Bengaluru Fc all set to debut in Indian Super League 2017

Garden city's very own football club Bengaluru Fc is all set to make their entry into the country's top football league, Indian Super League in this years edition. Thus the football loving people of Bengaluru can now be happy and relieved that they too have a club from their own city to support in the Indian Super League. Till the 2016 edition ISL was a 8 team affair with no team representing Bengaluru. But AIFF's decision to add 2 more teams to spice up the ISL meant Bengaluru and Jamshedpur will have their teams battling it out in 2017 edition of ISL.

Formed in 2012, Bengaluru Fc took the I-League (the topmost football league in India then) by storm. They went on to win it too in their debut season and also in 2015-16 season they were the champions. After dominating the I-League for 4 seasons, Bengaluru Fc are all set to debut in indian Super League (ISL) this year. This club from Bengaluru also became the first Indian club to play the AFC Cup final even-though the finals did not go their way.

Their entry into ISL also created lot of confusions as many players who were playing for Bengaluru Fc then were representing other franchises in ISL and where would they play once Bengaluru FC became a part of ISL became the common question in the minds of Indian football fans. However they had to let go some of their core team members like CK Vineeth, Rino Anto, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Sandesh Jhingan etc to other ISL teams. The club however managed to retain their skipper and key man Sunil Chhetri and also bought some Indian players in the ISL auctions. The biggest signing by the club was of goalkeeper Gurpret Singh Sandhu who was the main keeper of India's national team. Gurpreet is also the first Indian to play a competitive match for the first team of a top division European club and the fifth Indian to play professional football in Europe.

As part of their pre-season preparations the team travelled to Spain this year and played few friendlies and were beaten in all. But they remained unbeaten in the 2 friendlies which they played against East Bengal after their return to India. The first match was a 1-1 draw and the second was a win for Bengaluru Fc. They will be hoping to carry on this winning momentum to the ISL which will be begining next week. Bengaluru Fc will be playing their first game in ISL on November 19th when they host Mumbai City FC at Bengaluru on November 19.

BENGALURU FC SQUAD for ISL 2017:

Goalkeepers – Abhra Mondal, Calvin Abhishek, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Defenders – Colin Abranches, John Johnson, Joyner Monte Lourenco, Juan Antonio Gonzalez Fernandez, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Zohmingliana Ralte
Midfielders – Antonio Rodriguez Dovale, Boithang Haokip, Eduardo GarcĂ­a Martin, Erik Paartalu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Lenny Rodrigues, Malsawmzuala, Udanta Singh
Forwards – Alwyn George, Braulio Nobrega, Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores, Sunil Chhetri, Thongkhosiem Haokip
Bengaluru FC schedule:
19 Nov 2017 – Bengaluru vs Mumbai City – 8 pm
26 Nov 2017 – Bengaluru vs Delhi Dynamos – 8 pm
30 Nov 2017 – Goa vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
8 Dec 2017 – NorthEast vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
14 Dec 2017 – Pune City vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
17 Dec 2017 – Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin – 5.30 pm
21 Dec 2017 – Bengaluru vs Jamshedpur – 8 pm
31 Dec 2017 – Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru – 5.30 pm
7 Jan 2018 – Bengaluru vs ATK – 5.30 pm
14 Jan 2018 – Delhi Dynamos vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
18 Jan 2018 – Mumbai City vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
26 Jan 2018 – Bengaluru vs NorthEast – 8 pm
31 Jan 2018 – Chennaiyin vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
3 Feb 2018 – ATK vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
8 Feb 2018 – Bengaluru vs Goa – 8 pm
16 Feb 2018 – Bengaluru vs Pune City – 8 pm
25 Feb 2018 – Jamshedpur vs Bengaluru – 8 pm
1 Mar 2018 – Bengaluru vs Kerala Blasters – 8 pm

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