Shillong Lajong F.C.

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Shillong Lajong FC
Official Shillong Lajong FC Logo.png
Full nameShillong Lajong Football Club
Nickname(s)The Red Dragons [1]
Founded1983;38 years ago (1983)
Ground Nehru Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya
Capacity30,000
OwnerShillong Lajong Pvt. Ltd.
ChairmanP.D. Sawyan [2] [3]
League Shillong Premier League
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Shillong Lajong Football Club is an Indian professional football club, based in Shillong, Meghalaya, that competes in the Shillong Premier League. [4] The club was established in 1983 with the prime objective of improving the declining standard of football in the state, and to spot, train and nurture local talent. In the local Khasi language, Lajong translates to "our own". [5]

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Headquartered in Shillong, Lajong has access to the largest student population in the North-East and hence the football talent right from a young age. Lajong is under professional management and has a strong fan base across the North-East, which is being actively developed. Shillong Lajong had an average attendance of 11,308 for the 2021 of I-League.

History

During the finals of the Meghalaya Invitation Cup in 1982, two football enthusiasts Shri Kitdor Syiem and Shri P. D. Sawyan saddened by the continuous failure of the Shillong teams to make it to the final stages of the tournament formed a football club to reverse the trend.

Together with a group of friends and supporters, they commissioned a semi-professional club aptly called Lajong Football Club literally translating into "Our own" or "of the people".

In 1983, the club played in the 3rd Division of the Shillong Sports Association League and was the champion being then promoted to the 2nd Division and similarly the same year in 1984 was promoted to the First Division of the league. Things started to change rapidly after the title clash for the Shillong Championship was inevitably poised against the Blue Max FC another professionally organized club which later changed itself Langsning SC of today. It was only in 1989 that Lajong FC finally annexed the championship for the first time.

In 1990, Lajong FC became the Meghalaya Invitation Cup champion beating Nabajyoti FC the Guwahati champions in the finals, seven years after its maiden entry.

In 2009, Lajong FC joined the I-League 2nd Division which is the second highest national league in India. After one season in the second division Lajong was promoted to the I-League, which is the highest league in India.

Shillong Lajong gained promotion to the I-League for the 2009–10 season, and had appointed former Salgaocar and East Bengal coach Stanley Rozario for their first season in India's top flight. [6]

They played their first match in I-League in 2009 and lost to JCT FC 1–5. In their first ever home match in the I-League, they defeated Air India 3–0 in front of 30,000 people. In their second home match, they lost to Mohun Bagan 2–1, in front of a home crowd of 30,000.

At the end of the I-League season, Shillong was relegated to the 2nd division of I-League, the I-League 2nd Division after finishing the season in last place.

For the 2011 season, Shillong participated in the I-League 2nd Division. Due to Shillong hosting the 2011 I-League 2nd Division Final Round, they were able to skip the group stages and go straight into the Final Round.

They ended their one-year stint in the I-League 2nd Division with a 1–0 victory over Mohammedan SC on May 13, 2011 after which they got promoted back to the I-League for 2011–12, and appointed Desmond Bulpin as their manager. [7] [8]

Shillong derby

CompetitionShillong Lajong winsDrawRoyal Wahingdoh wins
I-League 011
Federation Cup 100
Shillong Premier League 100
Total211

Crest and colours

The official colours of Lajong are Red and White. The home jersey is all red while the away jersey is all white.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
2009—10 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Finland.svg Nokia
2010—14 Flag of India.svg Aircel
2014—17
2017—18 Flag of India.svg Nivia None
2018—present Flag of Italy.svg Lotto Flag of India.svg McDowell's

Stadiums

Nehru Stadium
Shillong Lajong F.C.
Full nameJawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Location Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Coordinates 25°34′48″N91°53′40″E / 25.579995°N 91.894326°E / 25.579995; 91.894326
Capacity 30,000 [11]
Field size103.0 M X 67.0 M
Surface Astroturf
Tenants
Shillong Lajong Football Club (2011–present) Royal Wahingdoh F.C. (2014–present)

Shillong Lajong are using the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong as their home stadium for games in Shillong Premier League. They have also used this venue for the games of the older editions of the I-League. [12]

Players

First-team squad

As of 25 November 2018 [13]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
3 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Naoroibam Romen Singh
4 MF Flag of India.svg  IND F Lalrohlua
16 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Milan Basumatary [14]
18 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Rony Lalenkima
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Parvaj Bhuiya
20 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Lalawmpuia Hnamte
26 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Dameki Khongstia
29 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Habymmutshuh Nongrum
30 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Mebankhraw Khyriem Wahlang
32 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Neithovilie Chalieu
38 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Donboklang Lyngdoh

Famous players

Record

SeasonDiv.Tms.Pos.Attendance/G Federation Cup / Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
2016–17 I-League1056,244Group stageDNPDNPDNP
2017–18 I-League1065,464Quarter-finalsDNPDNPDNP
2018–19 I-League11114,123DNPDNPDNP
Key

Team Management

As of 10 August 2018 [15]
PositionName
Head Coach Flag of Spain.svg Jose Carlos
Assistant Coach
Technical Director Flag of India.svg Alison Kharsyntiew
Team Manager Flag of India.svg Birendra Thapa
Physiotherapist Flag of India.svg Lucky Kitbok Kharmalki

Honours

Domestic

Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2011 [16]
Silver medal with cup.svg Runners-up (1): 2009–10 [17] [18]
Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (4): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 [19] [20] [21] [22]
Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2017–18 [23]

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