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Mumbai City FC
Official Mumbai City FC Logo.png
Full nameMumbai City Football Club
(मुंबई सिटी फ़ुटबॉल क्लब)
Nickname(s)The Islanders
Short nameMCFC, Mum City
Founded30 August 2014
GroundMumbai Football Arena, Andheri
Capacity8,000
Owner(s)Ranbir Kapoor, Bimal Parekh
ManagerJorge Costa
LeagueIndian Super League
2018–19Regular season: 3rd of 10
Finals: Semi-finals
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active departments of Mumbai City FC
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Mumbai City FC is an Indian professional football club based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, which competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) under licence from the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club was launched in August 2014 during the ISL's inaugural season.[1][2] The team is co-owned by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, a chartered accountant.[3]

Former England international Peter Reid managed the club and Freddie Ljungberg was the marquee player for the first season. For the second season, it was announced that Nicolas Anelka would 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. In 2018, Jorge Costa was announced as the coach for the new season while Rafael Bastos and Modou Sougou were announced as the notable signings.

" Football has always been a fierce passion and owning a club has been a lifelong dream. For now I have got my hands full with Mumbai City FC and my ambition for the club over the next five years is to make it the most professionally run club in Asia. Having said that, I am willing to step in and contribute towards the growth of football in any which way needed because the growth of the football ecosystem goes hand in hand with the growth of Mumbai City FC."

Co-owner Ranbir Kapoor’s interview with TOI, June 2015

History[edit]

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.[1][4]

First season (2014)[edit]

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.[5] Three days later, former Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg was signed as the team's first marquee player, returning from two years of retirement.[6]

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.[7] 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 Andre 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)[edit]

In July 2015, Nicolas Anelka became player-manager, replacing Englishman Peter Reid.[8] 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. The club also signed 2015 I-league's player of the year Haitian Sony Norde. Chhetri was the top scorer for Blues as he scored 7 Goals including a hat trick 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 announced his departure at the end of the season.

Alexandre Guimarães Era (2016-2018)[edit]

Owner Ranbir Kapoor with former player Sunil Chhetri

After first two seasons, Mumbai City's management made big changes as they appointed Alexandre Guimaraes as the head coach for the 2016-17 Indian Super League (ISL) season. The club also moved into their new home, Mumbai Football Arena.The club also signed 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan on a three-month deal, with Option to Extend for another year.

Ljungberg sat out the first season after a few brief appearances. Anelka moved to a coaching role. This season showcased Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan changed the dynamics of a struggling team to title contenders. Forlan scored the first hat-trick of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 season as Mumbai City FC 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 least number of goals (8) of all teams in the league, whilst Lucian Goian has the most number of tackles (67) in the league. This managed to fix the goal conceded stat in favour of the Mumbaikars. Alexandre’s men kept 8 clean sheets in the group stage, making it a record across all the three editions of the tournament. This had been possible due to the rugged approach of the team. A compact midfield and a packed defense have kept the opposition attackers at bay. Argentine Matias Defederico had been partnering Forlan up front. The dual forward strategy had reaped benefits for the team. They have received the record for inflicting the biggest defeat when they had 5 goals past FC Pune City. As a result, Mumbai City finished the 14 rounds with 6 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. This was a steep improvement from previous seasons. However, it went down to Atletico de Kolkata in the twin legged semi-finals.


The Mumbai franchise continued to work with Guimaraes after he guided the club to their first ever playoffs in three seasons. The club opted to re-sign Amrinder Singh for 1.20 crores INR. He was the best goalkeeper in the league 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 earlier season. In the foreign department, they retained the defensive duo of Lucian Goian and Gerson Vieira and midfielder Leo Costa. They also retained Rakesh Oram under the U-21 player quota. They finished the season in 7th, failing to qualify for the playoffs, with the coach being criticized for overly defensive tactics. Also Mumbai City FC took part in inaugural edition of Super Cup,they kick-off the proceedings smoothly as They defeated Indian Arrows by 2-1 Margin in qualifier Round. but handed out the Defeat by East Bengal FC in Round of 16. on 14th August 2018, Mumbai City FC officially stated as, "Mumbai City FC and Alexandre Guimaraes have parted company by mutual consent." This ended the Guimarães Era as the Brazilian-born Costa Rican manager had been with the Islanders since 2016.

