The sixth edition of the tournament had a lot of individual quality to boast of.
The Indian Super League has seen seven editions play out so far, since its inception in 2014. There is a new influx of foreign and domestic talent brought in by the clubs every year. Similarly, the ISL 2019-20 season, the sixth edition, had several prominent stars.
The season saw the introduction of Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC into the fold. ATK went on to win the title, for the second time under Antonio Lopez Habas. Players from different backgrounds and experience came into the Indian football sphere and showcased their talents to the audiences.
The 2019-20 season was also the last to have people watching the games live inside stadiums. Looking back, here is Khel Now’s list of a few prominent stars from ISL 2019-20 and where are they now:
Victor Mongil (ATK)
ATK signed Victor Mongil during the winter window. The Spaniard went on to play nine games for the outfit and helped them lift the crown by the end of the season. The defender came to the ISL from Dinamo Tbilisi, a team that plays in Georgia. He went back to Dinamo after one season with ATK, when he secured a move in September 2020.
Lucian Goian (Chennaiyin FC)
Mumbai City FC brought in Lucian Goian in July of 2016 from CFR Cluj. From there, he went to Perth Glory but came back to the Islanders after a season. Chennaiyin FC came forward to sign him in August 2019, ahead of the 2019-20 season.
The centre-back had a good idea of Indian football by that time. The Romanian helped the Marina Machans reach the final after finishing fourth in the league standings. They then lost to ATK and finished as runners-up.
Post the season, Goian departed from the club and is not playing for any team at the moment.
Ferran Corominas (FC Goa)
Ferran Corominas entered into his third year with FC Goa during the 2019-20 ISL season and is one of the most prominent stars of all-time in the league. The striker took the ISL by storm, winning the Golden Boot in his first two seasons.
“Coro” was instrumental to FC Goa and their ambitions, as evident from his 18 goal contributions (14 goals, four assists) in 17 games in his final season with the Gaurs. He parted ways with the side post the 2019-20 season and joined Atletico Baleares in Spain in September 2020.
Sergio Castel (Jamshedpur FC)
Jamshedpur FC signed Sergio Castel from Atletico Madrid ‘B’ on a season-long loan ahead of their 2019-20 campaign. The Spanish striker was one of the youngest foreign players to be signed that year. He quickly found his feet in the competition, scoring seven goals from 11 games. Unfortunately, an ankle injury stopped his ISL journey abruptly.
The 26-year-old went back to Atletico Madrid ‘B’ after his loan spell was over. He then joined UD Ibiza on loan in October 2020 and is slated to return to his parent club in June 2021.
Messi Bouli (Kerala Blasters)
Messi Bouli signed for Kerala Blasters from Iranian club Foolad FC. The striker played 17 games for the Yellow Army, scored eight goals and provided one assist. The Cameroonian left the ISL outfit last summer, despite a strong debut season.
He then signed for Heilongjiang Ice City in September 2020, before joining Liaoning Shenyang Urban in April 2021. At present, he is with Nanjing City on loan until December 2021.
Mohamed Larbi (Mumbai City)
Mohamed Larbi was signed by the Islanders in September 2019 while he was a free agent. He had Ligue 1 experience under his belt and used to play for Esperance Tunis in Tunisia before joining the ISL outfit. The midfielder played 18 matches, scored two goals and made four assists in ISL 2019-20. He then left to join French outfit SO Cholet in August 2020.