Mumbai Tigers F.C.

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Mumbai Tigers
Full name Mumbai Tigers Football Club
Founded 2012 (2012) as Dodsal F.C.
Owner Dodsal Group
Chairman Rajen Kilachand
Manager Bimal Ghosh
League I-League 2nd Division[1]
2013 First Season

Mumbai Tigers Football Club is an Indian football club located in Mumbai, Maharashtra.[2] The club were formed in May 2012 as Dodsal Football Club with the aim of becoming the biggest football club in India and one of the biggest in Asia.[2]

History[edit]

Towards the end of May 2012 it was announced that Indian owned company Dodsal Group wanted to start a football club in the city of Mumbai and name it Dodsal Football Club.[2] The club registered with the Mumbai District Football Association and quickly outlined that their main goal would be to qualify for the I-League, which is India's top football competition, by 2013.[2] The club is supposed to be run in the same way Manchester City F.C. of the Premier League is run, as company chairman Rajen Kilachand is in touch with City owner Sheikh Mansour.[3]

On 18 August 2012 it was announced that Dodsal would play in the 2012 Durand Cup and thus their first ever professional tournament at the national stage.[4] The club played their first ever official game on 25 August 2012 against Army Red at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi in which the club won the match 3–0 with Thoi Singh becoming the first player to ever score for the club in the 66th minute.[5] The club then went on to the 2012 Durand Cup Final in which they lost 3–2 on penalties to then-current I-League club Air India FC.[6]

Then in January 2013 it was officially announced that the club would participate in the 2013 I-League 2nd Division with the goal of winning and gaining promotion to the I-League and while doing so the club also changed their name to the Mumbai Tigers Football Club so they could potentially form a connection between them and the city of Mumbai. Tigers have got a direct entery in i-league after having bid for it[7]

Stadium[edit]

The club do not have an official stadium yet as the Mumbai Football League and the Durand Cup are played at neutral venues but the club has already set up a training ground at the Fr. Angel High School sports complex.[8] The Sports Complex is well known for its artificial turf field.[8] The Sports Complex is also known for its fitness gym and swimming pool.[2]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 26 Dec 2013.[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 India GK Rehnesh TP
4 India MF Henry Gangte
5 India DF Rahul Kumar
7 Senegal FW Demba Diakhaté
8 India DF Rabindra Ghosh
9 India MF Bikash Jairu
10 India FW Durga Boro
12 India DF Loukik Jadhav
16 India DF Sunil Kumar
18 India DF Kali Alaudeen
20 India MF Paresh Shivalkar (captain)
22 India MF Lester Fernandez
23 India MF Zeeshan Rahman
27 India DF Nallappan Mohanraj
32 India MF Steven Dias
No. Position Player
India GK Prasenjit Ghosh
India DF Chandrashekar Rao
India DF Ningthoujam Samananda
India DF Anthony Fernandes
India MF Royston Dsouza
India MF Rahul Bheke
India MF Chhangte Malsawmkima
India MF Pradeep Mohanraj
India MF Sehnaj Singh
India MF Abhishek Ambedkar
India GK Arnab Das Sharma
India FW Pritam Singh
India MF S Sanju Kumar
India MF Raju Sohail Haque

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 1st July 2013[9]
Position Name
Head Coach Bimal Ghosh
Assistant Coach Mahesh Lotlikar
GK Coach Chandrakant Naik
Youth team coach Abdul Azim Siddique

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai Tigers not to take part in I-League 2013-14". AIFF. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Majgaonkar, Kunaal. "Multi-crore Dodsal Group to kick-start team in Mumbai". Times of India. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dodsal FC – Rumoured to be going the Manchester City way". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Durand Cup will be a success even sans sponsor: Organiers". Times of India. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Andrew is Sesa Goa’s hero". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Air India win Durand Cup". Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dodsal are now Mumbai Tigers". Indian Express. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Madaan, Sachin. "Dodsal FC – Money Is Finally Getting Pumped Into Indian Football". The Hard Tackle. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Indian Football Transfers – Live Updates, July 18th". The Hard Tackle. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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