2020–21 Kerala Blasters FC season

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Kerala Blasters
2020–21 season
ChairmanNikhil Bhardwaj
Head CoachKibu Vicuna
StadiumGMC Stadium, Bombolim (only for 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 pandemic in India)
Indian Super LeagueTBD
AIFF Super CupTBD
Highest home attendanceN/A
Lowest home attendanceN/A
Average home league attendanceN/A

The 2020–21 season will be the seventh professional season of Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, since their establishment in 2014.

Season overview[edit]

Background[edit]

On 15 March 2020 Kerala Blasters appointed Karolis Skinkys as their new Sporting director ahead of the new season.[1] On 22 April 2020, the club officially announced the signing of Kibu Vicuña as the new manager of the club.[2] The most surprising move was the departure of Sandesh Jhingan. He departed the club on 21 May 2020 in a mutual consent thus ending his six years association with the club.[3] The CEO Viren D'Silva also left the club in the same day itself.[4]

July[edit]

On 1 July 2020 Kerala Blasters officially announced that they have extended the contract of Jessel Carneiro till 2023[5]

On 8 July 2020, the club announced the signing of goalkeeper Albino Gomes on a free transfer from Odisha FC.[6]

On 15 July 2020 ,it was announced that the young midfielder Ritwik Das has joined the club from Real Kashmir.[7]

The signing of Nishu Kumar was finally confirmed by the club on 22 July 2020.The 4 year deal made Nishu the highest paid Indian defender.[8]

On 29 July 2020 , club announced the contract extension of local boy Abdul Hakku till 2023.[9]

August[edit]

On 5 August 2020 , Kerala Blasters completed the signing of left back Denechandra Meitei from TRAU F.C.[10]

On 12 August 2020 , it was announced that Sahal has extended his contract for three more years with the Blasters which made him to stay at the club till 2025.[11]

On 19 August 2020 , the club announced the signing of Indian Under 19 midfielder Givson Singh from Indian Arrows.[12]

On 22 August 2020 , Blasters announced the signing of Sandeep Singh from TRAU F.C.[13]

On 26 August , the club completed the signing of Rohit Kumar from Hyderabad FC.[14]

On 28 August , the departure of captain Bartholomew Ogbeche was officially announced by the club on its social media.[15]

September[edit]

On 2 September 2020, Kerala Blasters announced the signing of Facundo Pereyra as their first foreign signing of the season.He became the first Argentine to sign for the club.[16]

On 9 September 2020, the club announced the signing of India National Under 20 goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Singh Gill on a two year deal.[17]

On 12 September 2020, Kerala Blasters announced the contract extension of local boy Prasanth Karuthadathkuni till 2021.[18]

On 16 September 2020, the club announced the signing of young midfielder Puitea from NorthEast United FC on a three year deal.[19]

On 19 September 2020, Blasters extended the contract of Seityasen Singh till 2022.[20]

On 23 September 2020, Blasters announced the signing of Spanish Midfielder Vicente Gómez Umpiérrez on a three-year deal.[21]

On 30 September 2020, Blasters announced the contract extension of Rahul KP till 2025.[22]

October[edit]

On 5 October 2020, the Blasters announced the signing of Gary Hooper on a one year deal.[23]

On 8 October 2020, the Blasters started their pre-season training camp under the assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed.[24]

On 9 October 2020, the Blasters announced the signing of Costa Nhamoinesu. After this deal, Nhamoinesu became the first Zimbabwean to play for the club.[25]

On 21 October 2020, the Blasters announced the signing of Burkina Faso international defender Bakary Koné as their sixth foreign signing of the season.[26]

On 24 October 2020, the Blasters announced the signing of Australian forward Jordan Murray as their AFC affiliated player and final foreign signing of the season.[27]

November[edit]

On 7 November 2020, the Blasters announced its association with BYJU’S, the world’s largest Ed-Tech company, as their new title sponsor with an option to extend the sponsorship[28]

On 18 November, the Blasters announced Costa Nhamoinesu, Sergio Cidoncha, and Jessel Carneiro as the captains ahead of the new season with Nhamoinesu being the first choice captain.[29]

On 20 November 2020, the Blasters lost 1–0 to ATK Mohun Bagan in the 2020-21 ISL season opener.[30]

On 26 November 2020, the Blasters drew 2–2 against NorthEast United FC.[31]

On 29 November 2020, the Blasters had a goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC in the southern derby.[32]

Players[edit]

Note: The list contains all the players which all are registered by the club for the 2020-21 season

