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I-League 2019-20: Which team has the edge?

Indian I-League


2019/2020 Season

6 R. Kashmir 0 1 0 1
7 Mohun Bagan 0 1 0 1
8 Aizawl FC 0 1 1 1
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Nestor's Beckham moment has Chennai City dreaming


The I-League's four-horse race

Indian I-League

I-League 2019-20: Which team has the edge?

The 2019-20 I-League season will kick off on Saturday, with Aizawl taking on Mohun Bagan. Who are the favourites for a title challenge this year? Who is most likely to get relegated? Here is ESPN's primer on all the 11 clubs. 

Chennai City

The Good

The champions have done well to keep hold of star striker, and last year's golden boot winner, Pedro Manzi. They've a lost a few of their regulars, including defenders Edwin Vanspaul and Gaurav Bora, but they've made their name by unearthing hidden...

I-League clubs request PM to 'intervene and save Indian football'

On the eve of an All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee meeting in New Delhi that could decide on their future, six I-League clubs have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to set up an enquiry commission and "probe" the federation's functioning.

The AIFF is due to discuss the elevation of the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) to the top division at the expense of the I-League, and one of the officials from the I-League clubs told ESPN, "We know...

What is the I-League-AIFF showdown all about?

What is the story?

The I-League clubs want a 20-team unified professional league starting with 2019-20 season. They have written to the AIFF pitching the same, but are yet to get an official response. 

Nine I-League clubs have also written to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, communicating their keenness to participate in the ongoing Super Cup, subject to a meeting with federation president Praful Patel about the future of the I-League.

Who all are involved?

All I-League clubs with the exception...

Nestor Gordillo's Beckham moment has Chennai City dreaming of title

David Beckham. Wayne Rooney. Luis Suarez. Xabi Alonso. Nestor Gordillo. 

One of those names isn't quite as glamorous as the rest, but for pure audacity and technique alone, Chennai City FC's Gordillo finds himself in elite company.

On a hot Sunday evening in Coimbatore, Gordillo produced one of football's most aesthetically pleasing yet rarely seen sights, chipping the goalkeeper from near the half-way line. It's unlikely that Gordillo will capture the football zeitgeist the way Beckham...

Chennai City flying under the radar in adopted home of Coimbatore

Chennai City, with 37 points, are currently five points ahead of East Bengal and Real Kashmir FC.
Chennai City, with 37 points, are currently five points ahead of East Bengal and Real Kashmir FC.

Saravanan, 42, has been in Coimbatore all his life. A cab driver since 2015, his vast knowledge of the city comes in handy while transporting patrons to and from various corners of the city.

Naturally, Saravanan was taken aback when he couldn't find the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in ATT Colony, Gopalapuram. Even after putting his topographical pride aside and resorting to Google maps, he still had trouble reaching the actual location.

"Football na inga dhaan, sir (If you're looking for a football...