2020–21 SC East Bengal season

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East Bengal
2020–21 season
OwnerShree Cement East Bengal Foundation
Head coach Robbie Fowler
Stadium Tilak Maidan Stadium [lower-alpha 1]
Indian Super League 9th
Top goalscorerLeague: Matti Steinmann (4 goals)
All: Matti Steinmann (4 goals)
Average home league attendance Closed doors [lower-alpha 1]
Biggest win East Bengal 3–1 Odisha
(3 January 2021)
  2019–20
2021–22  

The 2020–21 season was the 101st season of Sporting Club East Bengal. Established in 1920, the club completed its 100 years on 1 August 2020, with competitive matches occurring between November and March. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian football season started on 1 August 2020 and is supposed to end on 31 May 2021. East Bengal inked a partnership with Shree Cement as their principal investor in September and competed in the Indian Super League (ISL) for the first time. The club finished their first ISL season at the 9th position with 17 points.

Contents

Prior to the start of the season, East Bengal were very active in the transfer market. The club signed over 20 Indian players with many signing long-term contracts and being assigned to the reserve team. Robbie Fowler was appointed as the head coach of the team.

East Bengal's top goal scorer was Matti Steinmann with 4 goals from 17 matches. The club had 6 ISL Fans' Goal of the Week award from 5 players with 4 consecutive wins on week 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Background

East Bengal officially announced that Balwant had signed on a two-year contract with the team on 12 April 2020. [2] The next day the club signed former fullback Lalramchullova back from arch-rivals Mohun Bagan for the upcoming season [3] and also the services of Hyderabad FC defender Gurtej Singh. [4]

On 18 April, the club announced a triple signing for the upcoming season: goalkeeper Rafique Ali Sardar from Jamshedpur, and Wahengbam Angousana and Loken Meitei from TRAU. [5] The club announced the signing of three more Indian recruits: winger Bikash Jairu from Jamshedpur FC and midfielders Cavin Lobo and Sehnaj Singh from Punjab and ATK respectively, each on a two-year contract, on 28 April. [6] On 5 May, the club announced four more signings: goalkeeper Sankar Roy from Mohun Bagan, defenders Mohammed Irshad from Gokulam Kerala and Keegan Pereira from Jamshedpur and Girik Khosla from Punjab FC. [7] The club announced three more singings on 15 May: midfielders Eugeneson Lyngdoh from Bengaluru, Mohammed Rafique from Mumbai City and Milan Singh from NorthEast United for the upcoming season. [8] On 18 May, the club announced five more signings for the upcoming season: forward C. K. Vineeth from Jamshedpur, right-back Rino Anto from Bengaluru, left-back Pritam Kumar Singh from Kerala Blasters, Defenders Anil Chawan from ATK and Vikas Saini from Mohammedan Sporting. [9] [10] Francisco Bruto Da Costa joined East Bengal FC as the assistant manager on 30 July 2020 [11] [12] [13] The the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown led to the postponement of football season in the country. It was announced that the season will start on 1 August 2020 and will continue till 31 May 2021. [14]

ISL entry

Quess Corp announced that they would leave the joint venture at the end of the season in autumn 2019. [15] In January 2020 the arch rivals, Mohun Bagan entered the Indian Super League (ISL), the de-facto top tier of Indian Football, by merging with the defending ISL champions ATK, which added a pressure on the club on top of the financial woes. [16] [17] The club started searching for potential investors. Back in 2018, the club roped in Quess to participate in the ISL, but that didn't materialise. [15] There were rumours that the club would merge with Bhubaneshwar based ISL franchise, Odisha FC, but the club owner debunked them. [18] In March, during the ongoing 2019-20 I-League, the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown came in, which halted everything. Quess unilaterally activated the force majeure clause and terminated all players' and staffs' contracts a month before the official exit, i.e. 1 May 2020. [19] This was also the first time in Indian Football. [20] It was rumored that American consumer goods company Procter and Gamble would be the principle sponsor of the club and with them, EB would play ISL. [21] [22] After the football season was declared complete, the club signed around 20 players under pre-contracts, for the next season, but all of them were considered void, as the sporting rights weren't with the club. [23] [24] In June, AIFF enquired regarding the club ownership status post Quess separation for club licensing criteria. Otherwise East Bengal might not be able to play any recognised tournament. [25] [26] [27] The final termination, No Objection Certificate [27] and sporting right transfer was delayed, [28] [29] but on 17 July, the joint venture got terminated and the club got back the sporting rights from Quess East Bengal Pvt. Ltd. [30] [31] In the meantime, the former owner of Punjab FC, Ranjit Bajaj also expressed interest to buy the 70% shares. [16] [32] That month, a Singapore based company, USEL showed interest in the club, [33] [34] [35] but later backed off due to uncertainty of playing in ISL. [36] By the end of July, ISL governing body, Football Sports Development Limted (FSDL) unofficially stated that there would be no expansion in the 7th season during a meeting with the 10 ISL clubs. [37] [34] Then the club officials requested FSDL to consider the club's participation in this season and give some more time to finalise the investors. [38] The players of East Bengal's ASEAN Club Championship winning team wrote to the club saying that club's priority should be supporting COVID-19 afftected people and not playing ISL. This led to a controversy in the club. [37] Right after the club foundation day, AIFF secretary, Kushal Das aroused the speculation on EB's ISL joining and said "I want to say nothing is impossible. What steps East Bengal should take – I think it is very important that you have to change with time, you have to get professional people. You have to have different departments. You need to have a sponsor servicing department. The fact that Quess and East Bengal had to part ways was not a good thing," [39] On the foundation day of the club, i.e. 1 August, the club's assistant general secretary in a chat show stated "Whenever it is possible, we will play in the ISL. But we cannot say when we can join ISL. It is a legacy club and it has its heritage. But we have to change ourselves a bit and we are trying to reach that point and when that happens we will join ISL. But we cannot say when it will happen.” [40] On 12 August, the expansion of I-League was announced and AIFF vice-president mention 12 teams in the league, which included East Bengal. This further increased the speculation. [41] On 2nd Spetember 2020, the club and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the state secretariat Nabanna, announced Kolkata-based firm Shree Cement as the investor. [42] [43] [44] The next day, FSDL invited bids for interested clubs from Delhi, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Siliguri and Bhopal. [45] [46] On 15 September, the club officially confirmed that they had submitted the bid papers for entry to the 2020–21 Indian Super League. [47] This also unofficially confirmed the participation of East Bengal in the ISL. [48] The club was rebranded as Sporting Club East Bengal. [49] On 27 September, FSDL chairman, Nita Ambani announced East Bengal's move from the I-League to the Indian Super League in the 202021 season. [50] [51] [52] [53]

