Aizawl FC scripts Indian football’s greatest fairytale, clinches I-League title

Aizawl FC drew with Shillong Lajong 1-1 in a highly-anticipated match as they clinched the I-League title in a manner similar to what Leicester City did in the Premier League last season. In images
  • Aizawl FC drew with Shillong Lajong 1-1 in a highly-anticipated match at Shillong’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as they clinched the title in a manner similar to what Leicester City did in the Premier League last season. PTI
  • Aizawl FC, the first northeastern football team to win an I-League title, scripted the fairytale turnaround in just a matter of a year, as they were on the verge of relegation from the I-League last season. PTI
  • For coach Khalid Jamil (centre), it’s something he will cherish, as he was booted out by Mumbai FC last season for the club’s poor performance. Meanwhile, Mumbai FC finished at the bottom in the 10-team league this season. Courtesy: Hero I-League‏/twitter
  • Jayesh Rane, who plays as a forward for Aizawl FC, celebrates the win in the locker room. Courtesy: Hero I-League‏/twitter
  • (Above) A 4 February 2017 file photo of Mohun Bagan and Aizawl FC in action during the I-League at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata. Mohun Bagan could have won the title had Aizawl lost to Lajong. Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times
  • For a club, owned by Robert Romawia Royte (above), a well-known politician and businessman in Mizoram, whose budget is just around Rs2 crore, it’s an achievement of enormous proportion. Hindustan Times
Aizawl FC, a hitherto little-known club from a remote corner of India with a shoe-string budget, were on Sunday crowned I-League champions in one of the most remarkable achievements in Indian football history.