DSK Shivajians F.C.

DSK Shivajians Football Club, founded as Shivajians Sports Club[1] is an Indian football club based in Pune, Maharashtra. The Club is owned by the DSK Group[2] and play in the I-League.[3]

DSK Shivajians
Full nameDSK Shivajians Football Club
Nickname(s)DSK Shivajians
Founded1987 (1987); 29 years ago as Shivajians Sports Club
GroundShree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Capacity11,900
OwnerDSK Group
ChairmanShirish Kulkarni
ManagerDave Rogers
LeagueI-League
2016–17I-League, 7th
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1987 in Shivajinagar, Pune by Ashok Vanjari, Manoj Walvekar, Emanuel Jeevan, Moreshwar Dhumal, Viju Deshmukh and Frank Norman as a platform for entertainment and community engagement for the residents of the locality.[1] The Club have played in the top tier of the Pune Football League since their formation in 1987,[1] and have played the I-League from the 2016. A Direct Entry into the League[4] they are immune to relegation for until 2018.. The Club is known for its Youth Development Policy, and is the first Professional Football Club in India to have tied up with a major international football club in Liverpool FC[5] along with whom they run their Academy.

The Club play their Home Games at the Shree Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex in Pune,[6] while they train at the DSK Dream City Football Fields in Loni.[7]

History

The Early Years: 1987–1989

The Club was formed on 6 August 1987, under the name Shivajians Sports Club, by the Late. Ashok Vanjari, Manoj Walvekar, Emanuel Jeevan, Moreshwar (Appa) Dhumal, Viju Deshmukh and Frank Norman. A community club, it served as a platform for competition, entertainment and engagement for locals from the Shivajinagar area in Pune.

In 1987 itself, the club organized the first ever All India Floodlight Football Tournament, which was held in Pune in the memory of Shri B. B. Walvekar. Teams such as Central Railway – Bombay, Madras Tukes, Bank Of India – Bombay, Sesa Goa, State Bank Of India – Hyderabad, Salsete Goa, Kampti Colonies – Nagpur, Bangalore Eleven, Kerala Police and Cochin Customs which were forces to be reckoned with in the country at the time, all participated in the tournament.[1]

Two Decades of Local Dominence: 1990–2010

From 1990 til 2010, the club had dominated the Pune Football Scene. In this period, the club won all the prestigious tournaments held in Pune, including the Dr. Hedgewar Football Tournament, Raja Shiv Chhatrapati Football Tournament, Rupmay Chatterjee Football Tournament, Dada Saheb Chavan Memorial Cup and Guru Teg Bahadur Football Tournament. The club also won many State level and All India Level football tournaments held in the nearby cities of Kolhapur, Gadhinglaj, Miraj, Indore and Akola.

Staying true to their goal of engaging the community, the Club organised many training programmes and provided scholarships to players from the economically weaker sections of society.[1]

Change Of Ownership and DSK Shivajians FC: 2010–Present

On 30 April 2010, Shirish Kulkarni, Executive Director of the DSK Group and former Shivajians SC player, was appointed as the President of the club. This was a prelude to the DSK Group's takeover of the club in 2013, which led to it being renamed as DSK Shivajians FC.[1]

The DSK Group invested heavily in developing infrastructure for the Club at the DSK Dream City Football Fields in Pune, where they created a State-Of-The-Art Fully Residential Training Facility which also houses the DSK Shivajians FC Academy[8] which is run in association with Liverpool FC. [9]

In 2013, the Club played the I-League 2nd Division under Coach Pradhyum Reddy, but missed out on the Final Round by a point. In 2015, the Club got Corporate Entry into the I-League and under Derrick Perreira they played the 2015–2016 I-League Season where they finished 9th in the league.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015– Nivia DSK Group

Players

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

No. Position Player
4 DF Saša Kolunija
5 DF Gouramangi Singh (on loan from Pune City)
6 MF Shane McFaul
7 FW Lallianzuala Chhangte
8 MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga
9 FW Kim Song-yong
10 MF Juan Quero
11 FW Holicharan Narzary
12 MF Sanju Pradhan (on loan from Pune City)
13 GK Abhishek Das
14 DF Jerry Lalrinzuala (on loan from Chennaiyin)
15 MF Rohit Kumar
16 FW Naro Hari Shrestha
17 MF K Lalthathanga
18 DF Lalnunsiama
19 DF Sairuat Kima
20 DF Mohammad Sajid Dhot
No. Position Player
21 MF Biaklian Paite
22 DF Amey Ranawade
23 MF Vanlalremkima
24 FW Lalawmpuia
25 MF Milan Singh
26 FW Sumeet Passi (on loan from NorthEast United)
27 GK Soram Anganba (on loan from NorthEast United)
29 MF Seityasen Singh (on loan from NorthEast United)
30 FW Pranjal Bhumij
38 DF Kamlesh Nadar
41 GK Rakshit Dagar
42 DF Maan Singh
43 MF Lalhriatpuia Changte
FW Arif Shaikh

Liverpool International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians U18

English club Liverpool announced a partnership with DSK Shivajians in India to start their international football academy, with the partnership pertinent in the academy setup only, with academy players trained by coaches representing Liverpool playing for DSK Shivajians U18s.[10] The DSK Shivajians U18 plays in the I-League U18, and the 2014–15 U19 I-League was the first time they are involved in national-level youth team football, partnering Liverpool, and played in the Maharashtra Zone of the league.

DSK Shivajians U18 Squad

As of 5 January 2017.[11]

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 Shubham Dhas
2 DF Amey Ranawade
3 DF Asraf Ali Mondal
4 DF {{{name}}}
5 DF Tapas Kumar Pal
6 MF K. Lalthathanga
7 FW Pratap Tamang
8 MF Marchstarfield Marbawiang
9 FW Lalawmpuia
10 MF Mebanshan Suting
11 FW SK Azaruddin
12 MF Zawnhmingthanga
15 MF Malsawmtluanga
16 DF Jonathan Cardozo
No. Position Player
17 DF Jordan Fernandes
18 MF Omkar More
19 FW Umair Saiyyad
20 GK Maharabam Romario
22 MF Sudipta Malakar
23 MF Denzil Kharshandi
24 DF Lalramchhuana
25 FW Laldawngkima
29 DF Guidingstar Malieh
30 MF Batskhem Nongsiej
36 DF Seikhohao Haokip
38 FW Lalremruata
39 MF Seigoumang Doungel

References

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  2. "DSK Shivajians to play the I-League".
  3. "DSK Shivajians all set to make debut in Hero I-League 2015–16". Zee News. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. "I-League - DSK Shivajians will fly the flag for Pune this season - Goal.com". Goal.com. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. PTI. "DSK Shivajians tie up with Liverpool academy". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. "Venue | DSKShivajians.com". www.dskshivajians.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. "Facilities | DSKShivajians.com". www.dskshivajians.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  8. "DSK Sport City, Pune | DSK Dreamcity Integrated Township Pune". DSK Dream City – Best Integrated Residential Township in Pune near Hadapsar. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. "Shirish Kulkarni talks about Liverpool-DSK tie up, football in the country and more | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  10. "Liverpool launches football academy in India". The Hindu. 16 October 2013.
  11. "I-League U18". DSK Shivajians. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
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