As in the two posts before this,we will go briefly go through the performance of another two clubs in this edition of the Indian Soccer League, ISL -5. This will tell us about their progress in the earlier years and the teams that they are fielding in 2017-18. My previous posts on the schedule and player recruitment will help you be up to date for the kick off on 29th September this month. So will earlier sequels to this post I and II which looks at six teams.
Mumbai City FC
Manager: Jorge Costa
Home Ground: Mumbai Sports Arena, Mumbai
Mumbai City FC is a professional football franchise based at the Mumbai Sports Arena, Andheri West and is owned Ranbir Kapoor, a Bollywood star, and Bimal Parekh, a chartered accountant. Among the eight clubs that played in the first season of the ISL in 2014, Mumbai City FC did not create any ripples in the first two seasons. In 2014, with Peter Reid as the manager and big names like Fredrik Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka, the club finished seventh in eight clubs on the league table. Anelka took reigns in 2015 as the coach but the club still finished sixth in the group.
For the 2016 season, Mumbai City FC brought in major changes starting with appointing Alexandre Guimaraes as the manager and signing Diego Forlan. A packed midfield and strong defence ensured that Forlan did the damage at the other end while their citadel was safer than before. Mumbai City FC reached the qualifiers for the first time but succumbed to ATK in the semi-finals. In 2017-18, among accusations that Guimaraes was being overly defensive, Mumbai City FC finished a poor seventh. Jorge Costa, the former Portugal international will be the new coach for the ISL 5.
Goal Keepers: Arminder Singh, Kunal Sawant, Ravi Kumar.
Defenders: Anwar Ali, Bikramjeet Singh, Davinder Singh, Lucian Goian, Marko Klisura, Arnold Issoko, Shouvik Gosh, Subhasish Bose.
Midfielders: Bipin Singh, Mathias Mirbaje, Mohammed Rafique, Milan Singh, Paulo Machado, Modou Sougou, Raynier Fernandes, Sanju Pradhan, Sehnaj Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy.
Forwards: Alex Deory, Rafael Bastos, Pranjal Bhumij.
Delhi Dynamos FC
Manager: Josep Gombau
Home Ground: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
Delhi Dynamos FC was launched by the DEN Network and had an alliance with the Dutch Club Feyenoord. While Feyenoord pulled out after one year, in 2016 GMS Inc., a US-based company recycling ships, acquired Delhi Dynamos. In 2014 Delhi Dynamos lost just 4 of their 14 league matches but still managed the fifth position missing the qualifiers. They performed much better in 2015 reaching the qualifiers because of good performances in the earlier matches of the league. In the semi-finals, they were defeated by an upbeat Goa FC.
For the ISL 4 of 2017-18, Delhi Dynamos did not retain any of their earlier squad and went on a shopping spree to field a new-look side. With Miguel Agnel Portugal as the head coach, they could not make it to the semi-final round. Five wins and four draws saw the team finishing sixth in the group of ten.
Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Francisco Dorronsoro, Shayan Roy.
Defenders: Amit Tudu, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jayananda Moirangthem, Marti Crespi,Mohammed Dhot, Narayan Das, Pradeep Mohanraj, Pritam Kotal, Rana Gharami.
Midfielders: Adria Carmona, Bikramjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Marcos Tebar, Nandakumar Sekar, Rene Mihelic, Romeo Fernandes, Siam Hanghal,Vinit Rai.
Forwards: Andrija Kaludjerovic, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Seiminmang Manchong.
Sources: I have taken information from wikipedia.org extensively. The list of players is compiled from the ISL website.