Mumbai City FC
|Full name||Mumbai City Football Club|
|Founded||30 August 2014|
|Ground||Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai (Home Ground) |
GMC Stadium Bambolim, Goa (Current Season)
|Capacity||18,000 (Mumbai Football Arena) |
30,000 GMC Stadium Bambolim, Goa
|Owner(s)||City Football Group (65%)|
Ranbir Kapoor & Bimal Parekh (35%)
|League||Indian Super League|
|Football (Men's)||Football (Reserves Men's)||Football (Youth Men's)|
Mumbai City Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Mumbai, Maharashtra that competes in the Indian Super League, the top flight of Indian football. The club was founded on 30 August 2014 during the inaugural season of Indian Super League.
Former England international Peter Reid managed the club during the first season with Freddie Ljungberg being the marquee player. For the second season, it was announced that Nicolas Anelka would take the role of marquee player cum manager of the club. In 2016, Diego Forlán played as the marquee player while Alexandre Guimarães took over as the new manager. In 2018, Jorge Costa was announced as the head coach for the new season as he guided them to the play-offs in his realm. In 2020, Sergio Lobera was announced as the manager for the new season.
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 of nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL), an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League, the country's professional cricket league.
First season (2014)
On 15 September 2014, the club signed Nicolas Anelka, a former French international who had been a free agent since his departure from West Bromwich Albion earlier in the year. Three days later, former Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg was signed as the team's first marquee player, returning from two years of retirement.
Mumbai were the visitors in the first ever ISL match on 12 October 2014, at Atlético de Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium. Without Anelka and Ljungberg, the side lost 3–0. On 18 October 2014, the club registered their first victory over FC Pune City by beating them 5–0 at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai, in which André Moritz registered the first ever hat-trick of ISL. The team finished seventh in the table out of eight and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Second season (2015)
In July 2015, Nicolas Anelka became player-manager, replacing Englishman Peter Reid. Frantz Bertin was appointed captain at the beginning of the season. The club signed India's All-Time Record Goal Scorer and Indian National Football Team captain Sunil Chhetri for a domestic record-breaking deal of ₹1.2 crore. The club also signed 2015 I-League's player of the year Haitian Sony Norde. Sunil Chhetri was the top scorer for the team as he scored 7 goals including a hat-trick against NorthEast United FC. Mumbai only won four matches and lost six to finish in sixth position in the league table. Due to such results, Anelka resigned and announced his departure at the end of the season.
Alexandre Guimarães era (2016–2018)
After the first two seasons, Mumbai City's management made big changes as they appointed Alexandre Guimarães as the head coach for the 2016 Indian Super League (ISL) season. The club moved into their new home stadium, the Mumbai Football Arena, at Andheri. The club also signed 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlán on a three-month deal, with option to extend for another year as a marquee player for the season.
The arrival of the Uruguayan changed the dynamics of the struggling Mumbai team to title contenders. Forlan scored the first hat-trick of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 season as The Islanders beat Kerala Blasters 5–0 at Mumbai Football Arena on 19 November 2016. It was also the first hat-trick of any marquee player in the history of the ISL. The team conceded the fewest goals (8) of all teams in the league, whilst Lucian Goian finished with the most number of tackles (67) in the league. Alexandre's men in blues kept 8 clean sheets in the group stage, making it a record across all the three editions of the tournament. As a result, Mumbai City finished the 14 rounds with 6 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. However, it went down to Atletico de Kolkata in the twin legged semi-finals.
In 2017, Indian Super League announced another auction to make way for new entrants Jamshedpur FC & Bengaluru FC which led to others clubs to start the squad rebuilding process once again. MCFC managed to retain Alexandre Guimarães after he guided the club to their first ever playoffs in three seasons, but they missed out on their star performers including club's all-time top goalscorer Sunil Chhetri. The club did manage to retain Captain & goalkeeper Amrinder Singh for 12.0 million INR. He was also awarded the best goalkeeper in 2016, keeping record clean sheets for the club. They also retained the services of midfielder Sehnaj Singh who was instrumental in the club's success in the previous season. In the foreign department, they retained the defensive duo of Lucian Goian and Gerson Vieira alongside midfielder Leo Costa. They also retained Rakesh Oram, a player under the U-21 player quota. But the new signings did not perform at their very best as they finished the season in 7th position, failing to qualify for the playoffs, with the coach being criticized for overly defensive tactics.
