The year 2014 has been a cornerstone in the history of Indian football. The inaugural Hero Indian Super League, though successful in its own right, 2014 has had a lot more to offer in terms of development and success for Indian football. Here are some key highlights of a momentous year.
1. Bengaluru F.C Win The I-League In Maiden Season
New direct entrants Bengaluru F.C claimed their first I League championship, by finishing top of the table. The new club in Bangalore managed to break a whole lot of new ground. Manager Ashley Westwood’s English philosophy and style of play, and charismatic captain Sunil Chhetri returning from his stint at Portugal were certainly the novelty. However, the most unexpected part of the Blues’ campaign was certainly the fans. The fan support for Ashley Westwood’s side was most definitely instrumental in the club finishing at the top of the tree and securing qualification to the AFC Cup playoffs round.
Following their victory in the I league, who can forget the fan parade that was there for all to see on the streets of Bangalore. The new chants, the fresh paint in the stadium and better training facilities are not only proving to be good for the future of the club, but also the future of Indian football. The newly formed direct entrant Bharat F.C is evidence of the fantastic work done by Bengaluru F.C.
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