Defending Champions Dempo SC rode on two controversial decisions to outclass United Sikkim and maintain their top billing in the I-League table, while East Bengal moved up to second spot after managing a win against Pune FC in round-3. Elsewhere Mohun Bagan and Sporting Goa registered their first win of the season. Here's the weekly dose of I-League from TheHardTackle.

The first round of I-League witnessed some surprising results as three of the top teams - Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers faltered at the very first hurdle. North-Eastern sides Shillong Lajong and United Sikkim alongwith defending Champions Dempo started off in brilliant fashion, while Fed Cup Champions East Bengal had to be content with just one point. Here goes TheHardTackle's weekly dose of Indian football.

Over the course of last few decades, a hint of pessimism has gripped the imagination of Indian football fans . Will the Sleeping Giant be able to wake up ever?” There are little indication for any sort of optimism. In our first edition of Indian Football Editorial column, TheHardTackle digs down to the root of the problem to find out how can India earn back its lost status quo as a powerhouse of the game.