Number crunch: A look at key facts and figures as Hero ISL breaches 2000-goal mark

Mumbai City FC produced a performance of yesteryear as they came back from 0-2 down to beat Chennaiyin FC 6-2 at the Marina Arena in Chennai on Saturday.

The win wasn’t just a display of clean, free-flowing attacking football from the Islanders, but a set a platform for records and milestones.

Alberto Noguera’s goal to put Mumbai City FC 5-2 up on the night was the 2000th goal scored in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) history and it was only apt that the milestone was achieved in a game which was a great advert for the Hero ISL and the endeavours of the teams playing in it to entertain the crowds with some eye-catching football.

Noguera thus thrust himself into elite company of goalscorers who had the honour to score the landmark goals in Hero ISL history.

1st goal  -  Fikru (Match 1 - Hero ISL 2014 - ATK vs MCFC)

100th goal - Romeo Fernandes (Match 46 - Hero ISL 2014 - FCG vs NEUFC)

500th goal - Danilo Cezario (Match 14 - Hero ISL 2017-18 - DDFC vs NEUFC)

1000th goal - David Williams (Match 11 - Hero ISL 2019-20 - CFC vs ATK)

1500th goal - Joao Victor (Match 96 - Hero ISL 2020-21 -  HFC vs KBFC)

2000th goal - Alberto Noguera (Match 29 - Hero ISL 2022-23 - CFC vs MCFC)

Club-wise distribution

FC Goa who are the highest goalscorers in Hero ISL history are the biggest contributors to the 2001 goals that have been scored with a 13.7% share in the total goals scored. Their share is 3% more than the second club in the list: Mumbai City FC.

Chennaiyin FC are the only other club to have contributed to more than 10% of the goals scored in Hero ISL history.

ATK Mohun Bagan despite being part of the Hero ISL for little more than two seasons have already contributed to over 4% of the total goals scored.

Teams

Goals scored

% of total goals scored in Hero ISL

FC Goa

274

13.7

Mumbai City FC

214

10.7

Chennaiyin FC

205

10.2

Kerala Blasters FC

187

9.3

Bengaluru FC

158

7.9

NorthEast United FC

155

7.7

ATK FC

138

6.9

Jamshedpur FC

135

6.7

Delhi Dynamos FC

114

5.7

Hyderabad FC

105

5.2

FC Pune City

97

4.8

Odisha FC

90

4.5

ATK Mohun Bagan

83

4.1

East Bengal FC

46

2.3

Season-wise distribution

Goals weren’t as easy to come by in the inaugural season of the Hero ISL but since then teams have found breaching the opponent’s goal much easier.

The number of goals have almost always increased with every passing season and the 2021-22 season saw the most number of goals being scored in a single season 354 which accounts to 17.7% of the toal goals scored in Hero ISL history.

Metrics

2022-23

2021-22

2020-21

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016

2015

2014

Matches

29*

115

115

95

95

95

61

61

61

Goals

80*

354

298

294

254

261

145

186

129

* indicates the particular figures are dynamic as the season underquestion is in progress.

The Hero ISL 2022-23 season isn’t producing goals at the same rate as the previous campaign but the game between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC might just be the trigger for teams to express themselves a bit more and get among the goals.

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