2020–21 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season will be the 7th edition of the top professional football league in India. The season will start from 20th November 2020 and is expected to end by March 2021 without any COVID interruption. This year’s season will be hosted behind-closed-doors across three venues in Goa due to the ongoing pandemic in India.
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The Venues: GMC Stadium Bambolim, Tilak Maidan Stadium, and Fatorda Stadium
Defending Champion: Atlético de Kolkata FC (Will be competing under the new name ATK Mohun Bagan this season)
Runners Up: Chennaiyin FC
League Shield Winners: Goa FC
Last Season standing of Jamshedpur FC: 8th
The biggest festival of Indian Football is coming back. The carnival of football will be celebrating its 7th year. The Coronavirus pandemic might have tamed the preparations and arrangements a bit but the fans can’t wait for ISL to be back. Even though it will be played behind closed doors, but the fans are ready. Social media is heating up. The banter game is firing up.
Jamshedpur FC would be aiming to forget their past performances and look for a fresh start in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21. Having missed out on the top four spots in their three seasons so far, the Jamshedpur-based franchise will be targeting its first-ever playoff appearance.
With Owen Coyle as head coach, Jamshedpur will be led by someone who took Chennaiyin FC all the way to the ISL final last season. With three different head coaches at the helm in three seasons, Jamshedpur FC have, this time, put their faith in Scottish head coach Owen Coyle for this season after finishing eighth in the previous edition.
Major Transfer News and New Signings
Jamshedpur conceded 35 goals last season in the HERO ISL which was the second-most by any team. This time, however, the team’s management has lured in some great defenders to what looks like a solid backline.
The Red Miners signed two experienced center-backs in Englishman Peter Hartley and the 6’6-tall Nigerian Stephen Eze. They also acquired the services of former Chennaiyin FC right-back Laldinliana Renthlei.
Jamshedpur FC also completed the signings of Brazilian midfielder Alex Lima and Australian forward Nicholas Fitzgerald. The franchise's biggest Indian signing is Jackichand Singh brought in after an impressive season with FC Goa.
Although Jamshedpur has acquired many big names, their best blockbuster signing has to the ISL Golden Boot winner 19/20 Nerjus Valskis who followed his coach Owen Coyle to Jamshedpur from Chennaiyin FC.His 15 goals and 6 assists were very important to Chennaiyin FC's run to the final last season. They have also roped in two experienced Indian goalkeepers in TP Rehenesh and Pawan Kumar.
The franchise also retained their very regular playmaker Aitor Monroy, who played all the 1,620 minutes of Jamshedpur’s 2019-20 campaign.
GOALKEEPERS--TP Rehenesh, Pawan Kumar, Niraj Kumar, Raj Mahato, Vishal Yadav.
DEFENDERS-- Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Narender Gehlot, Joyner Lourenco, Laldinliana Renthlei, Karan Amin, Manash Protim Gogoi, Sandip Mandi, Ricky Lallawmawma, Subhash Barua.
MIDFIELDERS-- Aitor Monroy, Alex Lima, Jackichand Singh, Nicholas Fitzgerald, Issac Vanmalsawma, Amarjit Singh, Mobashir Rahman, Jitendra Singh, Manisana Singh, Harsha Parui, Billu Teli, Gorachand Mardi, Gaurab, Bhupender Singh.
FORWARDS-- Nerijus Valskis, David Grande, Aniket Jadhav, Sapam Kennedy Singh, William Lalnunfela.
Jamshedpur FC's campaign has been boosted by the arrival of head coach Owen Coyle and Nerijus Valskis -- both instrumental to Chennaiyin FC's run to the ISL final last season. Also the signings of players like Peter Hartley, Alex Lima, Stephen Eze, and Nicholas Fitzgerald along with Jackichand Singh in the squad brings lots of experience and variety into the side.
Coyle showed us what he's capable of doing in the ISL last season when he led a faltering Chennaiyin FC from the bottom of the league to the semi-finals before eventually losing to ATK FC in the final.
Before replacing John Gregory at Chennaiyin last season, Owen Coyle helped transform English football clubs such as Burnley and Bolton Wanderers.
With plenty of promising Indian youngsters like Aniket Jadhav, Amarjit Singh, Jitendra Singh, and Narender Gahlot, Coyle will have plenty of exciting, young talent to work with just like he did at Chennaiyin.
Lack of solid alternatives in attack and defense if some first-team players pick up injuries could be a problem for the Red Miners.
Jamshedpur has always started their ISL campaigns well but faltered midseason and towards the latter stages of the league. After finishing fifth in their first two ISL campaigns, they narrowly missed out on qualification. They had a decent start to last season as well but injuries to some of their main players mid-season ruined their chances of qualification to play-offs.
GK -- Pawan Kumar
DEFENCE -- Dinliana - Peter Hartley - Stephen Eze - Narender Gahlot
MIDFIELD -- Monroy - Amarjit Singh Kiyam - Alex Lima
ATTACK -- Aniket - Jackichand - Valskis