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INDIAN I-LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Gokulam Kera 2 2 1 8
4 East Bengal 2 0 1 6
5 Churchill Br 1 3 0 6
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The I-League's four-horse race

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I-League predictions: Mohun Bagan to pip East Bengal; difficult season for Aizawl

The I-League, still India's top club competition and qualifier for the AFC Champions League slot in early 2020, begins on October 26 with Chennai City FC hosting Indian Arrows.

The highlights of this season include a debut for the first team from Jammu and Kashmir in India's top-flight, the abolition of the mandatory Asian player quota, and a field of 11 teams that will include Churchill Brothers, who had their relegation overturned. Impressive individual performances will also keep India coach...

From Costa Rica with love: Johnny Acosta's journey from the World Cup to East Bengal

Johnny Acosta starred for Costa Rica in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he will now look to take East Bengal to glory in the I-league.
Johnny Acosta represented Costa Rica at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

As first impressions go, Johnny Acosta says he was more amused than annoyed at his initial glimpse of the chaos of Indian football.

As I-League giants East Bengal's premier signing of the season, Acosta, who had played as a defender for Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup, was being paraded at a press conference in Kolkata in August but the ceremony hit a hitch. One that they might have been expected to plan for. Acosta is a Spanish speaker but with no translator arranged, the event quickly descended...

BFC thrash East Bengal to lift Super Cup

Bhubaneshwar -- Bengaluru FC picked up their fifth major trophy in as many years, after beating East Bengal 4-1 to clinch the inaugural Super Cup. 

Ansumnah Kromah gave East Bengal the lead in the 28th minute, but goals from Rahul Bheke (39), Sunil Chhetri (69' penalty, 90') and Miku (71') gave BFC a comfortable win. 

Half chances were aplenty at either end, but it was East Bengal who broke the deadlock midway through the first half. Katsumi's corner was palmed away by Gurpreet Singh...

East Bengal bring back Subhas Bhowmick ahead of Super Cup

Coach Subhas Bhowmik closely monitored East Bengal players' diet before and during the 2003 ASEAN Championships.
East Bengal have roped in Subhas Bhowmick in their support staff ahead of the Super Cup.

East Bengal have roped in Subhas Bhowmick in their support staff ahead of the Super Cup, and the club have said that he will work in combination with coach Khalid Jamil.

"Subhas is coming. It [the position] is not really one of a technical director, but he and Khalid will work together on the team. They will consult each other for games and hopefully develop a good working relationship. That's the idea," a senior club official told ESPN. Bhowmick has had three previous stints with East Bengal as...

The other big I-League story: decline of the Kolkata giants

At the end of the I-League season, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had identical figures of eight wins, seven draws and 31 points. They finished below Minerva and NEROCA.
At the end of the I-League season, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had identical figures of eight wins, seven draws and 31 points. They finished below Minerva and NEROCA.

When Bengaluru FC (BFC) joined the Indian Super League (ISL) fold in 2017, most people believed that the 2017-18 I-League would be a virtual shoot-out between the Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

With all Goan clubs barring Churchill Brothers out of the equation following withdrawals in 2016-17, it seemed Aizawl FC's fairy-tale run to the title would be an exception and the dominance of the Kolkata clubs would resume. After all, these teams had won six of the first eight National Football...