Jamshedpur FC

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Jamshedpur FC
Jamshedpur FC logo.svg
Full nameJamshedpur Football Club
Nickname(s)The Men of Steel [1]
Red Miners
Short nameJFC
Jamshedpur
Founded12 June 2017;3 years ago (2017-06-12)
Ground JRD Tata Sports Complex
Capacity23,887 [2]
Owner Tata Group
CEOMukul Choudhari
Head Coach Owen Coyle
League Indian Super League
2020–21 Indian Super League, 6th of 11
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
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Active departments of Jamshedpur FC
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Football (Men's) Football (Reserves Men's) Football (Youth Men's)

Jamshedpur Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand that competes in the Indian Super League, the top flight of Indian Football. The club is owned by Tata Steel, a subsidiary of the Tata Group.

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The club was established on 12 June 2017, when Tata Steel won the bidding rights for one of the two expansion slots in the Indian Super League. Jamshedpur FC is the first club in the Indian Super League to have its own stadium and facilities. The club plays there home games at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. [3]

History

Jamshedpur, and Bengaluru before their match at the Kalinga Stadium ISL Jamshedpur FC vc Bangalore FC match.jpg
Jamshedpur, and Bengaluru before their match at the Kalinga Stadium

Formation

On 11 May 2017, Indian Super League organisers, Football Sports Development, invited bids for new teams (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, and Siliguri) in order to expand the league in the upcoming season. [4] The bidding ended on 25 May 2017 and the external validator, appointed by the league, started scrutinizing the bids. [5] Two weeks later, on 12 June, it was officially announced that Bengaluru FC and Tata Steel had won the bids for the new teams Bengaluru and Jamshedpur respectively. [6]

After winning the bid, Tata announced on 14 July 2017 that the inaugural head coach for the Jamshedpur franchise would be Steve Coppell, [7] who led the Kerala Blasters to the final in the previous ISL season. [8] The team's official name, Jamshedpur FC, and logo were revealed nine days later, on 23 July, before the 2017–18 ISL Players Draft. [9] Being a brand new club, Jamshedpur FC had the very first pick during the players draft. India international Anas Edathodika was the club's first draft pick, thus the first player in Jamshedpur's history. [10]

Inaugural season

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Steve Coppell is the club's first ever manager.

Jamshedpur began playing in November 2017. The team played their first-ever match on 18 November 2017 against NorthEast United at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Despite being disadvantaged through defender André Bikey being sent off, Jamshedpur managed to hold on for a 0–0 draw. [11] After another goalless draw in their next match, Jamshedpur played their first official home match on 1 December against the reigning champions ATK. Over 23,000 fans came to support the side at the JRD Tata Sports Complex but once again, the team failed to do more than draw 0–0. [12] Finally, in their fourth match, away at Delhi Dynamos, Jamshedpur managed to earn their first victory. The club won 1–0 with Izu Azuka becoming the first-ever Jamshedpur goal scorer. [13]

By the halfway point of the season, Jamshedpur had only managed two victories in the season including four draws and three defeats. This meant the team was in seventh place, six points off the playoff spots. [14] Fortunes changed for Jamshedpur during the second half of the season and on 4 March 2018, the club played their final match of the Super League season at home against Goa with Jamshedpur needing a victory in order to qualify for the finals. [15] Unfortunately, despite having home advantage, Jamshedpur fell 3–0 and thus failed to qualify for the finals in their first season. [16]

2018–19 season

Jamshedpur FC appointed Cesar Ferrando as their new head coach ahead of the 2018–19 season and made some overall changes to their squad. [17] Michael Soosairaj, Sergio Cidoncha, Carlos Calvo and Mario Arques were some of the new signings along with Tiri, Memo, Subrata, and Farukh, who were retained from the last season. [18] The club also made one of the high profile signings in the league’s history as they roped in Tim Cahill to their squad. [19] The team had a decent start in the season as they won against Mumbai City and had as draw against Bengaluru FC at home. [20] [21] They were about to make it into the play-offs, but narrowly lost out on the play-off spot to NorthEast United and finished 5th in the table just like their inaugural season. [22] In Hero Super Cup, which took place at Bhubaneswar, they were given a walkover against Churchil Brothers in the round of 16. [23] In the next round, they lost against FC Goa and were knocked out of the tournament. [24]