After ISL entry

The club announced that former India captain Renedy Singh would be the team's new assistant coach [54] and announced the Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was signed as the team's new head coach on 9 October. [55] [56] He would be assisted by Anthony Grant, who was alongside him at Brisbane Roar last season. The backroom staff would also have former Tottenham Hotspurs' goalkeeper Bobby Mimms as the goalkeeper coach and former Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips as the set-piece coach. Robbie Fowler would be assisted by Michael Harding, the former physio of Newcastle United, Jack Inman - former sports scientist from Bury and Joseph Walmsley an analyst from Preston North End. [57] East Bengal became the first club in India to appoint a set-piece coach. [58]

East Bengal announced the signing of Australian defender Scott Neville on loan from Brisbane Roar for the season as the first official signing. He was also to be registered as the Asian foreigner for the Indian Super League campaign. [59] SC East Bengal also announced the signing of four more foreigners: Aaron Amadi-Holloway [60] from Brisbane Roar, Anthony Pilkington [60] and Danny Fox [61] from Wigan Athletic and Matti Steinmann [61] from Wellington Phoenix. The club also announced the signing of Indian national football team forward Jeje Lalpekhlua for the season. [61] On 19 October, East Bengal announced the signing of their sixth foreigner, Congolese winger Jacques Maghoma, who had played for EFL Championship side Birmingham City in the previous season. [62] The club also announced the signing of former left back Narayan Das from Odisha. [63]

During an online interaction with the club's social media handle, coach Robbie Fowler said: "We will look to develop a competitive team and try and develop Indian talent as well. We all hope the league can get better, the ISL and as management, we think we can better." [64] Later, the team management hired a sports psychologist, Nicola McCalliog to assist the team for the season. McCalliog had previously worked with several English Premier League sides and was also the Head of Player Welfare and Psychology at the Robbie Fowler Academy. [65] [66] [67]

Transfers

Incoming

No.Pos.NameSigned fromMonthFeeRef
34DF Flag of India.svg Novin Gurung Real Kashmir AprilFree Transfer [68]
15FW Flag of India.svg Balwant Singh ATK AprilFree Transfer [2]
3DF Flag of India.svg Gurtej Singh Hyderabad AprilFree Transfer [4]
27DF Flag of India.svg Lalramchullova Mohun Bagan AprilFree Transfer [3]
14MF Flag of India.svg Wahengbam Angousana TRAU AprilFree Transfer [5]
33MF Flag of India.svg Loken Meitei TRAU AprilFree Transfer [5]
13GK Flag of India.svg Rafique Ali Sardar Jamshedpur AprilFree Transfer [5]
23MF Flag of India.svg Bikash Jairu Jamshedpur AprilFree Transfer [6]
MF Flag of India.svg Cavin Lobo Punjab AprilFree Transfer [6]
26MF Flag of India.svg Sehnaj Singh ATK AprilFree Transfer [6]
28FW Flag of India.svg Girik Khosla Punjab MayFree Transfer [7]
66DF Flag of India.svg Mohammed Irshad Gokulam Kerala MayFree Transfer [7]
1GK Flag of India.svg Sankar Roy Mohun Bagan MayFree Transfer [7]
DF Flag of India.svg Keegan Pereira Jamshedpur MayFree Transfer [7]
35MF Flag of India.svg Milan Singh NorthEast United MayFree Transfer [8]
8MF Flag of India.svg Mohammed Rafique Mumbai City MayFree Transfer [8]
18MF Flag of India.svg Eugeneson Lyngdoh Bengaluru MayFree Transfer [8]
30FW Flag of India.svg C. K. Vineeth Jamshedpur MayFree Transfer [9]
DF Flag of India.svg Rino Anto Bengaluru MayFree Transfer [9]
5DF Flag of India.svg Anil Chawan ATK MayFree Transfer [9]
44DF Flag of India.svg Pritam Kumar Singh Kerala Blasters MayFree Transfer [9]
DF Flag of India.svg Vikas Sahni Mohammedan MayFree Transfer [9]
21DF Flag of India.svg Narayan Das Odisha OctoberFree Transfer [63]
24GK Flag of India.svg Debjit Majumder ATK OctoberFree Transfer [69]
16DF Flag of India.svg Rana Gharami Bengaluru United OctoberFree Transfer [69]
31DF Flag of India.svg Rohen Singh Classic Football AcademyOctoberFree Transfer [69]
17MF Flag of India.svg Yumnam Singh Bhawanipore OctoberFree Transfer [69]
29MF Flag of India.svg Surchandra Singh Mumbai City OctoberFree Transfer [69]
12FW Flag of India.svg Jeje Lalpekhlua Chennaiyin OctoberFree Transfer [61]
20MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Aaron Amadi-Holloway Brisbane Roar OctoberFree Transfer [60]
4DF Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Fox Wigan Athletic OctoberFree Transfer [61]
22FW Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington Wigan Athletic OctoberFree Transfer [60]
6MF Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann Wellington Phoenix OctoberFree Transfer [61]
19MF Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma Birmingham City OctoberFree Transfer [62]
34FW Flag of India.svg Harmanpreet Singh Indian Arrows NovemberFree Transfer [70]
44MF Flag of India.svg Haobam Tomba Singh Classic Football AcademyNovemberFree Transfer [71]
45DF Flag of England.svg Calum Woods FCU Manchester DecemberFree Transfer [72]
10FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare AEK Athens JanuaryFree Transfer [73]
55DF Flag of India.svg Ankit Mukherjee ATK Mohun Bagan JanuaryFree Transfer [74]
47DF Flag of India.svg Raju Gaikwad Kerala Blasters JanuaryFree Transfer [74]
40GK Flag of India.svg Suvam Sen United JanuaryFree Transfer [75]
70CB Flag of India.svg Sarthak Golui Mumbai City FebruaryFree Transfer [76]
88MF Flag of India.svg Sourav Das Mumbai City FebruaryFree Transfer [76]

