Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City Football Club(मुंबई सिटी एफ सी)
|Founded||30 August 2014|
|Ground||Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri|
|Capacity||18,000 (can be limited to 7,960 for safety reasons)|
|League||Indian Super League|
|2016||Regular season: 1st
Mumbai City FC is an Indian professional football franchise based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, which competes in Indian Super League (ISL). The club was launched in August 2014 during the ISL's inaugural season. The team is co-owned by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, a chartered accountant.
Former England international Peter Reid managed the club and Fredrik Ljungberg was the marquee player for the first season. For the second season, it was announced that Nicolas Anelka will don the position of marquee player as well as manager of the club. In 2016, Diego Forlán played as the marquee player while Alexandre Guimarães took over as the new manager. For the first time Mumbai City topped the league table.
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 Fredrik 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 register first victory over FC Pune City by beating them as 5–0 at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai,In which Andre Moritz register first ever hat-trick of ISL. The team finished the season seventh of eight teams, 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. Club signed India's All Time Record Goal Scorer & also Indian National Football Team captain Sunil Chhetri for domestic record braking Deal. Club also Signed 2015 I-league's player of the year haitian Sony Norde During their second season, Sunil Chhetri was top scorer for Blues as he scored 7 Goals also notched a Hatrick against North East United FC, Mumbai won only four matches and lost six matches out of 14 matches to finish in sixth-position in the group table. Due to such results, Anelka resigned and admitted that he's not coming Back for the 2017 season.
Third season (2016)
After first two seasons Mumbai City FC management makes big changes as Mumbai City FC confirms Alexandre Guimaraes will roped as the head coach for the 2016-17 Indian Super League (ISL) season,They also shifted their Home Ground from big DY PATIL STADIUM (NEW MUMBAI) to quite smaller MUMBAI FOOTBALL ARENA (MUMBAI).
The Mumbai franchise also signed 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan as their marquee signing for a ISL record breaking Deal. & also buys some notable players from south-America continent to gives a south American flavor to the Mumbai based franchise If we look back at the earlier seasons, the marquee players were one too many. From Nicolas Anelka to Freddie Ljungberg- it seemed like an Arsenal exodus. But none had the mettle to flourish at hitherto unknown conditions.
Ljungberg sat out the first season after a few brief appearances. Anelka turned coach but failed to impart the winning touch. This season, it has been the Diego Forlan show. The Uruguayan has changed the dynamics of a struggling team to genuine title contenders.
He has scored, assisted and kept the opposition goalkeeper busy with numerous attempts. He has refused to bow down in difficult conditions. Being a core professional, Forlan has given his every bit for his new side. Diego Forlan scored the first hat-trick of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 season as Mumbai City FC demolished Kerala Blasters 5-0 at Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai on 19 November 2016. it was also the first Hatrick of any marquee Player in the History Of ISL.
They conceded the least number of goals (8) of the league stage. The coordination in the backline has been top notch from the Mumbaikars. Lucian Goian has been their rock, leading the charts for most number of tackles (67).
Mumbai have managed to score only 16 goals, 9 less than 7th placed Chennaiyin FC. Yet they have ruled the league stage and enjoy the top spot. An impressive goal difference of +8 justifies their indomitable climb to the zenith of the table.
With only 8 goals conceded, the message was loud and clear. Defensive units were austere in the face of immense attack. This managed to fix the goal conceded stat in favour of the Mumbaikars.
Alexandre’s men have kept 8 clean sheets in the group stage, making it a record across all the three editions of the tournament. This has been possible due to the rugged approach of the team. A compact midfield and a packed defense have kept the opposition attackers at bay.
The result is there for the rest of the teams to see. The support he has received from the pack of domestic and other foreigners has been beyond reproach. Argentine Matias Defederico has been exceptionally brilliant, partnering Forlan up front. The dual forward strategy has reaped massive benefits for the team. They have bagged the record for inflicting the biggest defeat when they pumped 5 goals past FC Pune City.
As the Result, Mumbai City finished the 14 rounds with 6 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. Their imperious form has seen them demolish opponents with gusto. This has been possible due to the fortitude imbibed within the team.
Their resilience had ensured remarkable comebacks while faced with abject adversities. They have won critical matches, defended bravely and carved out impossible draws from lost causes. This ensured a steep improvement from the previous seasons.however, went down to Atletico de Kolkata in the twin legged semi-finals.
Fourth season (2017)
The Mumbai franchise continued to work with Guimaraes once again after he guided the club to their first ever play-offs in three seasons The club opted to Resign Amrinder Singh for a whopping 1.20 crores INR after consulting their head coach, who it is believed was keen to rope in the former Pune FC goalkeeper. he was the awarded the best goalkeeper in the league keeping recorded clean sheets for the club & MCFC also retain the services of Midfielder Sehnaj Singh who was instrumental at Mumbai's last season's success. In foreign Department, They retained Last Season's Successive Defensive Duo of Lucian Goian & Gerson Veira & Midfield Maestro Leo Costa. they also retain Rakesh Oram as U-21 players quota
|2014||ISL||7th||14||4||4||6||12||21||16||-||André Moritz||3||Peter Reid|
|2015||ISL||6th||14||4||4||6||16||26||16||-||Sunil Chhetri||7||Nicolas Anelka|
|2016||ISL||1st||14||6||5||3||16||8||23||Semi Finals||Diego Forlan||5||Alexandre Guimarães|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Assistant coach||Alex Ambrose|
|Assistant coach||Juliano Fontana|
|Goalkeeping coach||Alexandre Lopes|
|Physical Trainer||Rodrigo Poletto|
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
- As of Match played 13 December 2016
|1||Sunil Chhetri||2015-16||7 (15)||- (2)||7 (17)|
|2||Diego Forlan||2016||5 (9)||- (2)||5 (11)|
|3||Sony Norde||2015-16||4 (21)||- (2)||4 (23)|
|4||André Moritz||2014-15||3 (8)||- (-)||3 (8)|
|5||Frédéric Piquionne||2015||3 (12)||- (-)||3 (12)|
|6||Matías Defederico||2016||3 (12)||- (2)||3 (14)|
|7||Krisztián Vadócz||2016||3 (12||- (2)||3 (14)|
|8||Léo Costa||2016||1 (6)||1 (2)||2 (8)|
|9||Nicolas Anelka||2014–15||2 (13)||- (-)||2 (13)|
- As of Match played until 13 December 2016
|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||Present||16||6||6||4||18||11||37.50|
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