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Indian Super League 2015: A year later, recalling those 15 minutes of fame

Looking at three first-season home stars for whom the script went wrong after the heady days of the Indian Super League.

By: Express News Service | Updated: October 3, 2015 11:08 am
isl, indian super league, isl news, romeo fernandes, fc goa, football Romeo Fernandes scored three goals for FC Goa and made two assists as they reached the semifinals.

Last season’s hero, Romeo starts from scratch

Romeo Fernandes would be wondering where did it all go so awfully wrong. A year ago, he was easily the country’s most promising young player. And if the ISL is any parameter, then he had passed that test too. He scored three goals for FC Goa and made two assists as they reached the semifinals.

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Mohammad Rafique Mohammad Rafique went unsold in this year’s ISL auctions.

For Rafique, all silent after final whistle

Even now when he closes his eyes, Mohammad Rafique can visualize the goal. He clearly remembers Jakub Podany’s corner, the timing of his run and the glancing header that catapulted him to instant stardom. With the match heading towards extra-time, it was this goal, the only one in the final between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters, which brought the inaugural Indian Super League crown to Kolkata. Rafique was at the heart of the celebrations.

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Sushanth Mathew For Sushanth Mathew, the long-ranged effort against Chennaiyin FC in the semi-final last season was by far his greatest moment on the football field.

After wonder goal, Matthew ponders fate

Sushanth Mathew appears on the television screen holding a cup of tea. He takes a long sip, as they cut to a flashback moment — his solitary goal for the Kerala Blasters in the inaugural ISL. The focus then returns to the present. Mathew holds up his cup, and says in Malyalam, “anything is possible with tea.”

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