ISL 2019-2020 Season - News, Match Preview, Predictions, Results, Points Table and Discussions Thread


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ISL is back! The sixth edition of ISL is all set to start on October 20, 2019 . Indian football carnival will be a five months affair and the league phase will end on February 23, 2020 .

The opening match observes Kerala Blasters FC lock horns with rivals ATK .


Newcomers Odisha FC, formerly known as Delhi Dynamos, have released their home and away kits for this season.


After a plethora of controversies and change in decisions, Bengaluru FC will be playing at home at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The Champions are all set to defend their title. We are BFC! :heart:


BCCI president-elect, Sourav Ganguly has also been made the “face” of the upcoming ISL. Ganguly will be attending the ISL opening ceremony in Kochi with Kerala Blasters taking on two-time champions ATK on Sunday, 20th,

Ganguly is also the co-owner of ISL franchise ATK.


Hero ISL 2019 Team squad: List of all players from 2019-20 Season

  • ATK
    Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharja, Dheeraj Singh and Lara Sharma
    Defenders: Augustin Iniguez, Mohd.Anas, Anil Chawan, Ankit Mukherjee, John Johnson, Pritam Kotal and Sumit Rathi
    Midfielders: Carl McHugh, Javier Hernandez, Pronay Halder and Sehnaj Singh
    Forwards: Balwant Singh, David Williams, Edu Garcia, Jayesh Rane, Jobby Justin, Komal Thatal, Michael Soosairaj and Roy Krishna

  • Bengaluru FC
    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill and Aditya Patra
    Midfielders: Harmanjot Khabra, Rino Anto, Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Parag Shrivas, Albert Serran, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Sairuat Kima and Juanan Gonzalez
    Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Udanta Singh, Edmund Lalrindika and Manuel Onwu

  • Chennaiyin FC
    Karanjit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Sanjiban Ghosh and Samik Mitra
    Defenders: Lucian Goian, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Tondonba Singh, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Zohmingliana Ralte, Laldinliana Renthlei, Hendry Antonay and Reamsochung Aimol
    Midfielders: Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Masih Saighani, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Dragos Firtulescu, Dhanpal Ganesh, Rafael Crivellaro, Germanpreet Singh and Deepak Tangri
    Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Nerijus Valskis, Andre Schembri and Rahim Ali

  • FC Goa
    Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar and Shubham Dhas
    Defenders: Aiban Dohling, Amey Ranawade, Carlos Pena, Chinglensana Singh, Mohamed Ali, Saviour Gama, Mourtada Fall and Seriton Fernandes
    Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Hugo Boumous, Kingslee Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Mandar Rao Dessai, Princeton Rebello, Seiminlen Doungel and Jackichand Singh
    Forwards: Ferren Corominas, Lalawmpuia, Liston Colaco and Manvir Singh

  • Hyderabad FC
    Goalkeepers: Anuj Kumar, Kamaljit Singh and Laxmikant Kattimani
    Defenders: Asish Rai, Gurtej Singh, Matthew Kilgallon, Mohammed Yasir, Rafael Lopez Gomez, Sahil Panwar and Tarif Akhand
    Midfielders: Adil Khan, Deependra Negi, Sahil Tavora, Gani Ahmed Nigam, Laldanmawia Ralte, Marko Stankovic, Nestor Jesus Benitez, Nikhil Poojary, Rohit Kumar and Shankar Sampingraj
    Forwards: Abhishek Halder, Bobo, Giles Barnes, Marcelo Pereira and Robin Singh

  • Jamshedpur FC
    Goalkeepers: Amrit Gope, Rafique Ali, Niraj Kumar, Subrata Paul
    Defenders: Augustin Fernandes, Jitendra Singh, Tiri, Joyner Lourenco, Karan Amin, Keegan Pereira, Narender Gahlot and Robin Gurung
    Midfielders: Aitor Monroy, Amarjit Singh, Bikash Jairu, Memo Moura, Piti, Isaac Vanmalsaawma, Mobashir Rahman and Noe Acosta
    Forwards: Aniket Jadhav, CK Vineeth, Farukh Choudhary, Sergio Castel and Sumeet Passi

  • Kerala Blasters FC
    Bilal Khan, Rehenesh Paramba and Shibin Kunniyil
    Defenders: Gianni Zuiverloon, Jairo, Jessel Carneiro, Abdul Hakku Nediyodath, Lalruatthara, Mohammad Rakip, Pritam Singh and Sandesh Jhingan
    Midfielders: Cindoncha, Darren Caldeira, Halicharan Narzary, Jeakson Thounaojam, Mario Arques, Moustapha Gning, Prasanth Karuthadathkudi, Rahul Kannoly, Sahal Abdul Samad, Samuel Lalmuanpuia and Seityasen Singh
    Forwards: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Mohammed Rafi and Raphael Messi Bouli.

