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. The team is owned by United States−based ship recycling company GMS Inc.
|Full name||Odisha Football Club|
|Founded||16 July 2014 , as Delhi Dynamos FC|
|League||Indian Super League|
|2018–19||Regular season: 8th of 10|
Finals: Did not qualify
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. On 13 April 2014, it was announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise. The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord which lasted only for one year.
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 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 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 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. 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. 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.
Odisha FC had immediately grown its popularity post its inception which resulted in the formation of its supporters group, named The Juggernauts. 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.
Crest and colours
On 16 September 2019 the club unveiled its official logo. 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.
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.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2015—2016||Puma||EKANA Sportz City|
|2017—2018||T10 Sports||Kent RO Systems|
|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. The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord in 2015, which lasted only for one year. 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. GMS currently holds 100% of the ownership in club which it purchased in three installments of 55%, 25% and 20% from DEN Networks
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. 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.
- As of 8 November 2019
|Season||Indian Super League/I-League||Finals||Top Scorer|
|As Delhi Dynamos FC|
|2015||14||6||4||4||15||11||20||Top 4 (4th)||Semi-final||4|
|2016||14||5||6||3||27||17||21||Top 4 (3rd)||Semi-final||10|
|As Odisha FC|
|Season||Pre-season Friendlies||Top Scorer|
Head Coach record
- As of 17 March 2019
|Harm van Veldhoven||August 2014||December 2014||14||4||6||4||16||14||28.57|
|Roberto Carlos||July 2015||December 2015||16||7||4||5||19||23||43.75|
|Gianluca Zambrotta||July 2016||December 2016||16||6||6||4||29||19||37.50|
|Miguel Ángel Portugal||July 2017||May 2018||18||5||4||9||16||30||27.78|
|Josep Gombau||July 2018||May 2020||19||4||6||9||24||29||21.05|
- As of 17 October 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
|Chief Executive Officer|
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