League football has been prevalent in India for over two decades and yet it took a team instituted just three years ago to set out and challenge for unprecedented continental glory in the final of the AFC Cup in November. The Hard Tackle attempts to chart this remarkable growth of the new pride of Indian football, Bengaluru FC.
The London derby can take a backseat on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 119th birth anniversary, as the biggest fixture in the Indian football calendar is coming up -- the Kolkata Derby -- one of the most fiercely fought battles in India, as the two bitter rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal prepare to take each other on.
16th January 2016 would undoubtedly go down as an historic day in Indian Football. It was a day when Aizawl hosted its first ever I League match at the picturesque Rajiv Gandhi Stadium when home team Aizawl FC against Bengaluru FC.
It was a losing start for Goan clubs Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar FC on the first matchday of I League while Bengaluru FC made a strong start.
Injuries and Callup to National squad have forced Chennaiyin to sign Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Pawan Kumar on an emergency basis
Having retained Scottish striker Darryl Duffy and the core set of Indian players from last season, Salgaocar FC have signed attacking midfielder Martin Scott
I League champions Mohun Bagan have strengthened their squad by signing Brazilian Defender Gustavo Silva Conceicao and striker Georgie Wilson Welcome Collins.
THT Guest Author Rohit Roy analyses the 2014/15 season for East Bengal which proved to be a below par one for the Kolkata Giants
TheHardTackle looks at three key battles that could impact the outcome of the I League title decider between Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan
With the relegation race in the I League hotting, TheHardTackle analyses the remaining set of fixtures for the teams involved