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MUMBAI CITY FC: Is This a Season For Dream or Reality?

MUMBAI CITY FC

One of the popular soccer clubs of India, Mumbai City Football Club, as the name suggests itself, is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It competes in India’s biggest football championship, the Indian Super League or ISL. Its establishment goes back to the same year when ISL was also founded, that is, in 2014. In a single season, Mumbai City FC won both the ISL League Winners Shield and the ISL trophy, thus becoming the first-ever club to win both titles. They are also known as “the Islanders Aamchi City FC or the Islanders.”

Mumbai City FC Players

The Mumbai City FC includes both Indian and foreign players. As of 31st May 2021, their squad consists of 24 players. The names of the players, along with their position, Jersey number, and nationality, are given below.

Jersey No. Name Position Nationality
2 Mohammad Rakib DF IND
3 Tondonba Singh DF IND
4 Amey Ranawade DF IND
5 Ahmed Jahouh MF MAR
6 Hernan Gijon MF ESP
7 Hugo Boumous MF FRA
10 Bartholomew Ogbeche FW NGA
11 Raynier Fernandes MF IND
14 Rowllin Borges MF IND
15 Mehtab Singh DF IND
17 Mandar Rao Dessai DF IND
19 Pranjal Bhumij FW IND
20 Jackichand Singh FW IND
21 Cy Goddard MF JPN
22 Vikram Pratap Singh FW IND
23 Vignesh Dakshinamurthy MF IND
24 VikramLakhbir Singh GK IND
01 Mohammed Nawaz GK IND
25 Mourtada Fall DF SEN
29 Bipin Singh FW IND
30 Nishit Shetty GK IND
31 Valupia DF IND
34 Phurba Lachenpa GK IND
39 Asif Khan MF IND
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Owners of Mumbai City FC

Back in 2014, actor Ranbir Kapoor won the bidding and co-owned the club with Bimal Parekh. However, in November 2019, the City Football Group [owner Manchester City FC] made Mumbai City FC the eighth club to enter their group by buying a 65% stake in the club. This ownership by the City Football Group brought huge opportunities for young players and club personnel that will surely improve their career and future.

Mumbai City FC Color and Stadium

Since the Club is majorly owned by City Football Group, they changed the color to Sky blue like that of Manchester City FC. The sky blue is for homes and Yellow for away. Some of their important kit sponsors are brands such as Jabong.com, Ace Group, UltraTech cement, Etihad Airways, IDBI Bank, Jio, etc.

Home Stadiums of Mumbai City FC

They usually play in two stadiums, namely, D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri. D Y Patil Stadium can accommodate about 55,000 spectators and Mumbai Football Arena about 7,790. However, since the D Y Patil Stadium is used for other football associations like FIFA or AIFF, the Mumbai City FC usually plays at Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri for home games.

Besides, their training base is at Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Jr. College and NMSA Ground, both located at Vashi.

Mumbai City FC Personnel

Name Nationality Position
Sergio Lobera ESP Manager
Jesus Tato ESP Asst. Coach
Anthony Fernandes IND Asst. Coach
Juan Maria Cruz Arias ESP Goal Keeping Coach
Manuel Sayabera ESP Conditioning Coach
Sandeep Kurale IND Head Physiotherapist
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Mumbai City FC’s greatest win under Sergio Lobera

After it came under City Football Group’s ownership, Mumbai City FC improved by leaps and bounds. Sergio Lobera, the former FC Goa manager, was now appointed as the manager of Mumbai City FC under City Football Group.  Under Lobera’s managerial, the Mumbai City FC won the ISL for the first time and also became the first-ever team to win both the ISL Trophy and ISL League Winners Shield in 2020. The winning match was against FC Goa, where Mumbai City FC won the penalty shoot-out by 6-5. The sixth penalty was scored by Rowllin Borges.

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