WHO WE ARE
Formed in 2013 with a mission to contribute in putting India on the footballing world map, Bengaluru Football Club is owned by the JSW Group and plays its home games out of the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. After a successful debut season in which the team claimed a historic championship, the club moved out of the Bangalore Football Stadium to play at the 24,000 capacity Kanteerava Stadium, finishing runners up in the League and winning the Federation Cup in only its second season.
By virtue of winning the I-League in the 2013-14 season, Bengaluru FC represented India in Asian competition, first in the playoff round of the AFC Champions League and then in the AFC Cup where they gave a good account of themselves, making it up to the Round of 16.
In their third season, the Blues reclaimed the I-League title and went on to become the first ever Indian club to make it to the final of the AFC Cup, going down 1-0 to Air Force Club in Doha.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Nicknamed ‘The Blues’, Bengaluru FC is a club of and for the fans and we always take their support with us wherever we go. We strive hard to excel on the field and off it too. Our focus has always been to shape the future of Indian football by playing the brand of football we do and more importantly, by preparing the next line of professional footballers through our youth academy.
A $11 billion conglomerate, the Jindal South West (JSW) Group is a part of the O.P. Jindal Group. JSW has set up business facilities in various core sectors of India with verticals that explore innovative and sustainable avenues in steel, energy, infrastructure and cement.
The JSW group is committed in its endeavour to pave way for India’s development towards becoming a global superpower in all these sectors and Bengaluru Football Club is one of its biggest pillars in the JSW Sports fold.
After playing out of the Bangalore Football Stadium in the championship-winning 2013-14 season, Bengaluru FC moved to the much bigger Sree Kanteerava Stadium which was quickly dubbed ‘The Fortress’. Located 2.7 kms. from the Blues’ old home, the Kanteerava is a 24,000 capacity and is floodlit.
Bengaluru FC’s first ever game at the Kanteerava was a 0-0 draw against Dempo on January 17, 2015. Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored the club’s first ever goal at the new home in a 1-3 defeat to Pune FC while a 1-0 win against Bharat FC on February 8 was the Blues’ first win at the fortress.
A 21,786 turn-out for Bengaluru’s final home game of the 2014-15 season against Mohun Bagan went in the record books as the highest ever numbers for a BFC game, in Bengaluru.