Jorge Costa Era (2018-Present)[edit]

After the announcement that Mumbai City FC had parted ways with Guimaraes, the Islanders broke the news about their new head coach. Former Portugal international Jorge Costa had signed to be the coach of Mumbai City FC for the 2018/19 Indian Super League season. The Club also signed India Internationals Alen Deory and Subhasish Bose. The Foreign Players for the new season were announced to be Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos, Marko Klisura, Arnold Issoko, Paolo Machado, Matias Mirabaje, and long standing central defender Lucian Goian. 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 teams 6 goals in the match, Which was the Record Breaking Contest as Sougou became the First player in the league to Score four Goals, & it was Mumbai's Best 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 secured Play-off Finish with 3-1 Victory against ATK on 22nd February 2019 with game in Hand Thanks to Modou Sougou 's Second Hattrick, which is also a record for Having maximum Hattricks for MCFC. as the 3rd place finish saw them to face of against the FC Goa , which led to embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Home Leg even when Mumbai scored the First Goal. but they managed to beat Goa in a Away fixture 1-0 but it couldn't guaranteed a place in Final which was happening in Mumbai itself. Even though Mumbai Lost in Play-offs Arnold Issoko won the DHL Winning Pass of the League Award for His Maximum 8 Assists in the League. & Modou Sougou Became Joint Second Top Goalscorer with 12 Goals. Fan Favorite Amrinder Singh ended the league with Most number of Saves & Joint Highest number of Clean sheets (6). With that Positive Note, On 19th of march 2019, the Officials of the Club confirms that Head Coach Jorge Costa has extended his stay at the club. The Portuguese signs a one-year extension and will 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 the side was the 2019 Hero Super Cup with the Islanders drawn to play Chennaiyin FC in the Round of 16 on March 29 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Where's he opted to Play with Indian Squad with Lucian Goian was only foreign recruit in their Ranks. Costa also Promoted two Highly Rated Youngsters from Youth Ranks Notably Mohammed Kaif & Nakul Shelke. The team started off Promisingly, but failed to capitalize the Chances & eliminated from the Super Cup with 2-0 Defeat.

Supporters[edit]

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. Renowned for travelling in large numbers to support the team across the length and breadth of the country, the 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. In 2017, Mumbai City FC became the first club in ISL history to announce a special section for away fans.

Rivalries[edit]

FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC are the only two clubs in the Indian Super League from a single state i.e. Maharashtra, which created an elite rivalry between the two, one that is now renowned as the Maha-Derby.

Crest[edit]

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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 on this 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.

Stadium[edit]

Mumbai Football Arena

Mumbai City FC played their home games at the DY Patil Stadium for two seasons (2014–2015), they shifted their home ground to Mumbai Football Arena From 3rd Season. Mumbai Football Arena has a capacity of 8,000, and is regularly filled by the teams dedicated fan base. The stadium is modified during the ISL season to incorporate a VIP stand to the east of the stadium which is attended by actor and owner Ranbir Kapoor every game.


The training of this team took place at the football turf of Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Jr. College, Vashi. The training during the ISL takes place at Cooperage Ground, Colaba.[1] In early 2019 the team took a training camp to Goa while other players are busy at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Youth Teams[edit]

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 have 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, and have played various other teams throughout their three age group levels such as Oscar SSE, Kenkre, and Iron Born.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2014—2015 None Jabong.com
2015—2016

Puma

Ace Group
2017—2018 T10 Sports
2018—present Sqad Gear

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 September 2018[9][10]

