Hindustan Aeronautics Limited S.C.
|Full name||Hindustan Aeronatics Limited Sporting Club|
Founded in the 1940s
|Ground||Bangalore Football Stadium|
|Owner||Hindustan Aeronautics Limited|
|League||Bangalore Super Division|
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Sporting Club is an institutional Indian football club from Bangalore. It was named after the company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. They play in the Bangalore Super Division. It is one of the top clubs from Bangalore, and have played in the Premier Division.
After finishing third in the NFL Second Division in 2006, HAL S.C. were promoted to the Premier Division. Although only the top two teams from the Second Division gain promotion but Tata Football Academy who finished first in the standings were not able to form a professional team for the Premier Division. Therefore, HAL S.C. were promoted to the 11th NFL Premier Division along with runners up Churchill Brothers S.C.
HAL SC qualified for 2010–11 I-League season after finishing second in the 2010 I-League 2nd Division. They were the second South Indian team in I-League after Viva Kerala. In the last match of the season they defeated defending champions Dempo S.C. 4–2 to starve off relegation to I-League 2nd Division, with Xavier Vijay Kumar scoring two goals.
The HAL SC crest is different from the crest that the company that owns them, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, uses. For instance the Hindustan Company logo has a picture of the earth with a plane going around and has the word HAL written as well as the Hindi way of writing HAL while the Sports Club HAL SC just has a crest with the word HAL in green letters.
Ownership and finances
The ownership of HAL SC is from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The company HAL were not so influential when running the club at first, as shown from their poor record before the 2010 I-League 2nd Division season in which the club achieved promotion. After promotion the company began doing a little more in the club. The first thing they did, and are still doing, is making the club a professional one by filling out the AFC Club Criteria.
- As of 26 December 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Runners-up: 2010
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