2015–16 I-League

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I-League
Season2015–16
Champions Bengaluru FC
AFC Champions League Bengaluru FC
AFC Cup Mohun Bagan
Matches played72
Goals scored186 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Ranti Martins (12 goals)
Biggest home win Mohun Bagan 5–0 Bengaluru FC
(23 April 2016)
Biggest away win Salgaocar 0–3 Sporting Goa
(23 April 2016)
Highest scoring Sporting Goa 5–2 Shillong Lajong
(10 April 2016)
Longest winning run3 games
Bengaluru FC
East Bengal
Longest unbeaten run11 games
Mohun Bagan
Longest winless run10 games
Mumbai
Longest losing run4 games
Salgaocar
Highest attendance62,342
Mohun Bagan 1–1 East Bengal
(23 January 2016) [1]
2016–17
All statistics correct as of 24 April 2016.

The 2015–16 I-League was the ninth season of the I-League, the Indian professional football league, since its establishment in 2007. The season commenced on 9 January 2016, after the Indian Super League finished, and concluded on 24 April 2016. [2]

Contents

Bengaluru FC won their second I-League title after winning their first title in 2013–14. The defending champions Mohun Bagan finished second. Aizawl and DSK Shivajians entered the league for the first time in their history, Aizawl through promotion from the I-League 2nd Division and DSK Shivajians through a direct-entry spot.

Teams & Season Details

After the 2014–15 I-League season, three-time I-League champions, Dempo, were relegated to the I-League 2nd Division. [3] Mizo club, Aizawl, were promoted from the 2nd Division earlier in May following a 4–2 victory over Chanmari. [4] DSK Shivajians were announced as the direct-entry club for this season on 12 November 2015. [5]

In August 2015, it was first reported that Pune clubs, Pune, and Bharat F.C., the direct-entry side from the previous season, would be withdrawing from the I-League due to the lack of a "long-term vision" for the league. [6] Then, towards the end of October, it was announced that both Pune and Bharat FC had failed to compile to the AFC-licensing criteria needed to participate in the I-League. [7] On 21 November 2015, it was confirmed that Royal Wahingdoh, another debutant club from the previous season, were withdrawing from the league. [8]

Stadiums and locations

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Goa
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Kolkata
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Kolkata teams
East Bengal
Mohun Bagan
Locations of the 2015–16 I-League teams
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
TeamStadiumCapacity
Aizawl Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 20,000
Bengaluru FC Sree Kanteerava Stadium 24,000
DSK Shivajians Balewadi Sports Complex 22,000
East Bengal Salt Lake Stadium 68,000
Kanchenjunga Stadium 35,000
Mohun Bagan Salt Lake Stadium 68,000
Barasat Stadium 22,000
Mumbai Cooperage Ground 5,000
Salgaocar Tilak Maidan Stadium 12,000
Shillong Lajong Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000
Sporting Goa Fatorda Stadium 19,500

Personnel and kits

TeamHead coachCaptainKit SponsorShirt sponsor
Aizawl Flag of India.svg Jahar Das Flag of India.svg David Lalrinmuana VamosNorth East Consultancy Services
Bengaluru FC Flag of England.svg Ashley Westwood Flag of India.svg Sunil Chhetri Puma JSW
DSK Shivajians Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira Flag of Cameroon.svg Aser Pierrick Dipanda Nivia DSK Group
East Bengal Flag of England.svg Trevor Morgan Flag of India.svg Gurwinder Singh Shiv Naresh Kingfisher
Mohun Bagan Flag of India.svg Sanjoy Sen Flag of India.svg Shilton Paul Shiv NareshNone
Mumbai Flag of India.svg Khalid Jamil Flag of Japan.svg Taisuke Matsugae Nivia Playwin
Salgaocar Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap Flag of India.svg Karanjit Singh Shiv NareshSalgaocar
Shillong Lajong Flag of India.svg Thangboi Singto Flag of India.svg Aibor Khongjee Adidas Gionee
Sporting Goa Flag of India.svg Mateus Costa Flag of Nigeria.svg Odafa Onyeka Okolie NoneModels

Head coaching changes

TeamOutgoing head coachManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming head coachDate of appointment
East Bengal Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eelco Schattorie Mutual consent19 June 2015Pre-season Flag of India.svg Biswajit Bhattacharya 19 June 2015 [9]
Salgaocar Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira 26 June 2015 Flag of Scotland.svg Malky Thomson 26 June 2015 [10]
Aizawl Flag of India.svg Hmingthana Zadeng20 August 2015 Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Retamero Fraile 20 August 2015 [11]
DSK ShivajiansNew club Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira 20 August 2015 [12]
Salgaocar Flag of Scotland.svg Malky Thomson Mutual consent29 January 2016 [13] 9th Flag of India.svg Santosh Kashyap 29 January 2016 [14]
Aizawl Flag of Spain.svg Manuel Retamero Fraile Sacked7 February 2016 [15] 7th Flag of India.svg Jahar Das 7 February 2016 [15]
East Bengal Flag of India.svg Biswajit Bhattacharya Resigned11 April 2016 [16] 3rd Flag of England.svg Trevor Morgan 13 April 2016 [17]

Transfers

Foreign players

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to Five per team. A team could use Four foreign players on the field each game.

ClubPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Asian Player
Aizawl Flag of Liberia.svg Alfred Jaryan Flag of Nigeria.svg Emmanuel Chigozie Flag of Nigeria.svg Joel Sunday Flag of Japan.svg Yuta Kinowaki
Bengaluru FC Flag of England.svg John Johnson Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Collins Flag of Kenya.svg Curtis Osano Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Song-Yong
DSK Shivajians Flag of Cameroon.svg Aser Pierrick Dipanda Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Douhou Pierre Flag of Spain.svg Juan Quero Flag of Afghanistan.svg Zohib Islam Amiri
East Bengal Flag of France.svg Bernard Mendy Flag of Nigeria.svg Ranti Martins Flag of Nigeria.svg Bello Razaq Flag of South Korea.svg Do Dong-hyun
Mohun Bagan Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Sabrosa Flag of Haiti.svg Sony Norde Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Cornell Glenn Flag of Japan.svg Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai Flag of Japan.svg Ryuki Kozawa Flag of Liberia.svg Eric Brown Flag of North Korea.svg Son Min-chol Flag of Japan.svg Taisuke Matsugae
Salgaocar Flag of Brazil.svg Éder Monteiro Fernandes Flag of Scotland.svg Darryl Duffy Flag of Scotland.svg Martin Scott Flag of Cameroon.svg Calvin Mbarga
Shillong Lajong Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio Pena Flag of Brazil.svg Uilliams Flag of Nigeria.svg Penn Orji Flag of Japan.svg Yusuke Yamagata
Sporting Goa Flag of Nigeria.svg Loveday Enyinnaya Flag of Nigeria.svg Odafa Onyeka Okolie Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Densil Theobald Flag of Syria.svg Mahmoud Amnah

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Bengaluru FC (C)1610242417+732Qualification to Champions League qualifying play-off
2 Mohun Bagan 168623216+1630Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off [lower-alpha 1]
3 East Bengal 167452218+425
4 Sporting Goa 165742420+422Withdrew [lower-alpha 2]
5 Mumbai 164752019+119
6 Shillong Lajong 164661423918
7 Salgaocar [lower-alpha 3] 164481927816Withdrew [lower-alpha 2]
8 Aizawl [lower-alpha 4] 164481521616
9 DSK Shivajians [lower-alpha 5] 163671625915
Source: I-League
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.
Notes:
  1. Mohun Bagan qualified for the 2017 AFC Cup by winning the 2015–16 Federation Cup.
  2. 1 2 Sporting Goa and Salgaocar withdrew from I-League. [18]
  3. Salgaocar ahead on head to head record with a 1–1 draw and 1–0 win over Aizawl over the two legs.
  4. Aizawl were supposed to be relegated, but reinstated for 2016–17 season. [19]
  5. DSK Shivajians were given relegation immunity for three years. [20]

Result table

Home \ Away AFC BFC DSK KEB MB MUM LAJ SFC SCG
Aizawl 0–12–02–32–12–00–00–10–2
Bengaluru FC 1–04–13–10–21–03–02–01–2
DSK Shivajians 0–11–12–00–21–01–12–33–1
East Bengal 2–00–11–02–12–24–02–10–0
Mohun Bagan 3–15–03–31–12–01–14–21–0
Mumbai 2–22–04–00–00–02–12–12–2
Shillong Lajong 3–10–21–11–02–20–01–01–0
Salgaocar 1–11–21–13–11–32–21–00–3
Sporting Goa 1–12–20–01–31–13–25–21–1
Source: Results & Fixtures
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

As of 24 April 2016 [21]

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of Nigeria.svg Ranti Martins East BengalShillong Lajong4–09 February 2016 [22]
Flag of Scotland.svg Darryl Duffy SalgaocarDSK Shivajians3–214 February 2016 [23]
Flag of Nigeria.svg Ranti Martins East BengalAizawl3–212 March 2016 [24]

Awards

AIFF Awards

All India Football Federation awarded the following awards for the I-League season. [25]

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See also