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

Indian I-League


2019/2020 Season

2 Churchill Br 1 0 0 3
3 Chennai City 1 0 0 3
4 NEROCA FC 1 0 1 3
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Nestor's Beckham moment has Chennai City dreaming


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...

Chennai City allege Katsumi Yusa was racially abused by referee

I-League champions Chennai City FC have alleged racist remarks towards their Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa by Sri Lankan referee Lakmal Weerakkody, and have raised the issue with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match commissioner and Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officials.

The alleged incident occurred during a heated 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh League club Bashundara Kings, in the Sheikh Kamal Invitational Cup in Chattogram, Bangladesh on Thursday.

Chennai, one of three...

I-League champion Gaurav Bora could be India's next 'big' thing

On Friday, when India play Uzbekistan in the AFC U-23 qualifiers, a young man whose life has turned upside down over the last five months could be taking the biggest step of his career. Unknown across Indian football even a couple of months ago, Gaurav Bora, I-League winner with Chennai City this season, could feature in the Indian defence. His coach Derrick Pereira believes he can go on to play for the senior national side, "and then take it to another level."

Gaurav, who scored the winning goals...

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...

Minerva Punjab's no-show latest chapter in Super Cup's fading relevance for I-League clubs

In keeping with their announcement earlier this week, Minerva Punjab did not show up for their opening game of the Super Cup against FC Pune City in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Six other I-League clubs have also threatened to withdraw, and Churchill Brothers are understood to be unsure about participation. What does it mean for the Super Cup and what should fans expect from this tournament?  

The rumours about plans to relegate I-League to the second division behind ISL had resulted in...