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

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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...

Pan-Indian, family feeling: why I-League's still a hit with its players

NEW DELHI -- When he was a teenager honing his skills at the Tata Football Academy over a decade ago, East Bengal midfielder and former India international Lalrindika Ralte had a very simple ambition. While most of his batchmates were Mohun Bagan fans, Ralte preferred the red and gold jersey of their arch rivals.

"Even from a young age I always wanted to play for East Bengal. And the dream was always was to win an I-League title with them," remembers the 28-year-old from Mizoram. Ralte had a five-year...

The hills have legs: A portrait of Manipur's thriving football community

What does the abrupt end of a road being built, poppy fields and the Golden Triangle have to do with Indian football? This is not a Mastermind quiz with Folklore from a Hoary Past as its specialist subject. This is contemporary reality in Indian football, belonging to one corner of the vast geography that is touched by it. Among the 500 or so footballers who will turn up for the senior ranks in the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League over the next few months, 57 come from Manipur, the place of...

AIFF-AFC roadmap: ISL replaces I-League as top division and more

The Indian Super League (ISL) as the top division of Indian football from the 2019-20 season, an expanded ISL season from 2021-22, promotion to the ISL for the I-League champions from the following season, and promotion and relegation in the ISL from 2024-25.

These are the highlights of the roadmap for Indian football that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suggested to stakeholders of Indian football -- team owners of ISL and I-League clubs, and their...