2013–14 I-League

The 2013–14 I-League (known as the Airtel I-League for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the I-League, the top-tier Indian professional league for football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 21 September 2013, and ended on 28 April 2014.

I-League
Season2013–14
ChampionsBengaluru FC
RelegatedMohammedan
AFC Champions LeagueBengaluru FC
AFC CupBengaluru FC
East Bengal
Matches played156
Goals scored402 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerCornell Glen
Sunil Chhetri
Darryl Duffy
(14 goals each)
Biggest home winMohun Bagan 4–0 United SC
(6 December 2013)
Sporting Goa 5–1 Shillong Lajong
(14 December 2013)
Dempo 4–0 Sporting Goa
(8 March 2014)
Rangdajied United 4–0 United SC
(9 March 2014)
Biggest away winShillong Lajong 0–4 East Bengal
(9 October 2013)
Highest scoringMohammedan 4–5 Shillong Lajong
(16 April 2014)
Longest winning run5 games
Salgaocar[1]
Longest unbeaten run8 games
East Bengal[1]
Longest losing run4 games
Salgaocar[1]
Highest attendance80,000[2]
Mohun Bagan 0–1 East Bengal
(24 November 2013)
Average attendance5,618[3]

Churchill Brothers were the defending champions, having won their second I-League title in the previous season.[4]

On 21 April 2014, Bengaluru FC were crowned champions with one game remaining, winning their first ever I-League title by defeating Dempo 2–4 at Fatorda Stadium. Bengaluru FC also created history by becoming the first team ever to win the I-League title in its debut season.[5] On 28 April 2014, Mohammedan were relegated from the I-League when Churchill Brothers defeated Salgaocar 2–1, and hence survived relegation. Churchill Brothers also avoided being the first defending champions to be relegated.[6]

During the season, Maria Rebello became the first woman referee internationally to officiate in a country's premier league match when she officiated in Pune vs Shillong Lajong on 8 March 2014.[7]

Teams

A total of 13 teams are currently registered to start the new season. Ten clubs from the previous campaign, two promoted sides from the 2013 I-League 2nd Division and one new expansion team.

Rangdajied United as champions and Mohammedan as runners-up secured direct promotion from the 2nd Division.

United Sikkim and Air India were relegated, although Air India would not have been given a licence to compete in this edition after failing to fulfill the AIFF criteria. This same fate happened to ONGC who have also been left out of the coming season.

Mumbai Tigers was accepted into the league on 27 May 2013 but later withdrew citing unavoidable circumstances with only 20 days left into the start of the new season.[8][9]

Bengaluru was also accepted into the league and is based in Bangalore. One other consortium from Kerala, whose leading company is Eagles FC, also expressed interest in joining the league. It was also announced in late May that English club Queens Park Rangers also expressed interest but look to be prepared to enter for the 2014–15 season.[10]

On 29 August 2013, the AIFF decided to shut down Pailan Arrows and withdraw them from the coming season.[11] The league committee also announced in May 2013 to use a Conference Model, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The top-four from each Conference would advance to play the final round. But this was later dropped.[12]

On 20 September 2013, it was announced that the largest cellular service provider in India, Airtel, will be the title sponsor of I-League for the 2013–14 season.[13]

Venues and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Bengaluru FC Bangalore, Karnataka Bangalore Football Stadium 8,400[14]
Churchill Brothers Salcette, Goa Fatorda Stadium 24,000
Dempo Panjim, Goa Fatorda Stadium 24,000
East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Kalyani Stadium 10,000
Mohammedan 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
Pune Pune, Maharashtra Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Rangdajied United Shillong, Meghalaya Nehru Stadium 30,000
Salgaocar Vasco da Gama, Goa Tilak Maidan Stadium 16,000
Shillong Lajong Shillong, Meghalaya Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting Goa Panjim, Goa Duler Stadium 6,000
United SC Kolkata, West Bengal Kalyani Stadium 10,000

