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Goal.com's correspondents choose their respective best XI from the season that has just concluded, after which a final XI is chosen.....

The 2011-12 I-League season was a memorable one, and gave us several memories which we shall cherish for a while to come.

In the end, Dempo SC won the title n an actioni filled campaign, well ahead of East Bengal, whose coach Trevor Morgan has now quit his job over lack of co-operation by the club management.

So with the season having concluded, Goal.com’s Indian football writers pick their best eleven and seven substitutes from the cream of the crop that took part in the I-League in 2011-12.

ANSELM NORONHA'S XI

Salgaocar's players are dominant in Anselm's backline, as he feels Karanjit thanks to his athletic saves at crucial junctures of the season, Nicolau Colaco for his good sweeping role on the right and for his overlapping runs to deliver crosses from the right as well as Luciano Sobrosa should be a part of the best eleven, with the Brazilian adding strength and solidity at the back.

As his partner in defense, Keita Boubacar has been chosen, who impressed with his clean tackling and shielding of the ball. Debabrata Roy completes the back four.

In midfield, Anthony Pereira starts at the right wing thanks to his amazing crossing ability, while Anthony D'Souza complements his abilities on the left, with his crossing and dribbling skills being the bane of wingbacks throughout the season. Beto and Penn Orji add creativity and goal scoring threat from midfield.

The front two, Ranti Martins and Odafa Okolie automatically select themselves, having been terrific all campaign

 

Karanjit Singh

Salgaocar SC



N. Colaco

Salgaocar SC




Luciano Sobrosa
Salgaocar SC




Keita Boubacar
Sporting Clube




Debabrata Roy
Dempo SC




Anthony Pereira

Dempo SC




Beto
Churchill Bros.




Penn Orji
East Bengal




Anthony D'Souza
Sporting Clube


Odafa Okolie

Mohun Bagan




Ranti Martins

Dempo SC




 

AYUSH SRIVASTAVA'S XI

Ayush goes for a defense consisting of both - power and pace infront of Karanjit Singh and chooses two attacking wing-backs in the shape of Gurjinder Kumar and Colaco, who have been mightily impressive this season.

Dempo's veteran Mahesh Gawli and Uga Okpara form a solid backline, with their consistently impressive performances catching the eye of our correspondent.

Goan wingers Clifford Miranda and Francis Fernandes add a direct threat and pace to the side from the wings while Ayush completely agrees with Anselm's central midfield choices.

Odafa Okolie and Ranti Martins remain the unanimous choice upfront.

 

Karanjit Singh

Salgaocar SC



N. Colaco

Salgaocar SC




Mahesh Gawli
Dempo SC




Uga Okpara
East Bengal




Gurjinder Kumar
Pune FC




Francis Fernandes

Salgaocar SC




Beto
Churchill Bros.




Penn Orji
East Bengal




Clifford Miranda
Dempo SC


Odafa Okolie

Mohun Bagan




Ranti Martins

Dempo SC




 

KAUSTAV BERA'S XI

Kaustav feels that Abhra Mondal's stupendous form before injury with Pune FC must be recognised. He largely goes for a defense similar to Ayush and Anselm, but feels Nabi's dynamic displays from the left wing shouldn't be overlooked.

He chooses a narrow midfield, selecting Ogba Kalu's strength, Rocus Lamare's passing skills and Beto's creativity and has Penn Orji playing just behind Ranti Martins and Odafa Okolie.

 

Abhra Mondal

Pune FC



N. Colaco

Salgaocar SC




Mahesh Gawli
Dempo SC




Luciano Sobrosa
Salgaocar SC




S. Rahim Nabi
Mohun Bagan


Beto
Churchill Bros.

Ogba Kalu
Sporting Clube

 

Rocus Lamare
Salgaocar SC


Penn Orji

East Bengal

 

Odafa Okolie

Mohun Bagan




Ranti Martins

Dempo SC




GOAL.COM'S COMBINED XI

The troika eventually settle on the below eleven. Karanjit Singh's brilliant performances throughout the year make him a must in goal, while Nicolau Colaco has come up in leaps and bounds this year, mirroring the growth of Gurjinder Kumar, who had a similar rise last season.

Mahesh Gawli and Luciano Sobrosa manage to edge out the other contenders thanks to their consistency and their teams miserly goals against column.

Miranda and Francis's exploits on the wings win them the nod ahead of other nominees while Beto and Penn Orji were a unanimous choice, thanks to the creativity and goal threat they have added to their respective sides.

Odafa and Ranti are automatic choices upfront, thanks to the truckload of goals the duo have scored this season.

Karanjit Singh

Salgaocar SC



N. Colaco

Salgaocar SC




Mahesh Gawli
Dempo SC




Luciano Sobrosa
Salgaocar SC




Gurjinder Kumar
Pune FC




Francis Fernandes

Salgaocar SC




Beto
Churchill Bros.




Penn Orji
East Bengal




Clifford Miranda
Dempo SC




Odafa Okolie

Mohun Bagan




Ranti Martins

Dempo SC




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