Outgoing

No.Pos.NameSigned toMonthFeeRef
1GK Flag of India.svg Lalthuammawia Ralte Bengaluru JuneEnd of Loan [77]
4DF Flag of Costa Rica.svg Johnny Acosta Deportivo Saprissa JuneReleased [78]
5DF Flag of India.svg Kamalpreet Singh Odisha JuneReleased [79]
6DF Flag of India.svg Gurwinder Singh JuneReleased [80]
7MF Flag of India.svg Abhijit Sarkar Chennaiyin JuneEnd of Loan [81]
11MF Flag of India.svg Pintu Mahata Sudeva JuneReleased [82]
15DF Flag of India.svg Abhash Thapa Hyderabad JuneEnd of Loan [83]
16MF Flag of France.svg Kassim Aidara JuneReleased [84]
17MF Flag of India.svg Edmund Lalrindika Bengaluru JuneEnd of Loan [85]
18FW Flag of Spain.svg Marcos de la Espada CE L'Hospitalet JuneReleased [86]
23MF Flag of Spain.svg Juan Mera González CD Lealtad JuneReleased [87]
24MF Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Pérez Alonso JuneReleased [88]
26FW Flag of India.svg Bidyashagar Singh TRAU JuneReleased [89]
28DF Flag of India.svg Monotosh Chakladar PathachakraJuneEnd of Loan [90]
29DF Flag of India.svg Mehtab Singh Mumbai City JuneReleased [91]
40GK Flag of India.svg Rakshit Dagar Sudeva Delhi JuneReleased [92]
41DF Flag of India.svg Manoj Mohammed Mohammedan SeptemberReleased [93]
43MF Flag of India.svg PC Rohlupuia Mumbai City SeptemberReleased [94]
14MF Flag of India.svg Naorem Tondomba Singh Mumbai City SeptemberReleased [95]
DF Flag of India.svg Vikas Saini Churchill Brothers DecemberReleased [96]
8MF Flag of Spain.svg Jaime Santos Colado Palmaflor JanuaryReleased [97]
20MF Flag of India.svg Lalrindika Ralte Real Kashmir JanuaryReleased [98]
25DF Flag of India.svg Samad Ali Mallick Punjab JanuaryReleased [99]
37DF Flag of India.svg Abhishek Ambekar Punjab JanuaryReleased [99]
66DF Flag of India.svg Mohammed Irshad Sudeva Delhi JanuaryReleased [99]

Loan in

No.Pos.NameLoaned fromMonthEnd DateRef
2DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Neville Brisbane Roar OctoberEnd of Season [59]
56MF Flag of India.svg Ajay Chhetri Bengaluru JanuaryEnd of Season [100]
91GK Flag of India.svg Subrata Paul Hyderabad JanuaryEnd of Season [101]

Loan out

No.Pos.NameTeamMonthEnd DateRef
2DF Flag of India.svg Asheer Akhtar Mohammedan SeptemberEnd of season [102]
3DF Flag of India.svg Gurtej Singh Mohammedan JanuaryEnd of season [103]
13GK Flag of India.svg Rafique Ali Sardar Mohammedan JanuaryEnd of season [104]
30MF Flag of India.svg Brandon Vanlalremdika Aizawl JanuaryEnd of season [105]
1GK Flag of India.svg Sankar Roy Hyderabad JanuaryEnd of season [101]

Team

First-team squad

As of 1 February 2021

East Bengal announced their first-team squad on 20 October which included 22 domestic players. [69] They have also signed six foreign players who will be registered for the 2020–21 Indian Super League season. The following list consists of the registered players for the Indian Super League season. [106] Danny Fox was announced as the captain [107] of the side while Anthony Pilkington was announced as his deputy. [108]

