Delhi Dynamos FC
|Full name||Delhi Dynamos Football Club|
|Founded||21 April 2014|
|Ground||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi|
|Manager||Miguel Ángel Portugal|
|League||Indian Super League|
|2016||Regular season: 3rd
|Website||Club home page|
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. The team was wholly owned and operated by Delhi-based DEN Networks earlier. Club's majority ownership is now with United States-based company GMS Inc. while DEN Networks only holding a minority stake.
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. On 13 April 2014, it was announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise. The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord which lasted only for one year .
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.
Season 1 (2014)
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.
Season 2 (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.
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. GMS currently holds 80% of the ownership in club which it purchased in two installments of 55% and 25% from DEN Networks
Players and Staff
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Current Technical Staff
|Head Coach||Miguel Ángel Portugal|
|Assistant Coach||Shakti Chauhan|
|Managing Director||Rohan Sharma|
|CEO (Chief Executive Officer)||Ashish Shah|
|Club Secretary||Yamini Sharma|
- As of 28 November 2016
|Season||Indian Super League||Finals||Top Scorer|
|2015||14||6||4||4||15||11||20||Top 4 (4th)||Semi-Final|| Richard Gadze
|2016||14||5||6||3||27||17||21||Top 4 (3rd)||Semi-Final||Marcelo Leite Pereira||10|
|Season||Pre-season Friendlies||Top Scorer|
Head Coach Record
- As of 20 december 2016
|Harm van Veldhoven||Netherlands||August 2014||December 2014||14||4||6||4||16||14||28.57|
|Roberto Carlos||Brazil||July 2015||December 2015||14||6||4||4||18||20||42.86|
|Gianluca Zambrotta||Italy||July 2016||December 2016||14||5||6||3||27||17||35.71|
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt sponsor||3rd sponsor|
|2015||Puma||EKANA Sportz City||DEN Boomband|
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