Odisha FC

Odisha Football Club (previously as Delhi Dynamos FC) is an Indian professional football club based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha which competes in the Indian Super League under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club began to play in October 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League.[1][2] The team is owned by United States−based ship recycling company GMS Inc.

Odisha FC
Full nameOdisha Football Club
Short nameOFC
Founded16 July 2014 (2014-07-16), as Delhi Dynamos FC
GroundKalinga Stadium
OwnerGMS Inc.
ManagerJosep Gombau
LeagueIndian Super League
2018–19Regular season: 8th of 10
Finals: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website

The club was rebranded as Odisha FC from Delhi Dynamos FC on 31 August 2019 and the base was shifted from Delhi (JLN Stadium) to Bhubaneswar (Kalinga Stadium).


In early 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, and IMG-Reliance would be accepting bids for ownership of eight or nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.[3] On 13 April 2014, it was announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise.[2] The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord which lasted only for one year.[4]

Delhi Dynamos (2014−2019)

The team started their campaign in the inaugural Indian Super League season on 14 October 2014 with a 0–0 draw against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The Dynamos did not experience the best of starts to their ISL campaign as they lagged behind at the last place till the 9th Round. The team rejuvenated and regrouped to climb out of the situation to finish in 5th place with a five match unbeaten run which included three wins and two draws. Delhi narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi-finals falling short only by a point. In 2015 Delhi Dynamos qualified for the first time for the semi-finals of the Indian Super League with the fewest games played in 2015. In 2016 season, the club finished third in the league round with 21 points[5] and lost to the Kerala Blasters FC in the semi-finals of the season. In 2017 season, the club finished eighth in the league round with 19 points[6] and couldn't qualify for semi-finals of the season. In 2018 season, the club again finished eighth in the league round with 18 points[7] and couldn't qualify for the semi-finals of the season.


On 31 August 2019, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Sports and Youth Services (DSYS) of the Government of Odisha, it was mutually decided to re-brand the franchise as Odisha FC with its base being the 15,000 capacity Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha owned by DSYS.[8][9] 2019–20 Indian Super League season would be the inaugural season for the club at their new home base along with their new brand name.[8][9] Previously, the 60,000 capacity Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, owned by Sports Authority of India was the home ground of the club when it's franchise name was Delhi Dynamos FC. The club under the brand franchise name Delhi Dynamos FC, played first five seasons of Indian Super League, from 2014 season to 2018–19 at the JLN Stadium. But due to various economic factors and failure to maintain a sustained attendance for home games over the course of the seasons at the stadium, the then owner of the franchise Dr. Anil Sharma decided to shift the base from Delhi to some other location in 2019.[10]


Odisha FC had immediately grown its popularity post its inception which resulted in the formation of its supporters group, named The Juggernauts.[11][12][13] The word is derived from the Sanskrit/Odia Jagannātha means "world-lord", combining jagata ("world") and natha ("lord"). Juggernaut is defined as a large powerful force or organization that cannot be stopped.[14]

Crest and colours


On 16 September 2019 the club unveiled its official logo.[15] Design of the crest inspired from the Chakras or the chariot wheels of the famous Konark Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site in Odisha which represents culture and heritage, and embodies a ship design which symbolizes GMS, the parent company of the club, which represents progress and development of the state.[15][16]

Since 2014, the club had multiple deals with various kit manufacturers, with Lotto for the first season 2014−2015, Puma for 2015−2016, Dryworld 2016−2017, T10 Sports for 2017−2018, TYKA for the final season of Delhi Dynamos as club name.

The first kit worn by the club as Delhi Dynamos (2014−2015)
The kit for the final season of the club as Delhi Dynamos (2018−2019)

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2014—2015 Lotto FreeCharge
2015—2016 Puma EKANA Sportz City
2016—2017 Dryworld GMS
2017—2018 T10 Sports Kent RO Systems
2018—2019 TYKA Andslite
2019— Odisha Sports & Tourism


On 13 April 2014, IMG Reliance announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise to be the eighth team in the inaugural season of Indian Super League.[2] The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord in 2015, which lasted only for one year.[4] World's largest cash buyer of ships and offshore assets for recycling, GMS, was brought in March 2016 as club's new majority co-owner.[17] GMS currently holds 100% of the ownership in club which it purchased in three installments of 55%, 25% and 20% from DEN Networks[18][19]


On 31 August 2019, Delhi Soccer Private Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha, to shift the home base from the national capital New Delhi to Bhubaneswar, Odisha and re-branded the franchise as Odisha FC. The new home for the team was decided to be the Kalinga Stadium at Bhubaneswar.[8] As per the MoU, it was mutually decided that the club’s first team, youth teams, youth football development program and grassroots football development program will be based in Odisha.[9]


Overall records

As of 8 November 2019
Season Indian Super League/I-League Finals Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
As Delhi Dynamos FC
2014 14 4 6 4 16 14 18 5th Gustavo Marmentini 5
2015 14 6 4 4 15 11 20 Top 4 (4th) Semi-final Richard Gadze
Robin Singh
2016 14 5 6 3 27 17 21 Top 4 (3rd) Semi-final Marcelinho 10
2017–18 18 5 4 9 27 37 19 8th Kalu Uche 13
2018–19 18 4 6 8 23 27 18 8th Lallianzuala Chhangte 5
As Odisha FC
2019–20 4 1 1 2 6 6 4 5th Aridane Santana 3
Season Pre-season Friendlies Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Player Goals
2015 4 1 1 2 6 12 Adil Nabi 3

Head Coach record

As of 17 March 2019
Harm van Veldhoven[20]  Netherlands August 2014 December 2014 14 4 6 4 16 14 028.57
Roberto Carlos  Brazil July 2015 December 2015 16 7 4 5 19 23 043.75
Gianluca Zambrotta  Italy July 2016 December 2016 16 6 6 4 29 19 037.50
Miguel Ángel Portugal  Spain July 2017 May 2018 18 5 4 9 16 30 027.78
Josep Gombau  Spain July 2018 May 2020 19 4 6 9 24 29 021.05



As of 17 October 2019[21]

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 Albino Gomes
3 DF Mohammad Sajid Dhot
4 DF Gaurav Bora
5 MF Diawandou Diagne
6 MF Bikramjit Singh
8 MF Marcos Tébar (Captain)
9 FW Aridane Santana
10 MF Xisco Hernández
11 MF Martín Pérez Guedes
13 GK Francisco Dorronsoro
14 FW Daniel Lalhlimpuia
15 MF Shubham Sarangi
16 MF Vinit Rai
No. Position Player
17 MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga
19 MF Romeo Fernandes
21 DF Narayan Das
22 MF Nanda Kumar
23 DF Carlos Delgado
26 DF Rana Gharami
27 DF Lalchhuanmawia
30 GK Ankit Bhuyan
31 GK Arshdeep Singh
33 DF Amit Tudu
41 FW Seiminmang Manchong
44 MF Lalhrezuala Sailung
45 MF Van Lal Remtluanga Chhangte


Current technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach Josep Gombau[22]
Assistant Coach Jacobo Ramallo
Assistant Coach Thangboi Singto
Goalkeeping Coach Pau Rovira Crua


Position Name
Managing Director Rohan Sharma
Chief Executive Officer Ashish Shah
Club Secretary Yamini Sharma
Media Manager Amlan Das


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