After the ISL season had concluded, Mumbai City FC also took part in the inaugural edition of the Super Cup. They kicked off proceedings smoothly by defeating Indian Arrows by a scoreline reading 2–1 in the qualifier round. However, they were handed a defeat by East Bengal FC in the Round of 16. On 14 August 2018, Mumbai City FC officially stated, "Mumbai City FC and Alexandre Guimarães have parted company by mutual consent." This ended the Guimarães Era with the Brazilian-born Costa Rican manager being with the Islanders since 2016.
Jorge Costa era (2018–2020)
After the announcement that Mumbai City FC had parted ways with Guimarães, the Islanders broke the news about their new head coach. Former Portugal international & Champions League Winner Jorge Costa signed as the manager of Mumbai City FC for the 2018/19 Indian Super League season. The club also signed Indian Internationals Alen Deory and Subhasish Bose along with some foreign players such as Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos, Arnold Issoko and Paulo Machado. The team started the season with a 2–0 loss at home to Jamshedpur, followed by a 1–1 draw to Kerala Blasters. The team then recorded a 2–0 win against FC Pune City, and then lost 5–0 to Goa. After that coach Costa made some interesting tactical changes which led to the club's best unbeaten run in history (9 games unbeaten). The team ended December with a 6–1 win against Kerala Blasters, with Modou Sougou scoring 4 of the team's 6 goals in the match, which was a record breaking tally as Sougou became the first player in the league to score 4 goals in a single match, and it was Mumbai's best ever victory against any club. They also managed to break league leaders Bengaluru FC's unbeaten run at Mumbai Football Arena in January.
The club managed to secure a play-off Finish with a 3–1 victory against ATK on 22 February 2019 with a game in hand, thanks to Modou Sougou's second hat-trick in the league, which is also a record for having maximum hat-tricks for the Islanders. The 3rd-place finish saw them face off against FC Goa, which resulted in a 5–1 defeat at Home despite Mumbai opening the scoring. They did manage to bounce back and beat Goa in the Away fixture by a scoreline of 1–0, but it wasn't enough hence the islanders could not play in the 2018/19 ISL Final happening in Mumbai Football Arena itself. Even though Mumbai lost in the Play-offs, Arnold Issoko won the DHL Winning Pass of the League Award for his maximum assists (8 assists) in the League and Modou Sougou became joint second goalscorer with 12 Goals. Fan Favorite Amrinder Singh ended the league with most number of saves and joint highest number of clean sheets (6). With that positive note, on 19 March 2019, the officials of the club confirmed that Head Coach Jorge Costa had extended his stay at the club. The Portuguese signed a one-year extension and would continue to be at the helm for the Islanders until the end of the 2019/20 season.
The next task at hand for Jorge Costa and his side was the 2019 Hero Super Cup with the Islanders drawn to play Chennaiyin FC in the Round of 16 on 29 March at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Costa opted to play with an almost all-Indian Squad having Lucian Goian as the only foreign recruit in their ranks. Costa also promoted two highly rated youngsters from their youth ranks, Mohammed Kaif and Nakul Shelke. The team started off promisingly, but failed to capitalise on the chances created and were eliminated from the Super Cup with a 2–0 defeat.
After announcing the departure of club captain Lucian Goian to Chennaiyin FC before the 2019–20 season, MCFC brought in Mato Grgic, Serge Kevyn, Amine Chermiti, Diego Carlos, and Mohamed Larbi, with the first game of the 2019–20 season resulting in a 1–0 win over Kerala Blasters. On 28 November 2019, City Football Group EPL Giants Manchester City's parent company acquired a major stake in Mumbai City FC. This was the first time a top European club had acquired a majority stake of a club in India. There were ups and downs for Jorge Costa's team but injuries to the mainstays of the team hampered MCFC's good run. In the end, they fell short of the final playoff spot by just three points by virtue of losing to Chennaiyin FC.
