A depleted East Bengal will face a stern test when they take on last year's semifinalists Kitchee to begin their home leg in the group F of the AFC Cup football tournament at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday.
Defending Champions Bengaluru FC will start this year's Hero I-League campaign as favourites when they take on Goa's Dempo in the eighth season, which kicks off at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Saturday.
Having posted a victory against East Bengal in their opening encounter, Dempo will be looking to continue the winning momentum when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in a Group A league encounter of the Hero Federation Cup, to be played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda here Thursday.
No state has dominated domestic football in the last decade quite like Goa. Ever since the National Football League was re-christened to the I-League in 2007, Goan clubs have won 6 out of the 7 editions.
Dominant India built on their impressive first match showing against Jiangsu Sainty with yet another clinical display to beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia 2-0 in their own backyard here Saturday.
Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runners-up for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their I-League campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
The AIFF today imposed Rs 80,000 fine on Mohammedan Sporting and Rs 10,000 on their coach Abdul Bola Mashood Aziz for protesting against the referee`s decision in their 2-3 loss to Bengaluru FC in a Round 13 I-League fixture.