2012–13 I-League

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I-League
Season 2012–13
Champions Churchill Brothers
Relegated Air India
United Sikkim
AFC Champions League Pune
AFC Cup Pune
Churchill Brothers
Matches played 182
Goals scored 530 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Ranti Martins
(26 goals)
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
Churchill Brothers
Longest unbeaten run 10 games
Churchill Brothers
Mohun Bagan
Longest losing run 6 games
Air India

The 2012–13 I-League was the 6th 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.

Dempo were the defending champions, having won their third I-League title the previous season.

On December 29, 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.[1]
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.[2]

Teams[edit]

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.

Stadium Changes[edit]

Air India and Mumbai FC[edit]

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.[3]

ONGC[edit]

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.[4]

Goan clubs[edit]

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.[5]

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
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[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Shirt sponsor
Air India India Naushad Moosa India Vijith Shetty Air India
Churchill Brothers India Mariano Dias Brazil Beto Churchill
Dempo India Armando Colaco India Clifford Miranda Dempo
East Bengal England Trevor Morgan India Sanju Pradhan Kingfisher
Mohun Bagan Morocco Karim Bencherifa Nigeria Odafe Onyeka Okolie Fila
Mumbai India Khalid Jamil Afghanistan Zohib Amiri TEN HD
ONGC India Santosh Kashyap India Jatin Singh ONGC
Pailan Arrows Australia Arthur Papas India Shouvik Ghosh Poto Potato Flakes
Prayag United Netherlands Eelco Schattorie India Deepak Mondal Prayag Group
Pune India Derrick Pereira Ivory Coast Pierre Douhou Peninsula
Salgaocar England David Booth Brazil Luciano Sabrosa Salgaocar
Shillong Lajong India Thangboi Singto India Renedy Singh Aircel
Sporting Goa Spain Oscar Bruzon India Matthew Gonsalves Models
United Sikkim Australia Nathan Hall India Anwar Ali URO


Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
ONGC India Caetano Pinho Unknown 30 April 2012 Pre-Season India Subrata Bhattacharya 30 April 2012 [6]
Pailan Arrows India Chakravarty, SujitSujit Chakravarty End of tenure as interim manager 7 May 2012 Pre-Season Australia Arthur Papas 24 May 2012 [7]
Mohun Bagan India Banerjee, PrasantaPrasanta Banerjee Sacked 26 May 2012 Pre-Season India Santosh Kashyap 26 May 2012 [8]
Air India India Santosh Kashyap Signed by Mohun Bagan 26 May 2012 Pre-Season India Godfrey Pereira 3 July 2012 [9]
Shillong Lajong Scotland Pradyum Reddy Changed to a Head of Youth 8 June 2012 Pre-Season Scotland Desmond Bulpin 8 June 2012 [10]
Churchill Brothers Brazil Carlos Roberto Pereira Did not renew contract 7 May 2012 Pre-Season India Mariano Dias 13 July 2012 [11]
Mohun Bagan India Santosh Kashyap Resigned 13 October 2012 11th (2 games In) India Mridul Banerjee 19 October 2012[12]
Salgaocar Morocco Karim Bencherifa Resigned 20 October 2012 9th (2 games In) India Peter Vales 20 October 2012[13]
Prayag United India Sanjoy Sen Resigned 8 November 2012 5th (4 games In) Netherlands Eelco Schattorie 8 November 2012[14]
Salgaocar India Peter Vales Interem period ended 9 November 2012 9th (4 games In) England David Booth 9 November 2012[15]
United Sikkim Belgium Philippe De Ridder Changed Post to football director 13 November 2012 11th (5 games In) India Baichung Bhutia 13 November 2012[16]
Mohun Bagan India Mridul Banerjee Interim period ended 19 November 2012 5th (6 games in) Morocco Karim Bencherifa 19 November 2012[17]
Sporting Clube de Goa India Ekendra Singh Moved to Goalkeeper Coach 3 December 2012 11th (9 games in) Spain Oscar Bruzon 3 December 2012[18]
United Sikkim India Baichung Bhutia Interim period ended 10 December 2012 12th (10 games in) Australia Nathan Hall 10 December 2012[19]
ONGC India Subrata Bhattacharya Sacked 18 December 2012 14th (11 games in) India Santosh Kashyap 18 December 2012[20]
Air India India Godfrey Pereira Resigned 27 December 2012 10th (10 games in) India Anthony Fernandes 30 December 2012[21]
Shillong Lajong Scotland Desmond Bulpin Sacked 22 January 2013 12th (16 games in) India Thangboi Singto 22 January 2013[22]
Air India India Anthony Fernandes Interim period ended 2 March 2013 12th (17 games in) India Naushad Moosa 2 March 2013[23]

Foreign players[edit]