  • Mumbai City FC
    Amrinder Singh, Kunal Sawant and Ravi Kumar
    Defenders: Anwar Ali, Valpuia, Mato Grgic, Pratik Chaudhari, Sarthak Gouli, Sauvik Chakrabarti and Subhasish Bose
    Midfielders: Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Diego Carlos, Mohamed Larbi, Mohammed Rafique, Paulo Machado, Pranjal Bhumij, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Serge Kevyn, Sourav Das, Surchandra Singh and Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
    Forwards: Amine Chermiti and Modou Sougou

  • NorthEast United FC
    Goalkeepers: Pawan Kumar, Soram Poirei and Subhasish Roy
    Defenders: Heerings Kai, Reagan Singh, Mislav Komorski, Nim Dorjee, Pawan Kumar, Provat Lakra, Rakesh Pradhan, Shouvik Ghosh and Wayne Vaz
    Midfielders: Alfred Lalruotsang, Jose Leudo, Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei, Lalengmawia, Lalrempuia Fanai, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Milan Singh, Nikhil Kadam, Panagiotis Triadis and Redeem Tlang
    Forwards: Asamoah Gyan, Martin Chaves and Maximiliano Barreiro

  • Odisha FC
    Goalkeepers: Francisco Dorronsoro, Albino Gomes, Arshdeep Singh and Ankit Bhuyan
    Defenders: Carlos Delgado, Gaurav Bora, Rana Gharami, Amit Tudu, Md. Sajid Dhot, Narayan Das and Pradeep Mohanraj
    Midfielders: Marcos Tebar, Diwandou Diagne, Bikramjit Singh, Vinit Rai, Martin Perez Guedes, Adria Carmona, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Xisco Hernandez, Nandha Kumar Sekar and Romeo Fernandes
    Forwards: Aridane Santana, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Seiminmang Manchong and Shubham Sarangi


Still Bengaluru will rule the ISL?


ATK’s Anas Edathodika and Jobby Justin to miss opening clash against Kerala Blasters owing to carried forward suspensions.

Anas, will remain suspended for the first game because of a red card received in a Super Cup game against Indian Arrows when he was playing for Kerala Blasters last season.

Jobby will miss the first three games. The striker has already served three of his six-match ban by the AIFF Disciplinary Committee.


Being a FC Pune City fan, I will miss the matches at Balewadi Stadium. Though the team along with the coach has shifted their base with re-brand Hyderabad FC, there are many fans in this Pune City who will miss the games of their beloved ‘Orange Army’.

The Balewadi stadium was never jam-packed but had many core lovers of the city based franchise. After the clubs like Pune FC, FC Pune City finished their stint in the city, will Pune find their own club???


With you @Sanjay.

I doubt. I always feel, Pune is never considered a serious franchise location for any games. I think, the city is seen as a fall back location to make up a certain pool to run a tournament. I am not sure if we lack a strong fan base or lack good franchise management which can put together a great team of players.

We have seen it happen twice in IPL with both Pune Warriors and then again when Rising Pune Supergiants. The city cheered these teams led by Steve Smith and Dhoni. We rooted for these teams even when we were at the bottom of the table and watched them move up the charts with a fiercely contested 2017 IPL finals where Pune team lost by 1 run to Mumbai Indians. It was very disheartening to see these teams dissolve later. This year we see FC Pune City wrap up. Hope, in future, we don’t see the Kabaddi and Badminton League teams suffer a similar fate.


For his excellent service and dominant presence in the middle of the park, our captain for the upcoming season is Jose David Leudo!


Kerala Blasters begin their ISL-6 campaign with a 2-1 win over ATK. A brace from hitman Ogbeche proved decisive for KB after McHugh opened the scoring for ATK with a stunning strike in the sixth minute.


Ogbeche is a man who is familiar with the Indian conditions now. He once plied his trade with NorthEastUnited FC and now the centre forward is with Yellow Army. He surely is one of the prime contender for Golden Boot Award.


Match Day 2 Preview (21st Oct 2019) : Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United @ 7:30pm Sree Kanteerava Stadium

Bengaluru FC

You don’t need any special introduction to this club. Defending champions will look to keep the trophy in their cabinet. Talking about their coach, Carles Cuadrat , the Spanish international is the best head coach in India currently. Implementing a possession style of play, the team featuring Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Erik Paartalu, Raphael Augusto, Ashique Kuruniyan and India’s beloved Sunil Chhetri can dominate any club in India.


