Mumbai F.C.

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Mumbai
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Full name Mumbai Football Club
Founded 27 June 2007
Ground Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, Maharashtra
Ground Capacity 22,000
Owner Essel Group
Chairman Henry Picardo
Manager Khalid Jamil
League I-League
2012–13 I-League, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Mumbai Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, that plays in the I-League.

Mumbai FC was founded on 27 June 2007 with a grand launching event in Mumbai with the objective of providing a platform for the young aspiring footballers in the city to showcase their talent and to make it to the big stage.[1] Mumbai have a local rivalry with another Mumbai-based club Air India FC and state rivalry with Pune F.C. which they call the 'Maha' derby as both the clubs play in the state of Maharashtra.[2]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Mumbai FC was officially founded at a grand launch in Mumbai on 27 June 2007.[1] The club was created to provide Indian football another non-institutional club and to provide young aspiring footballers in the city a chance to show off their skills on a proper platform.[1] Mumbai FC then set about their goals in which they wanted to build a strong first team, build a good youth development program which would serve as the platform in the ladder to the first-team for potential youngsters, build a good football culture in Mumbai, and develop the football infrastructure in Mumbai.[1] The club started building their team straight away with the signing of Englishmen David Booth.[1] The team then started making some major signings in Indian internationals Abhishek Yadav, Khalid Jamil, Noel Wilson, and Kalyan Chaubey along with potential youngsters Dane Pereira and Darren Caldeira.[1] The team then added their first round of foreign players Felix Aboagye and James Dissiramah.[1] The club then began their grassroots project in November 2007 with Aqueel Ansari being the head coach.[1] Mumbai FC then participated in their first tournament, the Mumbai Football League Elite Division in 2007. Mumbai FC lost their match in the Mumbai Football League to RCF 2-1 with Dane Pereira scoring the first goal.[1] Mumbai FC then won the first match in their history against Bengal Mumbai FC; in their second match, won 7-0 with Abhishek Yadav scoring four goals.[1] The club then won their first-ever championship, the Abhijit Kadam Memorial Cup, in which Mumbai defeated then I-League club Vasco.[1] The club then finished in second place in the Mumbai Football League Elite Division behind I-League club Mahindra United.[1]

I-League 2nd Division[edit]

The club played in their first national competition in 2008 when they participated in the 2008 I-League 2nd Division.[1] The club were placed in Group B with Mohammedan, Indian Bank, Amity United, Oil India, and New Delhi Heroes.[1] The club won their first four matches in their group, only losing the final match of the group stage against Mohammedan which did not matter as the club was already qualified for the Final Round.[1] The club won their first match of the Final Round which was a revenge match against Mohammedan. The club then played local rivals Pune F.C. for the first time in their history and thus started the Maha Derby (however the match was on neutral territory) with Mumbai winning the match.[1] The club then drew against Vasco S.C. which was followed by a two goal victory over Indian Bank.[1] The club then officially secured promotion to the I-League when the defeated Chirag United despite being a man-down.[1]

2008–present: I-League[edit]

The club played their first season in the I-League during the 2008–09 I-League season.[1] The club played their first ever I-League match against historic club Mohun Bagan on 27 September 2008 in which Abel Hammond scored the first ever I-League goal for Mumbai FC as Mumbai went on to win 2-1 at the Barasat Stadium.[3] Mumbai then completed a double against the two giant Kolkata clubs after they defeated East Bengal F.C. at the Salt Lake Stadium 1-0 with Felix Aboagye scoring the only goal.[1] Mumbai then played their first ever home match in their history at the Cooperage Ground on 11 October 2008 with Kalia Kulothungan scoring the only goal in the match.[1] Half-way through the season Mumbai was placed in sixth place in the table.[1] The club however could not last in the I-League and finished in 7th place which currently remains their best position to date.[1]

Crest[edit]

The Club crest consists of a shield with a yellow figurine of a footballer in front of the Gateway of India.

Colors[edit]

The colors of Mumbai FC are yellow and blue, which are derived from the club crest. The home kit consists of a yellow jersey with blue shorts and blue socks while the away kit consists of a white and orange jersey and black shorts and black socks.

Stadium[edit]

Since their arrival in the I-League, Mumbai FC have the used the Cooperage Ground as its home stadium.[1] For the 2010-11 I-League season, the club would have to play their home games at the Rajarshi Shahu Stadium in Kolhapur, with the Cooperage undergoing renovation.[4] In the 2011–12 I-League season, the club along with neighbours Air India FC played their home games at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.[5] The club is set to move back to its original stadium in Mumbai from January 2013.[6]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2007–2009 Adidas myplaywin.com
2009–2010 Dish
2010–2011 none
2011–2012 TEN HD
2012– Seventy Mumbai

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 15 March 2014[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Kunal Sawant
2 Afghanistan MF Ahmad Hatifi
3 Nigeria MF Ebi Sukore
4 India DF Peter Costa (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
5 India DF Anwar Ali
6 India MF Ashutosh Mehta
7 India MF Nicholas Rodrigues
8 India MF Climax Lawrence (Captain)
9 Liberia FW Alfred Jaryan
10 Ghana FW Yusif Yakubu
11 India MF Subhas Chakraborty
12 India MF Rohit Mirza
13 India GK Nidhin Lal
14 India FW Mohammed Rafi (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
15 India MF James Singh
16 India FW Branco Cardozo
17 India DF Kamaljeet Kumar
No. Position Player
18 India DF Valeriano Rebello
19 India MF Lalrinchhana Tochhawng
20 India FW Jayesh Rane
21 India MF Manuel D'Souza
22 India MF N.P. Pradeep (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
23 India FW Dane Pereira
24 India DF Sandesh Jhingan (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
25 India DF Khelemba Singh (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
28 India DF Nihal Chandran
29 India MF John Coutinho
30 India GK Sanjiban Ghosh
35 India FW Cletus Paul
36 India DF Ritesh Perambra
38 India DF Rahul Bheke (on loan from Mumbai Tigers)
39 India MF Sehnaj Singh (on loan from Mumbai Tigers)
India MF Yarmipie Shang

Current technical staff[edit]

As of September 2012.[7]
Position Name
Head Coach India Khalid Jamil
Assistant coach India Henry Picardo

Honours[edit]

Winners: 2008
Winners: 2010–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "History". Mumbai Football Club. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pune FC eye revenge in Maha-Derby". India Blooms. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Player Ratings: Mohun Bagan 1-2 Mumbai FC". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mumbai in Kolhapur". Essel Group. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Man Utd start their football school in Mumbai". News 4 Education. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Choudhuri, Arunava. "I-League 2012/13: Tentative Fixtures from Round 1 to 13". Arunfoot. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "The Team". Mumbai F.C. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official Websites[edit]

News Websites[edit]