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Bengaluru FC 2019 | Detailed Squad | Schedule | Owners | Coach

Here is all you need to know about Bengaluru FC…

The city of Bengaluru and its coziness with football is too underrated. The history of the sport in the city is not as flourished and vibrant as compared to other cities or region when spoken in the context of the different teams competing in the Hero Indian Super League.

Popularly known as the garden city of India, Bengaluru has acquired somewhat new taste in football, thanks to the ISL. And why not? The Blues’ victory in their debut season I-League was no less than a fairy tale. And they followed the feat in ISL as well.

Here’s a look at Bengaluru FC, the team which represents the West Block Blues and their incredible rise in the Indian football…

The Genesis of Bengaluru FC

The Bengaluru Football Club was formed in 2013. The club owned by JSW Groupa came into force with an intent to put India on the footballing world map.

Bengaluru FC, popularly known as Blues amongst the fan circles, has always maintained high ranks in the tournaments.

The club won the I-league title in their debut season (2013) make a strong statement right away. The very next year, it added Federation Cup into its basket of titles and finished behind Mohun Bagan in the I-league.

If there was one moment in the Indian football history that was unprecedented, it certainly has to be Bengaluru FC’s dream run at AFC (Asian Football Confederation) 2016. It was probably the first instance when fans subscribing to different Indian football clubs, were glued together.

It would be pretty safe to say that Bengaluru FC painted India into the minds of football audience across Asia.

The club conquered the Federation Cup title in 2017 before making entry into the Indian Super League.

The Logo

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Credits: Bengaluru FC

The team’s crest features a two-headed bird, ‘Gandaberunda’. The bird has a deep-rooted significance in the Vijayanagar empire and it was also chosen to be the royal insignia of the Mysuru kingdom. The bird is also seen in the official emblem of Karnataka state government.

Bengaluru FC Players 2019

Home ground of Bengaluru FC

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Credits: News18

Although the club began its journey from Bangalore Football stadium, in the mid 2014-15 season, it made Kanteerava Stadium its fortress. The stadium has a capacity of about 25000. The stadium was also the host to the ISL 2017-18 final between BFC and Chennaiyin FC.

The drafts

Bengaluru FC roped in Miku Fedor, a Venezuelan footballer, as a marquee player, at the start of the 2017-18 season and over the span of two seasons he helped the club to claim Super cup and ISL titles. Albert Roca was the team manager for Bengaluru FC’s first season in ISL.

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Albert Roca | Credits: Indian Super League

Since the team structure demand of the ISL was very specific (each club can only retain a maximum of two Indian players above the age of 21). Therefore, only Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh were retained by BFC and all other players had to be released for the drafts.

Journey through the seasons: Bengaluru FC

ISL 2017-18 season

The Bengaluru FC debuted in this season. Led by Sunil Chettri, they got off to a winning start against Mumbai City FC and went on to thrash Delhi Dynamos 4-1 in their second game. Certainly, the team was living up to the expected standards.

The team entered the encountered FC Pune City in the semi-finals and beat them on 3-1 in aggregate at the end of two legs.

The team qualified for the finals in their debut season and faced Chennaiyin FC in the grand finals. An early brace from Chettri gave the team a good start but if failed to capitalise on the lead and went down 2-3 against the Chennaiyin FC.

Sunil Chettri was named ISL’s best player of the season with 14 goals. His on-field chemistry with Miku and Udanta made them a formidable trio, a nightmare to the opposition defenders.

ISL 2018-19 season

With a nearly successful last season, the team went on to retain most of its core players. Carles Cuadrat, who was the team’s assistant coach until 2017, was appointed as the head coach. Albert Roca had decided not to renew his contract with Bengaluru FC.

Bengaluru FC’s season kicked off against defending champions Chennaiyin FC. The team avenged their previous season loss with a 1-0 drubbing. BFC kept dominating throughout the tournament as a result of which, they were into their second straight semi-finals.

In the first leg of semi-finals against NorthEast United FC (NEUFC), the team lost 1-2 against the home side NEUFC. But in the second leg at their home, The Bengaluru FC beat NEUFC 3-0, thus, qualifying to the finals on a 4-2 aggregate.

In their first ever final at the Hero ISL, Bengaluru FC met FC Goa at Mumbai Football Arena. The match remained goalless until a late goal at the 117th minute from Rahul Bheke took Bengaluru FC to their maiden ISL title. The dream, although a season late, was achieved by the BLUES.

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Credits: Indian Super League

ISL 2019-20 season

The defending champions will kick off their season against NorthEast United FC on 21st October 2019.

Coach of Bengaluru FC

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Carles Cudarat | Credits: Bengaluru FC

Carles Cudarat, under whom the BLUES won their first ISL title, has recently announced that his continuation as coach of Bengaluru FC till 2021.

Cudarat’s association with football came at the age of 10 when he joined the famous La Masia. He was a part of the U-19 Spanish Cup winners, FC Barcelona.

Statistics: Bengaluru FC

ISL 2017-18 season

MP W D L Points Position in Points table
18 13 1 4 40 1

 

Result: Runners up

Top Scorer for the team: Miku Fedor –15 goals

ISL 2018-19 season

MP W D L Points Position in Points table
18 10 4 4 34 1

 Result:

Champions

Top Scorer for the team: Sunil Chettri –9 goals

Owners of Bengaluru FC

The club is owned by Jindal South West (JSW) group, an $11 billion conglomerate and a part of the OP Jindal Group.

Apart from JSW Group, KIA, Kingfisher, Puma, Wrogn, Jockey, ACT (Atria Convergence Technologies), Indo Nissin and Nutra Supplements also happen to be the part of the sponsors and partners’ list.

Recently, the BFC announced a partnership with Radio City and DafaNews on their official website.

Bengaluru FC Schedule 2019

Here’s the complete schedule for Bengaluru FC (all matches held at 7:30 PM (IST))

21 October: Bengaluru vs North East United

28 October: Goa vs Bengaluru

03 November: Jamshedpur vs Bengaluru

10 November: Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin

23 November: Bengaluru vs Kerala Blasters

29 November: Hyderabad vs Bengaluru

04 December: Odhisha vs Bengaluru

15 December: Bengaluru vs Mumbai City

18 December: North East United vs Bengaluru

25 December: ATK vs Bengaluru

03 January: Bengaluru vs Goa

09 January: Bengaluru vs Jamshedpur

17 January: Mumbai City vs Bengaluru

22 January: Bengaluru vs Odisha

30 January: Bengaluru vs Hyderabad

07 February: Chennaiyin vs Bengaluru

15 February: Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru

22 February: Bengaluru vs ATK

 

Kartik Gai
A cricket enthusiast- is best what describes me! While Dhoni is the monument of interest for me in this sport, it is Harsha Bhogle who inspires me to just write or speak. You can discuss with me about PUBG as well!

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Full Name
Bengaluru FC
Coach
Carles Cudarat
Established Year
2013
Captain
Sunil Chhetri

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