Friends Club

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Full nameFriends Club
Founded16 May 1972; 47 years ago (1972-05-16)
GroundPulchowk Campus[citation needed],
Lalitpur, Nepal
Capacity10,000
ChairmanRajiv Raj Poudyal
CoachMarcos Filipe
LeagueNepal A- Division League

Friends Club is a Nepali football club from the Kupandole neighborhood of Lalitpur. The club is known for nurturing young talent of Nepalese Football. Friends Club has produced more than 200 national football players to date. It remained only a football club that every now and then organized certain social activities like reading room facilities, blood donations, bicycle rallies against drug abuse etc. Since the late 1980s, it has implemented different training activities for women and children. It is also running a clinic and a pathology laboratory which are very popular among the people of Kopundole. The club has come a long way since 1972 to the present day, evolving from a sports club to a sport-cum-social-club.The team practices on the grounds of Pulchok Campus and has a huge fan following in the college. The students are planning to form a fan club and aim to work together with the club to promote Nepalese football. This season the club is aiming for a top 3 spot. The club has a unique way of celebrating victory by sacrificing a 'khasi' and enjoying a feast. The players believe in the hanuman god situated near their club office. The club plays in the Nepalese first division. This year the club signed Nepali National Team captain Sagar Thapa along with other national players Nirajan Khadka and Deepak Bhusal. Current national player Raju Tamang, Bharat Khawas, Sagar Thapa, Nirajan Khadka, Deepak Bhusal are all products of Friends Club Martyr's Memorial A-Division League.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Friends club was established in 1972 as a children's club with reading room facility in Kopundol. After couple of year of its establishment, the club diversified its social activities with a motto of "better health through sports among the people of Kopundol." Eventually Friends Club established itself as a well reputed local sports club and for next several years, it remained only as a football club that every now and then organized certain social activities like reading room facility, blood donation, bicycle rally against drugs abuse etc. It was since late eighties that the Club started implementing various training activities for women and children. It also started a health clinic and Pathology laboratory which eventually, became very popular among the people of Kopundol and surrounding community. The club has come a long way since 1972 until now from a sports club to a sport-cum social club.[citation needed]

Current Affairs[edit]

The club has currently made to the super-8 round in the A-Division league.[1]

Achievements[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
20 Nepal MF Jagjit Shrestha

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