Jamshedpur FC

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Jamshedpur FC
Official Jamshedpur FC Logo.png
Full nameJamshedpur Football Club
Nickname(s)Men of Steel
Short nameJFC
Founded12 June 2017; 2 years ago (2017-06-12)
GroundJRD Tata Sports Complex
Capacity24,424[1]
OwnerTata Steel
PresidentSunil Bhaskaran
LeagueIndian Super League
2018–19Regular season: 5th of 10
Finals: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Jamshedpur Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The club has competed as a member of Indian Super League under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club is owned by Tata Steel, a subsidiary of the Tata Group.

The club was established on 12 June 2017, when Tata Steel won the bidding rights for one of two expansion spots in the Indian Super League. Jamshedpur FC is the first club in the Indian Super League to have its own Stadium and training ground. They used graduate from Tata Football Academy (TFA) founded by Tata Group. Their home stadium is JRD Tata Sports Complex.

History[edit]

Jamshedpur and Bengaluru before their match at the Kalinga Stadium

Formation[edit]

On 11 May 2017, it was announced by the Indian Super League organizers, Football Sports Development, that they would be inviting bids for new teams to join the league for the upcoming season.[2] The bids would be for ten cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, and Siliguri.[2]

On 25 May 2017, it was announced that bidding for new teams had ended and that the league's appointed external validator would look over the bids.[3] Two weeks later, on 12 June, it was officially announced that Bengaluru FC (for Bengaluru) and Tata Steel (for Jamshedpur) had won the bids for the new teams.[4]

After winning the expansion bid to enter the Indian Super League, Tata announced on 14 July 2017 that the inaugural head coach for the Jamshedpur franchise would be Steve Coppell.[5] Coppell, the previous ISL season, had led the Kerala Blasters to the league final.[6] Nine days later, on 23 July, before the 2017–18 ISL Players Draft, the team's official name and logo were revealed. The club was officially named Jamshedpur FC.[7] During the players draft, due to being a brand new club, Jamshedpur FC had the very first pick. India international Anas Edathodika was the first draft pick selected by the club and thus the first player in Jamshedpur history.[8]

Inaugural season[edit]

Jamshedpur began playing in November 2017. The team played their first ever match on 18 November 2017 against NorthEast United at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Despite being disadvantaged through defender André Bikey being sent off, Jamshedpur managed to hold on for a 0–0 draw.[9] After another goalless draw in their next match, Jamshedpur played their first official home match on 1 December against the reigning champions ATK. Over 23,000 fans came to support the side at the JRD Tata Sports Complex but once again, the team failed to do more than draw 0–0.[10] Finally, in their fourth match, away at Delhi Dynamos, Jamshedpur managed to earn their first victory. The club won 1–0 with Izu Azuka becoming the first ever Jamshedpur goal scorer.[11]

By the halfway point of the season, Jamshedpur had only managed two victories on the season including four draws and three defeats. The meant the team was in seventh place, six points off the playoff spots.[12] Fortunes changed for Jamshedpur during the second half of the season and on 4 March 2018, the club played their final match of the Super League season at home against Goa with Jamshedpur needing a victory in order to qualify for the finals.[13] Unfortunately, despite having home advantage, Jamshedpur fell 3–0 and thus failed to qualify for the finals in their first season.[14]

Crest[edit]

The round-shaped crest, with a shield (shape similar to Tata Football Academy crest) inside it; depicting sculpting of a football out of molten steel, referring Jamshedpur FC's Tata Steel origins and the Tata Group's decades of footballing journey through the Tata Football Academy and multiple grassroots efforts.The outer circle of the crest features the name of the club written in English and tribal symbols which pays tribute to the rich tribal history of Jharkhand state.[15]

Results[edit]

As of match played 6 April 2019
Season League Teams Position Indian Super Cup AFC competition(s)
2017–18 ISL 10 League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
Quarter-final
2018–19 ISL 10 League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
Quarter-final

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2017—2018 NIVIA Tata
2018—present Tata Steel

In 2017, Jamshedpur signed a deal with Nivia Sports as their official kit sponsors from the 2017–18 season. Nivia Sports is the official kit sponsor of Jamshedpur FC.

Stadium[edit]

JRD Tata Sports Complex

Jamshedpur FC plays their home games at JRD Tata Sports Complex. The stadium was originally built in 1991, with a capacity for 60,000 spectators. The stadium was named after the former chairman of "Tata Group" J.R.D. Tata.