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Shirt sponsor Kit sponsor
Bengaluru FC Ashley Westwood Sunil Chhetri JSW none
Churchill Brothers Mariano Dias Lenny Rodrigues Churchill none
Dempo Arthur Papas Clifford Miranda Dempo Nike
East Bengal Armando Colaco Mehtab Hussain Kingfisher and SRMB TMT1 Shiv-Naresh
Mohammedan Sanjoy Sen R Dhanarajan EMTA Group2 none
Mohun Bagan Karim Bencherifa Odafe Okolie McDowell's No.1 Fila
Mumbai Khalid Jamil Zohib Amiri TEN HD Seven
Pune Mike Snoei Anas Edathodika Peninsula Adidas
Rangdajied United Herring Shangpliang Poibang Pohshna none Diadora
Salgaocar Derrick Pereira Francis Fernandes Salgaocar none
Shillong Lajong Thangboi Singto Minchol Son Aircel Adidas
Sporting Goa Óscar Bruzón Matthew Gonsalves Models none
United SC Ananta Kumar Ghosh Deepak Mondal T.H.P.L. none
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.

Transfers

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Bengaluru FC Expansion team Pre-season Ashley Westwood 2 July 2013[15]
Dempo Armando Colaco End of Contract 31 May 2013[16] Arthur Papas 1 June 2013[17]
East Bengal Trevor Morgan Mutual Agreement 12 May 2013[18] Marcos Falopa 12 June 2013[19]
Mohammedan Sanjoy Sen Resigned 10 May 2013[20] Abdul Aziz Moshood 10 June 2013[21]
Pune Derrick Pereira End of Contract 12 May 2013[22] Mike Snoei 12 May 2013[23]
Rangdajied United None1 Santosh Kashyap 6 June 2013[24]
Salgaocar Dave Booth End of Contract 12 May 2013[25] Derrick Pereira 12 May 2013[25]
East Bengal Marcos Falopa Resigned 13 November 2013[26] 10th (5 games in) Armando Colaco 20 November 2013[26]
Mohammedan Abdul Aziz Moshood Sacked 17 December 2013[27] 11th (13 games in) Sanjoy Sen 17 December 2013[27]
United SC Eelco Schattorie Resigned 27 January 2014[28] 9th (15 games in) Ananta Kumar Ghosh 15 February 2014[29]
Rangdajied United Santosh Kashyap Sacked 21 February 2014[30] 13th Herring Shangpliang 1 March 2014[31]
1. ^ Rangdajied United, during the 2013 I-League 2nd Division, were under the control of their General Secretary, Karsing Kurbah.[32]

Foreign players

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player Former Players1
Bengaluru FC John Johnson Curtis Osano Johnny Menyongar Sean Rooney
Churchill Brothers Cristian Lagos Abdelhamid Shabana Anthony Wolfe Daniell Zeleny Henri Antchouet
Amoreirinha

Hugo Machado
Ahmad Al Kaddour
Naser Al Sebai
Yasser Shahen

Dempo Simon Colosimo Tolgay Ozbey Beto Zohib Islam Amiri Billy Mehmet
Shinnosuke Honda
East Bengal Chidi Edeh Uga Okpara James Moga Ryuji Sueoka
Mohammedan Josimar Luciano Sabrosa Penn Orji Taro Hasegawa[33] Tolgay Ozbey
Mohun Bagan Echezona Anyichie Christopher Chizoba Odafe Okolie Katsumi Yusa Harrison Muranda
Mumbai Yusif Yakubu Henry Ezeh Ebi Sukore Ahmad Hatifi Sandjar Ahmadi
Zohib Islam Amiri
Pune Calum Angus Pierre Douhou Riga Mustapha Mirjan Pavlović James Meyer
Raul Fabiani
Rangdajied United Ranti Martins[34] Kim Song-Yong Lamine Tamba Yohei Iwasaki Edmar Figueira
Salgaocar Dudu Omagbemi Chika Wali Darryl Duffy Matthew Foschini Claude Gnakpa
Shillong Lajong Uilliams Taisuke Matsugae Cornell Glen Minchol Son
Sporting Goa Martins Ekwueme Ogba Kalu Nnanna Gonzalo Hinojal Boima Karpeh Arturo Navarro
United SC Eric Brown Waheed Adekunle[34] Bello Razaq Hasan Al Moustafa Ranti Martins
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs midway or after first half of the season.

