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Mumbai City FC
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Full name

Mumbai City Football Club

(मुंबई सिटी एफ सी)
Nickname(s) Blue Army
Founded 30 August 2014
Ground Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri
Ground Capacity 18,000 (can be limited to 7,960 for safety reasons)
Owner(s)
Manager Alexandre Guimarães
League Indian Super League
2016 Regular season: 1st
Finals: Semi-finals
Website Club website
Current season

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.[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 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.

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]

" 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

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 Fredrik 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 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)[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. 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)[edit]

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)[edit]

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

League history[edit]

Season League Knockouts Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2014 ISL 7th 14 4 4 6 12 21 16 - Brazil André Moritz 3 England Peter Reid
2015 ISL 6th 14 4 4 6 16 26 16 - India Sunil Chhetri 7 France Nicolas Anelka
2016 ISL 1st 14 6 5 3 16 8 23 Semi Finals Uruguay Diego Forlan 5 Costa Rica Alexandre Guimarães

Stadium[edit]

Mumbai City FC played their home games at the DY Patil Stadium for two season (2014–2015), now they have shifted their home ground to Mumbai Football Arena.

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]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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
27 India GK Arindam Bhattacharya
23 India GK Kunal Sawant
18 Romania DF Lucian Goian
3 Brazil DF Marcio Rosario
4 Brazil DF Gerson Vieira
6 India DF Raju Gaikwad
32 India DF Davinder Singh
26 India DF Mehrajuddin Wadoo
2 India DF Aiborlang Khongjee
16 India DF Biswajit Saha
31 India DF Lalchhawnkima
No. Position Player
40 Brazil MF Thiago Santos (on loan from Flamengo)
11 Brazil MF Léo Costa
10 Cameroon MF Achille Emaná
28 India MF Sehnaj Singh
33 India MF Rakesh Oram
22 India MF Zakeer Mundampara
8 India MF Sahil Tavora
34 India MF Abhinas Ruidas
12 India MF Sanju Pradhan
9 Spain FW Rafa Jorda
7 Brazil FW Everton Santos
25 India FW Pranjal Bhumij
15 India FW Balwant Singh

Team management[edit]

Position Name
Manager Costa Rica Alexandre Guimaraes[9]
Assistant coach India Alex Ambrose
Assistant coach Brazil Juliano Fontana
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Alexandre Lopes
Physical Trainer Brazil Rodrigo Poletto

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2014 none Jabong.com
2015–16 Puma Ace Group
2017– T10 Sports TBA

Records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 13 December 2016
Name Years League Knockouts Total
1 India Sunil Chhetri 2015-16 7 (15) 0- 0(2) 7 (17)
2 Uruguay Diego Forlan 2016 5 (9) 0- 0(2) 5 (11)
3 Haiti Sony Norde 2015-16 4 (21) 0- 0(2) 4 (23)
4 Brazil André Moritz 2014-15 3 (8) 0- 0(-) 3 (8)
5 Martinique Frédéric Piquionne 2015 3 (12) 0- 0(-) 3 (12)
6 Argentina Matías Defederico 2016 3 (12) 0- 0(2) 3 (14)
7 Hungary Krisztián Vadócz 2016 3 (12 0- 0(2) 3 (14)
8 Brazil Léo Costa 2016 1 (6) 01 0(2) 2 (8)
9 France Nicolas Anelka 2014–15 2 (13) 0- 0(-) 2 (13)

Managerial[edit]

As of Match played until 13 December 2016
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Peter Reid  England 4 September 2014[10] 2014 14 4 4 6 12 21 028.57
Nicolas Anelka  France 3 July 2015[11] 2015 14 4 4 6 16 26 028.57
Alexandre Guimarães  Costa Rica 19 April 2016[12] Present 16 6 6 4 18 11 037.50

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Crystal Palace team up with Mumbai City FC in search for Indian star". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Nandini Raghavendra (3 September 2014). "Ranbir Kapoor bets big on ISL Mumbai team, wants to build football". The Economic Times. 
  4. ^ "Indian Super League sees interest from 30 franchise bidders". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nicolas Anelka joins Mumbai City in Indian Super League". Sports-nova. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "ISL: Mumbai City FC sign Freddie Ljungberg". The Times of India. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Liverpool stars Luis Garcia and Josemi start as Atletico de Kolkata win first Indian Super League clash against Mumbai City". Daily Mail. Associated Press. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nicolas Anelka named Mumbai City player-manager". BBC Sport. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Official: Anelka announced player-manager for Mumbai City FC". 
  10. ^ "Peter Reid to manage Indian Super League side Mumbai FC". BBC Football. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nicolas Anelka named Mumbai City player-manager". BBC Sport. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "ISL news: Mumbai City FC name Alexandre Guimaraes as Nicolas Anelka's replacement". ibtimes.co.in. International Business Times. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.