Sheikh Russel KC

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Sheikh Russel KC
Official logo of Sheikh Russel KC.png
Full nameSheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited
Nickname(s)Bengal Blues
Founded1995; 27 years ago (1995)
GroundBashundhara Kings Arena
PresidentSayem Sobhan Anvir
ManagerZulfiker Mahmud Mintu
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
2021BPL, 7th of 13
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sheikh Russel KC is a professional football club based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League. The club has won the Federation Cup in 2012, which was their first major title. They also won their maiden Bangladesh Premier League title in the season 2012–13. Sayem Sobhan Anvir, managing director of Bashundhara Group, is the chairman of Sheikh Russel KC.[2]



Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra was established in 1995 and named after Sheikh Russel, son of former President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[3] The founder was Shahjahan Kabir, and striker Shofiqur Rahman Titu was appointed as the teams first ever captain in 1996. The club started its journey in 1996 with Pioneer Football. Then in 1998 the team became runners-up in the Dhaka Third Division, under the coaching of Wazed Gazi.

In 2002, Sheikh Russel KC became runners-up in the Dhaka first division league (second Tier). In their first appearance in top-flight football in 2003–04 season, Sheikh Russel stunned traditional powerhouses like Abahani, Mohammedan and Muktijoddha Sangsad to finish second in the now defunct Premier Division Football League. Since then, despite playing in the country's first professional top-tier league, the Bangladesh Premier League regularly, Sheikh Russel did not get the expected success until the start of the next decade.

Treble win and drought[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Sheikh Russel KC got their highest success by winning the domestic treble. Sheikh Russel defeated Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2–1 in extra time in the 2012 Bangladesh Federation Cup Final to win a title for the first time ever in their club history. They then won the 2013 Independence Cup 3–2 against Sheikh Jamal. Then again, they left behind a strong team like Sheikh Jamal DC and won the 2012–13 Bangladesh Premier League. Bangladeshi Maruful Haque was the coach of the treble winning team. The team was captained by legendary goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee, while the defense was mainly handled by duo Ashraf Mahmud Linkon, Rezaul Karim Reza & Uttam Kumar Banik. Also, national team captain Mamunul Islam, Moroccan midfielder Tarik El Janaby and the clubs talisman Sony Norde were crucial in the teams midfield.[4] Haitian playmaker Sony Norde, was the lethal during the campaign scoring 16 league goals. The striking duo of Zahid Hasan Ameli & Zahid Hossain both scored six league goals making them joint- second top local goalscorers that season.[5]

Since their treble winning season, the club has failed to win another trophy finishing runners-up in multiple tournaments and were also knocked out of the AFC Cup qualifiers twice.[6][7][8] They were also defeated by Mohammedan SC in the 2013 Super Cup final.[9] However, the team did manage to reach the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC President's Cup.[10]

On 9 January 2015, the managing director of Bashundhara Group, Sayem Sobhan Anvir was appointed as the club's new chairman. He assured that the club would be back challenging for titles once more.[11] However, the clubs further investment all went in vain as they failed to produce results on the pitch the following seasons.

On 20 April 2017, Sheikh Russel KC were fined 2000 Swiss Francs by FIFA over contract disputes with a player and a coach.[12]

Attempt to rebuild[edit]

In October 2018, veteran coach Saiful Bari Titu was appointed as the clubs head coach. In 2020, Sheikh Russel were one of the four clubs from Bangladesh to attain AFC Cup licensing.[13] Russel spent heavily the next three years signing several national team players alongside expensive foreign recruits, however, the club found themselves fighting for relegation, leading to Titu's dismissal after three and a half years of service to the club, in March 2022.[14][15]

Current squad[edit]

Sheikh Russel KC squad for 2021–22 season.

