Fortis Football Club (Bengali: ফর্টিস ফুটবল ক্লাব) is a Bangladeshi football club based in Badda, Dhaka. They compete in the Bangladesh Premier League, the top flight of Bangladesh football, having gained promotion as the 2021–22 Bangladesh Championship League champion. Despite being a Dhaka based club, the club gives priority to players from Chittagong Division as majority of its owners are from the port city.
|Full name||Fortis Football Club Limited|
|Ground||Muktijuddho Sriti Stadium|
|Head Coach||Masud Parvez Kaisar|
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|2021–22||Championship League, 1st of 12|
Journey to the top flightEdit
In 2020, Fortis Group established Fortis FC as part of their football development project, the club president Shahin Hasan stated that the club's main purpose is to establish academies all around the country in order to create a pipeline of future international players. Before its league journey set about, the club established the Fortis FC Academy. On 4 February 2020, Bangladesh Football Federation gave the green signal for the club to directly enter the Bangladesh Championship League, without having to play through the lower divisions in Dhaka.
Before the start of the 2020–21 Championship League season, Fortis completed the signings of 10 players with premier league experience. Notable among them were Khan Mohammad Tara, Uttam Barua and former national team striker Towhidul Alam Towhid. They also appointed head-coach Akbor Hossain Ridon, who previously won the 2019 BFF U-18 Tournament with NoFeL SC. On 8 February 2021, Fortis FC began their professional league journey as they drew 0–0 against Farashganj SC in the opening day of the new league season. On 1 March 2021, the club registered their first ever victory, by defeating Dhaka Wanderers 3–2 as, striker Mohammad Hasanuzzaman registered the club's first-ever professional league goal. During their debut season, Fortis finished in third place and were only 2 points off from the top spot.
Before the start of the 2021–22 Championship League, president Shahin Hasan informed that the club recruited players from the then ongoing Chittagong League, and only retained 15 players from their previous campaign. Jahidur Rahman Milon was appointed as the new head coach and former senior national team defender Atiqur Rahman Meshu was added to the club's coaching staff as an assistant coach. On 24 April 2022, Fortis recorded a goalless draw against newcomers Azampur FC, which meant that the club were unbeaten in their previous 31 league games. On 1 June 2022, Fortis secured promotion to the Bangladesh Premier League with two games to go, thrashing Kawran Bazar 5–0, with forward Mohammad Hasanuzzaman scoring a hattrick. Fortis finished the league season with the least goals conceded, and veteran keeper Uttam Barua topped the cleansheet charts.
Premier League eraEdit
On 19 March 2022, Fortis FC initiated their 2022–23 Bangladesh Premier League campaign as they registered a 1–1 draw against the reigning 2nd place-holders Abahani Limited Dhaka.
- As of 30 December 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Reserves and academyEdit
Current technical staffEdit
- As of 25 January 2023
|Head coach||Masud Parvez Kaisar|
|Assistant coach||Francisco Bruto Da Costa|
|Goalkeeping coach|| Fabio Roca Jr.|
Md Mostafizur Rahman
|Team manager||Rashedul Islam|
|Physiotherapist||Md Yusuf Ali|
|Fitness Trainer||Touhidul Islam Siddique|
|Head of reserves and academy||Atiqur Rahman Meshu|
|Junior academy coach|| Joseph Nur Rahman |
Head coaches' recordEdit
- As of 24 February 2023
|Akbor Hossain Ridon||January 2021||July 2021||22||12||7||3||40||17||54.55|
|Sheikh Zahidur Rahman Milon||January 2022||13 June 2022||22||13||8||1||29||9||59.09|
|Masud Parvez Kaisar||20 September 2022||Present||17||3||8||6||15||19||17.65|
P – Total of played matches
W – Won matches
D – Drawn matches
L – Lost matches
GS – Goals scored
GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won
Board of directorsEdit
- As of 25 January 2023
|President||Md Shahin Hasan|
|Managing director||Shahadat Hossain|
|Media Officer||Mohammad Moinul Hossain|
|Marketing Officer||Mohammad Ziaur Rahman Shakib|
|Equipment Manager||Abdul Mannan Shamim|
|Season||Division||League||Federation Cup||Independence Cup||Top league scorer(s)|
|2021–22||BCL||22||13||8||1||29||9||47||Champions||—||—||Md Jakir Hossain Ziku||—|
- Bangladesh Championship League
- Winners (1): 2021–22
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