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2009–10 I-LeagueDescription : This season marks the addition of four new teams, with Lajong SSC, Pune FC, Salgaocar Sports Club and Viva Kerala are confirmed to participate in the I-League. With the inception of these four clubs, many club transfers have been undergone within India, and around the world. The length of the regular season will be longer than in previous years, with 26 rounds rather than 22.The season kicked off on October 1, 2009 with Mahindra United hosting defending champions Churchill Brothers in Mumbai.... Page:2466

2009–10 I-League
SportAssociation football
Number of teams14
I-League season
Season championsDempo SC
Top scorerOdafe Onyeka Okolie
I-League seasons
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This season marks the addition of four new teams, with Lajong SSC, Pune FC, Salgaocar Sports Club and Viva Kerala are confirmed to participate in the I-League. With the inception of these four clubs, many club transfers have been undergone within India, and around the world. The length of the regular season will be longer than in previous years, with 26 rounds rather than 22.

The season kicked off on October 1, 2009 with Mahindra United hosting defending champions Churchill Brothers in Mumbai.

Rule changes

India became the latest member association to adopt AFC's 3+1 rule which will allow clubs to recruit one player of Asian origin in addition to their regular quota of three foreigners.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) executive committee decided to embrace the new AFC rule which encourages the mobility of talented Asian players and provides a fillip to the regional game.

Season so far

Chirag United has been the surprise of the season so far. Dempo, top of the ladder for the most time, has been unlucky with injury and their star striker Sunil Chhetri leaving to Kansas for playing in the MLS. Despite this, they beat defending champions Churchill Brothers SC 4-2 and remained at the top position. Mahindra United started slowly, but their consistent performance – with only one loss so far, has enabled the club to be at a close second spot. Mahindra reached the top position by defeating leader Dempo 3-1 putting the title race exciting to follow. The other surprise of the season is the up-down performance of the Kolkata teams East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. During round 18, both the teams suffered identical 4-1 defeats at the hands of bottom placed clubs Salgaocar and Shillong Lajong respectively. By losing to Salgaocar, East Bengal had suffered the club record of 13 straight games without a win in all competitions. Of the 4 newly promoted clubs to I-League Viva Kerala and Pune FC had some success, with Shillong Lajong and Salgaocar battling for coming out of the relegation zone. Sporting Clube de Goa, who had a good last season reaching third overall now looks to be heading for relegation.

Biggest wins of the season so far are by defending champions Churchill Brothers SC winning 6-0 against JCT followed by 5-0 by Mahindra United over Shillong Lajong and Mohan Bagan Air India. The top-scoring Indian player in the league is M. Mohammed Rafi of Mahindra United with 13 goals so far.

Round 19 Summary

A total of 21 goals were scored in this round, one of highest scoring rounds for this season. Foreigners scored 13 goals and 8 were scored by Indians. Round 19 saw a major shift in the title race with second placed Mahindra displacing league leaders Dempo after defeating the latter at the Cooperage. Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers stay in the hunt for the league title after they thrashed JCT at home.

Round 20 Summary

Dempo defeated East Bengal 1-0 to jump to the top of the table, after Mahindra United drew their match against Mumbai FC. Churchill Brothers SC also won their match 1-0 against Shillong Lajong with Odafe scoring the winning goal. Relegation threatened SC Goa won their third straight match against JCT 1-0. So with the exception of Salgaocar, only Goan-based clubs tasted victory during this round with a solitary goal. A total of 9 goals were scored during this round, with all teams only able to score atmost one goal. 5 goals were scored by foreigners and 4 by Indians.

Round 21 Summary

Almost all matches in this round produced results. This round can be called as upset round other than Dempo, most of the favorites to win lost their games. East Bengal opened this round with a win over Mumbai FC with a score of 1-0. Yusuf Yakabu scored the winning goal. Dempo beat Chirag United 3-1, Shillong scored upset victory over Mahindra United 2-1. JCT FC scored an important victory over Viva Kerala 5-1, Mohan Bagan also scored 4-0 victory over Air-India. A total of 23 goals were scored in this round. 20 Goals were scored by foreigners and 3 by Indians in this round. Shillong moved out of relegation at the end of the round.

Round 22 Summary

Out of the 7 matches played this round, 5 produced results and 2 ended in draws. A total of 16 goals were scored in this round, 10 were scored by foreigners and 6 by Indians. Opening this was the Shillong Lajong FC 1-1 draw with Mumbai FC. Next was a win by JCT FC over Chirag United. Mohan Bagan, Pune FC, Dempo SC won their matches and Salgacor drew their match with Air India.

