East Bengal, the ISL newcomers, did not have a lot of time to build their squad. However, they still managed to rope in some big name foriegn players and can pose a threat to the title contenders for ISL 2020-21. Fans, of course, have their expectations and only time will tell how they will fare, but here is everything you need to know about SC East Bengal’s ISL Season VII campaign:
With a fresh-look squad, the Red and Golds are set to debut in the ISL. Here’s the full squad, as per the official ISL website:
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Sankar Roy, Mirshad Michu, Rafique Ali Sardar
Defenders: Samad Ali Mallick, Abhishek Ambekar, Daniel Fox*, Scott Neville**, Narayan Das, Mohammad Irshad, Gurtej Singh, Rohen Singh, Lalramchullova, Rana Gharami, Anil Chawan, Pritam Singh, Novin Gurung
Midfielders: Senhaj Singh, Matti Steinmann*, Jacques Maghoma*, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Wahengbam Angousana, Bikash Jairu, Gopi Yumnam Singh, Surchandra Singh, Loken Meiti, Mohammed Rafique, Aaron Amadi-Holloway*, Anthony Pilkington*, Milan Singh
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpheklua, CK Vineeth, Girik Khosla
Note: Some players aren’t with the squad in Goa but have been registered with the league to be flown in whenever necessary.
Robbie Fowler’s men begin their debut ISL campaign against arch-enemies ATK Mohun Bagan on November 27th.
Here’s how their schedule looks for the first 10 fixtures:
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan - Nov 27 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
Mumbai City FC vs SC East Bengal - Dec 1 - GMC Stadium Bambolim
NorthEast United FC vs SC East Bengal - Dec 5 -Tilak Maidan Stadium
SC East Bengal vs Jamshedpur FC - Dec 10 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
Hyderabad FC vs SC East Bengal - Dec 15 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
Kerala Blasters FC vs SC East Bengal - Dec 20 - GMC Stadium Bambolim
SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC - Dec 26 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
SC East Bengal vs FC Goa - Jan 6 - Tilak Maidan Stadium
Bengaluru FC vs SC East Bengal - Jan 9 - Fatorda Stadium
Robbie Fowler: We know how tough any game would be. But for us to get the reigning champions and to get a massive derby out of the way is something for us to train for. It's a massive game for our players and we can't wait. We will be looking forward to it.
We are weeks behind in terms of preparation. But all we can do is get the team as ready as we can. We really will be ready. No pressure on our boys. We are new boys in the league. Let’s put all the pressure on ATK Mohun Bagan.
We know it is difficult for us as we are behind. But we will work hard and try and get up to speed as soon as possible.