Bengaluru: The JSW Group unveiled the crest and colors of their new team, which shall be called Bengaluru FC, in a ceremony which was attended by a large group of fans, at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Saturday.
The event, covered live by Goal, was attended by JSW Group’s chairman and managing director Mr. Sajjan Jindal, the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Mr. Praful Patel, president of the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) Mr. AR Khaleel and members from the KSFA and Bangalore District Football Association (BDFA), also announced the club’s roster for next season.
This was preceded by a few events like the local drummers facing off against percussion styles from across the globe, setting the mood for the evening, before a Bangalore based singer got the crowds moving to his tunes, as he rolled off a few local special numbers.
A spectacular display of fireworks was used to unveil the name of the club followed by a dazzling laser show that revealed the club’s crest.
Bengaluru FC will be making their I-League debut this season and will be playing all their home matches out of the Bangalore Football Stadium.
The club has roped in former Manchester United player Ashley Westwood as head coach and he spoke of the honor he felt at being named the coach of the side. He commented, “These are exciting times for Bengaluru FC together with JSW. I feel privileged to be a manager here and the players should be privileged as well to represent Bengaluru as a city and a JSW. We will, without doubt, be the most organised outfit in the I-League and we look forward to many successful years with the club.”
Bengaluru FC CEO Parth Jindal was also delighted by the turn-out, and mentioned, “Launching Bengaluru FC today is the start of something special. It is going to be the endeavour of this club to have the best talent in the country on board and our team, which we have unveiled today, is proof of that. The club is going to give the city many reasons to cheer and we can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Sajjan Jindal, the Chairman and Managing Director of JSW laid down the marker for next season, and stated, “This is a landmark moment for everyone at JSW as well as the football-loving people of Bengaluru and India. We would like to thank the All India Football Federation and the Karnataka State Football Association without whose support this would not have been possible. We are certain the club will raise the bar for professionally run football teams in the country along with being the ideal platform for youth development.”
“We have the best coach & the best players. We need your (the fans) support. My best wishes to everyone to take this club to the top,” he concluded.