2019–20 season

Jamshedpur FC appointed Antonio Iriondo as their head coach ahead of the 2019–20 season of Indian Super League. [25] As in the previous season, they signed some new players like C.K. Vineeth, who was the highest Indian goalscorer of Kerala Blasters. [26] Among the foreign players, they signed Aitor Monroy, Sergio Castel and Francisco Medina Luna and retained their core players like Tiri. [27] Some of the young Indian players like Narender Gahlot and Amarjit Singh Kiyam were bought into the team Jamshedpur had an impressive start as they were unbeaten in the first 3 matches like in the previous two seasons. [28] They started their season by defeating Odisha FC 2–1. [29] They won against Hyderabad FC 3–1 in their second match and had a goalless draw against Bengaluru FC. [30] The team had their first defeat of the season against ATK in an away match where the match ended 3–1. [31] It took some more games for the club to get their third win of the season as they defeated FC Goa. [32] The team then had three back to back draws followed by three back to back defeats against Mumbai City FC, Odisha FC and Bengaluru FC. [33] Unlike the previous two seasons, the club had a disappointing season as they were only able to finish eight place in the table. With eight defeats, they had the second most defeats along with NorthEast United FC and only had 4 wins during the season. [34]

2020–21 season

After a disappointing season, the club made some major changes at their helm as they appointed Owen Coyle, who led the struggling Chennaiyin FC into the ISL final in the last season. They made a total of twelve signings ahead of the season. [35] They had a overall changes in their squad as they released most of the Indian players from the squad. Among the foreign players only Aitor Monroy and David Grande was retained. [36] The club roped in the last season’s joint top scorer Nerijus Valskis. [37] They signed Peter Hartley and former Nigerian International Stephen Eze in their defence. Brazilian Alex Monteiro and Australian Nick Fitzgerald were the other signings ahead of the season. [38] Jackichand Singh was one of the major Indian signings along with the players like T.P Rehenesh, Laldinliana Renthlei and Ricky Lallawmawma. [39]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 season were decided took place behind the closed-doors across three venues in Goa. Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama was selected as the home ground of Jamshedpur FC. [40]

Stadium

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JRD Tata Sports Complex

Jamshedpur FC is the first Indian club to have its own stadium. They play their home games at JRD Tata Sports Complex, popularly known as "The Furnace". The stadium was named after the former chairman of the "Tata Group", Bharat Ratna J. R. D. Tata. The stadium was originally built in 1991, with a capacity for 60,000 spectators. In 2017 the stadium was renovated with the capacity of 24,424 (limited capacity for ISL games) – 40,000 (for other sports).

Supporters

The club has quickly built a reputation for one of the most vocal fan-bases in India. The Red Miners are the official supporters group of the club which was founded in 2017 along with the inception of the club. [41] The players and the coach have often acknowledged the fans' support in the success by calling them The 12th Man. [42]

Crest and colours

The round-shaped crest, with a shield (shape similar to Tata Football Academy crest) inside it; depicting sculpting of a football out of molten steel, referring Jamshedpur FC's Tata Steel origins and the Tata Group's decades of a footballing journey through the Tata Football Academy and multiple grassroots efforts. The outer circle of the crest features the name of the club written in English and tribal symbols which pays tribute to the rich tribal history of Jharkhand state. [43]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsorBack sponsorChest sponsorSleeve sponsor
2017–18 Nivia Tata Tata Steel Tata Trusts Tata Motors
2018–19 Tata Consultancy Services
2019–20 Tata Steel Tata Trusts Tata Tata Pravesh
2020–21 Tata Pravesh Tata MD Check, Tata Altroz

In 2017, Jamshedpur signed a deal with Nivia Sports as their official kit sponsors from the 2017–18 season. Nivia Sports is the official kit sponsor of Jamshedpur FC.

Sponsors

The following are the sponsors of JFC (named "JFC Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors

Official partners

ISL 2020–21 Season

Players

Current squad

As of 05 February 2021 [44]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Pawan Kumar
2 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Boris Singh Thangjam
5 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Narender Gahlot
6 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Aitor Monroy
7 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Alex
9 FW Flag of Lithuania.svg  LTU Nerijus Valskis
10 FW Flag of Spain.svg  ESP David Grande
11 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Aniket Jadhav
13 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Isaac Vanmalsawma
14 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Joyner Lourenco
15 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Mobashir Rahman
16 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Ricky Lallawmawma
17 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Bhupender Singh
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Len Doungel (on loan from FC Goa)
19 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Sandip Mandi
22 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Nick Fitzgerald
23 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Niraj Kumar
26 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Laldinliana Renthlei
27 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Karan Amin
29 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Peter Hartley (Captain)
31 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Vishal Yadav
32 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Rehenesh TP
33 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Jitendra Singh
49 FW Flag of India.svg  IND William Lalnunfela
66 DF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Stephen Eze
77 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Farukh Choudhary

