I-League 2012-13 will have many new Indian faces


The rising cost of Indian and foreign players playing in India is making the Indian football clubs look to a new pool of players.

Many of the current I-league Clubs and those who have qualified recently are vocal about the sudden sky-high undeserving salary demands of the footballers. Top 20 Indian players start from  Rs 80 lakhs, 2nd rung are demanding upto 70 lakhs while even the third string players are demanding anywhere between 40-50 lakhs.


Clubs like ONGC, United Sikkim FC and Air India are finding it hard to hire ‘star’ players. So they have an alternate solution. The clubs are holding/going to hold camps in various regions of the country to scout new talents. This will not only be cost effective but also will bring new faces to increase the pool and thus rationalize the player salaries.


ONGC are keeping most of their squad that helped them qualify for the next I-league season with a slight hike in their salaries and promises of bonus. Depending on whether they will be based in Mumbai or Delhi, they will hire local talents from the respective city.


Air India has always depended on the unknown faces and each year they have managed to throw pleasant surprises. They will have a similar strategy for the next season.


United Sikkim FC are having a more ambitious program. They will travel through different cities in the country and hold selection camps there. The first one of them has already started in Kolkata with the help of East Bengal. The next camp will be held in Punjab as there are lot of budding players in that region who do not have a club owing to the closure of JCT. Their next destination would be Kerala and they are already in talks with local clubs to hire facilities.


The final phase of the selection trials will happen in USFC’s hometown Gangtok where the players will be shortlisted for inclusion in the team roster.


  1. Probable Mohun Bagan Team for 2012-2013  Coach Santosh Kashyap air india Coach

    Former India Player Santosh Kashyap will be heading off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to undergo an FIFA/AFC Futsal Continental Train the Trainers Selection Course scheduled to be held in the third week of October.
    Renowned for his expertise in free-kicks, Kashyap who served the Mahindra United team with distinction as a player & coach is the only representative from India among the total list of 25 participants from all over Asia , who will be attending this six-day selection course, conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
    The objective of the course, which will take place from October 18-23 is to identify new potential Futsal instructors to develop Futsal—an exciting five-a-side version of football in all member associations. The AFC ‘A’ Coaching License holder, (Only in Maharashtra) Kashyap at the end of last season further enhanced his coaching reputation when he guided the Mahindra United Under-19 team to Super Division title in the Mumbai Football League.
    Kickoff Bureau
    Goalkeeper Sl Name Comments1 Arindam Bhattacharya Churchill Bros2 Naveen Kumar Pailan arrows3 Shilton Paul Mohun Bagan4 Milton Bhowmick IFA Academy5Sudipta Banerjee
    Right Back Sl Name Comments1 Nirmal Chetri East Bengal2 Ibor Singh Lajong F C3 Rajib Dey Pailan arrows4Mohan Sarkar Pailan arrows6Khelemba Sing Salgamakor
    Left Back Sl Name Comments1 Deepak Sumnath Mohun Bagan2 Dhanachandra Singh Mumbai FC3 Ramandeep Singh Sporting Clube De Goa4Biswajit Saha Salgomakar
    Stopper Sl Name Comments1 Kingshuk Debnath Mohun Bagan2 Sourav Chakraborty Mohun Bagan3 Anowar Ali Mohun Bagan4 Mohon Sarkar Techno Aryans5 Anyichie Eche Southern SamityRight Wing Half Sl Name Comments1 Snehasish Dutta Prayag United2 Manish Bhargav Mohun Bagan3 Lalremfena Southern Samity4Merajuddin Salgamaker
    Left Wing Half Sl Name Comments1 Snehasish Chakraborty Mohun Bagan2 Bijendra Rai Pailan arrows3 Syed Rohim Nobi Mohun Bagan
    Defensive Central midfielder Sl Name Comments1 Rakesh Masih Mohun Bagan2 Denson Debdas Prayag United3 Adil khan Sporting Clube De Goa4Jevan Singh Pailan arrows5Steven diyas Charchil
    Attacking Central midfielder
    Sl Name Comments1 Jewel Raja Mohun Bagan2 Manish Maithani Mohun Bagan3 Stanley Okoroigwe Mohamedern Sporting
    Forward Sl Name Comments1 Odafa Okolie Mohun Bagan2 Dibendu Biswas3 Sankar Oraw Prayag United5 Tolgay Ozbe East Bengal6 Tarif Ahamed ONGC7 C S Sabeeth Pailan arrows

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