Looking back at the records, the Islanders had registered a record statistic as they had 12 players on the scoresheet who had scored the team's total of 25 goals. Costa's Mumbai City had a reputation for being defensively strong and lethal on the counter-attack. It became the first team to do a league double over Bengaluru FC in ISL history and did not lose to them in the two years Costa was at the helm. After finishing fifth, and with the City Football Group ownership coming into full effect, Jorge Costa's reign at the club came to an end.
Sergio Lobera (2020-Present)
After several months of anticipation and global pandemic, Mumbai City FC finally announced the former FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera as their manager. MCFC kickstarted the new era with City Football Group with some exciting recruitments of Indian Internationals Mandar Rao Dessai and Farukh Choudhary for free from FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC respectively. The Islanders also signed highly rated youth prospect Vikram Pratap Singh and Mohammad Rakip on a free transfer from Kerala Blasters FC.
In foreign recruitments, the Islanders paid the release cause for 2019-20 ISL Player of the Season Hugo Boumous of Rs 1.6 crore to FC Goa, a record in Indian football. The club also secured free transfers of Mourtada Fall and Ahmed Jahouh from FC Goa. The CFG co-owned club also broke the news of signing the joint top-scorer of 2019-20 ISL season Bartholomew Ogbeche from Kerala Blasters FC and successfully completed loan signings of A-League Winner Adam le Fondre, Hernán Santana and Former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. youngster Cy Goddard from Sydney FC, Sporting Gijón and Benevento Calcio respectively.
Crest and colours
The crest is a reflection of the city's identity. It consists of three main elements, all forming the city's image. The fortress wall on the top depicts the resilient, proud and determined spirit of Mumbai and its people. The seven stars are a reference to the seven islands that form Mumbai, each, an integral and special part of the city. The railway system is an important part of the city, and proves to be its lifeline. It is also the symbol for the spirit of Mumbai – diverse, yet united. It is very fundamental that the city functions as a competent, cohesive unit, and thus, the train has been incorporated in the crest. The navy blue colour represents the sea; a figure the city is deeply connected to, in both economic as well as symbolic terms. The white represents sincerity and purity, both of which, the club strives to embody.
Blue remains the primary colous of the club in its history, but the color shades have been changed over the years. The club's home colours have been royal blue for first 3 seasons with the hint of red on collar and sleeves. During 2017-2020 period, the club wore a polynesian blue home kit which is less darker to previous royal blue with the hint of golden yellow on collar and sleeves. In 2020, when the City Football Group purchased the club's majority share, they changed the primary colours into sky blue following the pathway of their parent club Manchester City FC.
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Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Main Shirt sponsor||Minor sponsors|
|2015–2016||Puma||Ace Group||UltraTech Cement, Mitashi, Renault|
|2017–2018||T10 Sports||Infinix Mobile, Mitashi, OkSir, Jio|
|2018–2019||Sqad Gear||Mitashi, Macroman, Asian Paints|
|2020–present||Puma||DafaNews||Etihad Airways, Cisco, Zurich, Midea|
Mumbai City FC played their home games outside of the city in Navi Mumbai at the DY Patil Stadium for First two seasons (2014–2015). DY Patil Stadium is a cricket staidum who also capable to host other sports & events due to its synthetic turf and the maximum spectatres Capacity of 55000 Seats. However, the islanders shifted their home base to Mumbai Football Arena from the third season as DY Patil Stadium was allotted to go under construction for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Mumbai Football Arena is relatively small but a multi-use FIFA and AFC approved stadium, located in the heart of the city. i.e. Andheri  Mumbai Football Arena has a capacity of 7,790 seats. The Arena is filled regularly by the team's dedicated fan base. The stadium also has a separate section to accommodate Away fans. The Mumbai Football Arena is modified during the ISL season to incorporate a VIP stand to the east of the stadium.
Due to the COVID–19 pandemic and unavoidable circumstances, the 2020–21 Indian Super League season will be held entirely in the state of Goa. Mumbai City FC allotted to play their home games at Goa Medical College Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, along with Chennaiyin FC , Kerala Blasters FC and Odisha FC. It had previously been chosen as a practice ground for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and also hosted FC Goa Reserves matches in the I-League 2nd Division.