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK India IND Bilal Khan
3 DF India IND Sandeep Singh
4 DF Burkina Faso BFA Bakary Koné
5 DF India IND Nishu Kumar
6 MF India IND Prasanth K
7 MF India IND Seityasen Singh
8 MF India IND Rohit Kumar
9 FW Australia AUS Jordan Murray
10 MF Argentina ARG Facundo Pereyra
11 MF India IND Givson Singh
13 GK India IND Prabhsukhan Singh Gill
14 DF India IND Jessel Carneiro (Vice-captain)
15 MF India IND Jeakson Singh
16 MF India IND Nongdamba Naorem
17 MF India IND Rahul Kannoly Praveen
18 MF India IND Sahal Abdul Samad
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW India IND Shaiborlang Kharpan
20 MF India IND Ayush Adhikari
22 MF Spain ESP Sergio Cidoncha (3rd-captain)
24 DF India IND Abdul Hakku
25 MF Spain ESP Vicente Gómez
26 DF Zimbabwe ZIM Costa Nhamoinesu (Captain)
27 MF India IND Ritwik Das
30 MF India IND Arjun Jayaraj
32 GK India IND Albino Gomes
39 DF India IND Lalruatthara
45 DF India IND Denechandra Meitei
47 MF India IND Puitea
77 GK India IND Muheet Shabir
88 FW England ENG Gary Hooper
99 MF India IND Muktasana Sharma

Contract Extensions[edit]

No Player Position Contract Till Ref.
14 India Jessel Carneiro Left Back 2023 [33]
18 India Sahal Abdul Samad Central/Attacking Midfielder 2025 [34]
24 India Abdul Hakku Centre-back 2023 [35]
17 India Rahul Kannoly Praveen Winger 2025 [36]
8 India Seityasen Singh Right Midfielder/Right Winger 2022 [37]
11 India Prasanth K Winger 2021

Transfers[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Player Position No. Last Club Fee Ref.
08 July 2020 India Albino Gomes GK 32 India Odisha FC Free transfer [38]
15 July 2020 India Ritwik Das CM 23 India Real Kashmir FC Free transfer
22 July 2020 India Nishu Kumar LB/RB 22 India Bengaluru FC Free transfer [39]
05 August 2020 India Denechandra Meitei LB 45 India TRAU F.C. Free transfer
19 August 2020 India Givson Singh AM 27 India Indian Arrows 32 lakh (US$45,000)
22 August 2020 India Sandeep Singh CB/RB 5 India TRAU F.C. Free transfer
26 August 2020 India Rohit Kumar CM/DM 13 India Hyderabad FC Free transfer
02 September 2020 Argentina Facundo Pereyra AM/SS 7 CyprusApollon Limassol FC Free transfer
09 September 2020 India Prabhsukhan Singh Gill GK 47 India Bengaluru FC Free transfer
16 September 2020 India Puitea MF/RW 30 India Northeast United FC Free transfer
23 September 2020 Spain Vicente Gómez Umpiérrez DM 4 Spain Deportivo de La Coruña Free transfer
5 October 2020 England Gary Hooper FW 9 Australia Wellington Phoenix FC Free transfer
10 October 2020 Zimbabwe Costa Nhamoinesu CB/LB 26 Czech Republic AC Sparta Prague Free transfer
21 October 2020 Burkina Faso Bakary Koné CB 3 Free Agent Free transfer
24 October 2020 Australia Jordan Murray FW 25 Australia Central Coast Mariners FC Free transfer

Promotion from reserves and youth[edit]

Date Player Position No. Promoted From Ref.
09 October 2020 India Naorem Mahesh Singh FW India Kerala Blasters B (U21) [40]
09 October 2020 India Nongdamba Naorem MF India Kerala Blasters B [40]
09 October 2020 India Shaiborlang Kharpan FW India Kerala Blasters B [40]
09 October 2020 India Ayush Adhikari MF India Kerala Blasters B [40]
09 October 2020 India Gotimayum Muktasana Sharma MF India Kerala Blasters B [40]
09 October 2020 India Muheet Shabir GK India Kerala Blasters C (U18) [40]

Loan Returns[edit]

Position No. Player From
LW 19 India Nongdamba Naorem India Mohun Bagan A.C.
ST 10 Slovenia Matej Poplatnik Hungary Kaposvári Rákóczi FC

Loan Outs[edit]

Position No. Player To
GK 26 India Lovepreet Singh India Sudeva Delhi FC
FW 23 India Naorem Mahesh Singh India Sudeva Delhi FC

Transfers Out[edit]

