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.
|17||Mandar Rao Dessai||DF||IND|
|22||Vikram Pratap Singh||FW||IND|
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
|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|
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.