Mumbai City FC is reputed for one of the most vocal fan bases in India. The West Coast Brigade is the official fan club of Mumbai City FC, which is known for its support to the team both home and away. West Coast Brigade is held in high regard by the MCFC management and the players as they have dedicated a stand for West Coast Brigade members in the Mumbai Football Arena.
The players and the coach have often acknowledged the fans' support in the success and always engaged in fans interaction and promotional activities. In 2017, the islanders became the first club in ISL history to announce a special section for away fans as a progressive step towards football fan culture. 
From the league's inception, FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC were the only two clubs in the Indian Super League from a single state, ie. Maharashtra. which created an elite rivalry between the two, famously known as Maha Derby. It lasted until Pune was disbanded and rebranded as Hyderabad FC under new owners from 2019–20 season.
After FC Goa sacked their Head Coach Sergio Lobera, who played a very crucial role in guiding FC Goa to win the League Winners Shield in ISL season 6, Mumbai quickly snapped up the Spaniard. Lobera also responsible to lure some foreign and national players from FC Goa to Mumbai City FC. This, along with the fact that both Mumbai and Goa are on the west coast of India, created a spark between the two clubs and their fans that led to the new rivalary known as Western Derby
On 13 April 2014, IMG Reliance announced that actor Ranbir Kapoor had won the bidding for the Mumbai franchise to be the eighth team in the inaugural season of Indian Super League with Bimal Parekh being the other co-owner.
On 28 November 2019, it was revealed that City Football Group has bought the 65 percent stakes at the club, adding Mumbai City FC as the eighth club under city group. City Football Group’s ownership of the club opens up a plethora of opportunities in the future, with seamless transfer of knowledge, and access to opportunities for players and club officials alike.
- As of 31 January 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Winter Transfer Activity
Notable foreign players
- Players who have played at least 40 matches for their nations at the highest International level.
Reserves and Academy
The management has been working tirelessly ever since the League went underway in 2014 to improve the level of the game through the grassroots level itself. In 2015, Mumbai City announced Grassroot Football League with the help of Navi Mumbai Area Schools Association (NMASA) that created opportunity for more than 150 schools in Navi Mumbai to participate in Under-8, Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14 age groups. The initiative has been rewarded as Best Grassroots Programme by Reliance Foundation in 2015.
In February 2016, Mumbai City FC Partnered with the All India Football Federation to Conduct Grassroot Leadership Workshop for students. In November 2016, Mumbai City FC joined hands with The Phoenix Sports & Leisure Group (PSL) India to Boosts Grassroots Football. The partnership also creates pathways for talented youngsters to join the club’s youth setup. In late 2018, Mumbai City FC announced their under 14 and under 16 teams for the upcoming I-League and MDFA season at the Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Jr. College, Vashi. The team has also played in the Youth MDFA League for the U-18 Level, playing various other teams in Mumbai at their level. These youth teams practice at Cooperage Ground, Colaba.
Mumbai City FC fielded a reserve team in the 2019–20 I-League 2nd Division. Players like Mohammed Kaif and Nakul Shelke were promoted to the first team for the Super Cup after stellar performances in the 2nd Division. In late November 2019, academy graduate Asif Khan signed his first Professional Contract with Mumbai City FC until 2024 which made him the first MCFC academy player to sign a pro contract with the club.