If the team has Gurpreet Singh Sandhu as a guardian angel and Sunil Chhetri as a goal machine, who can challenge them? The midfield of Bengaluru FC also boosts creativity.


The departure of Miku who scored plenty for his team last season can put the burden on Chhetri. And a little pressure of being a great club?

NorthEast United FC

The Highlanders came very near making it (in 2015 and 2016 Indian Super League) among the top four teams but they missed out with a close margin. But gone are the days, now the club has welcomed Croatian international Robert Jarni . Bartholomew Ogbeche , the club highest goal scorer last season (12 goals) has left the club. But the club has already found the replacement in the name of Asamoah Gyan . The star striker is the most high profile signing of this year’s ISL.


The club has quality overseas contingent and a young Indian brigade. The likes of Milan Singh and Wayne Waz are probable to step in when required. To sum up, the Highlanders will hope to eclipse their presentation from last season and win the title.


Though the third part of the field that attacks looks stronger the club should work in the defence area. Also, NEUFC made their transfers in the last. Although a slight delay in the transfers, the club has brought together a clutch of players. So it’s an uphill task for the players to shine in quick time in Indian Super League.


Line-up for tonight’s game…


NorthEast restrict Bengaluru to a goalless draw with both the teams gaining a point each.

There were chances galore for both teams, especially Bengaluru FC who missed finishing off a number of chances. Chhetri pulls off an acrobatic effort in 92 minute inside the box, looking for a goal, but it goes in vain as the overhead kick is blocked. NorthEast came closing to scoring twice but was denied by the crossbar.

The game ends 0-0.


Hero ISL 2019-20 | BFC 0-0 NEUFC | Post Match Presentation

  • Club award : Shared by both sides

  • Limitless Player of the match : Asamoah Gyan

  • Emerging Player of the match : Nishu Kumar

  • Hero of the match : Raphael Augusto


Matchday 3 will see the action continue as Jamshedpur FC take on the newly formed team Odisha FC. Jamshedpur FC will begin as favourites, they have retained most of their star players from last season like Bikash Jairu, Titi, Subrata Pal and Farukh Choudhary and have made some new addition to their squads. Former LaLiga player, Piti, is one of the newest entries in the Jamshedpur side. Piti has featured in 147 LaLiga games and has netted a total of 29 goals in the league.

Delhi Dynamos who are with a new name now Odisha FC. The renamed club managed to retain players like Vinit Rai, Romeo Fernandes, Shubham Sarangi and Fransico Dorronsoro. New additions - Aridane Santana, Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Gaurav Bora can prove to be very beneficial for Odisha FC.

Predicted Line-Up for both team-
Jamshedpur FC: Subrata Pal (GK), Narender Gehlot, Jitendra Singh, Tiri, Bikash Jairu, Memo, Aitor Monroy, Isaac Vanmalsawma, CK Vineeth, Sergio Castel, Piti

Odisha FC: Francisco Dorronsoro (GK), Shubham Sarangi, Narayan Das, Carlos Delgado, Gaurav Bora, Diawandou Diagne, Vinit Rai, Xisco Hernandez, Nandakumar Sekar, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Aridane Santana


It seems all the clubs have pulled up their socks! As we saw yesterday, Bengaluru FC failed to crack a nut against NorthEast United FC. It will be exciting to see how The Men of Steel take on newly re-branded Odisha FC.

Jamshedpur consists of six foreigners and 19 Indian players. The new signings to the squadron include top players like CK Vineeth, some fresh young Indian talent and four Spaniards. Vineeth’s addition will put on some experience to the side, the Spanish players, including Piti, Noe Acosta, Sergio Castel and Aitor Monroy are potential to build a creativity.
The team will also boast of a solid midfield for the upcoming season, and the likes of Memo and Amarjit will hold up the defence in the deep.


Jamshedpur FC 2-1 Odisha FC

Despite being down to 10 men, Sergio Castel’s late goal seals the win for Jamshedpur FC gaining 3 points. Odisha FC lose their opening game as they start their ISL campaign under the new brand.

  • Club Award - Jamshedpur FC for winning the game

  • Limitless Player of the Match Award - Sergio Castel

  • ISL Emerging Player of the Match Award - Jerry Mawhmingthanga

  • Hero of the Match Award - Farukh Choudhary

Hero of the Match - Farukh Choudhary | Jamshedpur FC 2 - 1 Odisha FC