No.NameNationalityPosition(s)Date of Birth (Age)
Goalkeepers
24 Debjit Majumder Flag of India.svg GK (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 33)
32 Mirshad Michu Flag of India.svg GK (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 27)
40Suvam Sen Flag of India.svg GK (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 31)
91 Subrata Paul Flag of India.svg GK (1986-11-24) 24 November 1986 (age 34)
Defenders
2 Scott Neville Flag of Australia (converted).svg CB/RB (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 32)
4 Danny Fox (captain) Flag of Scotland.svg CB (1986-05-29) 29 May 1986 (age 34)
16 Rana Gharami Flag of India.svg CB (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 30)
21 Narayan Das Flag of India.svg LB (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 27)
27 Lalramchullova Flag of India.svg LB/RB (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 25)
31 Rohen Singh Flag of India.svg CB (2003-01-03) 3 January 2003 (age 18)
47 Raju Gaikwad Flag of India.svg CB/RB (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 30)
55 Ankit Mukherjee Flag of India.svg RB (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24)
70 Sarthak Golui Flag of India.svg CB (1997-11-03) 3 November 1997 (age 23)
Midfielders
6 Matti Steinmann Flag of Germany.svg CDM (1995-01-08) 8 January 1995 (age 26)
8 Mohammed Rafique Flag of India.svg CM (1991-03-26) 26 March 1991 (age 30)
14 Wahengbam Angousana Flag of India.svg CM (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25)
17 Yumnam Singh Flag of India.svg LW (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 22)
18 Eugeneson Lyngdoh Flag of India.svg CM (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 34)
19 Jacques Maghoma Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg LW/AM (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 33)
20 Aaron Amadi-Holloway Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg MF (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 28)
22 Anthony Pilkington (vice-captain) Flag of Ireland.svg LW/RW/AM (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 32)
23 Bikash Jairu Flag of India.svg LW (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 30)
26 Sehnaj Singh Flag of India.svg CDM (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 27)
29 Surchandra Singh Flag of India.svg RW (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 27)
33 Loken Meitei Flag of India.svg LW (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 23)
35 Milan Singh Flag of India.svg CDM (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 28)
44 Haobam Tomba Singh Flag of India.svg CM (2003-02-17) 17 February 2003 (age 18)
56 Ajay Chhetri Flag of India.svg CDM (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 21)
88 Sourav Das Flag of India.svg CM (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 24)
Forwards
10 Bright Enobakhare Flag of Nigeria.svg FW (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 23)
12 Jeje Lalpekhlua Flag of India.svg FW (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 30)
15 Balwant Singh Flag of India.svg FW (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 34)
28 Girik Khosla Flag of India.svg FW (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 26)
30 C. K. Vineeth Flag of India.svg FW (1988-05-20) 20 May 1988 (age 32)
34 Harmanpreet Singh Flag of India.svg FW (2001-09-02) 2 September 2001 (age 19)

Other players under contract

Some newly contracted players, and players with existing contracts, were not registered in the first team squad. They are: [68] [69]

NameNationalityPositionDate of Birth (Age)
Prakash Sarkar Flag of India.svg MF 15 February 1997 (age 24)
Rino Anto Flag of India.svg DF 3 January 1988 (age 33)
Cavin Lobo Flag of India.svg MF 4 April 1988 (age 32)
Keegan Pereira Flag of India.svg DF 7 November 1987 (age 33)
Boithang Haokip Flag of India.svg MF 9 September 1991 (age 29)
Novin Gurung Flag of India.svg DF 28 April 1999 (age 21)
Pritam Kumar Singh Flag of India.svg DF 10 December 1995 (age 25)
Anil Chawan Flag of India.svg DF 27 April 1999 (age 21)
Calum Woods [72] Flag of England.svg DF 5 February 1987 (age 34)

Coaching staff

As of 19 March 2021
Robbie Fowler, the head coach of East Bengal for this season. Fowler, Robbie.jpg
Robbie Fowler, the head coach of East Bengal for this season.
PositionName
Head coach Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler
Assistant coach Flag of England.svg Anthony Grant
Flag of India.svg Renedy Singh
Set piece coach Flag of England.svg Terry McPhillips
Goalkeeping coach Flag of England.svg Bobby Mimms
Physio Flag of England.svg Michael Harding
Video analyst Flag of England.svg Joseph Walmsley
Sports scientist Flag of England.svg Jack Inman
Psychologist Flag of England.svg Nicola McCalliog

Kit

East Bengal signed Indian apparel brand TYKA Sports as the new kit sponsors for the 2020–21 season. [109] [110] On 2 November, the club launched all three sets of the kits for the 2020–21 season, each one depicting a symbol for the club and Bengal. The home colours are the iconic red and gold and the kit depicts the flames of the Torch or "Mashal", the club's emblem. The away colours are blue and white, depicting the scales of Hilsa or "Ilish", the fish which is associated with the Bangal family. It also shows the rivers and waters that flow between and connect the Eastern and Western parts of Bengal, providing life to the people. The third kit is black with golden stripes, symbolising the Sunderbans and its famous inhabitant, the Royal Bengal Tiger. [111] [112] [113]

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Third

Pre-season

East Bengal team and coach Robbie Fowler along with his coaching staff reached Goa on 16 October for the pre-season preparation. [114] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the team spent 14 days in quarantine in the team hotel before beginning pre-season training. [115] [116] The first practice session under Fowler began on 30 October 2020, having just four weeks to prepare before the season opener against ATK Mohun Bagan. East Bengal management acquired the Sesa Football Academy ground for the season as their home base for training. [117]

On 10 November, East Bengal faced Kerala Blasters in their first pre-season practice game and won 31 courtesy of a brace from Anthony Pilkington in the first half which put the Red and Gold brigade 20 ahead at half time. In the second half Gary Hooper pulled one back for the Blasters, but Yumnam Singh scored the third for East Bengal who won 3–1. [118] [119]

Pre-season friendlies

  Win  Draw  Loss

10 November 2020Friendly East Bengal 3–1 Kerala Blasters Goa
16:00 IST
Report Hooper Soccerball shade.svgStadium: Peddem Sports Complex

Competitions

Overall

CompetitionFirst matchLast matchFinal Position
Indian Super League 27 November 202027 February 2021 9th

Overview

CompetitionRecord
PldWDLGFGAGDWin %
Indian Super League 203892233−11015.00
Total203892233−11015.00

