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17 Jan 2019

Stunning I-League records: A must-know for all football fans

Which are some of the unknown I-League records?

The I-League is the latest version of top-flight Indian club football along with the Indian Super League.

Known as the National Football League before, the I-League first came into being in the 2007-08 season.

Since then, Indian clubs like Bengaluru FC, East Bengal, Dempo, Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan have all battled for the ultimate glory in Indian football.

Here are unknown I-League records for football fans.

In context

Which are some of the unknown I-League records?
Take a look at the highest scorers in the I-League

Highest scorers

Take a look at the highest scorers in the I-League

No Indian has registered his name among I-League's top five scorers, with Nigerians Ranti Martins (214) and Odafa Okolie (165) being the two highest scorers.

Sunil Chhetri is the highest scorer among Indians, with 93 strikes to his name, and is closely followed by Bhaichung Bhutia (89).

Chidi Edeh, the league's fourth-highest scorer ever (103), also scored the tournament's first-ever goal.

Salgaocar has a unique record in the I-League

The 2010-11 I-League winners Salgaocar have won the most number of games ever in a season, 18, and are also the club with the least wins in a season, winning just one match in the 2007-08 campaign.

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Individual records

Some of the stunning individual records in the I-League

Ranti Martins holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals in a match, 7, doing so against Air India in 2010-11.

Martins also holds the record of scoring the most number of goals in a season, 32, which he did in 2011-12.

Odafa boasts of the most number of hat-tricks (14), while Katsumi Yusa has scored the fastest goal ever (13 seconds).

Which teams have been the most successful in the league?

Teams

Which teams have been the most successful in the league?

While no club has managed to win the I-League on successive occasions, Dempo have won it the highest number of times - 3.

In terms of consecutive match victories, Mohun Bagan stand tall with 10 back-to-back victories in the 2008-09 season.

Dempo have registered the highest number of goals in a season (63 in 2010-11), while Air India have registered the fewest (10 in 2007-08).

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Which team has won the most matches in the NFL/I-League combined?

When did Martins score 7 goals against Air India?

Can the ISL and the I-League merge?

Which international competition does the I-League winner play in?

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Which team has won the most matches in the NFL/I-League combined?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by Saanvi Rangarajan

Answered by NewsBytes

East Bengal, having won 227 matches.

When did Martins score 7 goals against Air India?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by Parakram Rodrigues

Answered by NewsBytes

Martins scored 7 goals against Air India on May 30, 2011.

Can the ISL and the I-League merge?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by Divya Patel

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, there is a chance of the two leagues merging, but nothing concrete has been planned yet.

Which international competition does the I-League winner play in?

Asked on 17-01-2019 by Aadhya Yadav

Answered by NewsBytes

The I-League winner can participate in the qualification stage of the AFC Champions League.

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