2008–09 I-League

The I-League 2008–2009 season began on 26 September 2008 and finished on 16 April 2009 with a break in December for the Federation Cup and Durand Cup. Most games this season were played on Saturday's and Sunday's to attract larger crowds. After a successful first season for the I League, the second season featured 12 teams from four cities – again this would be expanded in the 2009–10 season to 14 teams.

I-League 2008–09
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LeagueI-League
SportAssociation football
Duration2008–2009
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)Zee Sports
I-League season
ChampionsChurchill Brothers SC
Top scorerOdafe Onyeka Okolie
I-League seasons

The champion in the I-League qualified for the AFC Champions League 2010 qualifying playoffs in 2010, while the bottom two teams were relegated to I-League 2nd Division for the next season.

GalleryEdit

TeamsEdit

Locations of games played in the 2008–09 I-League season
Club Manager Location Stadia
Air India  Bimal Ghosh Mumbai Cooperage Ground
Churchill Brothers SC  Karim Bencharifa Goa Jawaharlal Nehru – Fatorda Stadium
Dempo SC  Armando Colaco Goa Jawaharlal Nehru – Fatorda Stadium
East Bengal   Monoranjan Bhattacharya Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium
JCT FC  Sukhvinder Singh New Delhi Ambedkar Stadium
Mahindra United  Derrick Pereira Mumbai Cooperage Ground
Mohammedan S.C   Shabbir Ali Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium
Mohun Bagan  Carlos Roberto Pereira Da Silva Kolkata Salt Lake Stadium
Sporting Clube De Goa  Cliffort Chukwama Goa Jawaharlal Nehru – Fatorda Stadium
Vasco S.C. Goa Jawaharlal Nehru – Fatorda Stadium

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Churchill Brothers 22 13 7 2 53 23 +30 46 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
2 Mohun Bagan 22 13 4 5 30 20 +10 43
3 Sporting Goa 22 13 4 5 28 20 +8 43
4 Dempo 22 8 7 7 35 26 +9 31
5 Mahindra United 22 8 7 7 28 22 +6 31
6 East Bengal 22 7 7 8 31 26 +5 28 2010 AFC Cup group stage[a]
7 Mumbai 22 7 7 8 22 27 −5 28
8 Chirag United 22 6 8 8 20 26 −6 26
9 JCT 22 6 7 9 19 22 −3 25
10 Air India 22 5 9 8 21 26 −5 24
11 Mohammedan 22 5 7 10 17 31 −14 22 Relegation to 2010 I-League 2nd Division
12 Vasco SC (R) 22 2 4 16 14 49 −35 10
Updated to match(es) played on 16 April 2009. Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ East Bengal qualified for the 2010 AFC Cup as 2009–10 Indian Federation Cup winners.

Home and away seasonEdit

Round 1Edit


East Bengal3–1Chirag United Sports Club
I Surkumar Singh   10'
Yakubu   19'
Sunil Chetri   28'
Shankar Oraon   79'


Mohun Bagan1–2Mumbai FC
Pachau Lalam Puia   77' Abel Hammond   9'
Kalia Kulothungan   24'



Mohammedan Sporting Club1–1Air-India
Theodore Sunday Wrobeh   59' Surojit Roy   23'

Round 2Edit


East Bengal0–1Mumbai FC
Felix Aboagye   23'


Mohun Bagan1–1Air-India
Branco Cordozo   70' Soccor Velho   43'



Round 3Edit


JCT FC2–0Mohammedan Sporting Club
Saini   46'
Escobar   68'




Air-India2–0East Bengal
Surojit Roy   48' Michael Tayo   70'

Round 4Edit


Mumbai FC0–0Dempo SC

JCT FC0–1Mahindra United
Sukhwinder Singh   70'


East Bengal2–0Vasco Sports Club
Yakubu   7'   90'


Round 5Edit







Round 6Edit







Round 7Edit





Chirag United Sports Club1–0Mohammedan Sporting Club
Gouranga Dutta   62'


Air-India1–0JCT FC
Samson Singh   86'

Round 8Edit






Mohun Bagan2–0JCT FC
Ishfaq Ahmed   15' Jose Ramirez Barreto   30 pen'

Round 9Edit







JCT FC1–0East Bengal
Escobar   58'

Round 10Edit


Mohammedan Sporting Club0–1Churchill Brothers
[Odafa Onyeka Okolie

Mohun Bagan AC1–0Mahindra United
Bhaichung Bhutia  46'
Referee: P. Basu


Dempo Sports Club1–0East Bengal
[Beto]  78'