As of 22 April 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Bangladesh BAN Ashraful Islam Rana (Captain)
3 DF Bangladesh BAN Rahmat Mia
4 DF Bangladesh BAN Asaduzzaman Bablu
5 DF Bangladesh BAN Nasiruddin Chowdhury
6 DF Bangladesh BAN Habibur Rahman Sohag
7 DF Bangladesh BAN Khalekurzaman Sabuj
8 MF Bangladesh BAN Mohammad Abdullah
10 MF Bangladesh BAN Hemanta Vincent Biswas
11 FW Bangladesh BAN Mannaf Rabby
12 MF Bangladesh BAN Fahim Ahmed
13 GK Bangladesh BAN Ibrahim Hossain
14 MF Bangladesh BAN Manik Hossain Molla
15 DF Bangladesh BAN Apurbo Mali
16 MF Bangladesh BAN Emon Islam Babu
17 MF Bangladesh BAN Salman Khan
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Bangladesh BAN Rabiul Alam
19 FW Bangladesh BAN Mohammad Jewel
20 FW Nigeria NGA Ismahil Akinade
21 DF Bangladesh BAN Mohammad Emon
22 FW Bangladesh BAN Md Saad Uddin
23 DF Bangladesh BAN Rostam Islam Dukhu Mia
24 MF Bangladesh BAN Dipok Roy
25 GK Bangladesh BAN Russel Mahmud Liton
26 MF Bangladesh BAN MD Didarul Islam
27 MF Bangladesh BAN Golam Rabby
29 DF Bangladesh BAN Rashedul Islam Rashed
30 GK Bangladesh BAN Sabuj Das Roghu
34 DF Kyrgyzstan KGZ Aizar Akmatov
43 FW Ghana GHA Richard Gadze
88 MF Ivory Coast CIV Kpehi Didier Brossou

Coaching staff[edit]

As of November 2021
Position Name
Manager Bangladesh Zulfiker Mahmud Mintu
Assistant Coach Bangladesh
Goalkeeping Coach Kenya Abdul Iddi Salim
Team Manager Bangladesh
Physio Bangladesh Yusuf Ali


Board of Directors[edit]

As of March 2022.[16][17][18]

Position Name
President Sayem Sobhan Anvir
Vice-president Naem Nizam

Imdadul Haque Milon

Senior vice-president Liaquat Ali Khan
Sporting Director Saleh Jaman Selim
Directo In Charge Ismat Jamil Akhond
Director of Finance Md. Fakhruddin

Team records[edit]

Head coach's record[edit]

As of 12 May 2022
Head Coach Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W
Wazed Gazi Bangladesh 18 January 2007[19] 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Kamal Babu Bangladesh 27 August 2009[20] 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Mahmudul Haq Liton Bangladesh December 2010[21] June 2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Maruful Haque Bangladesh September 2011 15 April 2014 73 45 12 16 130 61 061.64
Dragan Đukanović Montenegro 21 April 2014[22] 20 May 2015 40 16 10 14 60 44 040.00
Maruful Haque Bangladesh 3 June 2015 26 August 2016 28 12 5 11 46 40 042.86
Shafiqul Islam Manik Bangladesh 27 August 2016[23] 3 February 2018 44 14 15 15 46 42 031.82
Saiful Bari Titu Bangladesh October 2018[24] 13 March 2022 84 41 16 27 118 85 048.81
Zulfiker Mahmud Mintu Bangladesh 14 March 2022[25] Present 7 2 4 1 8 7 028.57

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2018–present Cosco Bashundhara Cement





  • Bangladesh Dhaka First Division League:
2011, 2018–19

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
2014 AFC President's Cup Group stage Pakistan KRL 0–0
Sri Lanka Air Force 5–0
Bhutan Ugyen Academy 4–0
Final stage Mongolia Erchim 1–0
North Korea Rimyongsu 0–4
2015 AFC Cup Preliminary stage Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat 0–1
2017 AFC Cup Qualifying round Taiwan Tatung 1–1
Bhutan F.C. Terton 3–4

Affiliated clubs[edit]

The following club is currently affiliated with Sheikh Russel KC:


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