Here is all you need to know about Jamshedpur FC…
Jamshedpur, also known as the Pittsburg of India, is famous for producing Steel. And why not? It has a long legacy of quenching the country’s thirst for producing the industrial metal. Although the city’s impression on India’s sports field wasn’t as firm as on the industrial empowerment, all that changed when Jamshedpur FC was inducted in the 2017-18 season of Indian Super League.
And it wasn’t surprising that the rights for the franchise was won by the steel giant, TATA Steel which has always been the pioneer of sports development in India. The club incorporates a disciplined approach to make football the No. 1 sport in India. The Club Vision is “to be recognised as the leading football club in India.” Here’s everything Jamshedpur FC…
The round-shaped logo contains a shield and within the shield is the visual of a football being sculpted out of molten steel. The logo is inspired by its owner’s background, i.e. TATA steel. The shield encapsulates the origins of TATA steel and its journey of decades in growing football in India through TATA Football Academy. The log is designed by designed by Ms Agnimitra Paul, a Kolkata-based renowned designer.
The outer panel contains the club’s name in English, and it also has the Alchik alphabet, the originally written symbol of the tribal language prevalent in the region.
Home Ground of Jamshedpur FC
The team plays its home matches at the iconic JRD TATA Sports Complex. Interestingly, Jamshedpur FC happens to be the only ISL franchise to have its own stadium. The complex is spread across a thirty acre-area and has the infrastructure for many sports.
Jamshedpur FC Players 2019
The journey through the seasons: Jamshedpur FC
Along with Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC became the new entrants in the ISL season of 2017-18. The club appointed Steve Coppell, a former English footballer and manager, as the head coach.
Anas Edathodika was the first Indian signing by the club. Anas is also a member of the Indian national football team.
The club roped in Jose Arroyo a.k.a Tiri, a Spanish footballer. Tiri was the first foreign signing of the team.
Jamshedpur FC had to wait for three matches (all of which ended in a draw) to secure their first win against Delhi Dynamos FC. Jamshedpur FC put on a valiant effort to go through to the final four but missed the mark by a whisker. The team ended up on fifth position in the points table.
Final result: 5th position in points table
Following Steve Coppell’s departure to ATK, Jamshedpur FC roped in Cesar Ferrando, a former Spanish footballer.
The season was a near repeat of the previous season. The team ended up at the fifth position in the table once again and missed the opportunity to qualify for the final four by a margin of 2 points.
Carlos Calvo (Spanish footballer) was one of the stars for Jamshedpur FC with his brilliant assists throughout the tournament.
Final result: 5th position in points table
This will be the club’s third stint at the Hero Indian Super League. The team will definitely aim to break ‘jinx of fifth position’.
The team kicks off its campaign against the new entrants of the season Odisha FC on 22nd October 2019.
Coach of Jamshedpur FC
Jamshedpur FC have appointed Antonio Irionda as the head coach. Antonio is a former Spanish footballer. In his 27+ year long career, Antonio has managed over 985 games in Spain.
“I am thrilled to be joining a club of Jamshedpur FC’s stature. The philosophy, along with the grassroots and youth development structure that the club follows is the right way forward. I’m excited about what we can do together, and I look forward to giving everyone who loves the club some special moments.” – Antonio on his appointment as head coach of Jamshedpur FC.
With a managerial experience of over 27 years, Antonio Iriondo wants to give @JamshedpurFC fans a lot to look forward to, in the 2019-20 #HeroISL season! ?#JFCPreview #TrueLove #LetsFootball #6DaysToGo pic.twitter.com/VYiuqoXHrf
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 14, 2019
Captain of Jamshedpur FC
The club has taken a unanimous decision to have multiple captains for the season. In the course of this decision, the club has named Tiri, Piti and Memo as the three club captains.
Tiri is a Spanish footballer who has also been a part of Atletico Madrid B, a reserve team for Atletico Madrid. He was roped in by ATK in 2015 season and was a foremost pillar in their defensive setup thought out two seasons (2015 and 2016). This season is Tiri’s second appearance from Jamshedpur FC.
Jamshedpur FC has roped in Francisco Luna, a Spaniard, popularly known as Piti, on one year deal. Piti brings in 15 years experience of playing for various clubs in Spain like Granada, Real Zaragoza, etc. The 38-year-old veteran will be one of the club’s most dependable this season.
Emerson Gomes de Moura, also known as Memo, is a Brazilian footballer who has been a part of the team since its 2018-19 ISL campaign. Memo’s role in mid-field turned out to be very crucial for the Steelers in the ISL 2018-19 campaign. Apart from Jamshedpur FC, Memo has also played for ISL teams of Delhi Dynamos FC in 2016 and NorthEast United FC in 2017-18.
— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) October 17, 2019
Owners of Jamshedpur FC
TATA steel, a subsidiary of the TATA group, owns the club. TATA steel won the bidding for the Jamshedpur franchise back in 2017.
The legacy of the Tatas
Jamsetji Tata conceived of a model township of Jamshedpur along with Asia’s fully integrated Steel plant. Such was his eagerness to promote sports development that he wanted Sir Dorab Tata, his son, to earmark “areas for Football, Hockey and Parks”.
Under JRD Tata’s stewardship, TATA steel introduced Super Soccer Series in India in which India’s best clubs played against some of the top clubs from Europe and South America.
Sponsors and partners
Here is the list of all sponsors and partners of Jamshedpur FC combined