Personnel

Technical hierarchy

As of 16th September 2020
Owen Coyle is the current head coach of Jamshedpur FC Houston Dynamo players tren 2016 (8).jpg
Owen Coyle is the current head coach of Jamshedpur FC
PositionName [45]
Head Coach Flag of Scotland.svg Owen Coyle
Assistant coach Flag of Scotland.svg Sandy Stewart
Assistant coach Flag of India.svg Noel Wilson [46]
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Spain.svg Ezequiel Gómez León
Strength & Conditioning coach Flag of India.svg Adrian Gregory Dias
Head of Youth Development and Grassroots Flag of India.svg Kundan Chandra
First Team Analyst Flag of India.svg Gaurav Khilari
First Team Head Physiotherapist Flag of India.svg Vivek Nigam
First Team Assistant Physiotherapist Flag of India.svg Arghya Basu

Corporate hierarchy

PositionName [45]
Chairman & Director Flag of India.svg Chanakya Chaudhary
Directors Flag of India.svg Sunil Bhaskaran
Flag of India.svg Pradipta Baagchi
Flag of India.svg Suprakash Mukhopadhyay
Flag of India.svg Sandeep Bhattacharya
CEO Flag of India.svg Mukul Choudhari
CFO Flag of India.svg Prasanta Dinda
Company Secretary Flag of India.svg Melisa Alva
Head – Marketing & Operations Flag of India.svg Prashant Godbole
Senior Manager – Marketing & Operations Flag of India.svg Raja Bhattacharjee
Manager – Media & Marketing Flag of India.svg Jal Sonpal
Manager – First Team & Youth Development Flag of India.svg Rohit Kr Singh
Manager – Operations & Merchandising Flag of India.svg Uday Basak
Manager – Marketing & Operations Flag of India.svg Manas Rastogi
Manager – Administration Flag of India.svg Vikas Anthony
Manager – Human Resources Flag of India.svg Saadat Hussain

Statistics and records

Season by season

As of match played 25 February 2021
SeasonLeagueTeamsPosition Indian Super Cup AFC competition(s)
2017–18 ISL 10League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
Quarter-final
2018–19 ISL 10League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
Quarter-final
2019–20 ISL 10League – 8th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
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2020–21 ISL 11League – 6th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
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Home attendance record

SeasonGPCumulativeHighestLowestAverage
2017–18 9192,36724,2128,17821,374
2018–19 9180,14023,05014,67820,016
2019–20 9181,21823,15717,26320,135

Managers statistics

As of 25 February 2021
NameNationalityFromToPWDLGFGAWin%
Steve Coppell [47] Flag of England.svg  England 14 July 201718 June 2018208571723040.00
César Ferrando Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 21 July 20185 April 2019196943225031.58
Antonio Iriondo Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 26 July 201929 February 2020 184682235022.22
Owen Coyle Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 7 August 2020Present207672122035.00

Records

Training facilities

JFC Training Center (also known as the "Flatlet") is the training and relax center for Jamshedpur FC, located in Kadma, Jamshedpur. Besides the training field, the building comes with a fully equipped cross-fit gym, a swimming pool, and recreation centers. The project is lined with the vision of the club, where international-level training equipment would be available to the players. After its design plans were approved in April 2018, the groundbreaking ceremony of the all-weather training arena was held on 25 November 2017.

Jamshedpur FC have a robust set-up in youth development with their grassroot-level activities and the Tata Football Academy (now known as Jamshedpur FC Academy). The academy was awarded four stars in 2019–20 season by AIFF. [48]

Grassroot football

[ citation needed ]

Since its inception, Jamshedpur Football Club has made a commitment to developing football in the local region. Whether it be promoting grassroots football or establishing football schools, the goal has always remained the same which is to promote football and a healthy lifestyle in the community and bring forward local talent by establishing a strong foundation. The kids that train in these grassroots centres are of age 3 to 13 years old.

Jamshedpur FC has opened several football schools in the city’s vicinity.

The club aims to kick-start more football schools in the coming months.

Jamshedpur FC along with TSRDS (Tata Steel Rural Development Society) also runs 22 Grassroots and Youth Development Centers of Kolhan Region in Jharkhand where over 2,000 kids from the age of 3 to 18 years old train daily.

Development squads

As of 19 April 2019

In early 2017, AIFF approved Tata FA's application and officially registered all the club's teams to Jamshedpur FC.

(I-League 2nd Division)

(Indian Elite League)

(Indian Junior League)

(Indian Sub-junior League)

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