2014–15 I-League

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I-League
Season2014–15
Champions Mohun Bagan
Relegated Dempo
AFC Champions League Mohun Bagan
AFC Cup Bengaluru FC
Matches played110
Goals scored280 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Ranti Martins (East Bengal)
(17 goals)
Biggest home win Salgaocar 5–1 Bharat FC
(24 May 2015)
Shillong Lajong 5–1 East Bengal
(30 May 2015)
Sporting Goa 4–0 Pune
(30 May 2015)
Biggest away win Mumbai 0–6 Shillong Lajong
(3 April 2015)
Highest scoring Pune 5–2 Shillong Lajong
(29 January 2015)
Mohun Bagan 4–3 Shillong Lajong
(27 February 2015)
Longest winning run Bengaluru FC
Pune
Royal Wahingdoh
Mumbai
Mohun Bagan
Sporting Goa
(3 games)
Longest unbeaten run Bengaluru FC
(13 games)
Longest winless run Sporting Goa
(13 games)
Longest losing run Salgaocar
(4 games)
Highest attendance57,780 (Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal)
(28 March 2015)
Average attendance5,909 [1]
2015–16
All statistics correct as of 31 May 2015.

The 2014–15 I-League (known as the Hero I-League for sponsorship reasons) is the eighth season of the I-League, the Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 17 January 2015, after the conclusion of the Federation Cup and finished on 31 May 2015 with a title deciding match between defending champions Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan scored a late equalising goal to win the championship by two points. It was to be their first I-League title and fourth Indian championship in total [2] [3]

Contents

Teams

The official number of teams for the new season will be eleven. After the success of the leagues first direct-entry side, Bengaluru FC, the All India Football Federation held bidding for new teams from 15 May to 2 June 2014 with cities such as Chennai and Ahmedabad in the running. [4] At the same time the federation would review the AFC Club Licensing Criteria and any club which failed to pass the criteria will be banned from entering the league. [4]

On 22 May 2014 the All India Football Federation officially announced that former I-League champions Churchill Brothers, Rangdajied United, and United S.C had been axed from the 2014–15 season for failing to pass the club licensing criteria. [5] Then, in August 2014, it was announced that the AIFF had awarded a direct-entry spot to the Kalyani Group and that they would start a team based in Pune. [6] The team was officially launched in November 2014 as Bharat FC. [7]

In terms of promotion and relegation, Mohammedan were relegated from the I-League the previous season, while Royal Wahingdoh were promoted after winning the 2014 I-League 2nd Division. [8] [9] This would be Wahingdoh's first season in the I-League after remaining unbeaten through the entire 2nd Division campaign. [9]

Stadiums and locations

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Pune
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Goa
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Kolkata
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Shillong
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Kolkata teams
East Bengal
Mohun Bagan
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Pune teams
Pune
Bharat FC
Locations of the 2014–15 I-League teams
Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
TeamStadiumCapacity
Bengaluru FC Sree Kanteerava Stadium 24,000
Bharat FC Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Dempo Fatorda Stadium 19,800
East Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 68,000 [10]
Mohun Bagan Salt Lake Stadium 68,000 [10]
Mumbai Cooperage Ground 5,000
Pune Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
Royal Wahingdoh Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Salgaocar Fatorda Stadium 19,800
Shillong Lajong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting Goa Fatorda Stadium 19,800

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.

