGC Football Team Manager)". Arunfoot. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Howitt, Liam. "Jets' Papas to coach Indian youth soccer". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- Vasavda, Mihir. "Air India coach Santosh Kashyap joins Mohun Bagan". DNA India. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Sundaresan, Bharat. "'I will bring an end to Bagan's dry spell'". Indian Express. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Desmond Bulpin signs for Lajong FC". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- "Mariano Dias appointed head coach for Churchill Brothers". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Karim Bencharifa likely to step into Kashyap's shoes". Mohun Bagan Athletic Club. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "SALGAOCAR FC ANNOUNCES KARIM BENCHERIFA'S RESIGNATION AS HEAD COACH". Salgaocar Football Club. Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Dutchman Eelco Schattorie appointed new coach of Indian Premier Club Prayag United SC !". Prayag United Sports Club. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- "I-League News, Results & Transfers | Goal.com".
- Srivastava, Ayush. "Bhaichung Bhutia takes over as interim coach of United Sikkim FC". Goal.com. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Karim Bencharifa begins second stint as chief coach of Mohun Bagan". NDTV. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Spanish coach for Sporting Clube de Goa". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "New Coaching Regime". United Sikkim FC – Facebook. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Bali, Rahul. "Santosh Kashyap appointed as the head coach of ONGC". Goal.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Noronha, Anselm. "Salgaocar FC 4–0 Air India: David Booth's side sign off the year in style". Goal.com. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "Shillong Lajong FC sack Desmond Bulpin, assistant Thangboi Singto to take over as interim coachFC". Goal India. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Air India meet ONGC in rescheduled tie". I-League. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- "Pune FC to play AFC Champions League play-off". Goal.com. 26 November 2013.
- "I-League: ONGC, AI hoping against hope". The Times of India. 17 January 2013.
- "Century-old Mohun Bagan banned from I-League". Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "AIFF revoke two-year ban on Mohun Bagan". Retrieved 15 January 2013.