Mumbai FC : Football Club launched by Essel Group

July 2nd, 2007


After launching the rebel Indian Cricket League, the Essel Group on Thursday unveiled the Mumbai Football Club. The community-based Mumbai FC, has been set up with an initial investment of $1 million (around Rs four crore), it was announced by Essel’s Managing Director Amit Goenka at a media conference. 

Amit Goenka, Managing Director of Essel Group said,

“As a responsible corporate house, we always wondered about the depth to which the standard of football has fallen during the past many years. We believe the standards of any sporting event can improve only when the corporate houses take active interest in developing the game at the grass root level. We therefore propose to launch a community-based Football Club in Mumbai to give every football loving citizen an opportunity to participate in the development of football culture in the city.”

The team will play local tournaments and the NFL Division Two, which will begin in December. The primary aim of the club is to gain entry into NFL in a year’s time.

The Engishman David Booth, an experienced international coach, has been roped in as chief coach for a three-year tenure. He had been the National coach of Myanmar and Brunei. He has also worked in the UK, Ghana, Vietnam, Thailand and Maldives. He is also a qualified AFC instructor and has enjoyed prolonged stints with leading clubs.

The former Indian goalkeeper and ex- Mahindra United manager, Henry Menezes, has been appointed as the General Manager of the Club. 

Known for his uncanny ability to attract players from rival clubs, Henry Menzes said,

“India lacks community-based teams that people can relate to. The launch of Mumbai FC will be a platform for the football community in Mumbai, soon becoming a powerhouse for football in the country. This is going to be a great challenge to the entire team behind Mumbai FC and we are committed and confident of living up to the expectations.”

Profile of Mumbai Footbal Club Team 2007-08
Home Stadium Cooperage Football Ground
General Manager Henry Menezes
Coach David Booth
Goalkeepers Kalyan Chaubey, Dipankar Chaudhary, Amit Singha Roay
Strikers Jerome Sebastine, Abhishek Yadav
Midfielders Noel Wilson, Khalid Jamil, Jagdish Pappaih, Bengkok Nameirakpam, Bira Oraw, L Romenjit Singh, Darren Pereira, Ujjalkumar Ghosh, Asim K, Rahul Roy, Rajib Shukla
Defenders Libu C Philip, John Benedick, Jatinder Singh, Balpreet Singh, Shameer A J, Ganesh Rao, Lolendro Singh, Dane Pereira

They have also launched a website to connect the Mumbai’s football community. The website is already up for registrations and will be developed accordingly.

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  2. I am playing football on national level from cbse. i have to join club. please reply me.

  3. i want mumbai fc contaact no.

  4. My son is crazy about football. How does he join your club?

  5. i whant to play football. i want to show my art

  6. i am full of skills and tech

  7. i have all the skills that a playmaker should have.
    I would like to play for mumbai fc for entire life.
    I am 19 years of age.

  8. It a verx gud idea to play for mumbai-fC



  10. Respected Sir,

    I am the football player of Gulbarga, Karnataka. Now i m working in Mumbai. I want 2 join a football team tp be in touch with me game and to participate in all level football sports.

    I requested you to kindly send me the details by my mail ID. How to join, Address of your office and other details.

    I am waiting for your prompt & positive reply.

    Vishal Sutrawe

  11. Respected sir,
    I mrityunjay pandey state that i am a football player and also playing football skillfully.
    And also by inspiring by the E.P.L. football player I have also decided to become a proffessional football player for your Football club as well as for the my country which is lagging behind in football. So It will be a pleasure and great oppurtunity to play in your MUMBAI F.C.So I request u sir please send me The Detail by my E-mail I.D of your official address and contact no. my cont 9987116946.

  12. respected sir ,
    i just wanted 2 knw that when is ur selection are held on wich groung just reply me


  13. I play football for Fatima High School vidyavihar.I am 12 yrs old.I want to join your club.Can you please give me MUMBAI FC’s address and contact no.and tell me when are next selections going to take place.

  14. Please show the dates & place of selection

  15. please send the information about your selection to my email ID. Because it’s the question of my life.

  16. I play football for representing my school in enterschool competions and want to join your club.

  17. i can do anithing to become a footballplayer i can do bycikal

  18. I want to know about selection so you send me informetion to my e-mail because I want to come

  19. i want to join your in your club

  20. respected sir,
    i have played many local mathes but I want to play in your club

  21. i’am tejus from bangalore n i play attacking midfield and right wing position. i’am looking forward to join ur club. please kindly inform me mumbai fc contact numbers to my email so that i’ll be able to join ur club.

  22. pls join me in ur club by selections.
    i reside in bangalore.
    and im a vry gud player.
    TRUST ME….!

  23. hello sir,

    I would like to join your club. You can keep your trust. I`m 20. you can count me on. Would be proud to play for MUMBAI F.C . waiting for positive reply.
    email id:

  24. i want to become a football player pleas give some suggest

  25. hi my name is vinay shenoy.I want to join your club.Can you please give me MUMBAI FC’s address and contact no.and tell me when are next selections going to take place

  26. My son siddhesh is crezy for foorball he played up to distriact level in his school. He just passed SSC , pls help for how he join you clun for his better careear


  27. is there any youth team of mumbai fc if yes so kindly reply me i m playin football since my childhood n now the school captain n i am just 14 years old if yes so kindly reply…………..

  28. hello sir , i am 17 yrs old and i have played intercollege matches , now i am in E B Madhavi college so plz send me the address of this club and the date of selection ,
    thank you

  29. hi sir,
    my name is bhushan potdar from thane district.
    i have only one ambition in my life that is to become a great football player ,for that i need is best coaching of soccer and i m sure that i will get it from your club.i know that i have to work hard to gain success and i m ready for it. i want to devote my whole life for only football. so please sir give me your contact details at ( )so that i could personally meet you and show you my dedication.

  30. Please show the dates & place of selection
    and i am playing for my colleg also

  31. My slf sam tamatta nd im 4m nepal i wana join ur club bcoz i thnk i wana play wth mumbai fc pls give me d rply on my mail id or can msg in my no. 9594315005

  32. i want to be a part of mumbai….the strong and financially sound team.i’m just 20 year old ..i want to polish my skills with mumbai fc…please if any trails confrom me ..i’m waiting …

    Be a mumbai kar …

  33. sir ..i’m playing for sangam sc …in pune
    I want be a part of mumbai fc…m
    My email id is…
    And no…8237106294.
    Pleae sir i’m waiting for positive replay…

  34. sir i am intrstd in football.
    i will go ahead like messi i will shw u and its my drm i will tke ur club till international level if u will gv me a chance to play pls sir.
    my email
    cell no-9172431760,9930650679.
    nd pls snd me ur contact no on my email id or u call me pls sir.


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