For a city that boasts of the dominant football culture and has always clamoured for a place in the Indian Super League, this ISL has been great news. Hyderabad FC is the latest addition to the magnificent list of clubs competing in the Hero Indian Super League.
The city’s association with football dates back to the 1950s when Hyderabad City Police were one of the best teams in domestic football. The team had 9 Rover Cup titles and 2 Durand Cup titles to their name. Last time the city caught up a major association with football, it was the host to the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008.
Hyderabad FC made inroads into the franchise-based league with the exit of FC Pune City which saw numerous financial issues for the past two years.
Hyderabad was once India's footballing powerhouse. It's time to reclaim our footballing legacy and show the nation what we're made of. We're ready to take #HEROISL2019 by storm. Are you with us, #Hyderabad?#HyderabadFC #BrazilOfAsia #Legendary #HyderabadFootball pic.twitter.com/m0kFrxW6z6
— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) October 13, 2019
About the owners
Vijay Madduri, Varun Tripuraneni, and Ranna Daggubati are the joint owners of the Hyderabad FC franchise.
Vijay Madduri is a Hyderabad resident and an IT entrepreneur. Before moving into this sports venture, he was the Founder and CEO of Incessant Technologies.
Varun Tripurneni is not a new face in the ISL circle. He has been associated with ISL under different garbs. From managing Kerala Blasters FC in the inaugural season, moving to Chennaiyin FC as the Chief Operating Officer and heading Kerala Blasters FC as the Chief Executive Officer, he is now the owner of an ISL team.
Logo: Hyderabad FC
If there are has to be a list of two historical heritages for which Hyderabad is famous, Charminar and Kohinoor diamond will undoubtedly be in the top 2.
The logo encapsulates the city’s historical pride with the minarets of Charminar and the golden texture representing Kohinoor.
There is an attempt to revive and relive Hyderabad’s extraordinary football legacy.
The Nizami sherwani inspires the jersey design.
Represent #Charminar. ?
Represent #Hyderabad. ?
The symbol of Hyderabad F.C. is rooted deep in the history of the city.
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— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) October 15, 2019
Hyderabad FC Players 2019
The first draft
Phil Brown, former Hull City manager, has been handed the responsibility of the team’s journey in its first season. Brown will be the head coach of the team for this at least. Brown, during his managerial stint at Hull City, led the side to great heights in English football for the first time in the club’s 100+ years existence.
A well-known name in English football, Phil Brown with his immense knowledge and experience is all set to coach Hyderabad F.C.’s journey to success.#HyderabadFC #ISL #HeadCoach #IndianSuperLeague #HyderabadFootballClub #Hyd #PhilBrown pic.twitter.com/2jV5mUm8wg
— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) October 4, 2019
Aidan Davison will be assisting Phil Brown and the team as goalkeeper coach. Davison is former Northern Irish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Davison, like Brown, is also associated with Hull City as a former reserve manager for the team.
The team has signed Giles Barnes, a Jamaican national player, as the first marquee player for the club.
The Jamaican star is here to take Hyderabad F.C. to victory. Make way for Giles Barnes!#HyderabadFC #HydFC #Striker #HyderabadFootball #IndianFootball #ISL2019 #HEROISL #IndianSuperLeague #FootballLeague #Hyderabad #Hyd pic.twitter.com/3ehDv19TVs
— Hyderabad F.C. (@HydFCOfficial) October 20, 2019
Young Kamaljit Singh will lead the team. Kamaljit is also one of the goalkeepers for the Indian national football team.
The team has played seven pre-season matches and has remained unbeaten in all the matches. But none of the games were played in its fortress. The team’s performance in home matches is much awaited for the fans.
The team will debut against ATK on 25th October 2019 in their maiden ISL.
Schedule of Hyderabad FC
25 October: ATK vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
29 October: Jamshedpur vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
2 November: Hyderabad vs Kerala Blasters | 7:30 PM
06 November: Hyderabad vs NorthEast United | 7:30 PM
25 November: Chennaiyin vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
29 November: Hyderabad vs Bengaluru | 7:30 PM
8 December: Hyderabad vs Goa | 7:30 PM
11 December: Odisha vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
21 December: Hyderabad vs ATK | 7:30 PM
29 December: Mumbai City vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
5 January: Kerala Blasters vs Hyderabad FC | 7:30 PM
10 January: Hyderabad vs Chennaiyin | 7:30 PM
15 January: Hyderabad vs Odisha | 7:30 PM
24 January: Hyderabad vs Mumbai City | 7:30 PM
30 January: Bengaluru vs Hyderabad | 7:30 PM
5 February: Goa vs Hyderabad | 7:30 PM
12 February: Hyderabad vs Jamshedpur | 7:30 PM
20 February: NorthEast United vs Hyderabad | 7:30 PM