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Must-know ISL stats and trivia for every Indian football fan

Want to know who’s the youngest goal-scorer in ISL or which team holds the record for the longest unbeaten run? Here are the answers.

By Utathya Nag ·

Since its inception in 2014, the Indian Super League (ISL) has been one of the pillars of Indian football.

With every passing season, the ISL has had its own landmark moments, making it richer in history. Statistics and records, invariably, had a huge role to play in that.

Looking back, here are some of the must-know ISL stats and records for every Indian football fan.

Most successful ISL team

ATK, with three ISL titles, currently holds the title of the ISL’s most successful team of all time. The Kolkata team won the title in its inaugural season in 2014 and followed it up with triumphs in 2016 and the 2019-20 campaign.

Spaniard Antonio Lopez Habas was in charge of the team during their 2014 and 2019-20 ISL wins, making him the only head coach to have won multiple ISL titles, that too, with the same team.

Chennaiyin FC have been two-time champions, winning the top honours in 2015 and 2017-18. Bengaluru FC won the title in the 2018-19 season.

First goalscorer in ISL

Ethiopian striker Fikru Teferra will be a permanent fixture in the ISL stats and record books as the first-ever goalscorer in ISL history. Playing for ATK against Mumbai City FC in the inaugural ISL match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 12, 2014, Fikru scored in the 27th minute. ATK won the match 3-0.

Balwant Singh became the first Indian goal scorer in the ISL after netting for Chennaiyin FC in the 31st minute during the Marina Machans’ 2-1 victory over FC Goa at the Fatorda on October 15, 2014.

Mumbai City FC’s Brazilian striker Andre Moritz scored the first-ever ISL hat-trick in the first season during a 5-0 win over FC Pune City on October 18, 2014.

Highest goal scorer in ISL

Former FC Goa forward Ferran Corominas leads the ISL stats for goal scorers with 48 goals from his 57 ISL matches. Bengaluru FC’s Sunil Chhetri is second with 41 goals in 79 matches.

Chhetri is also the highest Indian goal scorer in the ISL followed by Jeje Lalpekhlua, who is playing ISL 2020-21 for East Bengal.

Fastest goal-scorer in ISL

The ISL’s fastest goal was scored by former Jamshedpur FC winger Jerry Mawihmingthanga, who found the back of the net after just 23 seconds against Kerala Blasters FC in ISL 2017-18 on 17th January 2018.

He broke former Kerala Blasters player Chris Dagnall’s record of 29 seconds which was set in ISL 2015 against NorthEast United FC in ISL 2015.

Youngest goalscorer in ISL

ATK winger Komal Thatal holds the record of being the youngest scorer in the ISL.

The youngster, then aged 18 years 1 month and 13 days, scored in ATK’s 2-1 defeat to Bengaluru FC in ISL 2018-19 on October 31, 2018, to erase the previous record held by Jerry Lalrinzuala.

Biggest winning margin in ISL

FC Goa recorded the biggest winning margin in ISL till date when they thumped Mumbai City FC 7-0 at the Fatorda in ISL 2015. The match was played on November 17, 2015.

Dudu Omagbemi and Thongkhosiem Haokip scored a hat-trick each while Brazilian Reinaldo scored the other goal for the Guars.

Highest scoring match in ISL

Two matches in ISL history has seen a total of nine goals being scored – the highest till now.

The first was FC Goa’s entertaining 5-4 victory over Chennaiyin FC in ISL 2016 on December 1, 2016. In the second, though, Chennaiyin came out on the right side of a 6-3 scoreline against Kerala Blasters in the sixth season on February 1, 2020.

Longest undefeated streak in ISL

En route to the title in ISL 2018-19, Bengaluru FC strung together a run of 11 matches unbeaten to establish the longest undefeated streak in ISL history. The previous record was 10 matches held jointly by Bengaluru FC (2017-18) and FC Goa (2014).

Bengaluru FC’s run also included six wins on the trot – the longest winning streak in ISL till date.

Longest winless streak in ISL

Hyderabad FC went 14 matches without a win in their inaugural ISL campaign in 2019-20, making it the longest winless run by any ISL team till date.

The longest run of losses, however, is under Delhi Dynamos’ name. The Lions lost six in a row in the 2017-18 season.