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Kerala Blasters FC – ISL Team: History, Stadium, Records – All You Need to Know

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Kerala Blasters FC is a professional football club that plays in the Indian Super League (ISL), which is a top-tier league in the Indian football ecosystem. Right from the inaugural season of the ISL, the Kerala Blasters have been the fan favorites. Kerala people are mad about football, the reason that attracted the fan following from all across the country is that the great Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar was one of the co-owners. This club from Kerala is the 3-time runner-up of the Indian Super League.

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Kerala Blasters FC: Behind the scenes

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On May 27, 2014, the name ‘Kerala Blasters’ was publicly announced by the management. Sachin Tendulkar and Prasad Polturi won the rights to the Kochi franchise, which they named ‘Kerala Blasters’.

Kerala Blasters FC: Jersey and Sponsors

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Elephant is the official state animal of State Kerala, and hence Kerala Blasters created a logo with the face of the elephant holding a football with its trunk. The elephant holding the football shares an unbreakable bond between sport and culture in Kerala. Yellow is the primary color of Kerala blasters. Even the logo of the Kerala Blasters has a blue background and an elephant inscribed in yellow. This also indicates blue is the secondary color of Kerala Blasters.

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Over the years, depending on occasion, the club has changed the jersey color combination, but yellow and blue are what the Kerala Blasters are known for. As discussed earlier, Kerala people are mad about football, which is often visible when fans show their passion for supporting the Tuskers, which is a nickname for the Kerala Blasters. These supporters are known as Manjappada, which translates to the Yellow Army.

Not only in stadiums, but the supporters also support their team on various social media handles with the same zeal. The official Instagram page of the Kerala Blasters reached 2 million following the milestone, and they became the first Indian football club to achieve this great number. This Instagram account of The Tuskers is the 6th highest among all the football clubs across the globe when it comes to fan interaction on digital platforms. Manjappada has won ‘The Best Fan Club’ award. They achieved this feat first in 2017 and later in 2020.

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 Kerala Blasters: Home Stadium

Kochi’s packed Nehru Stadium for the ISL: H. VIBHU
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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi is the home ground of the Kerala Blasters. The atmosphere in this arena is pretty similar to what players face when they visit Signal Iduna Park in Borussia Dortmund. Though the capacity is just 68,000, those 68,000 make the opposition feel as if 1 lakh people are there to support their beloved team. The stadium was one of the six stadiums that hosted matches for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in 2017.

Kerala Blasters: Rivalries

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The two South Indian teams, Chennai FC and Bengaluru FC, have had a pretty tense rivalry with the Kerala Blasters. The atmosphere when the Tuskers play against these two becomes quite hostile as supporters from both clubs give everything that they have and act as 12th men for their respective teams. The states of West Bengal and Kerala have had a history of rivalry even before the start of the ISL. These two teams have always had heated moments in the Santosh Trophy and other domestic tournaments. 

Most Appearances for Kerala Blasters

Rank Player Apps.
1 Sahal Abdul Samad 97
2 Jeakson Singh 79
3 Sandesh Jhingan 78
4 Rahul K.P. 69
5 Prasanth Karuthadathkuni 66
5 Jessel Carneiro 66

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Records and Statistics

Season League Playoffs Super Cup Other competitions Top scorer(s)
Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Durand Cup Player(s) Goals
2014 14 5 4 5 9 11 19 4th RU Iain Hume 5
2015 14 3 4 7 22 27 13 8th DNQ Antonio German Chris Dagnall 6
2016 14 6 4 4 12 14 22 2nd RU C.K. Vineeth 5
2017–18 18 6 7 5 20 22 25 6th DNQ R16 Iain Hume 5
2018–19 18 2 9 7 18 28 15 9th DNQ QR Slaviša Stojanović Matej Poplatnik 4
2019–20 18 4 7 7 29 32 19 7th DNQ Bartholomew Ogbeche 15 
2020–21 20 3 8 9 23 36 17 10th DNQ Jordan Murray 7
2021–22 20 9 7 4 34 24 34 4th RU GS Jorge Pereyra Díaz Álvaro Vázquez 8
2022–23 20 10 1 9 28 28 31 5th ISL Knockout GS QF Dimitrios Diamantakos 12

Managerial History

Name Nationality Period Note
David James England 2014 Player-manager
Peter Taylor England 2015  
Trevor Morgan England 2015 Caretaker
Terry Phelan Ireland 2015–2016  
Steve Coppell England 2016–2017  
René Meulensteen Netherlands 2017  
David James England 2017–2018  
Nelo Vingada Portugal 2019 Interim-manager
Eelco Schattorie Netherlands 2019–2020  
Kibu Vicuña Spain 2020–2021  
Ishfaq Ahmed India 2021 Interim-manager
Ivan Vukomanović Serbia 2021–present

Record Wins for Kerala Blasters

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  • Record league win: 5–1 against Hyderabad in the Indian Super League, 5 January 2020
  • Record away league win:
    • 1–4 against NorthEast United, 15 November 2015
    • 0–3 against Mumbai City, 19 December 2021
    • 0–3 against Chennaiyin, 22 December 2021
    • 0–3 against NorthEast United, 5 November 2022
  • Record Durand Cup win: 5–0 against Indian Air Force, 21 August 2023
  • Record Super Cup win: 3–1 against RoundGlass Punjab, 8 April 2023
  • Most league wins in a season: 10 wins from 21 games (during the 2022–23 season)
  • Fewest league wins in a season: 2 wins from 18 games (during the 2018–19 season)
  • Most home league wins in a season: 7 wins from 10 games (during the 2022–23 season)
  • Most league wins away from home in a season: 3 wins from 9 games (during the 2022–23 season)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When was Kerala Blasters FC founded?

Kerala Blasters FC was Founded in 2014.

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Which stadium does Kerala Blasters FC call home?

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi is the home ground of the Kerala Blasters

Who are some of the notable players to have represented Kerala Blasters FC?

Adrian Luna is one of the notable players who have represented Kerala Blasters FC.

What is the club’s biggest achievement to date?

The supporters of Kerala Blasters FC are renowned for their immense enthusiasm and steadfast dedication to the team. Their deep affection for the club is clearly visible both during matches at the stadium and through their active presence on social media platforms.

Which Player has made the most number of appearances for Kerala Blasters FC?

Sahal Abdul Samad has made the most number of appearances for Kerala Blasters FC. (97)

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