Rajesh Wadhawan Group-owned Pune franchise of the Indian Super League – FC Pune City – unveiled its full players’ list to the city, along with the official team jersey for the inaugural Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014. Following the selection of five international players in the draft yesterday, the team today has a full squad comprising 10 international players and 14 domestic players. 11 of the 14 Indian players were present at the unveiling of the team launch this afternoon at the city.
This is the first time that the 11 Indian players have come together at Pune as they prepare themselves to represent FC Pune City in the upcoming ISL. With the international player draft concluding in Mumbai yesterday, FC Pune City now has the full team in place, with the perfect blend of domestic Indian talent and international football players.
The team of FC Pune City is as follows – former Juventus striker David Trezeguet as the marquee player, Bruno Cirillo, Emanuele Belardi, Daniele Magliocchetti, Davide Colomba, Lenny Rodrigues, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Ashutosh Mehta, Joaquim Abranches, Pritam Kotal, Manish Maithani, Israil Gurung, Deepak Devrani, Tapan Maity, Arindam Bhattacharya, Anupam Sarkar, Pratik Shinde, Lalit Thapa, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Andrés Felipe González Ramírez, Saïdou Mady Panandetiguiri, Omar Andres Rodriguez Martinez, Iván Bolado Palacios and Park Kwang-II. The team has also got on board Former Serie A Italian midfielder Franco Colomba as the head coach.
Gaurav Modwel, CEO, FC Pune City said, “We, at FC Pune City are excited about our players, coaching staff and team management. Every member believes in our endeavour to be a winning team. Following yesterday’s international player draft, the entire playing squad is in place and shall be led by our Marquee Player David Trezeguet who will play a big role as a team mentor and player. I am confident that the Indian and overseas players will blend in together and play some great football for the Indian fans.”
“It is FC Pune City’s objective to provide aspiring and young Indian football players an opportunity to play alongside international football players. Our association with ACF Fiorentina provides our players the unique benefit of being trained and coached in a globally acclaimed football ecosystem,” adds Mr Modwel.
Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex (Balewadi Stadium) will serve as the home ground for the team. The Balewadi stadium is a new-age international sports complex with a seating capacity of 12,000 spectators. It is also one of the eight potential stadiums for the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup. The team will commence their practice sessions from 24th August 2014 and will utilize facilities at the Symbiosis University, Infosys Pune DC (Development Centre) and Balewadi Stadium.
FC Pune City has a strategic tie-up with Italian Serie A side ACF Fiorentina, which boasts of a robust legacy of being among the top five clubs that have played the maximum number of Serie A matches. The Club, which is better known as Viola in Italy was placed 4th in the just concluded Serie A season – behind Juventus, Roma and Napoli and ahead of Inter Milan and AC Milan.
The team launched its official jersey today, as the first visual merchandise of its brand identity. DIDA has come on board as the team’s official kitting partner.
In addition, the team also launched its online presence today, with a Facebook page. The official Facebook page of the team is www.facebook.com/FCPuneCity.