An eye for the goal: A look at the top scoring teams in each Hero ISL season
Football is all about the goals. Goals are the defining moments in any football match and these moments are few and far in between but it’s the anticipation for a goal that brings in the drama that makes football the most enjoyable sport in the world.
The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has over the years witnessed some spectacular goals and the Hero ISL 2021-22, the latest edition, saw the most number of goals scored among all the seasons.
Hero ISL teams have always strived to play an attacking brand of football with fans developing greater admiration towards teams that often find the back of the net.
Here’s a look at such teams that entertained the fans with their swashbuckling brand of football. Here are the teams that scored the most number of goals in every season.
2014 - Chennaiyin FC: 27 goals
Led by the magical Elano, Chennaiyin FC were a treat to watch in the inaugural edition of the Hero ISL. Complementing the Brazilian, Marco Materrazi’s team had the likes of Stiven Mendoza, Bruno Augusto and Jeje Lalpekhlua who all got on the scoresheet from time to time.
The Brazilian was the top scorer with eight goals as Chennaiyin FC finished top of the pile at the end of the league stage. They ended the season having scored six more goals than the second-best team in that regard that season in FC Goa.
2015 - FC Goa: 34 goals
Averaging two goals per game, Zico’s FC Goa are one of the most entertaining teams the Hero ISL has seen. With an attack led by Reinaldo, Dudu Omagbemi, Joffre Mateu and Thongkhoisem Haokip, the Gaurs demolished defences with ease.
Pipping Chennaiyin FC by two goals, FC Goa were the top scoring team in a goal-laden 2015 Hero ISL season.
2016 - Delhi Dynamos: 29 goals
Gianluca Zambrotta’s Delhi Dynamos caught everyone’s eye with their flamboyant football in 2016 with their young attack. Led by the Brazilian Marcelinho who scored ten goals that season, Delhi Dynamos caused every defence in the league problems. Richard Gadze and Kean Lewis provided the support upfront as Florent Malouda pulled the strings in midfield for this eye-catching side that finished third in the league phase.
2017-18 - FC Goa: 43 goals
One of the most exciting teams the Hero ISL has ever seen, Sergio Lobera’s FC Goa knew only one way of playing football. Score a goal more than the opponent. More often than not, they succeeded as they racked up 43 goals averaging more than two goals per match.
Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote took goalscoring to another level in the Hero ISL netting 33 goals among them. The Gaurs finished third but scored 12 more goals than eventual champions Chennaiyin FC.
2018-19 - FC Goa: 41 goals
Lobera’s FC Goa continued from where they had left off in Hero ISL 2017-18 campaign as they continued their hot streak in front of goal in Hero ISL 2018-19 season. Corominas once again led the way as he scored 16 times for the Gaurs and was well supported by Edu Bedia and Jackichand Singh with defender Mourtada Fall also chipping in with useful goals.
FC Goa finished second best to Bengaluru FC both in the league and in the final but outscored them by seven goals that season.
2019-20 - FC Goa: 51 goals
The most prolific team in Hero ISL history, the FC Goa side of 2019-20 was a art in motion. At the peak of its powers, firstly under Sergio Lobera and later under Clifford Miranda, the Gaurs scored for fun averaging over 2.5 goals per game.
Corominas finished top scorer for the Gaurs (14) for the third season running and he was ably supported by Hugo Boumous who also got into double figures (11) for the season. Jackichand continued his exploits in front of goal and so did Fall.
FC Goa became the first team to win the League Winners’ Shield after a dominant league stage.
2020-21 - Mumbai City FC: 39 goals
For the fourth consecutive season, a Sergio Lobera-coached team finished as top scorers in the Hero ISL. This time it was Mumbai City FC who dominated the league with their possession-based style of football. Adam Le Fondre was the top scorer with 11 goals ahead of Bartholomew Ogbeche who netted eight times.
The team found goals from all quarters as they became the first team to do the League Winners’ Shield and Hero ISL title double. They scored six more goals than FC Goa, who were second highest scorers.
2021-22: Hyderabad FC: 47 goals
The second-most prolific team ever in a Hero ISL season, Hyderabad FC played frontfoot football all along. Led by Ogbeche who scored 18 times for Manuel Marquez’s side, Hyderabad FC emerged as a real force in Hero ISL 2021-22. Javier Siverio was the perfect support cast for the Nigerian striker as he scored seven times. Hyderabad FC went onto win the Hero ISL title after narrowly finishing second to Jamshedpur FC in the league phase.