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 Nigeria Henry Ezeh Nigeria Junior Obagbemiro Nigeria Amos Omeje Afghanistan Mujtaba Faiz
Churchill Brothers Gabon Henry Antchouet Brazil Beto Senegal Lamine Tamba Afghanistan Balal Arezou
Dempo Nigeria Koko Sakibo Liberia Johnny Menyongar Japan Ryuji Sueoka None
East Bengal Nigeria Uga Okpara Nigeria Penn Orji Nigeria Chidi Edeh Australia Andrew Barisić
Mohun Bagan Nigeria Odafe Okolie Nigeria Echezona Anyichie Namibia Quinton Jacobs Australia Tolgay Özbey
Mumbai Nigeria David Opara Ghana Yusif Yakubu Ghana Evans Quao Afghanistan Zohib Amiri
ONGC Nigeria Hassan Odeola Liberia Eric Brown Nigeria Muritala Ali Japan Katsumi Yusa
Pailan Arrows Pailan Arrows don't use foreigners as they are a Developmental Team
Prayag United Nigeria Bello Razaq Nigeria Ranti Martins Costa Rica Carlos Hernández New Zealand Kayne Vincent[nb 1]
Pune Nigeria Chika Wali Ivory Coast Pierre Douhou South Sudan James Moga Australia Boima Karpeh
Salgaocar Brazil Luciano Sabrosa Brazil Josimar Nigeria O. J. Obatola Singapore John Wilkinson
Shillong Lajong Japan Taisuke Matsugae Japan Sho Kamimura Portugal Edinho Júnior North Korea Minchol Son
Sporting Goa Nigeria Ogba Kalu Nnanna Spain Juanfri Spain Ángel Berlanga Japan Seiya Sugishita
United Sikkim Nigeria Salau Nuruddin Guam John Landa Spain Pablo Rodríguez Australia Steve Hayes

League table[edit]

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 to 2014 AFC Cup group stage
2 Pune 26 16 4 6 53 26 +27 52 Qualification to 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off3
3 East Bengal 26 13 8 5 44 18 +26 47
4 United SC 26 13 5 8 55 35 +20 44
5 Dempo 26 11 7 8 45 33 +12 40
6 Sporting Goa 26 9 8 9 36 41 −5 35
7 Salgaocar 26 9 6 11 34 29 +5 33
8 Mumbai 26 8 8 10 36 42 −6 32
9 ONGC (R) 26 7 10 9 30 40 −10 31 Excluded2
10 Mohun Bagan 26 11 8 7 40 34 +6 0291
11 Shillong Lajong 26 6 10 10 26 40 −14 28
12 Pailan Arrows 26 6 5 15 25 45 −20 23
13 Air India (R) 26 4 7 15 28 63 −35 19 Excluded2
14 United Sikkim (R) 26 2 9 15 23 63 −40 15 Relegation to 2014 I-League 2nd Division

Updated to games played on 12 May 2013.
Source: I-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1On 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.[24] 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.[25]
2ONGC and Air India were expelled from I-League because they failed to meet Asian Football Confederation's licensing criteria.[26]
3Pune were chosen to represent India in the AFC Champions League as they passed the club licensing requirements.[27]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AI CB DEM KEB MMB MUM ONGC PA USC PFC SFC SLFC SCG USFC
Air India 0–3 2–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 1–2 1–1 1–4 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Churchill Brothers 3–0 2–2 0–3 1–1 3–1 5–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 6–0 8–4 2–1
Dempo 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–5 2–1 4–1 0–1 7–0
East Bengal 1–1 0–3 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 6–0
Mohun Bagan 3–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 3–1 0–0
Mumbai 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 3–2 1–0
ONGC 2–4 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1
Pailan Arrows 2–1 0–3 1–2 1–2 2–3 3–2 4–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1
United SC 5–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–3 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 10–1
Pune 4–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 3–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 2–2
Salgaocar 4–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 9–0
Shillong Lajong 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1
Sporting Goa 0–1 1–0 0–5 0–0 1–5 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–1
United Sikkim 5–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–3

Updated to games played on 12 May 2013.
Source: I-League
^ 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.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Hattricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Round Date
Nigeria Ranti Martins Prayag United Air India 5–1 1 7 October 2012
Lebanon Akram Moghrabi Churchill Brothers ONGC 5–0 2 11 October 2012
Nigeria Odafe Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan Sporting Goa 3–1 4 4 November 2012
Nigeria Ranti Martins[nb 2] Prayag United United Sikkim 10–1 5 10 November 2012
India Bineesh Balan Churchill Brothers Sporting Goa 8–4 11 16 December 2012
Nigeria Chidi Edeh East Bengal Salgaocar 4–1 14 5 January 2013
Nigeria Koko Sakibo Dempo United Sikkim 7–0 17 19 January 2013
India C.K. Vineeth Prayag United Air India 4–1 19 2 February 2013
Nigeria Odafe Onyeka Okolie Mohun Bagan Sporting Goa 5–1 23 7 April 2013
Brazil Josimar Salgaocar United Sikkim 9–0 24 13 April 2013

Notes[edit]

  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.
  2. ^ Martins scored 5 goals in this match.

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