TeamHead coachCaptainMain Sponsor
Bengaluru FC Flag of England.svg Ashley Westwood Flag of India.svg Sunil Chhetri JSW Group
Bharat FC Flag of England.svg Stuart Watkiss Flag of India.svg Gouramangi Singh Kalyani Group
Dempo Flag of England.svg Trevor Morgan Flag of England.svg Calum Angus Dempo
East Bengal Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eelco Schattorie Flag of India.svg Harmanjot Khabra Kingfisher
Mohun Bagan Flag of India.svg Sanjoy Sen Flag of India.svg Shilton Pal McDowell's No.1
Mumbai Flag of India.svg Khalid Jamil Flag of India.svg Climax Lawrence Playwin
Pune Flag of Morocco.svg Karim Bencherifa Flag of India.svg Anas Edathodika Peninsula
Royal Wahingdoh Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap Flag of India.svg Lalchhawnkima Imperial Blue
Salgaocar Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira Flag of India.svg Karanjit Singh Salgaocar
Shillong Lajong Flag of India.svg Thangboi Singto Flag of North Korea.svg Son Min-chol Gionee
Sporting Goa Flag of India.svg Mateus Costa Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Anthony Wolfe Models

Head coaching changes

TeamOutgoing head coachManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming head coachDate of appointment
Mohun Bagan Flag of Morocco.svg Karim Bencherifa Sacked29 April 2014 [11] Pre-season Flag of India.svg Sankarlal Chakraborty27 July 2014 [12]
Pune Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mike Snoei Sacked30 May 2014 [13] Flag of Morocco.svg Karim Bencherifa 10 June 2014 [14]
Royal Wahingdoh Flag of India.svg Nandakumar SinghUnknown25 October 2014 [15] Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap 25 October 2014 [15]
Bharat FCNew team Flag of England.svg Stuart Watkiss 4 November 2014 [16]
Sporting Goa Flag of Spain.svg Óscar Bruzón Mutual Consent4 December 2014 [17] Flag of India.svg Mateus Costa Unknown [18]
Mohun Bagan Flag of India.svg Sankarlal ChakrabortyUnknown8 December 2014 [19] Flag of India.svg Sanjoy Sen 8 December 2014 [19]
East Bengal Flag of India.svg Armando Colaco Sacked19 February 2015 [20] 4th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eelco Schattorie 19 February 2015 [21]
Dempo Flag of Australia (converted).svg Arthur Papas Mutual Consent2 March 2015 [22] 8th Flag of England.svg Trevor Morgan 3 March 2015 [23]

Foreign players

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

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3AFC Player
Bengaluru FC Flag of England.svg John Johnson Flag of England.svg Josh Walker Flag of Kenya.svg Curtis Osano Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sean Rooney
Bharat FC Flag of Benin.svg Romuald Boco Flag of England.svg Bobby Hassell Flag of New Zealand.svg Kris Bright Flag of Palestine.svg Omar Jarun
Dempo Flag of Afghanistan.svg Zohib Islam Amiri Flag of Costa Rica.svg Carlos Hernández Flag of England.svg Calum Angus Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tolgay Özbey
East Bengal Flag of New Zealand.svg Leo Bertos Flag of Nigeria.svg Ranti Martins Flag of Nigeria.svg Dudu Omagbemi Flag of Australia (converted).svg Milan Susak
Mohun Bagan Flag of Cameroon.svg Pierre Boya Flag of Haiti.svg Sony Norde Flag of Nigeria.svg Bello Razaq Flag of Japan.svg Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai Flag of Brazil.svg Josimar Flag of Nigeria.svg Chika Wali Flag of Japan.svg Taisuke Matsugae
Pune Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Sabrosa Flag of Montenegro.svg Darko Nikač Flag of Portugal.svg Edgar Marcelino Flag of Japan.svg Ryuji Sueoka
Royal Wahingdoh Flag of Liberia.svg Bekay Bewar Flag of Nigeria.svg Loveday Enyinnaya Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Densill Theobald Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Seng-yong
Salgaocar Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Douhou Pierre Flag of Scotland.svg Darryl Duffy Flag of Zambia.svg Francis Kasonde Flag of Yemen.svg Khaled Baleid
Shillong Lajong Flag of Brazil.svg Uilliams Flag of Nigeria.svg Penn Orji Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Cornell Glen Flag of North Korea.svg Son Min-chol
Sporting Goa Flag of Nigeria.svg Odafa Okolie Flag of Portugal.svg Miguel Garcia Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Anthony Wolfe Flag of Syria.svg Mahmoud Amnah

