Mumbai City FC is an Indian Professional Football Team which participates in the Indian Super League. The franchise is based in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Islanders play their home matches in the Mumbai Football Arena which is located in the Andheri region of Mumbai. The Arena is a multi-sport stadium but it is primarily used for Football matches and tournaments. It can hold around 18000 people at once.
The club came into being on the 30th of August, 2014 with the inception of the Indian Super League and has been present ever since. The team's Head Coach is Jorge Costa who is appointed for the 2018-19 season, after the franchise and Alexandre Guimaraes parted ways due to mutual consent.
The franchise is owned by Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh. Mumbai City FC is Kapoor’s first investment in sports sector and he has been carefully following sports since then.
The team's logo contains navy blue colour which represents the sea, a figure the city is deeply connected to, both symbolically and economically.
The management has been working tirelessly ever since the League went underway in 2014 to improve the level of the game through the grassroots level itself.
This can be possible only through numerous programmes in this regard. Let's see if they can build upon this exceptional work and create a Footballing City out of Mumbai.
The trajectory in the ISL
In the inaugural season of the League, the team underperformed badly, finishing just above the last spot at seventh. The second season saw a little improvement than last year, winning 4 of the 14 matches and losing 6 in the meanwhile. They ended at the sixth spot this time around.
In the following season, their performance improved a great deal. They ended the playoffs with 6 wins and 5 draws in the fourteen round of matches and stood first in the table before going down 2-3 against ATK on aggregate. In the 2017 edition too, they finished at an utterly disappointing 7th.
While the team never failed to the attraction of people by some major marquee names to their ranks. Be it Nicholas Anelka, Diego Forlan or Sunil Chetri; it is their transfer activity that is making the headlines and not their game.
The team looks good up front but it is the defence that always let them down. But with a no. of new faces to the squad, the team looks set for the next season full of excitement and breathtaking Football. The management has worked hard to get their hands on the first piece of silverware as a club.
Major Players for the ISL 2018
With Amrinder Singh in their ranks, they have got one of the best goalkeepers in the League. The trio of Mohammed Rafique, Bipin Singh and Sehnaj Singh have set their eyes on the trophy and it will be tough for other teams to calm them down. Anwar Ali and Lucian Goian will be hard to break down for the opponents.
While Pranjal Bhumij is another notable name in their lineup. His breathtaking pace and out of the box finishing can just be the thing that the club lacked previously. They have always looked great on their day but they do lack consistency.