Last updated: 27 February 2021

Source: Competitions

Indian Super League

Summary

East Bengal officially joined the Indian Super League as the 11th team after successful acceptance of bid-documents by the FSDL. This is the first time the team has played in the ISL, led by Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler as manager. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 Indian Super League season was held entirely at Goa under a secured bio-bubble. [120] [121] The club was allotted the Tilak Maidan Stadium as their home ground for the season. [122]

November

East Bengal made their debut in the Indian Super League on 27 November against their arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa. However, the Red and Gold brigade suffered a 02 defeat in their opening game courtesy of strikes from Roy Krishna and Manvir Singh for ATK Mohun Bagan. [123]

December

East Bengal faced Mumbai City in their second game campaign at the GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, on 1 December and were defeated 30, with Adam Le Fondre grabbing a brace and Hernan Santana scoring the third for the Islanders. East Bengal captain Danny Fox sustained a groin injury in the second minute of the game and had to leave the field. Le Fondre scored the first from a counter-attack in the 20th minute as Hugo Boumous set him up in front of an open net. The second goal came just after the restart from a spot-kick as Le Fondre was taken down by Debjit Majumder inside the box. The third goal came in the 58th minute from a set-piece movement as Hernan Santana scored unmarked from inside the penalty area. [124]

In the third match, the club faced NorthEast United on 5 December at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and suffered a hat-trick of losses as they went down 20. Controversially, the red and gold brigade were denied a penalty [125] early in the first half when Ashutosh Mehta tripped Jacques Maghoma inside the box, with Ashutosh already on a yellow, but referee Santosh Kumar ignored the calls. The opening goal came in the 33rd minute when a cross from the right flank struck Surchandra Singh and spun into his own net for an own-goal. The second goal came in the dying minutes of the game against the run of play from a counter-attack as Rochharzela tapped in from close range to make it 20 for the highlanders—a third consecutive defeat for East Bengal team, who had yet to score a goal in the campaign. [126]

East Bengal next faced Jamshedpur FC on 10 December in their fourth match of the campaign at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. Their first match in the Indian Super League was a hard-fought goalless draw, having played more than 70 minutes with only 10 men. Eugeneson Lyngdoh, who got his first start for East Bengal, was sent off with double bookings in the 25th minute of the game. The 10-man East Bengal team put up a valiant display to keep a clean sheet at the back, with Mohammed Irshad being awarded Hero of the Match for his excellent defensive display. [127]

East Bengal played Hyderabad FC on 15 December in their fifth game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and suffered yet another defeat as they went down 32. It was Jacques Maghoma who wrote his name in the history books by scoring the first-ever goal for East Bengal in the Indian Super League in the 26th minute to put them ahead. Hyderabad had the chance to equalise in the dying minutes of the first half as they were awarded a penalty kick, but Debjit Majumder saved Aridane Santana's spot-kick to keep the lead at halftime. Hyderabad rallied back into the game in the second half, however, as Aridane Santana scored two goals within 54 seconds to take the lead in the 56th minute. In the 69th minute, Halicharan Narzary tapped in the third for Hyderabad after Liston Colaco dribbled past the East Bengal defence to square it to him for the finish and take a two-goal lead. Jacques Maghoma did score another with a glancing header off Anthony Pilkington's set-piece in the 81st minute, but it was not enough as East Bengal suffered their fourth loss in five matches. [128]

East Bengal announced their eighth foreign signing for the season of English defender Calum Woods, who joined the side in Goa. However, he was not registered into the ISL squad immediately but kept as a back-up option. [72] Then the club faced Kerala Blasters next on 20 December at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim, and shared points after Kerala Blasters scored in the dying minutes to make it 11. East Bengal took the lead in the 13th minute after Mohammed Rafique's low grounder went inside the net after being deflected off Kerala Blasters defender Bakary Kone as an own-goal. East Bengal had a few more chances to bury the game but failed to utilise them. Kerala Blasters equalised in the 95th minute of the game, with Jeakson Singh scoring a header from inside the box. The red and gold brigade moved up a place to 10th after earning a single point from the game. [129]

East Bengal faced Chennaiyin next on 26 December at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, and in a thrilling contest, came from behind twice to draw 22 courtesy of a brace from German midfielder Matti Steinmann. Chennaiyin FC took the lead early in the 13th minute after Lallianzuala Chhangte scored from a fast counter-movement. East Bengal equalised in the second half in the 59th minute as Matti headed in from a corner-kick by Bikash Jairu. Chennaiyin FC once again took the lead just five minutes later in the 64th minute, with Rahim Ali finishing from close range to make it 21. However, once again, Matti Steinmann tapped home a rebound from Danny Fox's header from another corner by Bikash Jairu in the 68th minute. East Bengal remained win-less after seven matches in the Indian Super League with just three points. [130]

January

On 1 January, East Bengal announced the signing of 22-year-old Nigeria U-23 forward Bright Enobakhare, who last played for the famous Greek side AEK Athens. [73] On 2 January, East Bengal announced the double signing of Indian defenders Ankit Mukherjee from ATK Mohun Bagan and Raju Gaikwad, who played for Kerala Blasters last season. [74]

East Bengal faced Odisha FC on 3 January at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and grabbed their first win of the campaign with a score of 31. Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring for East Bengal in the 12th minute as he headed in from a long throw-in by Raju Gaikwad. Jacques Maghoma doubled the lead in the 39th minute with a powerful left-footed finish as he scored his third goal of the season. In the second half, debutant Bright Enobakhare scored the third in the 88th minute to seal the victory for the red and gold brigade. An own goal by Danny Fox was a consolation for Odisha in the 92nd minute but it was not enough as East Bengal got all three points for the first time in the season. [131]

