Indian football team coach Stephen Constantine has cited the absence of a thriving football culture in the country as a major impediment in its quest for its first World Cup appearance - despite a rich football history and a population of 1.2 billion people.
Fallen Kolkata football giants Mohammedan Sporting Club were on Friday demoted to the fourth position in the 2014-15 I-league second division standings for failure to pay the contracted remuneration to one of its foreign players, Genki Nakamura.
Mohun Bagan assistant general secretary Srinjoy Bose said he was disappointed at the West Bengal government's stepmotherly treatment towards the the I-League champions, having been denied a felicitation programme to acknowledge its feat.
I-League outfit Shillong Lajong FC on Wednesday announced its decision to sell its stake in Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Northeast United FC in order to focus on grassroots and youth development programmes in the region.
Mohun Bagan coach Sanjay Sen, who guided the team to its first national league title in 13 years, believes Indian football does not need over-hyped and below-par foreign coaches as there is no dearth of talent in local managers.
Salgaocar FC were on Friday awarded the Fairplay trophy for the I-League 2014-15, while Mumbai FC and East Bengal shared the best organiser award for organising their respective home matches in Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai and Salt Lake Stadium and Barasat Stadium in Kolkata, respectively.
Outgoing world football body FIFA President Sepp Blatter has congratulated Mohun Bagan on winning the I-League, saying that the Kolkata giants had achieved their success through "exceptional performance".
Having ended their trophy drought after five years with maiden I-League triumph, the football fraternity in unison hailed the efforts of unhrealded and low-profile coach Sanjay Sen, whose tactical acumen was largely responsible for national club's crowning glory.
A late 86th minute header from Nigerian defender Bello Rasaq cancelled out a strike from English defender John Johnson to give Mohun Bagan their first I-League triumph as the visitors held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on a wet Sunday evening.
Odafe Okalie scored a hatrick to guide Sporting Clube de Goa to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Pune FC and save relegation in the final round of the Hero I-League, played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here on Saturday.
Creative midfielder Taisuke Matsugae scored a brilliant goal in stoppage time to help Mumbai FC beat a fighting Bharat FC 2-1 and finish the I-League Football in sixth position with 24 points at the Cooperage ground here on Saturday.