Year in review 2021, NorthEast United FC: Breaking the norm
NorthEast United FC enjoyed a mixed year in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). They managed to qualify for the semi-finals in the 2020-21 season courtesy of a magnificent unbeaten streak that was sparked by Khalid Jamil’s appointment as interim manager.
Later, Jamil became the first Indian to be appointed as a permanent manager of a Hero ISL club. However, the club has struggled to get going in the 2021-22 season.
NorthEast United FC’s 2021 in numbers: PL:23, W:8, L:10, D:5, Win %:34.78.
NorthEast United FC qualified for the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing third in the league stage. In the second half of the season they played 14 matches out of which they won six, lost five and drew three.
In the current 2021-22 season, the club has won two, lost five and drawn two in nine matches. At the moment, they are placed ninth on the table.
The High: NorthEast United FC went on an 11-game unbeaten streak in the 2020-21 season. Courtesy of this run NEUFC made it to the playoffs and finished third. This run began upon the appointment of Jamil as interim manager. However, they lost out to ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the second leg of the semi-final.
Jamil’s installation as the first permanent Indian coach for a Hero ISL outfit was also a significant moment.
The Low: NEUFC has only registered two wins in the current season. They are only two points above Bengaluru FC, who have played one game less.
Best Player: Deshorn Brown has been the best player for NorthEast United FC 2021. He has scored four goals and assisted one in five matches in the 2021-22 season.
What to Expect: The club will focus on reviving their season and on building some winning momentum going into 2022. Jamil has done it before and he would feel confident of doing it again. After all, there have been promising moments this year.