Supporters[edit]

The club has quickly built a reputation for one of the most vocal fan-bases in India. The fans are officially known as The Red Miners. The players and the coach have often acknowledged the fans' support in the success by calling them The 12th Man.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2019[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 India GK Subrata Paul
3 India DF Jitendra Singh
4 Spain DF Tiri (captain)
5 India DF Narender Gahlot
8 India MF Amarjit Singh Kiyam
11 India FW Farukh Choudhary
12 India FW Sumeet Passi
13 India GK Rafique Ali Sardar
14 India DF Joyner Lourenco
15 India MF Mobashir Rahman
16 India DF Robin Gurung
17 India MF Gorachand Marndi
19 Spain MF Carlos Calvo (3rd captain)
20 India DF Keegan Pereira
No. Position Player
21 India MF Bikash Jairu
22 Brazil MF Memo (Vice-captain)
27 India DF Karan Amin
31 India DF Augustin Fernandes
Spain FW Francisco Medina Luna
Spain MF Noé Acosta
23 India GK Niraj Kumar
28 India FW Gourav Mukhi
India MF Issac Vanmalsawma
Spain MF Aitor Monroy

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 India MF Aniket Jadhav (to Indian Arrows)

Notable Former players[edit]

***All of these players have represented their respective countries at the highest level***

Country Name
Australia Australia Tim Cahill
Cameroon Cameroon Andre Bikey
Haiti Haiti Kervens Belfort
Nigeria Nigeria Izu Azuka

Non-playing staff[edit]

Corporate hierarchy[edit]

Position Name[17]
President India Sunil Bhaskaran
CEO India Mukul Choudhari
Head - Marketing & Operations India Prashant Godbole
Senior Manager - Media & Communications India Souptikk Daas
Senior Manager - Marketing & Operations India Raja Bhattacharjee
Team Manager India Rohit Kr Singh
Jamshedpur FC Head coach

Management hierarchy[edit]

Position Name[17]
Manager vacant
Assistant Coach Spain Guillermo Fernandez Gonzalez
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Ezequiel Gomez Leon
Technical Director Spain Julián Villar Aragón

Notable managers[edit]

As of 6 April 2019
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Steve Coppell[18]  England 14 July 2017 18 June 2018 20 8 5 7 17 23 040.00
César Ferrando  Spain 21 July 2018 5 April 2019 19 6 9 4 32 25 031.58

Training facilities[edit]

JFC Campus (also known as the "Flatlet") is the training and relax center for Jamshedpur FC, located in Kadma, Jamshedpur. Besides the indoor synthetic field measuring 16 x 109.2 metres, the building comes with the gym equipment, a swimming pool, and ice baths. The project is lined with the vision of JFC President Sunil Bhaskaran, who wants international-level training equipment for the players. After its design plans were approved on April 2018, the groundbreaking ceremony of the all-weather training arena was held on 9 November 2018, attended by Sunil Bhaskaran.

Jamshedpur FC academy are awarded four star in 2019-20 season by AIFF.[19]

Development squads[edit]

As of 19 April 2019

In early 2017, AIFF approved Tata FA's application and officially registered all the club's teams to Jamshedpur FC.

(I-League 2nd Division)

(Indian Elite League)

(Indian Junior League)

(Indian Sub-junior League)

Records[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of JFC (named "JFC Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JRD Tata Sports Complex". Indian Super League.
  2. ^ a b "Indian Super League to invite bids for new teams". Times of India. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Bengaluru FC submit bid as ITB submission deadline ends". Times of India. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ "ISL expanded to 10 teams, Bengaluru FC one of them". Times of India. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Steve Coppell joins Jamshedpur ISL team". Tata Steel (Twitter).
  6. ^ Shukla, Kaushal (19 December 2016). "Kerala Blasters manager Steve Coppell laments cramped schedule after loss". FirstPost. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Jamshedpur FC reveal name and logo". Indian Super League.
  8. ^ "Jamshedpur FC in ISL 2017 Draft: Anas Edathodika, Subrata Paul, Mehtab Hossain signed". Goal.com. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Another goalless draw". Telegraph India. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Jamshedpur 0-0 ATK". Soccerway.
  11. ^ Bhattacharya, Aditya (6 December 2017). "Azuka strike gives Jamshedpur maiden goal, Dynamos slip to third straight loss". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Manuel Lanzarote's double strike powers FC Goa to win over Jamshedpur FC". FirstPost. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  13. ^ "FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC face each other in play-off spot decider". Scroll.in. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Goa books playoff spot". The Hindu. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ https://thefangarage.com/articles/11622-isl-2017-jamshedpur-fc-unveil-their-logo
  16. ^ https://www.fcjamshedpur.com/players
  17. ^ a b "Squad". Jamshedpur FC. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Steve Coppell Managerial and Player Statistics". footballdatabase.eu.
  19. ^ "89 ACADEMIES CLEAR ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT FOR 2019/20 SEASON". AIFF Media Team. 14 June 2019.

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