In October 2020, MCFC announced that Goalkeepers Vikram Singh and Nishit Shetty have been promoted from Reserves to the First Team squad for the 2020/21 campaign. made them first reserve players to be promoted at first team
|Owners||City Football Group (65%)|
Ranbir Kapoor (17.5%)
Bimal Parekh (17.5%)
|CEO||Ajin Jacob Abraham|
|Football Operations Manager||Watson Fernandes|
|Asst Coach||Anthony Fernandes|
|Asst Coach||Jesús Tato|
|Conditioning Coach||Manuel Sayabera|
|Goal Keeping Coach||Juan Maria Cruz Arias|
|Head Physiotherapist||Sandeep Kurale|
|Asst Physiotherapist||Kapil Sharma|
|Team Masseur||Bhushan Tandel|
|Asst Masseur||Akshay Waghmode|
|Team Doctor||Varun Gupta|
|Team Manager||Prateek Maira|
|Team Media Officer||Annujj Palaye|
|Performance Analyst||Narendra Vakare|
|Asst Analyst||Aditya Kurane|
|Kit Manager||Rishi Roy|
Statistics and records
- André Moritz : First Player to Score Hattrick in the Indian Super League v/s FC Pune City on 18 October 2014 at DY Patil Stadium
- Sunil Chhetri : First Indian to score Hattrick in the Indian Super League v/s NorthEast United FC on 28 October 2015 at DY Patil Stadium
- Diego Forlán : First Marquee Player to Score Hattrick in the Indian Super League v/s Kerala Blasters on 19 November 2016 at Mumbai Football Arena
- Amrinder Singh : First Indian Goalkeeper to win Golden Gloves award in the league (5) clean sheets in 6 games with only 3 goals conceded in (2016)
- Amrinder Singh : Most number of saves and joint highest number of clean sheets in a Single Season (6) (2018-19)
- Lucian Goian : Most no. of tackles in a Single season (67) (2016)
- Modou Sougou : Most goals in a game (4) v. Kerala Blasters, 16 December 2018) W 6–1
- Modou Sougou : Multiple Hattricks in a Single Season v (Kerala Blasters, 16 December 2018) and (ATK, 22 February 2019)
- Arnold Issoko : Most assist in a Single Season (8) assists (2018-19)
- League winners (2016)
- Fewest goals conceded in a season: (11), Mumbai City (2016)
- Most Clean Sheets in a season: (8), Mumbai City (2016) (2020-21)
- Best Unbeaten Run in Indian Super League History (12) Games (2020-21)
- Quickest semi-final qualification in Indian Super League history (15) Games (2020-21)
- Record no. of Goalscorers from a single team Mumbai City (12) Goalscorers (25) Goals (2019-20)
- Most Clean Sheets in Indian Super League by a Club : Total 42 Mumbai City (as of 22 January 2021)
- first team to score 5 goals in a single game v/s FC Pune City on 18 October 2014 at DY Patil Stadium
- Biggest Away Win in Indian Super League v/s Odisha FC on 24 February 2021 at GMC stadium Bambolim
- All-Time Top Goalscorers
- As of 24 February 2021
|1||Modou Sougou||2018–20||15 (32)|
|2||Adam le Fondre||2020–21||11 (19)|
|3||Sunil Chhetri||2015–16||7 (17)|
|4||Éverton Santos||2017–18||7 (19)|
|5||Bartholomew Ogbeche||2020–21||7 (19)|
|6||Bipin Singh||2018–21||7 (41)|
|7||Amine Chermiti||2019–20||6 (16)|
|8||Balwant Singh||2017–18||6 (18)|
|9||Diego Forlán||2016||5 (12)|
- Most Appearances
- As of 24 February 2021
Season by Season
|Year||ISL Regular season||Finals||Super Cup||Club's Top Scorer(s)|
|2014||14||4||4||6||12||21||16||7th||DNQ||Did not exist||André Moritz||3|
|2016||14||6||5||3||16||8||23||1st||Semi Finals||Diego Forlán||5|
|2017-18||18||7||2||9||25||29||23||7th||DNQ||Round of 16||Éverton Santos||7|
|2018–19||18||9||3||6||25||20||30||3rd||Semi Finals||Round of 16||Modou Sougou||12|
|2019–20||18||7||5||6||25||29||26||5th||DNQ||Tournament Suspended||Amine Chermiti||6|
|2020–21||19||11||4||4||33||18||37||2nd||Q||TBP||Adam le Fondre||11|
- As of 24 February 2021
|Peter Reid||England||4 September 2014||2014||14||4||4||6||12||21||28.57|
|Nicolas Anelka||France||3 July 2015||2015||14||4||4||6||16||26||28.57|
|Alexandre Guimarães||Costa Rica||19 April 2016||2018||34||13||8||13||43||37||38.24|
|Jorge Costa||Portugal||14 August 2018||2020||38||17||8||13||52||26||44.74|
|Sergio Lobera||Spain||12 October 2020||Incumbent||19||11||4||4||33||18||57.89|
- Fair Play Award (2015)
- Best Grassroots Programme by Reliance Foundation - 2015
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