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Goal.com takes a look at a previous Federation Cup winners' league performance the same season...

The Federation Cup 2012 just concluded on Sunday. East Bengal earned a 3-2 victory over a spirited Dempo side to win their eighth Cup, making up for the heart break of last season's runner-up finish. But does a successful cup run translate to success in the league as well? We, at Goal.com, take a look at past Cup winners' league runs.

2005 - Mahindra United

 League form (1)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 Mahindra United  17  11  3  3  27  13   36

Mahindra United clinched the Federation Cup following a 2-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa that season. In the league that followed, Derrick Pereira's team won the league title (National Football League) by five points from East Bengal. Mahindra were not only the second highest scorers in the league, but also had the one of the best defensive records.


2006 - Mohun Bagan

 League form (8)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 Mohun Bagan AC
 18  5  6  7  15  21   21

Mohun Bagan did wonderfully to win the Cup. But what followed was in complete contrast. Dempo clinched what would be the last NFL title. But Mohun Bagan did not even challenge for it. They finished at the other end of the table, just above the relegation zone.


2007 - East Bengal

 League form (6)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 East Bengal FC
 18  5  4  9  17  23   19

East Bengal had an indifferent season compared to their success in Federation Cup. The league had been re-branded as the I-League and was expanded to 12 teams. Dempo won it on goal difference after they were tied with Churchill Brothers on 36 points. But East Bengal not only finished 6th but also their points tally was just about half those of the champions.


2008 - Mohun Bagan

 League form (2)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 Mohun Bagan AC
 22  13  4  5  30  20   43

Mohun Bagan's last Cup victory was in the year 2008. But their league season looked to be on a disastrous start, as they were still searching for their first win after five matches. That arrived soon enough as they defeated reigning champions Dempo to record their first win of the campaign, going on a nine-match winning streak before bitter rivals East Bengal ended that run. To their credit, they finished second in the league, just three points behind champions Churchill Brothers.


2009 - East Bengal

 League form (9)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 East Bengal FC
 26  7  10  9  27  31   31

Even though they recorded a second Federation Cup in three years, the season was one of their worst in terms of the league form. East Bengal suffered the ignominy of having equalled a club record 13 straight games without a win in all competitions. A low point in that run was a 4-1 hammering by then-relegation bound Salgaocar SC. They finished in 9th place and 23 points behind champions Dempo in the newly expanded 14 team league.


2010 - East Bengal

 League form (2)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 East Bengal FC
 26  15  6  5  44  21   51

This turned out to be one of East Bengal's better seasons compared to recent ones. East Bengal sealed their third Federation Cup in four years after a hard fought victory over bitter rivals Mohun Bagan. They looked to have carried on that way in the league as well. Australian Tolgay Ozbay was a sensation for the Red and Gold side as he emerged as the club's top scorer with 17 goals, including a hat-trick against Air India. East Bengal also kept 11 clean sheets, the highest in the division. But they ultimately finished second, five points behind champions Salgaocar.


2011 - Salgaocar

 League form (8)   P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTS.
 Salgaocar FC
 26  12  8  6  32  19   44

Salgaocar beat overwhelming favourites East Bengal to win just their fourth Federation Cup. But somehow they failed to produce that same form in the league. They were the best team in the league defensively, conceding just 19 goals in the entire season. But it was in attack that they were lacking with a win ratio slightly less than half, with Japanese Ryuji Sueoka their top scorer with just 10 goals. They finished the season in mid-table in 6thposition.


2012 - East Bengal


So far, since Mahindra United, no other team has gone on to win the league after picking up a Federation Cup although East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have come close to bucking that trend. Can East Bengal be able to break the jinx? We'll find out at the end of the 2012-13 season...

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