Round 23 Summary

Round 23 started with Chirag United holding Shillong Lajong by a late Edmilson goal. Pune FC and Mahindra United also played in 1-1 draw, with Mahindra's hope of catching Dempo now almost impossible. It was during this round that Mahindra United decided to disband the club of 47 years for promoting grass-root football growth at National level. Meanwhile, Dempo looks certain to be the League Champions after humiliating Mohan Bagan 4-1. Air India suffered a loss in their attempt to clear from relegation by losing to JCT. Sporting earned a vital away point in their fight for survival as they held East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in Kolkata, while Viva Kerala suffered three consecutive loses after losing 0-1 to Mumbai FC lifting the Mumbai club above the relegation zone. The final match of the round was played between Churchill Brothers SC and Salgocar with Churchill winning 3-1 and pushing Salgocar into relegation zone. A total of 17 goals were scored in this round. 6 goals were scored by Indians and foreigners scored 11.

Round 24 Summary

Round 24 started with Pune FC taking on JCT FC on May 3, 2010. Pune FC won their match 2-0. Both sides are safe from relegation. On second match day, 3 matches were played Viva beats Shillong Lajong FC to leg up on relegation battle, in second match of the day Sporting Clube de Goa shocks Mahindra United 3-2 and in final match of day East Bengal defeats Chirag United 2-1. Match day 3: Dempo beats Air-India 2-0. Match day 4: Salgocar beat Mumbai FC and final match of the round was played between Churchill Brothers and Mohan Bagan. Churchill defeated Mohan Bagan 4-0. A total of 20 goals were scored on this round. 12 were scored by foreigners and 8 by Indians.

Round 25 Summary

Relegation battle is getting interesting as final rounds are approaching. Round 25 started with 3 matches being played on May 9, 2010. The first match was between Shillong Lajong and Dempo. This match is crucial for the survival of Shillong and Shillong lost it 0-1. Second match of the day was played between Air-India and Chirag United and Air-India Defeated Chirag 3-1 and final match of the day was played between JCT and East Bengal which was a 1-1 draw. On second match day of the round Pune FC hammered SC Goa 4-0. Relegation battlers Salgocar won against disbanding Mahindra United 2-1 and Viva Kerala drew with Mohan Bagan 1-1. So far a total of 16 goals were scored in this round and 6 were by Indians.

AFC Campaign

Two of the I-League teams are playing in 2010 AFC Cup. This has caused some delays in scheduling. East Bengal lost all its round robin matches and is out of the tourney, but Churchill Brothers are at Knockout stage.

Stadia and locations

2009–10 I-League is located in India
Locations of teams in the 2009-10 I-League
Churchill Brothers Sports ClubGoaFatorda Stadium
Dempo Sports ClubGoaFatorda Stadium
Sporting Clube de GoaGoaFatorda Stadium
Salgaocar Sports ClubGoaFatorda Stadium
Mohun BaganKolkataYuva Bharati Krirangan
East Bengal ClubKolkataYuva Bharati Krirangan
Chirag United Sports ClubKolkataYuva Bharati Krirangan
Mahindra UnitedMumbaiCooperage Ground
Mumbai FCMumbaiCooperage Ground
Air-IndiaMumbaiCooperage Ground
Pune FCPuneShree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
JCT FCPhagwaraGuru Gobind Singh Stadium
Shillong Lajong FCShillongJawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Viva KeralaKozhikodeMunicipal Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureReplaced byDate of appointmentPosition in table
Mahindra UnitedIndia Derrick PereiraResigned.England David BoothPre season
Mumbai FCEngland David BoothResigned.India Khalid Jamil20 June 2009Pre season
Shillong LajongIndia Hering ShangpliangsackedIndia Stanley Rozario1 June 2009Pre season
Salgaocar SC GoaIndia Peter ValesPromoted to technical director.United States Tim Hankinson12 July 2009Pre season
Sporting Clube de GoaNigeria Clifford ChukwumaLacked qualifications.Portugal Roy BarretoPre season
Churchill Brothers SCSerbia Zoran ĐorđevićContract Expired.Brazil Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva3 July 2009Pre season
Pune FCEngland Stewart HallContract Expired
East Bengal ClubIndia Subhash BhowmickResigned.Belgium Phillipe de Ridder12
Sporting Clube de GoaPortugal Roy BarretoResigned India Vishwas Goankar14 December 2009.14
Air India FCIndia Bimal GhoshResigned India Yusuf Ansari8 January 2010.12
Mohun BaganMorocco Karim BencherifaSacked India Satyajit Chatterjee7
Salgaocar Sports ClubUnited States Tim HankinsonSacked Morocco Karim Bencherifa
Mohun BaganIndia Satyajit ChatterjeeResignation IndiaBiswajit Bhattacharjee1 April 20105