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bengaluru FC (C) 24 14 5 5 42 28 +14 47 Qualification for 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2 East Bengal 24 12 7 5 39 23 +16 43 Qualification for 2015 AFC Cup group stage
3 Salgaocar 24 11 6 7 36 25 +11 39
4 Dempo 24 9 8 7 31 25 +6 35
5 Sporting Goa 24 9 7 8 34 34 0 34
6 Shillong Lajong 24 8 9 7 35 37 2 33
7 Pune 24 7 8 9 28 32 4 29
8 Mohun Bagan 24 6 10 8 23 24 1 28
9 Mumbai 24 5 13 6 31 32 1 28
10 United (R) 24 5 11 8 22 32 10 26 Excluded[lower-alpha 1]
11 Rangdajied United (R) 24 6 7 11 29 38 9 25
12 Churchill Brothers (R) 24 6 7 11 25 37 12 25
13 Mohammedan (R) 24 6 6 12 27 35 8 24 Relegation to 2015 I-League 2nd Division
Updated to match(es) played on 28 April 2014. Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored; 5) taking lots[36]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. United, Rangdajied United and Churchill Brothers were barred from I-League they failed to meet Asian Football Confederation's licensing criteria.[35]

Results

Home \ Away BFC CB DEM EB MSC MB MUM PFC RUFC SFC SLFC SCG USC
Bengaluru FC 3–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0
Churchill Brothers 1–3 1–4 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–2
Dempo 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–3 4–0 1–2
East Bengal 2–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 0–0 2–1 1–1
Mohammedan 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 0–1 4–5 3–1 0–0
Mohun Bagan 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–0
Mumbai 2–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–1 1–1
Pune 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1
Rangdajied United 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 4–0
Salgaocar 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 0–0
Shillong Lajong 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–4 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Sporting Goa 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–3 5–1 1–0
United SC 1–3 3–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1
Source: Results
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

As of 28 April 2014[37]

Hat-tricks

Player Club Against Result Date
Kalu Ogba
Sporting Goa
Shillong Lajong
5—1 14 December 2013
Tolgay Özbey 4
Dempo
Churchill Brothers
4—1 28 March 2014
Yusif Yakubu
Mumbai
Churchill Brothers
4—2 13 April 2014
Cornell Glen
Shillong Lajong
Mohammedan
5—4 16 April 2014

4 Player scored 4 goals

Disciplinary

Fair play

The Fair Play qualities of the participating teams and which are pertinent to the spectators will be evaluated using the FIFA Fair Play evaluation form.[38] Salgaocar led the Fair Play rankings at the end of the season.[39]

Rank Team Games Total Points
1
Salgaocar
24
1904.643
2
United SC
24
1850.357
3
Rangdajied United
24
1841.429
4
Mumbai
24
1839.286
5
Dempo
24
1824.286
6
Bengaluru FC
24
1816.571
7
East Bengal
24
1813.514
8
Shillong Lajong
24
1797.143
9
Mohun Bagan
24
1788.214
10
Pune
24
1760.357
11
Mohammedan
24
1744.286
12
Sporting Goa
24
1719.286
13
Churchill Brothers
24
1672.071

Average attendance

Average attendance at the various clubs were as follows:[2][3]

Rank Team Average attendance
1
Mohun Bagan
17,068
2
Shillong Lajong
11,308
3
East Bengal
8,667
4
Rangdajied United
7,687
5
Mohammedan
7,083
6
Bengaluru FC
7,038
7
Pune
2,586
8
Dempo
2,542
9
Churchill Brothers
2,450
10
Salgaocar
2,421
11
United SC
2,250
12
Sporting Goa
1,608
13
Mumbai
321
League Average
5618

Awards

AIFF Awards

All India Football Federation awarded the following awards for the I-League season, voted by all the captains and the coaches of all the participating clubs.[40]

FPAI Awards

Football Player's Association of India awarded the following award for the season[41]

Number of teams by state

State No. of teams Teams City
West Bengal
4
East Bengal
Kolkata
Mohammedan
Mohun Bagan
United SC
Goa
4
Dempo
Panaji
Sporting Goa
Churchill Brothers
Salcette
Salgaocar
Vasco da Gama
Meghalaya
2
Rangdajied United
Shillong
Shillong Lajong
Maharashtra
2
Mumbai
Mumbai
Pune
Pune
Karnataka
1
Bengaluru FC
Bangalore

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