Over 30 per cent of Indians in ISL & I-League are from the North-East, yet the region's biggest state is falling behind. Sharda Ugra explores why.
The Super Cup could have been a tournament for the ages, with better context and a more viable scheduling of fixtures, writes Debayan Sen.
Bhowmick has had three previous stints with East Bengal, as head coach, with his run from 2002 to 2005 including victory in the ASEAN championship.
Minerva have expressed displeasure over 'discrimination' in the Super Cup draw, as well as the perceived insufficient financial support from the AIFF.
A military academy, a short-tempered owner, and a club that finished ninth the previous season. How on earth did Minerva Punjab win the I-League?
With no Bengaluru FC in the fray this season, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were expected to dominate the I-League. So, what went wrong?
In the all-important game against Churchill Brothers, Minerva ensured there was no repeat of the glitches seen from them earlier in this season.
With four teams in contention for the title until the last kick, the I-League's final day was not short on drama on the final day. Here's a recap.
Five current and former footballers tell ESPN who among Minerva, NEROCA, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are most likely to win the I-League.
I-League leaders Minerva FC have accused the goalkeeping coach of East Bengal of making improper approaches to members of his team.
March 8 is the final day of the I-League season and four teams still have a mathematical chance of winning the title.
With the I-League title race this season going down to the wire, ESPN recollects six other title clashes that were just too close to call.
A series of conversations with referees around India became a walk into a world of astonishing abundance - of love for football - and painful scarcity
Dudu led the charge with four goals as East Bengal hammered Chennai City 7-1 to keep their I-League title hopes alive.
They may be bottom with just four wins in 17, but there's more to the Indian Arrows team than the points tally.
As things stands, four teams - NEROCA, Minerva, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan -- are in with a shot at the title. Who has the most favourable odds?
The Indian Super Cup will involve the six top teams from both the ISL as well as the I-League, with playoffs used to fill the remaining four slots.
The race for the I-League title, that could well have been sealed on Tuesday, will now have to be fought perhaps right until the final round.
ESPN crunches some numbers from I-League's ten previous seasons to see how Minerva's title credentials match with the winning teams over the years.
Chencho Gyeltshen has raised the profile of Bhutan football with his sparkling performances for I-League table toppers Minerva Punjab.
Identifying their best players and sticking with them have helped both Minerva and NEROCA shine this season.
Mohun Bagan can launch a genuine title challenge if they recreate Sunday's energy with more consistency, writes Debayan Sen.
Churchill' Monday Osagie scored the 100th goal of the 2017-18 I-League on Friday. Debayan Sen looks back at some key numbers behind the century.
Ranjit Bajaj, owner of I-League team Minerva Punjab, has reported approaches made to two of his players, to fix matches for INR 30 lakh.