5 Interesting Stats for East Bengal FC in the I-League
Last Updated 11:21 AM 30th November 2019 .
As another new season of the coveted title begins today we have compiled a list of interesting statistics regarding Quess East Bengal FC in the I-League.
1. Most wins, Most goals, Most appearances
East Bengal FC are the only team to feature in all editions of the National Football League/I-League since it’s inception in 1996-97. They have won in 3 times: 2000-01, 2002-03 & 2003-04.
East Bengal FC have won the most number of matches among all teams in the NFL/I-League history with 242 wins from 484 matches (*including First stage games in 1996-97 & 1998-99).
East Bengal FC also have the record of scoring most number of goals among all teams in the NFL/I-League history with 733 goals.
2. Best & Worst record against opponents
East Bengal FC have featured in 23 editions of the NFL/I-League till 2018-19 and they have played against 38 different opponents winning at least once against all of them.
Aizawl FC is the team East Bengal FC has the worst win% against, with just 2 wins in 8 matches totalling to just 25% win rate. The last time East Bengal FC won against Aizawl was in 2015-16 when Ranti Martins scored a hattrick to snatch a famous 2-3 win away at Aizawl.
Indian Arrows is the team East Bengal FC has the best win% against among the teams currently playing in the I-League, with 8 wins from 10 matches totalling to a massive 80% win rate.
3. Goa trips and abysmal records
Trips to Goa have rarely been fruitful for East Bengal FC. as Salgaocar Dempo Churchill Brothers had the better of the Red and Gold brigade most of the times through the years.
Against Churchill Brothers in the 20 away games they have played till 2018-19, East Bengal FC won in just 5, latest coming last year when Jaime Santos and Didika scored to snatch a 1-2 win.
Record against Salgaocar is the worst with just 2 wins in 19 visits to Goa; even just 3 wins in 16 visits against Dempo SC.
4. Scoring records and golden boots
East Bengal FC has scored the most goals in the history of NFL/I-League as said previously however only thrice did an East Bengal FC player win the Golden boot or top scorer award.
2003-04 : Cristiano Junior (15 goals)
2014-15 : Ranti Martins (17 goals)
2015-16 : Ranti Martins (12 goals)
The top scorer for East Bengal in NFL/I-League history is Bhaichung Bhutia with 48 goals; Tolgay Ozbey (2011-12) and Chidi Edeh (2012-13) holds the record for most goals in a single edition with 18 goals however failed to grab the top scorer prizes.
Ranti Martins also holds the record of scoring most goals in a single match for East Bengal when he scored all 5 goals as East Bengal defeated Dempo SC away in 2014-15.
5. Kolkata Derby records
There has been a total 44 Kolkata Derbies in the NFL/I-League history with East Bengal FC winning most with 17 wins and Mohun Bagan with just 13.
The first NFL Kolkata Derby took place in 1997-98 with Mohun Bagan defeating East Bengal 2-1, Chima Okorie & Dipendu Biswas scored for Bagan while Felix scored for East Bengal.
The highest margin of win in NFL/I-League derbies came in 22 Feb 2009 when East Bengal won 3-0 against their arch rivals with Rahim Nabi scoring twice and Sunil Chhetri scoring the third.
Last year East Bengal won both the Kolkata derbies in the I-League making a league double over Bagan for the third time after 15 years, previous two coming in 2002-03 & 2003-04.
It has been so close yet so far for East Bengal FC as I-League trophy has been eloping from their grasp for 16 years now. Coach Alejandro & team will surely look to end the wait, as they begin their campaign on Wednesday 4th December against Real Kashmir FC; as the millions of East Bengal fans eagerly wait for the coveted title.