League table

Churchill Brothers !Churchill BrothersPune !PuneMohun Bagan !Mohun BaganSalgaocar !SalgaocarJCT !JCTChirag United !Chirag UnitedViva Kerala !Viva KeralaMumbai !MumbaiAir India !Air India
Qualification or relegation
1Dempo !Dempo (C)2616645431+23542011 AFC Champions League playoff
4Mahindra United !Mahindra United26101154529+1641Disbanded
9East Bengal !East Bengal2671092731−4312011 AFC Cup group stage 
13Sporting Goa !Sporting Goa2669113040−1027Relegation to 2011 I-League 2nd Division
14Shillong Lajong !Shillong Lajong2668122339−1626

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. East Bengal qualified for the 2011 AFC Cup as 2010 Indian Federation Cup winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Fixtures and results

Home ╲ AwayChurchill Brothers !CBDempo !DEMMahindra United !MAHSporting Goa !SCGMohun Bagan !MBEast Bengal !EBMumbai !MUMChirag United !CHIJCT !JCTAir India !AIShillong Lajong !SLFCPune !PFCViva Kerala !VKSalgaocar !SFC
Churchill Brothers !Churchill Brothers3–21–40–04–02–21–12–06–05–11–01–12–03–1
Dempo !Dempo4–22–23–13–10–03–23–12–12–04–11–13–11–1
Mahindra United !Mahindra United1–13–12–11–23–20–02–22–12–15–01–11–11–2
Sporting Goa !Sporting Goa2–11–23–22–20–12–21–11–01–20–12–21–22–3
Mohun Bagan !Mohun Bagan2–21–43–11–22–11–22–31–24–01–40–02–01–1
East Bengal !East Bengal3–20–11–11–13–51–02–10–00–23–01–21–11–1
Mumbai !Mumbai0–01–30–00–02–00–00–22–00–03–11–20–12–1
Chirag United !Chirag United2–41–10–10–11–51–02–11–13–32–01–11–12–0
JCT !JCT1–11–20–02–00–01–11–01–00–25–11–25–11–1
Air India !Air India2–31–30–41–10–50–12–23–10–11–11–01–12–1
Shillong Lajong !Shillong Lajong0–00–12–10–01–21–01–11–10–13–01–01–10–0
Pune !Pune4–11–10–04–01–30–01–12–12–00–11–13–11–1
Viva Kerala !Viva Kerala1–11–01–14–21–10–10–10–11–02–12–10–31–1
Salgaocar !Salgaocar1–23–21–41–32–14–11–01–20–01–13–11–31–0

Updated to games played on 28 May 2010.
Source: http://www.indianfootball.com/en/I-League/1st_division/fixtures]
The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

As of 18 May 2010 (season end)

21 goals
  • Nigeria Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers)
16 goals
  • Nigeria Muritala Ali (Mahindra United)
  • Brazil Josimar (Chirag United Kerala)
  • Nigeria Ekene Ikenwa (Salgaocar)
15 goals
  • Nigeria Ranty Martins (Dempo)
14 goals
  • Brazil Edmar Figueira (Pune)
  • Nigeria N.D.Opara (Air India)
  • India Mohammed Rafi (Mahindra United)
  • Brazil Jose Ramirez Barreto (Mohun Bagan)
12 goals
  • Nigeria Chidi Edeh (Mohun Bagan)
  • Brazil Edmilson (Chirag United Kerala)
11 goals
  • Nigeria Felix Chimaokwu (Churchill Brothers)
10 goals
  • India Arata Izumi (Pune)
  • Nigeria Junior Obagbemiro (Sporting Goa)


Nigeria Odafe Onyeka OkolieChurchill BrothersChirag United Kerala4-22010-3-07
Nigeria Muritala AliMahindra UnitedAir India4-02009-11-12
Nigeria Muritala AliMahindra UnitedSalgaocar4-12009-10-18
India Baljit Singh SahniJCTShillong Lajong5-12009-10-4
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