Chennai City F.C.

Chennai City Football Club is an Indian football club based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The club has compete as a member of the I-League, under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club was established in 1946 as Netaji Sports Club by five friends. The club has spend the grand majority of its history competing in the local state and city tournaments but entered the national stage in 2016. On 11 December 2016, the team were awarded a direct-entry spot into the I-League for the 2016–17 season and become I-League champions during 2018–19 season.

Chennai City FC
Full nameChennai City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lions
Founded1946; 73 years ago as Nethaji Sports Club
GroundNehru Stadium, Coimbatore
OwnersRohit Ramesh and Family 69% and
R Krishnakumar (5%)
FC Basel (26%)
CoachAkbar Nawas
2018–19I-League, 1st (Champions)
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded in 1946 as Netaji Sports Club by five friends, SV Kanagasabai, E Vadivelu, TR Govindarajan, PV Chellappa and K Ekambaram.[1] On 11 December 2016, the club was accepted as a direct entry club for 2016–17 I-League and became the second club from Tamil Nadu to play in the top division after Indian Bank team in National Football League.[2] On 6 February 2019 Chennai City FC had agreed for a partnership with FC Basel who now owns 26 percent of the club and would develop football in the state by building football schools for young talents

FC Basel will also have a player exchange program, including first team players, with CCFC and help the club with technical know how.[3][4]

On 9th March 2019, Chennai City FC beat former champions Minerva Punjab 3–1 to be crowned the 2018–19 I-League champions. This marked the finish of a very successful season for the club, defying all expectations to win the league. Spanish-Uruguayan forward Pedro Manzi also scored a brace in this match, and was the joint top scorer of the league, scoring 21 league goals. This was Chennai City FC's first ever I-League title, and they will now represent India in the AFC Champions League.

Chennai City FC also played in the Hero Super Cup during March–April 2019, and lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions FC Goa. However, they did manage to win 2–1 against ISL champions Bengaluru FC in the quarter finals.


The club plays its home games at Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore. Constructed in 1971, it is currently used mostly for football matches and has a capacity of 30,000. Prior to 2017–2018 season, the club played their home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2016—2017 Classic Polo Baako
2017—2018 Counter Sports None
2018—19 Penalty
2019—present Uhlsport Nippon Paint

Continental record


First-team squad

As of 1 December 2019.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Nauzet Santana
2 DF Bijay Chhetri
4 DF Roberto Eslava
6 MF Mashoor Shereef Thangalakath
7 MF Sandro Rodríguez
8 MF Ahmed Sahib
9 DF Vijay T
10 MF Adolfo Miranda
11 FW Katsumi Yusa
12 MF Charles Anandraj Lourdusamy
13 GK Kabir Thaufiq
15 MF Vijay Nagappan
16 MF Vineeth Kumar Murugan
No. Position Player
17 MF Pravitto Raju
18 DF Ajith Kumar
19 FW Pedro Manzi (Captain)
20 MF Jockson Dhas
21 MF Lenin Mithran Mithralayam Shanmugan
22 DF Sri Ram
23 MF Shem Marton Eugene
24 FW Ranjeet Pandy
26 MF Syed Suhail Pasha
28 DF Pradison Mariyadasan
32 MF Lijo Francis
35 DF Jishnu Balakrishnan
41 GK Tenzin Samdup
DF Saravana Kumar Gopalakrishnan
DF Shahabaaz Alam
MF Raja Pandi Soundrapandian

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Current technical staff

Position Name
Technical Director Simón Elissetche
Head coach Akbar Nawas[6]
Assistant Coach Satyasagara[6]
Team Manager Ashok Kumar
Head of Operations V P Sathiesh Kumar
Assistant Coach Mouriya
Sports Physiotherapist Dr.Ragunath Manogaran
Analyst Aravind



Team records


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Federation Cup/Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
2016–17 I-League 10 8 2,949 Group stage DNP DNP DNP
2017–18 I-League 10 8 8,194 Qualification round DNP DNP DNP
2018–19 I-League 11 1 6,138 Semi-finals Group stage TBD TBD
2019–20 I-League 11 TBD TBD Group Stage TBD TBD
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Overall records

As of 14 January 2017
Season I-League Asia Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position P W D L GF GA Player Goals
2016–17 18 4 5 9 15 29 17 8 Charles 4
2017–18 18 4 7 7 15 24 19 8 Joachim 5
2018–19 18 13 4 3 48 28 43 1 Manzi 21

Head Coach's Record

As of 8 February 2017
Robin Charles Raja  India 13 December 2016 8 February 2017 7 1 1 5 3 11 014.29
V Soundararajan  India 9 January 2017 14 March 2018 13 3 4 6 15 19 023.08
Akbar Nawas  Singapore 15 March 2018 Present 23 15 4 4 48 28 065.22


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