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INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 FC Goa 6 2 3 20
4 NorthEast Un 5 5 2 20
5 Jamshedpur 4 7 1 19
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Risk everything: FC Goa, Sergio Lobera and the joy of 'playing' football

Edu Bedia (L) celebrates Goa's second goal against NorthEast.
Edu Bedia (L) celebrates Goa's second goal against NorthEast.

In the end, the score read FC Goa 5-1 NorthEast United FC, but it could have been anything, really.

It could have been a badminton score if Goa had taken most of their chances.

Five minutes before Ferran Corominas opened the scoring for Goa with an brilliant finish, defender Carlos Pena won a foul for a push in his own box. Had the ref not seen it as a push, the Spaniard would have been penalised for a ludicrously silly handball. NorthEast would have won a penalty, and the hosts might never have...

Chencho Gyeltshen's spectacular strike could mark the start of something special at Bengaluru

Chencho Gyeltshen scores with an acrobatic effort for Bengaluru against NorthEast.
Chencho scores with an acrobatic effort for Bengaluru against NorthEast.

Two minutes into injury time against NorthEast United in Guwahati on Wednesday, Bhutan's Chencho Gyeltshen soared in the air, turned his body upside down and met Sunil Chhetri's header near the NorthEast penalty spot with a precise back-volley to salvage a point that maintained Bengaluru's unbeaten start to the Indian Super League (ISL) season.

Yet, this wasn't the only reason this goal was special. It points to a bigger role Chencho can play for Bengaluru for the rest of the season. In fact, the...

W2W4: ISL resumes with Maharashtra derby, Kochi party

Pune have been unbeaten in Mumbai since 2014

The Indian Super League (ISL) will resume on Wednesday after an international break, and the first nine matches have already produced their share of upsets and breakout performances at either end of the points table. 

What are the things to watch for when Delhi Dynamos host ATK to kick-start the next phase of matches?

The unlikely contenders for top of the table

 

Chennaiyin FC have long been known as slow starters, but even head coach John Gregory would be surprised at the poor output...

Tale of two styles as Bengaluru, Chennaiyin restart rivalry

Chennaiyin beat Bengaluru 3-2 in the 2017-18 ISL final.
Chennaiyin beat Bengaluru 3-2 in the 2017-18 ISL final.

Last season, Bengaluru topped the ISL league table with 40 points -- eight clear of their nearest rivals, Chennaiyin FC. The football they played over the course of the tournament had been at a level unmatched by anyone else in it. No team conceded fewer goals. Only Goa scored more. Their goal difference, at the end of the league, stood at 19 -- five ahead of the Goans and 14 ahead of Chennai.

In the final, they dominated for vast swathes. They kept the ball well. They moved the ball well. They...

ISL 2018-19: Top five debutants to watch out for

Tim Cahill is the biggest name in the ISL this season.
Tim Cahill is the biggest name in the ISL this season.

"Where are the marquee signings?" I can hear you yell. "Where are the Berbatovs and the Forlans and the Del Pieros?"

Hopefully the answer to all that is: "Consigned to history."

The ISL seems to have moved away from the idea that signing a big, big, name -- irrespective of current form or state of physical fitness -- guarantees success and is moving towards a more holistic, 'let's buy people that our sides actually need' philosophy that most sensible footballing entities ought to follow. As Kerala...