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No title, but a season to remember for East Bengal

Inside 11 seconds of the restart of their last match of 2018, East Bengal's hopes of winning the I-League almost went up in flames in front of their own fans, at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Debutants Real Kashmir, having defended doggedly for 45 minutes, saw midfielder Surchandra Singh zip in a low cross after bombing down the right. East Bengal right-back Lalramchullova tracked back swiftly but the pace of the cross skewed his clearance into the roof of his own net.

Kashmir, perhaps the stingiest defence...

Real Kashmir may appeal rematch vs Minerva Punjab

Real Kashmir were the winners the last time they played Minerva Punjab.
Real Kashmir were the winners the last time they played Minerva Punjab.

The All India Football Federation has ruled that defending champions Minerva Punjab FC -- who pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns -- will get a rematch, but the debutant side has decided to challenge the order.

The February 18 game did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar, insisting that their foreign players had been advised against it by their respective embassies in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

"With...

Coach David Robertson lauds Real Kashmir's unity, team spirit after fairytale debut season

Real Kashmir's fairy-tale run as the I-League title contenders in their debut season ended after a 2-1 loss to East Bengal on Thursday, but coach David Robertson still takes pride in his side's campaign. Robertson, who led the side through the I-League second division last season, however, had no regrets. "If someone said at the start of the season we will be where we are now, we would be delighted," said the former Scotland international, who has managed Real Kashmir for the last two seasons.

There...

J&K situation adds unexpected twist to I-League finale

Minerva Punjab did not travel to Srinagar to face Real Kashmir

The run-in to the I-League season has taken an unexpected twist following the killing last week of 44 paramilitary troops in Kashmir. Minerva Punjab, the reigning champions, stayed away from Monday's match in Srinagar against Real Kashmir FC and subsequently moved the Delhi High Court seeking a change of venue.

The AIFF has not declared the match forfeit - which would mean Minerva losing all three points - but instead referred it to the League Committee for further action.

Real Kashmir are one of...

Minerva Punjab request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game following Pulwama attack

Defending I-League champions Minerva Punjab have asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to shift their upcoming match against Real Kashmir, scheduled to be played in Srinagar on February 18, following the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed over 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers on Thursday. If the match is not shifted or rescheduled, club president Ranjit Bajaj said his side would rather forfeit the match and concede three points.

"There are bodies still being picked up from the streets. By...