(Last Updated on : 01/05/2014)
Air India FC, founded in 1952, is a professional football club from India. This club is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The entire financing of the team is done by Air India under the management of T.K. Singh and have enjoyed some success in the Maharashtrian Football and the NFL India. They play in the I-League and Mumbai Super Division.
In the present times however the team has seen better results and have been successful in bagging good amount of awards and trophies under their belts with two recent trophies- Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup and Nadkarni Cup.
The club was founded in the year 1952 and happens to be one of the oldest institutional sides in India. Though this team has never been considered as the front runners in any championships, but it has always remained a thorn in the flesh for many top sides in almost every tournaments.
Air India, in inaugural edition of I-League caused a massive upset with their 3-1 win over Mohun Bagan A.C
which led to the ouster of the mighty Kolkata club from the qualifying rounds. Air India has, till date, managed to maintain their image as giant killers. The team is mainly a low budget side and their biggest achievement so far has come in the 1997-1998 season when they were placed sixth in the table and their coach Bimal Ghosh received the Best coach award. The team was four times champions in the local Mumbai Leagues. The team is known for promoting young players and providing them opportunities to perform at the big stage.
History of Air India
Air India FC has been participating in the PHL (Premier Harwood League) since 1980. In 1995, Air India FC qualified for the National Football League. In 1996 the club finished 6th in the League and then 5th in 1997.
After the team was relegated to the 2nd division in the year 1998, but the very next year Air India FC curved its way back into the first division and played in the National Football League in 2000 also. The team went through a tough phase in the year 2001 and 2004 and they played in the 2nd division matches. The team qualified for National Football League first division in 2005 and then in 2007 Air India Finished 7th position.
Colours of Jersey for Air India
The colour of the jersey for Air India club is red. It is the colour associated with the aircraft Air India.
Stadium of Air India
Air India will play at the Cooperage Ground which 12,000 seater and is currently going through a renewal and should be completed by December 2011.
Ownership of Air India
The Air India football club is owned by airline company Air India which currently own a hub at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.