The team faced FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium on 6 January and shared points with a 11 draw, even after playing with 10 men for more than 40 minutes in the second half. East Bengal had the better chances in the game, but Danny Fox and Matti Steinmann failed to convert the opportunities. Fox was given a straight red card in the 56th minute for dangerous play, but it was again the red and gold brigade who created more chances. In the 79th minute, Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare, who had his first start for the team, scored a goal after dribbling past five Goa players to finish the ball and put East Bengal ahead. [132] However, Goa equalised the score a minute later with a Devendra Murgaonkar header. Bright Enobakhare had put the ball inside the net once more, but it was ruled-off for a foul. [133] East Bengal managed to hold the Goans for the final minutes and shared points. They remain unbeaten in their last four matches with seven points on the table from nine games. [134]

East Bengal played Bengaluru on 9 January at the Fatorda Stadium in their last game of the first leg of the 2020–21 ISL and secured their second win of the campaign by a 10 margin. East Bengal had the red card decision on Danny Fox overturned by the disciplinary committee and the Red and Gold captain started the game. [135] The solitary strike came in the 20th minute as Matti Steinmann flicked in Narayan Das's low cross from close range. East Bengal remained unbeaten in five matches with this win and reached 10 points from as many games played. [136]

On 11 January, East Bengal signed United's goalkeeper Suvam Sen as a replacement for Rafique Ali Sardar, who went on loan to Mohammedan Sporting. [75] The team also announced the signing of the defensive midfielder Ajay Chhetri from Bengaluru on loan for the rest of the season. [100] [137]

The team played Kerala Blasters in the return fixture at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on 15 January and scored a last-minute equaliser to earn a 11 draw. Raju Gaikwad was injured during the warm-up and had to be replaced by Rana Gharami. The first half remained goalless, but it was Kerala Blasters who took the lead in the 56th minute as Jordan Murray scored past Debjit following a long ball from goalkeeper Albino Gomes. East Bengal found the equaliser in the dying moments at the 94th minute when Scott Neville headed home Bright Enobakhare's corner kick. East Bengal managed to keep their undefeated run alive and grab a point from the game. [138]

East Bengal played Chennaiyin on 18 January next at the GMC Stadium and managed to keep their unbeaten run ongoing with a 00 draw even after going down to 10-men in the 30th minute. Ajay Chhetri, who got his first start for the team, was given marching orders right after the half-hour mark after a double booking. East Bengal still managed to hold their fort with Man of the match Debjit Majumder making some vital saves late in the second half as East Bengal grabbed a point and remained undefeated in 7 matches in a row. [139]

The team played table-toppers Mumbai City on 22 January next at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and in a tightly contested game, succumbed to a 01 defeat courtesy of a solitary goal from Mumbai FC defender Mourtada Fall in the 27th minute. The red and gold brigade went all out in the second half as Danny Fox came close to equalise but failed. The seven-match undefeated streak for East Bengal came to an end with this defeat. [140]

On 26 January, East Bengal announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Subrata Paul on loan from Hyderabad. [101] The deal was a swap loan deal with East Bengal custodian Sankar Roy joined Hyderabad till the end of the season on loan. [141]

East Bengal played FC Goa next on 29 January at the Fatorda Stadium and managed to secure another 11 draw after trailing behind in the first half. Igor Angulo put Goa ahead in the 39th minute after Anthony Pilkington squandered a spot-kick early in the 2nd minute of the game. Skipper Danny Fox equalised for East Bengal in the 65th minute from a set-piece movement. Goa was down to 10-men in the 66th minute after Edu Bedia was given marching orders for double booking but East Bengal failed to capitalise on the opportunity and shared the points with yet another draw. [142]

February

On 1 February, on the transfer deadline day, East Bengal announced the double signing of defender Sarthak Golui and midfielder Sourav Das from Mumbai City. [76]

East Bengal played Bengaluru in their next match on 2 February at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and suffered a 02 defeat. Brazilian forward Cleiton Silva put Bengaluru ahead in the 12th minute with a left-footed finish. The blues doubled their lead in the 45th minute when Parag Shrivas side-footed the ball onto the sidebar, only to rebound and struck Debjit Majumder's legs to go in for an own-goal. Bengaluru could have further increased their lead in the second half as Sunil Chhetri hit the crossbar. This was the 6th defeat for the season for East Bengal, as they remained on 13 points from 15 matches. [143]

Coach Robbie Fowler was handed a 4-match ban and a fine by the tournament committee for making alleged "insulting remarks" on the match officials in the post-match interview of the Goa game. [144] [145]

East Bengal faced Jamshedpur next on 7 February at the Fatorda Stadium and won 21. Matti Steinmann put East Bengal ahead in the 65th minute with a glancing header off a Narayan Das corner. Anthony Pilkington doubled the lead in the 68th minute with a powerful shot after Steinmann played him inside the box. Peter Hartley pulled one back for Jamshedpur in the 83rd minute but the Red and Gold brigade managed to hold on to the lead and grab their third win of the campaign and move to 9th place. [146]

East Bengal faced Hyderabad next on 12 February at the Tilak Maidan Stadium and drew 11 to share points. Bright Enobakhare put East Bengal ahead in the 59th minute after being played through by Anthony Pilkington with a headed flick. Aridane Santana equalised for Hyderabad in the injury time to deny East Bengal all three points. Bright Enobakhare also had a genuine penalty shout turned down after been clearly taken down by Laxmikant Kattimani inside the box. With 8 draws and 3 wins, East Bengal remained in 9th place with 17 points. [147]

East Bengal played ATK Mohun Bagan next on 19 February in the return leg of the Kolkata Derby and suffered another defeat as the game ended 31 in favour of the green and maroons. Roy Krishna put ATK Mohun Bagan ahead in the 15th minute with a solo finish grabbing onto a long ball from Tiri. East Bengal equalised in the 41st minute as Tiri headed inside his own net for an own-goal from a Raju Gaikwad's long throw. In the second half, David Williams put ATK Mohun Bagan ahead once again following an error from East Bengal skipper Danny Fox in the 72nd minute and substitute Javi Hernandez doubled their lead in the 89th minute with a header as they secured a victory. [148]

