Delhi Dynamos FC

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Delhi Dynamos
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Full name Delhi Dynamos Football Club
Nickname(s) Lions
Founded 21 April 2014; 3 years ago (2014-04-21)
Ground Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
Ground Capacity 34,230
Manager Miguel Ángel Portugal
League Indian Super League
2016 Regular season: 3rd
Finals: Semi-finals
Website Club home page
Current season

Delhi Dynamos (DDFC) is an Indian professional football franchise based in Delhi, which competes in the Indian Super League. The club began to play in October 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League.[1][2] The team was wholly owned and operated by Delhi-based DEN Networks earlier.[2] Club's majority ownership is now with United States-based company GMS Inc. while DEN Networks only holding a minority stake.[3]


In early 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, and IMG-Reliance would be accepting bids for ownership of eight or nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.[4] On 13 April 2014, it was announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise.[2] The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord which lasted only for one year .[5]

The team started their campaign in the inaugural Indian Super League season on 14 October 2014 with a 0–0 draw against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The Dynamos did not experience the best of starts to their ISL campaign as they lagged behind at the last place till the 9th Round. The team rejuvenated and regrouped to climb out of the situation to finish in 5th place with a five match unbeaten run which included three wins and two draws. Delhi narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi finals falling short only by a point.

In 2015 Delhi Dynamos qualified for the first time for the semi-finals of the Indian Super League with the least number of games played in 2015.

In 2016 season, the club finished third in the league round with 21 points[6] and lost to the Kerala Blasters FC in the semi finals.

Squad Formation[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

The club started by announcing a technical partnership with Dutch club Feyenoord at its launch. With their help, the Dynamos put together an experienced coaching staff headed by Harm van Veldhoven.

In what later turned out to be the most high-profile signing of the Hero Indian Super League's inaugural season, the Delhi Dynamos recruited renowned Italian forward and Juventus Legend Alessandro Del Piero as its marquee player.

Other notable foreign signings included the Dutchmen Hans Mulder and Stijn Houben, Danish Duo of Mads Junker and Morten Skoubo, Belgian defender Wim Raymaekers and world's tallest goalkeeper Kristof van Hout. The league's foreign draft saw the addition of Brazilian youngster Gustavo Marmentini ( a youth product from Atlético Paranaense), Spaniard Bruno Herrero Arias, Czech players Pavel Elias and Marek Cech and the Portugal's Henrique Dinis.

At the ISL domestic draft, the club signed on the National Level Goan Player Francis Fernandes, Mohun Bagan's Adil Khan, Manish Bhargav and Shouvik Ghosh and Souvik Chakraborty.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

In July 2015 the club made an interesting move by signing the legendary Roberto Carlos as the Manager.[7] The Club also dissolved the technical partnership with Feyenoord for the new season in 2015.

More announcements followed the high-profile signing of Roberto Carlos. Robin Singh and Anas Edathodika were signed on during the ISL Auction on 10 July 2015 held in Mumbai. Naoba Singh, Zodingliana Ralte, Gunashankar Vignesh, Sehnaj Singh, Ravi Kumar and Prabir Das were picked out at the ISL Draft held on the same day. The club also chose to retain some of the players from its last season – Anwar Ali, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Gustavo dos Santos Marmentini, Francis Fernandes and Souvik Chakraborty. North East United FC player Seminlen Doungel was roped in by the Dynamos along with Subhasish Roy Chowdhury of Atlético de Kolkata.

The club went with the approach of bringing big stars in the squad and signed former Chelsea player Florent Malouda and John Arne Riise in a unique style. The announcement of Florent Malouda was done by the Premier League during the West Bromwich Albion VS Chelsea on 23 Aug 2015 while John Arne Riise signing was done at the Emirates Stadium during the Arsenal VS Liverpool on 25 Aug 2015 and Liverpool F.C Legend Ian Rush presented the jersey to John Arne Riise. This made Delhi Dynamos the first Indian club to make their brand presence on the Premier League.[8]

The club went for its first European preseason to Gothenburg Sweden and played three friendly games against local clubs Varbergs BoIS, BK Häcken and Skene IF.[9]


Brought in October 2016 as club's new majority co-owner, GMS is world's largest cash buyer of ships and offshore assets for recycling.[10] GMS currently holds 80% of the ownership in club which it purchased in two installments of 55% and 25% from DEN Networks[11][12]

Players and Staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
India GK Albino Gomes
India GK Sukhadev Patil
India GK Arnab Das Sharma
India DF Pritam Kotal
India DF Sena Ralte
India DF Pratik Chowdhary
India DF Mohammad Sajid Dhot
India DF Munmun Lugun
No. Position Player
India DF Rowilson Rodrigues
India DF Simranjit Singh
India MF David Ngaihte
India MF Romeo Fernandes
India MF Vinit Rai
India MF Seityasen Singh
India FW Lallianzuala Chhangte

Current Technical Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Spain Miguel Ángel Portugal
Assistant Coach India Shakti Chauhan


Position Name
Managing Director United States Rohan Sharma
CEO (Chief Executive Officer) India Ashish Shah
Club Secretary India Yamini Sharma

Team records[edit]

Overall records[edit]

As of 28 November 2016
Season Indian Super League Finals Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2014 14 4 6 4 16 14 18 5th - Brazil Gustavo Marmentini 5
2015 14 6 4 4 15 11 20 Top 4 (4th) Semi-Final Ghana Richard Gadze
India Robin Singh
2016 14 5 6 3 27 17 21 Top 4 (3rd) Semi-Final Brazil Marcelo Leite Pereira 10
Season Pre-season Friendlies Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Player Goals
2015 4 1 1 2 6 12 England Adil Nabi 3

Head Coach Record[edit]

As of 20 december 2016
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Harm van Veldhoven[13]  Netherlands August 2014 December 2014 14 4 6 4 16 14 028.57
Roberto Carlos  Brazil July 2015 December 2015 14 6 4 4 18 20 042.86
Gianluca Zambrotta  Italy July 2016 December 2016 14 5 6 3 27 17 035.71

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt sponsor 3rd sponsor
2014 Lotto FreeCharge Skyworth
2015 Puma EKANA Sportz City DEN Boomband
2016– Dryworld GMS Skyworth


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  2. ^ a b c Basu, Saumyajit. "Stars embrace soccer through Indian Super League". Times of India. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Delhi Dynamos bring in new co-owners". The Statesman. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Indian Super League sees interest from 30 franchise bidders". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Manchanda: Our dream is to take India to the World Cup". Goal. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Official Site of the Hero Indian Super League | 2016 Standings". 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Roberto Carlos named Delhi Dynamos' marquee player cum manager". CNN IBN. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Delhi Dynamos confirm signing of former France and Chelsea winger Florent Malouda". Daily Mail UK. 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  9. ^ "Delhi Dynamos begin pre-season training tomorrow in Sweden". 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  10. ^ "Delhi Dynamos ropes in GMS-led Wall Street Investments". Sportstarlive. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  11. ^ "Delhi Dynamos F.C. Welcome New Co-Owners". 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  12. ^ "DEN Networks give up 25% stake in Delhi Dynamos". PTI. 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Voetbalzone - Meepraten over voetbal". Retrieved 2017-02-25. 

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