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 Amrinder Singh
2 India DF Sanjay Balmuchu
4 Serbia DF Marko Klisura
5 India DF Anwar Ali
6 India MF Milan Singh
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Arnold Issoko
8 India MF Mohammed Rafique
10 Uruguay MF Matías Mirabaje
11 India MF Raynier Fernandes
12 India MF Sanju Pradhan
14 India DF Joyner Lourenco
15 India DF Subhasish Bose
No. Position Player
17 India FW Pranjal Bhumij
18 Romania DF Lucian Goian
19 India MF Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
21 India GK Ravi Kumar
23 India DF Souvik Chakrabarti
25 India FW Alen Deory
26 India MF Sehnaj Singh
28 Senegal MF Modou Sougou
29 India MF Bipin Singh
30 India GK Kunal Sawant
32 India DF Davinder Singh
55 Portugal MF Paulo Machado (captain)

Out on Loan[edit]

As of

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

No. Position Player
4 India DF Anwar Ali On Loan to (Indian Arrows)
- India DF Bikramjeet Singh Jr On Loan to (Mohun Bagan)
- India DF Shouvik Ghosh On Loan to NorthEast United FC

Team management[edit]

Position Name
Manager Portugal Jorge Costa
Assistant coach India Anthony Fernandes
Assistant coach Portugal Marco Leite
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Jorge Madureira
Team Manager India Watson Fernandes
Head Physiotherapist India Sandeep Kurale
Asst Physiotherapist India Kapil Sharma
Team Masseur India Bhushan Tandel
Asst Masseur India Akshay Waghmode
Team Doctor India Sudheesh Sundaranpillai
Club Logistics Officer India Prateek Maira
Team Media Officer India Annujj Palaye
Performance Analyst India Narendra Wakare
Kit Manager India Clinton Cardoz

Notable former players[edit]

As of September 2018
Name Country
Nicolas Anelka FranceFrance
Manuel Friedrich GermanyGermany
Freddie Ljungberg SwedenSweden
Frantz Bertin HaitiHaiti
Sony Norde HaitiHaiti
Selim Benachour TunisiaTunisia
Darren O'Dea Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland
Frédéric Piquionne MartiniqueMartinique
Diego Forlán UruguayUruguay
Matías Defederico ArgentinaArgentina
Krisztián Vadócz HungaryHungary
Achille Emaná CameroonCameroon

Records[edit]

  • All Time-Top Goalscorers
As of Match played 17 March 2019
Name Years League Knockouts Total
1 Senegal Modou Sougou 2018-19 12 (16) 0- 0(2) 12 (18)
2 India Sunil Chhetri 2015-16 7 (15) 0- 0(2) 7 (17)
3 India Balwant Singh (footballer) 2017-18 6 (16) 0- 0(-) 6 (16)
4 Brazil Éverton Santos 2017-18 6 (18) 0- 0(-) 6 (18)
5 Uruguay Diego Forlan 2016 5 (10) 0- 0(1) 5 (11)
6 Brazil Thiago Nascimento dos Santos 2017-18 5 (13) 0- 0(-) 5 (13)
7 Brazil Rafael Bastos 2018-19 3 (17) 02 0(2) 5 (19)
8 Haiti Sony Norde 2015-16 4 (21) 0- 0(2) 4 (23)
9 Brazil André Moritz 2014-15 3 (8) 0- 0(-) 3 (8)
10 Martinique Frédéric Piquionne 2015 3 (12) 0- 0(-) 3 (12)

Managerial[edit]

As of Match played until 28 March 2019
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Peter Reid  England 4 September 2014[11] 2014 14 4 4 6 12 21 028.57
Nicolas Anelka  France 3 July 2015[12] 2015 14 4 4 6 16 26 028.57
Alexandre Guimarães  Costa Rica 19 April 2016[13] 2018 34 13 8 13 43 37 038.24
Jorge Costa  Portugal 14 August 2018 2020 21 10 3 8 25 26 047.62

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 13 January 2019.[14]
Current Rank Country Team
258 Indonesia Deltras Sidoarjo
259 Japan Kyoto Sanga
260 India Mumbai City FC
261 Hong Kong Kitchee
262 Thailand Nakhon Pathom

References[edit]

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