After the last match of the season, Fowler stated "The planning has already started. As soon as the season ends, we automatically start planning for the next season. We just did not have enough time this year in terms of preparation. With the right recruitment and the right time frame on the training pitches, and with my ideas and methods of the way we want to play, we can do better." [149]

League Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
7 Bengaluru 205782628222
8 Chennaiyin 2031161723620
9 East Bengal 2038922331117
10 Kerala Blasters 2038923361317
11 Odisha 20261225441912
Updated to match(es) played on 28 February 2021. 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; 6) number of goals scored; 7) fair play ranking; 8) drawing of lots

    Result summary

    OverallHomeAway
    PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
    203892233 −1117153912 −32361321 −8

    Last updated: 27 February 2021.
    Source: indiansuperleague.com

    Results by round

    Round1234567891011121314151617181920
    GroundHAAHAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA
    ResultLLLDLDDWDWDDLDLWDLLL
    Position1111111111101010999910101099999
    Updated to match(es) played on 27 February 2021. Source: indiansuperleague.com
    A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

    Matches

    The season fixtures for the first 10 matches [lower-alpha 2] were released on 30 October. East Bengal began their campaign against rivals ATK Mohun Bagan on 27 November 2020. [151] [152] The rest of the fixtures were announced on 2 January 2021. [153] [154]

      Win  Draw  Loss  Void  Postponed

    27 November 2020 1 East Bengal 0–2 ATK Mohun Bagan Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: C. R. Srikrishna
    Man of the Match: Carl McHugh (ATK Mohun Bagan)
    1 December 20202 Mumbai City 3–0 East Bengal Bambolim, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: GMC Athletic Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar
    Man of the Match: Hugo Boumous (Mumbai City)
    5 December 20203 NorthEast United 2–0 East Bengal Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Santosh Kumar
    Man of the Match: Benjamin Lambot (NorthEast United)
    10 December 20204 East Bengal 0–0 Jamshedpur Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Rahul Kumar Gupta
    Man of the Match: Mohamed Irshad (East Bengal)
    15 December 20205 Hyderabad 3–2 East Bengal Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Ajit Kumar Meitei
    Man of the Match: Aridane Santana (Hyderabad)
    20 December 20206 Kerala Blasters 1–1 East Bengal Bambolim, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: GMC Athletic Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar
    Man of the Match: Anthony Pilkington (East Bengal)
    26 December 20207 East Bengal 2–2 Chennaiyin Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Harish Kundu
    Man of the Match: Matti Steinmann (East Bengal)
    3 January 20218 East Bengal 3–1 Odisha Vasco da Gama, Goa
    17:00 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Crystal John
    Man of the Match: Anthony Pilkington (East Bengal)
    6 January 20219 East Bengal 1–1 Goa Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Rowan Arumughan
    Man of the Match: Bright Enobakhare (East Bengal)
    9 January 202110 Bengaluru 0–1 East Bengal Margao, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Harish Kundu
    Man of the Match: Debjit Majumder (East Bengal)
    15 January 202111 East Bengal 1–1 Kerala Blasters Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Harish Kundu
    Man of the Match: Sahal Abdul Samad (Kerala Blasters)
    18 January 202112 Chennaiyin 0–0 East Bengal Bambolim, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: GMC Athletic Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Rahul Kumar Gupta
    Man of the Match: Debjit Majumder (East bengal)
    22 January 202113 East Bengal 0–1 Mumbai City Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: C. R. Srikrishna
    Man of the Match: Mourtada Fall (Mumbai City)
    29 January 202114 Goa 1–1 East Bengal Margao, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Harish Kundu
    Man of the Match: Bright Enobakhare (East Bengal)
    2 February 202115 East Bengal 0–2 Bengaluru Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: C. R. Srikrishna
    Man of the Match: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru)
    7 February 202116 Jamshedpur 1–2 East Bengal Margao, Goa
    17:00 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Crystal John
    Man of the Match: Matti Steinmann (East Bengal)
    12 February 202117 East Bengal 1–1 Hyderabad Vasco da Gama, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Tilak Maidan Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Ajit Kumar Meitei
    Man of the Match: Akash Mishra (Hyderabad)
    19 February 202118 ATK Mohun Bagan 3–1 East Bengal Margao, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar
    Man of the Match: Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan)
    23 February 202119 East Bengal 1–2 NorthEast United Margao, Goa
    19:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Rahul Kumar Gupta
    Man of the Match: V.P. Suhair (NorthEast United)
    27 February 202120 Odisha 6–5 East Bengal Bambolim, Goa
    17:30 IST
    Report
    Stadium: GMC Athletic Stadium
    Attendance: 0 [lower-alpha 1]
    Referee: Harish Kundu
    Man of the Match: Diego Mauricio (Odisha)
    Note: This match became the highest scoring match in ISL history [155]

    Statistics

    Appearances

    Players with no appearances not included in the list.

