Back from the brink: Nikhil Poojary battles injuries, rejections and inner demons to forge 'accidental' football career
Without a little bit of enchantment, Nikhil Poojary's dream of playing professional football would have remained just that, let alone turning out for the senior national side in the Indian blues.
I-League 2017-18: East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil to keep faith in destiny as future hangs by a thread
Over the years, Jamil has been involved in plenty of close and make-or-break finishes at either end of the table, and fate has never deserted him. In the most testing times of his managerial career, it's no surprise that he's banking on it again.
I-League 2017-18: Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty says East Bengal are favourites for Kolkata derby
Mohun Bagan won by a solitary goal against their arch- rivals last month but since then they have slumped to sixth in the table and have parted with their I-League winning coach Sanjoy Sen.
ISL 2017-18 Player Draft: From ATK's acquisition of big guns to FC Goa's youth policy, how all 10 teams fared
So as teams like ATK, Bengaluru FC splurged the cash, here's a look at some of the top picks from the draft and how all the 10 teams fared during the latest draft:
FC Goa has signed goalkeeper Laxmikanth Kattimani and winger Mandar Rao Dessai for three-year deals which will keep the players on the Konkan coast till the end of 2019-20 season.
A former footballer himself, Moosa has turned out for Air India, Churchill Brothers, East Bengal, Mahindra United and Mohammedan Sporting in a career that spanned over 12 years.
The red-and-gold have already signed a number of players part of Aizawl's title-winning run and they will be reuniting with Jamil.
Khalid Jamil is a player's manager. For him, his players are an extended part of his family and only his prayers come before them. It would be fair to say that for some of them, he is as good as a father figure.
With the starting eleven boasting of five U-22 players, Bengaluru FC ensured they ended their campaign on 30 points from 18 matches with a win against Churchill.
Bayi Kamo struck twice as Aizawl FC scored a convincing 3-1 win over Churchill Brothers to keep their I-League title hopes afloat on Saturday.
Mumbai FC and Churchill Brothers FC, Goa on Saturday played a goalless draw in a 15th round I-League 2016-2017 match at the Cooperage ground in Mumbai.
Balwant Singh scored at the death to salvage a 2-2 draw for Mohun Bagan against Mumbai FC in an I-League football tie at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Mumbai FC dominated proceedings but could not break the deadlock, settling for a goalless draw against Minerva FC, their third in a row.
Mumbai FC and Bengaluru FC shared the spols in a goalless stalemate in the I-League, continuing the defending champions' winless run and dealing a blow to their title aspirations.
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan failed in their bid to defeat Mumbai FC in their home venue for the third season in a row as Wednesday's I-League game between the two outfits ended in a goalless draw in Mumbai.
Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen showed his annoyance at national football coach Stephen Constantine's recent criticism of his team's goalkeeper Debjit Majumder on Tuesday for not attending a World Cup preparatory camp last year despite being called up.
Mohun Bagan supporter met with a tragic end while returning from the I-League football derby match in Siliguri where he died of an accident at Baranagar Road Railway Station
Bengaluru FC dropped their first points at home this season after a fortuitous goal allowed Minerva Punjab FC claim a point with a 1-1 draw at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Ahead of the Kolkata derby, Mohun Bagan's mercurial forward Sony Norde on Thursday praised arch-rivals East Bengal who are on a five-match winning streak.
East Bengal consolidated their lead at the top of the table by beating Mumbai FC 2-0 in a sixth round match of the I-League in the Barasat Stadium on Wednesday.