ONE OF THE FEW TEAMS in the country that bestowed their faith in young players, Shivajians finished the I-League on seventh position. 2016-17 was Shivajians' second season at the top division.
The team playing out of Balewadi stadium in Pune, finished a disappointing ninth of nine teams in their debut last season. Thanks to Shivajians being a corporate entry into the I-League, they were exempt from relegation. Shivaijians were coached by Derrick Pereira in their first season in the I-League. We delve into the factors that proved to be the differance in the second season to be much more successful than their first