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2018/2019 Season

1 Chennai City 11 4 2 37
2 East Bengal 10 2 4 32
3 R. Kashmir 9 5 2 32
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The I-League's four-horse race

Indian I-League

Eight clubs 'seek answers' from AIFF on future of I-League

Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.
Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.

Even as the I-League season heads towards a close finish -- with three teams still in contention for the 2018-19 title -- eight of 11 clubs have written to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting on February 20 to "seek answers" regarding the league's future.

The letter -- bearing the names of top office-bearers of Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, reigning champions Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA and East Bengal -- says...

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...

I-League scenarios: How the title race is shaping up

Wins for Churchill Brothers, Real Kashmir and East Bengal -- all three chasing league leaders Chennai City FC -- over have thrown the I-League title race wide open over the last three days. How could the next three games for the top four teams pan out, and what do they need to do to keep themselves in the hunt for the title come March?

East Bengal (25 points from 13 matches)

Coming up: NEROCA (h) - Feb 7, Real Kashmir (a) - Feb 10, Shillong Lajong (h) - Feb 14

East Bengal ended a 15-year drought...

The Kolkata derby: Middle of the table, talk of the town

East Bengal fans will be hoping to celebrate a fourth victory for the season on Sunday

When East Bengal host Mohun Bagan on Sunday, the two teams will find themselves languishing in mid-table, eight points adrift of I-League leaders Chennai City FC. 

Yet, the Kolkata derby remains as important as ever. 

Former midfielder Renedy Singh describes the clash as "the special one" in Indian football. According to Shabbir Ali, the former India forward who played two seasons in East Bengal colours and more than a decade further in Kolkata, the "charm and the craze will always be...

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...