Exit Date Player Position No. To Fee Ref.
21 May 2020 India Sandesh Jhingan DF 21 India ATK Mohun Bagan FC Free transfer
22 May 2020 India Samuel Lalmuanpuia MF 27 India Odisha FC Free Transfer
27 June 2020 India Pritam Kumar Singh DF 23 India East Bengal FC Free Transfer
4 July 2020 Serbia Slaviša Stojanovic FW 8 Serbia OFK Bačka Free Transfer
8 July 2020 Slovenia Matej Poplatnik FW 10 ScotlandLivingston FC Undisclosed [41]
13 August 2020 India Halicharan Narzary LW 19 India Hyderabad FC Free Transfer [42]
28 August 2020 Nigeria Bartholomew Ogbeche FW 10 India Mumbai City FC Free transfer
08 September 2020 India TP Rehenesh GK 13 India Jamshedpur FC Free transfer [43]
24 September 2020 Cameroon Raphaël Messi Bouli FW 28 China Heilongjiang Lava Spring FC Free transfer [44]
25 September 2020 India Shibinraj Kunniyil GK 42 India Churchill Brothers S.C. Free transfer
4 October 2020 India Darren Caldeira MF 15 Free Agent
4 October 2020 Spain Mario Arqués MF 6 Free Agent
27 October 2020 North Macedonia Vlatko Drobarov DF 33 Bulgaria PFC Cherno More Varna Free transfer [45]
4 October 2020 Senegal Moustapha Gning MF 7 Spain SD Ejea Free transfer [46]
4 October 2020 India Mohammad Rakip DF 2 India Mumbai City FC Free transfer
5 November 2020 Netherlands Gianni Zuiverloon DF 51 Netherlands ADO Den Haag Free transfer [47]
4 October 2020 India Mohammed Rafi FW 20 Free Agent
4 October 2020 India Raju Gaikwad DF 5 Free Agent
27 October 2020 Brazil Jairo Rodrigues DF 3 Portugal G.D. Fabril Free transfer [48]

Management[edit]

As of 25 April 2020
Role Name
Head Coach/Manager Spain Kibu Vicuña[49]
Assistant Coach Poland Tomasz Tchórz[50]
Assistant Coach India Ishfaq Ahmed[51]
Sporting Director Lithuania Karolis Skinkys[52]
Physical Trainer Lithuania Paulius Ragauskas[50]
Goalkeeping Coach India Yusuf Ansari[53]
Tactical & Analytical Coach Spain David Ochoa[50]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Cancelled

Owing the COVID-19 pandemic, all the clubs including Kerala Blasters FC couldn't have a proper preseason. The preseason time was cut short this season. The Blasters began their preseason against one of their fellow Indian Super League opponent, Hyderabad FC on 25 October 2020. Both squads had fielded Indian players only as the foreign players were on quarantine. In the end, the Blasters beat Hyderabad 2-0 with Rahul K.P. netting both the goals.


25 October 2020 Friendly India Kerala Blasters 2 - 0 India Hyderabad Goa, India
16:00 IST Rahul Praveen Goal' Goal' Stadium: Tilak Maidan
Attendance: Closed Doors
30 October 2020 Friendly India Kerala Blasters 0 - 0 India Mumbai City Goa, India
14:00 IST Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
10 November 2020 Friendly India Kerala Blasters 1 - 3 India East Bengal Goa, India
16:00 IST Hooper Goal Pilkington Goal Goal
Yumnam Goal
Stadium: Tilak Maidan
Attendance: Closed Doors
14 November 2020 Friendly India Kerala Blasters 3 - 0 India Jamshedpur Goa, India
16:00 IST Sahal Goal
Hooper Goal
Lourenco (o.g.)
Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Competition First match Last match Starting round Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Super League 20 November 2020 (2020-11-20) 2021 (2021) Matchday 1 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 000.00
Super Cup 2021 (2021) 2021 (2021) TBA 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Total 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 000.00

Last updated: 29 November 2020 (2020-11-29).

Source: Competitions

Indian Super League[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ATK Mohun Bagan 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Qualification for 2022 AFC Champions League and ISL playoffs
2 Mumbai City 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6 Advance to ISL playoffs
3 NorthEast United 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
4 Hyderabad 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
5 Chennaiyin 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
6 Bengaluru 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
7 Goa 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
8 Jamshedpur 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
9 Kerala Blasters 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
10 Odisha 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
11 East Bengal 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2020. Source: Indian Super 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; 5) number of goals scored; 6) fair play ranking; 6) drawing of lots


League Results by round[edit]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920
ResultLDD
League Position1187
Updated to match(es) played on 26 November 2020. Source: Matchday
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

League Matchdays[edit]