JCT FC2–3Mumbai FC

Round 12Edit


Mumbai FC0–3Mohun Bagan AC
Cooperage Ground, Mumbai

JCT FC2–1Dempo Sports Club
Guru Nanak Dev Stadium

Chirag United Sports Club0–0East Bengal
Saltlake Stadium, Kolkata

Mahindra United1–3Churchill Brothers SC
Cooperage Ground, Mumbai

Air-India1–1Mohammedan Sporting Club
Cooperage Ground, Mumbai

Sporting Clube de Goa0–1Vasco Sports Club
Fatorda Stadium, Margao

Round 13Edit



JCT FC1–1Vasco Sports Club

Mumbai FC2–1East Bengal
A. Yadav   47'
A. Hammond   88'
Yakubu   13'


Air-India1–2Mohun Bagan AC

Round 14Edit



Mumbai FC0–0Mahindra United

Mohammedan Sporting Club2–0JCT FC


East Bengal3–1Air-India
Yakubu   49'
Sunil Chetri   56'
Sanju Pradhan   81'
Subhash Singh   88'

Round 15Edit


Dempo Sports Club3–0Mumbai FC

Vasco Sports Club1–4East Bengal
Sherzod Nazarov   52' Chhetri   29'   90',
Yakubu   46'56'

Chirag United Sports Club1–0Air-India

Mahindra United0–0JCT FC


Round 16Edit


Air-India0–0Dempo Sports Club

Churchill Brothers SC9 -1Vasco Sports Club
Odafe Onyeka Okolie   42'   50'  57'   82'  89'   90'


JCT FC0–1Chirag United Sports Club
Ayeni Bidemi Daniel   38'

East Bengal3–0Mohun Bagan AC
Syed Rahim Nabi   22'40'
Chhetri   47'
Attendance: 90,000

Mumbai FC1–2Sporting Clube de Goa

Round 17Edit


JCT FC1–2Churchill Brothers SC


Mumbai FC1–1Air-India
Kalia Kulothungan   38' Emmanuel Ovieghara
Cooperage, Mumbai

East Bengal2–2Mohammedan Sporting Club
Nirmal Chhetri   48'; Chhetri   54' Okoro   4'; Eugene Gray
Referee: Shaji Kurian


Mohun Bagan AC2–1Dempo SC

Round 18Edit


Churchill Brothers SC3–1Mohun Bagan AC
Odafe Onyeka Okolie   45', Ogba Kalu Nnanna   57',   77' Jose Ramirez Barreto   28'
Referee: Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu)


Mahindra United2–1East Bengal
C.Edeh   54'   70' Sunil Chetri   50'


JCT FC1–1Air-India

Vasco Sports Club1–2Mumbai FC
Kalia Kulothungan   89',Abhishek Yadav  10'

Round 19Edit


Air-India1–3Mahindra United
Sushil Kumar Singh   56'


Sporting Clube de Goa1–1East Bengal
J. Pereira   64' I. Addo   42'

Mumbai FC2–3Churchill Brothers SC
Anees Kutty   15'

JCT FC1–1Mohun Bagan AC

Round 20Edit


JCT FC2–0Sporting Clube de Goa
Paul M. Nwachukwu   11', Jagpreet singh   81'

Mohammedan Sporting Club2–0Mumbai FC
Satyajit Bose   14'

Churchill Brothers SC3–1East Bengal
Odafe Onyeka Okolie   45'   75'
Kalu   53'
Yakubu   86'

Air-India1–0Vasco Sports Club
Singam Subash Singh   67'

Dempo SC3–2Mahindra United
Arata izumi   1',Sushil Kumar Singh   65'

Round 21Edit


Air-India1–1Churchill Brothers SC





East Bengal2–1JCT FC
Yakubu   35'   69' Edu   76'

Round 22Edit


Churchill Brothers6–2Mohammedan Sporting Club
Report
  • Okoro   52'
  • Jothikumar   90'

Air-India1–3Sporting Clube de Goa

JCT FC1–0Mumbai FC

East Bengal2–2Dempo SC
Yakubu   12'
I. Addo   60'
C. Antao   21'
Beto   22'

Mahindra United2–1Mohun Bagan AC

Top scorersEdit

As of 23 March 2009
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Odafe Onyeka Okolie Churchill Brothers SC 24
2   Jose Ramirez Barreto Mohun Bagan 10
  Felix Chimaokwu Churchill Brothers SC
4   Sunil Chhetri East Bengal Club 9
  Ranty Martins Soleye Dempo SC
  Chidi Edeh Mahindra United
  Yusif Yakubu East Bengal Club
8   Singam Subash Singh Air India 7
  Sushil Kumar Singh Mahindra United
  Kalia Kulothungan Mumbai FC
  Junior Obagbemiro Sporting Clube de Goa
12   Baichung Bhutia Mohan Bagan 6
  Ogba Kalu Nnanna Churchill Brothers SC
  Joseph Pereira Sporting Clube de Goa

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