The 7th edition of Hero ISL has come to an end recently as Mumbai City FC was crowned champion after beating ATK Mohun Bagan FC.
All the games were played behind the closed-door in just 3 different venues in Goa following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
However, like every other season, Hero ISL did not fail to amaze us this season as well. Many new records had been made in this season. Here are some of those new records:
1. Maximum teams and matches
For the very first time, Hero ISL was played between 11 teams. The late addition of Kolkata Giant SC East Bengal made it an 11-teams League. As a result, a total of 115 matches were played as compared to the 95 of the last few seasons.
2. Kolkata Derby
‘Kolkata Derby’ is one of the biggest rivalries in Asia. Before the season started, Mohun Bagan AC joined hands with ATK FC and decided to play as one entity named ATK Mohun Bagan FC in the Hero ISL. Later SC East Bengal also joined the league.
ISL finally got the taste of the renowned ‘Kolkata Derby’. However, ATK Mohun Bagan FC got the double over their rivals this season.
3. 11-Goal Thriller
An 11 goals thriller between SC East Bengal and Odisha FC is the highest scoring match in Hero ISL history. It was an exciting contest between the last boys of the ISL this season. Odisha FC finally claimed the victory by a 6-5 scoreline.
4. Longest Unbeaten Run
FC Goa was unbeaten in 13 straight games and made the record of longest unbeaten run in the league history. Earlier, the Gaurs has a 12 games unbeaten run, which was shared with Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC.
5. Longest Tie-Breaker
This season’s ISL has seen the longest tie-breaker in league history as well. 18 spot-kicks were taken during the second leg of Semi-final 1 between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC. Mumbai City FC won 6-5 in sudden death and reached the final and eventually was crowned the champions.