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Mohun Bagan (C)2011633316+1739Qualification for AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2 Bengaluru FC 2010733519+1637Qualification for AFC Cup group stage [lower-alpha 1]
3 Royal Wahingdoh 208662727030
4 East Bengal 208573028+229 [lower-alpha 2]
5 Pune 208572426229 [lower-alpha 2]
6 Mumbai 205962227524 [lower-alpha 3]
7 Salgaocar 2073102527224 [lower-alpha 3]
8 Sporting Goa 205872227523 [lower-alpha 4]
9 Shillong Lajong 206593429+523 [lower-alpha 4]
10 Dempo (R)20310715261119Relegation to I-League 2nd Division
11 Bharat FC 20461013281518 [lower-alpha 5]
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) play-off match.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Bengaluru FC, as the winner of 2014–15 Federation Cup, qualified for the 2016 AFC Cup
  2. 1 2 East Bengal ahead on goal difference, head-to-head record being the same; Pune 2–3 East Bengal
    East Bengal 1–2 Pune
  3. 1 2 Mumbal ahead on head-to-head goal difference; Mumbai–Salgaocar 3–0, Salgaocar–Mumbai 3–1
  4. 1 2 Sporting Goa ahead on head-to-head record; Sporting Goa–Shillong Lajong 1–1, Shillong Lajong–Sporting Goa 1–2
  5. Bharat FC were not relegated as they had relegation immunity for two years. [24]

Results

Home \ Away BFC KBFC DEM EB MB MUM PFC RWFC SFC SLFC SCG
Bengaluru FC 1–00–03–01–11–11–33–33–12–04–1
Bharat FC 0–20–00–31–00–21–01–22–01–11–0
Dempo 1–10–01–51–10–01–23–20–00–23–0
East Bengal 1–01–13–1 1–1 1–11–22–01–02–12–2
Mohun Bagan 4–12–02–0 1–0 3–11–02–03–10–02–0
Mumbai 1–12–10–12–11–11–12–13–00–60–0
Pune 0–21–10–02–30–23–21–01–05–21–1
Royal Wahingdoh 0–41–11–11–03–21–12–04–21–12–0
Salgaocar 0–15–12–03–10–03–11–10–12–10–2
Shillong Lajong 1–13–13–05–13–41–00–11–21–31–2
Sporting Goa 1–32–02–21–12–11–14–00–00–21–1
Updated to match(es) played on 31 May 2015. Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

As of 31 May 2015 [25]

Scoring

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef.
Flag of India.svg Thongkhosiem Haokip PuneShillong Lajong5–229 January 2015 [26]
Flag of Nigeria.svg Ranti Martins 5East BengalDempo5–11 March 2015 [27]
Flag of India.svg Satiyasen Singh Royal WahingdohSalgaocar4–23 May 2015 [28]
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Cornell Glen Shillong LajongBharat3–117 May 2015 [29]
Flag of Nigeria.svg Odafe Onyeka Okolie Sporting GoaPune4–030 May 2015 [30]
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Cornell Glen Shillong LajongEast Bengal5–130 May 2015 [31]

5 Player scored 5 goals

Discipline

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. East Bengal led the Fair Play rankings at the end of the season. [33]

RankTeamGamesTotal Points
1
East Bengal
20
1451.1
2
Royal Wahingdoh
20
1450.0
3
Pune
20
1438.6
4
Salgaocar
20
1427.5
5
Bharat FC
20
1415.0
6
Mumbai
20
1394.3
7
Shillong Lajong
20
1377.5
8
Bengaluru FC
20
1367.9
9
Dempo
20
1342.5
10
Mohun Bagan
20
1337.9
Sporting Goa
20
1337.9

Awards

AIFF Awards

All India Football Federation awarded the following awards for the I-League season. [34]

See also

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