20 November 2020 01 Kerala Blasters 0 - 1 ATK Mohun Bagan Goa, India
19:30 IST Samad Yellow card 73'
Pereyra Yellow card 89'
Report Halder Yellow card 38'
Garcia Yellow card 42'
Krishna Goal 67'
Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
Referee: Crystal John
Man of the Match: Krishna (ATKMB)
26 November 2020 02 Kerala Blasters 2 - 2 Northeast United Goa, India
19:30 IST Cido Goal 5'
Rohit Yellow card 37'
Hooper Goal 45+1' (pen.)
Seityasen Yellow card 48'
Report Appiah Goal 51'
Gurjinder Yellow card 72'
Sylla Goal 90'
Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
Referee: Ranjit Baksi
Man of the Match: Fox (NEUFC)
29 November 2020 03 Chennaiyin 0 - 0 Kerala Blasters Goa, India
19:30 IST Reagan Yellow card 20'
Kone Yellow card 45'
Cido Yellow card 74'
Prasanth Yellow card 83'
Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
Referee: Rahul Kumar Gupta
Man of the Match: Albino (KBFC)
06 December 2020 04 Goa v Kerala Blasters Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: Fatorda
Attendance: Closed Doors
13 December 2020 05 Bengaluru v Kerala Blasters Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: Fatorda
Attendance: Closed Doors
20 December 2020 06 Kerala Blasters v East Bengal Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
27 December 2020 07 Kerala Blasters v Hyderabad Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
02 January 2021 08 Mumbai City v Kerala Blasters Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
07 January 2021 09 Kerala Blasters v Odisha Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: GMC Stadium, Bambolim
Attendance: Closed Doors
10 January 2021 10 Jamshedpur v Kerala Blasters Goa, India
19:30 IST Stadium: Tilak Maidan
Attendance: Closed Doors

* Rest of the fixtures are yet to be announced

Statistics[edit]

All stats are as of 29 November 2020

Squad appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Super League Super Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK India Bilal Khan 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK India Prabhsukhan Singh Gill 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 GK India Albino Gomes 3 0 3 0 0 0
77 GK India Muheet Shabir 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
3 DF India Sandeep Singh 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF Burkina Faso Bakary Kone 3 0 3 0 0 0
5 DF India Nishu Kumar 2 0 2 0 0 0
45 DF India Denechandra Meitei 1 0 1 0 0 0
14 DF India Jessel Carneiro 3 0 3 0 0 0
24 DF India Abdul Hakku 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF Zimbabwe Costa Nhamoinesu 3 0 3 0 0 0
39 DF India Lalruatthara 1 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF India K Prasanth 3 0 3 0 0 0
7 MF India Seityasen Singh 3 0 3 0 0 0
8 MF India Rohit Kumar 2 0 2 0 0 0
10 MF Argentina Facundo Pereyra 3 0 3 0 0 0
11 MF India Givson Singh 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF India Jeakson Singh 3 0 3 0 0 0
18 MF India Sahal Abdul Samad 1 0 1 0 0 0
20 MF India Ayush Adhikari 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF Spain Sergio Cidoncha 3 1 3 1 0 0
25 MF Spain Vicente Gómez 2 0 2 0 0 0
27 MF India Ritwik Das 1 0 1 0 0 0
47 MF India Puitea 2 0 2 0 0 0
99 MF India Muktasana Sharma 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Australia Jordan Murray 3 0 3 0 0 0
16 FW India Nongdamba Naorem 2 0 2 0 0 0
17 FW India Rahul KP 1 0 1 0 0 0
19 FW India Shaiborlang Kharpan 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 FW England Gary Hooper 3 1 3 1 0 0

Squad statistics[edit]

League Cup Total
Games Played 3 0 3
Games Won 0 0 0
Games Drawn 2 0 2
Games Lost 1 0 1
Goals Scored 2 0 2
Goals Conceded 3 0 3
Goal Difference -1 0 -1
Clean Sheets 1 0 1
Goals by Substitutes 0 0 0
Yellow Cards 7 0 7
Red Cards 0 0 0

Players Used: 20

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank No. Pos. Nation Name League Cup Total
1 88 FW England Gary Hooper 1 0 1
1 22 MF Spain Sergio Cidoncha 1 0 1
TOTAL 2 0 2

Assists[edit]

Rank No. Pos. Nation Name League Cup Total Assits
1 7 MF India Seityasen Singh 1 0 1

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank No. Nation Name League Cup Total Appearances
1 42 India Albino Gomes 1 0 1 3

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos. Nation Name League Cup Total
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
18 MF India Sahal Abdul Samad 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 MF Argentina Facundo Pereyra 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 MF India Seityasen Singh 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 MF India Rohit Kumar 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 MF Spain Sergio Cidoncha 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 DF Burkina Faso Bakary Koné 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
6 MF India K Prasanth 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

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