    As of match played on 27 February 2021 [156]
    Appearances for East Bengal in 2020–21 season
    No.Pos.Nat.NameIndian Super LeagueTotal
    AppsStartsAppsStarts
    Goalkeepers
    1GK Flag of India.svg Sankar Roy [lower-alpha 3] 1111
    24GK Flag of India.svg Debjit Majumder 15141514
    32GK Flag of India.svg Mirshad Michu 1111
    91GK Flag of India.svg Subrata Paul 4444
    Defenders
    2CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Neville 16161616
    4CB Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Fox 16161616
    16CB Flag of India.svg Rana Gharami 7474
    21LB Flag of India.svg Narayan Das 17161716
    37LB Flag of India.svg Abhishek Ambekar [lower-alpha 3] 4040
    31RB Flag of India.svg Rohen Singh 1010
    47RB Flag of India.svg Raju Gaikwad 7777
    55RB Flag of India.svg Ankit Mukherjee 129129
    66CB Flag of India.svg Mohammed Irshad [lower-alpha 3] 4444
    70CB Flag of India.svg Sarthak Golui 5555
    Midfielders
    6CM Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann 17171717
    8CM Flag of India.svg Mohammed Rafique 157157
    14CM Flag of India.svg Wahengbam Angousana 124124
    17MF Flag of India.svg Yumnam Singh 4040
    18CM Flag of India.svg Eugeneson Lyngdoh 2121
    19AM Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma 19171917
    20MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Aaron Amadi-Holloway 134134
    22AM Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington 17151715
    23LW Flag of India.svg Bikash Jairu 4444
    26CDM Flag of India.svg Sehnaj Singh 6565
    29RW Flag of India.svg Surchandra Singh 138138
    33CM Flag of India.svg Loken Meitei 1111
    35CDM Flag of India.svg Milan Singh 8686
    44CM Flag of India.svg Haobam Singh 4444
    56MF Flag of India.svg Ajay Chhetri 5454
    88CM Flag of India.svg Sourav Das 3333
    Forwards
    10FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 12101210
    12FW Flag of India.svg Jeje Lalpekhlua 7474
    15FW Flag of India.svg Balwant Singh 3333
    30FW Flag of India.svg C. K. Vineeth 2121
    34FW Flag of India.svg Harmanpreet Singh 7575

      Goal scorers

      As of matches played till 27 February 2021 [157]
      RankNo.Pos.Nat.NameISLTotal
      16CM Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann 44
      210FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 33
      19AM Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma
      22AM Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington
      520MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Aaron Amadi-Holloway 22
      62CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Neville 11
      4CB Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Fox
      12FW Flag of India.svg Jeje Lalpekhlua
      70CB Flag of India.svg Sarthak Golui
      Own Goal33
      Total2222

      Assists

      As of match played on 27 February 2021 [158]
      RankNo.Pos.Nat.NameISLTotal
      16CM Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann 33
      22AM Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington
      329RW Flag of India.svg Surchandra Singh 22
      4CB Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Fox
      510FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 11
      14CM Flag of India.svg Wahengbam Angousana
      19AM Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma
      21LB Flag of India.svg Narayan Das
      23LB Flag of India.svg Bikash Jairu
      27FW Flag of India.svg Jeje Lalpekhlua
      47RB Flag of India.svg Raju Gaikwad
      Total1717

      Clean sheets

      As of match played on 27 February 2021 [159]
      No.Nat.PlayerISLTotal
      24 Flag of India.svg Debjit Majumder 22
      1 Flag of India.svg Sankar Roy 11
      Total33

      Disciplinary record

      As of match played on 27 February 2021 [160] [161]
      No.Pos.Nat.NameIndian Super LeagueRemarks
      Yellow card.svgYellow card.svg Red card.svgYellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svgRed card.svg
      2CB Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Neville 4000Missed the game against Odisha (4 yellow cards) on 27 February 2021 [162]
      4CB Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Fox 5001 Red card overturned later after appeal. [135] [163]
      Missed the game against NorthEast United (4 yellow cards) on 23 February 2021 [164]
      6CM Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann 1000
      8CM Flag of India.svg Mohammed Rafique 3000
      10FW Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 1000
      14CM Flag of India.svg Wahengbam Angousana 2000
      15FW Flag of India.svg Balwant Singh 1000
      18CM Flag of India.svg Eugeneson Lyngdoh 1010Missed the game against Hyderabad (red card) on 15 December 2020. [165]
      19AM Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma 4000Missed the game against NorthEast United (4 yellow cards) on 23 February 2021 [164]
      20FW Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Aaron Amadi-Holloway 2000
      21LB Flag of India.svg Narayan Das 3000
      22AM Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington 3000
      26CDM Flag of India.svg Sehnaj Singh 1000
      29RW Flag of India.svg Surchandra Singh 1000
      35CDM Flag of India.svg Milan Singh 2000
      37LB Flag of India.svg Abhishek Ambekar 1000
      44MF Flag of India.svg Haobam Singh 1000
      47RB Flag of India.svg Raju Gaikwad 2010Missed the game against Odisha (red card) on 27 February 2021 [162]
      55RB Flag of India.svg Ankit Mukherjee 3000
      56MF Flag of India.svg Ajay Chhetri 0010Missed the game against Mumbai City (red card) on 22 January 2021. [166]
      66CB Flag of India.svg Mohammed Irshad 1000
      91GK Flag of India.svg Subrata Paul 1000

        Club awards

        ISL Fans' Goal of the Week award

        This is awarded weekly to the player chosen by fans voting at the Indian Super League website. [167]

        WeekNat.Player% VotesRef
        Week 9 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma 46.2% [168]
        Week 10 Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 79.9% [169]
        Week 11 Flag of Germany.svg Matti Steinmann 48.8% [169]
        Week 12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Neville 55.5% [167]
        Week 17 Flag of Ireland.svg Anthony Pilkington 65.3% [167]
        Week 19 Flag of Nigeria.svg Bright Enobakhare 55.8% [167]

        Footnotes

        1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the 2020–21 Indian Super League season would be held entirely in Goa, behind closed doors. East Bengal was allotted the Tilak Maidan Stadium as their home ground for the season. [1]
        2. The rest of the fixtures were announced after the AFC competitions' calendar was published. [150]
        3. 1 2 3 De-registered from the squad in January [99]

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