Not even Dempo’s staunchest fans would have pictured this after the humiliating loss to Nasaf. It will not be without a touch of irony that if Dempo win today in their final match against Al Ansar at Balewadi and Al Tilal don’t beat Nasaf- they will qualify for the knockout round of the AFC Cup for yet another season.

Churchill Brothers has often been the unlucky bridesmaid of Indian football. Thrice they have lost the title on the last day of the national league. Yet, despite their failures, they have been one of the most exciting teams in Indian football in last two decades. TheHardTackle takes a look at the "family club" which became part of the "elite clubs" in Indian football.