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Jamshedpur Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The club has competed as a member of Indian Super League under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club is owned by Tata Steel, a subsidiary of the Tata Group.

Jamshedpur FC
Official Jamshedpur FC Logo.png
Full nameJamshedpur Football Club
Nickname(s)Men of Steel
Short nameJFC
Founded12 June 2017; 2 years ago (2017-06-12)
GroundJRD Tata Sports Complex
OwnerTata Steel
PresidentSunil Bhaskaran
ManagerAntonio Iriondo
LeagueIndian Super League
2018–19Regular season: 5th of 10
Finals: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was established on 12 June 2017, when Tata Steel won the bidding rights for one of two expansion spots in the Indian Super League. Jamshedpur FC is the first club in the Indian Super League to have its own Stadium and facilities. They used graduate from Tata Football Academy (TFA) founded by Tata Group in 1987. Their home stadium is JRD Tata Sports Complex.


Jamshedpur and Bengaluru before their match at the Kalinga Stadium


On 11 May 2017, it was announced by the Indian Super League organizers, Football Sports Development, that they would be inviting bids for new teams to join the league for the upcoming season.[2] The bids would be for ten cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, and Siliguri.[2]

On 25 May 2017, it was announced that bidding for new teams had ended and that the league's appointed external validator would look over the bids.[3] Two weeks later, on 12 June, it was officially announced that Bengaluru FC (for Bengaluru) and Tata Steel (for Jamshedpur) had won the bids for the new teams.[4]

After winning the expansion bid to enter the Indian Super League, Tata announced on 14 July 2017 that the inaugural head coach for the Jamshedpur franchise would be Steve Coppell.[5] Coppell, the previous ISL season, had led the Kerala Blasters to the league final.[6] Nine days later, on 23 July, before the 2017–18 ISL Players Draft, the team's official name and logo were revealed. The club was officially named Jamshedpur FC.[7] During the players draft, due to being a brand new club, Jamshedpur FC had the very first pick. India international Anas Edathodika was the first draft pick selected by the club and thus the first player in Jamshedpur history.[8]

Inaugural seasonEdit

Jamshedpur began playing in November 2017. The team played their first ever match on 18 November 2017 against NorthEast United at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Despite being disadvantaged through defender André Bikey being sent off, Jamshedpur managed to hold on for a 0–0 draw.[9] After another goalless draw in their next match, Jamshedpur played their first official home match on 1 December against the reigning champions ATK. Over 23,000 fans came to support the side at the JRD Tata Sports Complex but once again, the team failed to do more than draw 0–0.[10] Finally, in their fourth match, away at Delhi Dynamos, Jamshedpur managed to earn their first victory. The club won 1–0 with Izu Azuka becoming the first ever Jamshedpur goal scorer.[11]

By the halfway point of the season, Jamshedpur had only managed two victories on the season including four draws and three defeats. The meant the team was in seventh place, six points off the playoff spots.[12] Fortunes changed for Jamshedpur during the second half of the season and on 4 March 2018, the club played their final match of the Super League season at home against Goa with Jamshedpur needing a victory in order to qualify for the finals.[13] Unfortunately, despite having home advantage, Jamshedpur fell 3–0 and thus failed to qualify for the finals in their first season.[14]


The round-shaped crest, with a shield (shape similar to Tata Football Academy crest) inside it; depicting sculpting of a football out of molten steel, referring Jamshedpur FC's Tata Steel origins and the Tata Group's decades of footballing journey through the Tata Football Academy and multiple grassroots efforts.The outer circle of the crest features the name of the club written in English and tribal symbols which pays tribute to the rich tribal history of Jharkhand state.[15]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2017—2018 NIVIA Tata
2018—present Tata Steel

In 2017, Jamshedpur signed a deal with Nivia Sports as their official kit sponsors from the 2017–18 season. Nivia Sports is the official kit sponsor of Jamshedpur FC.


JRD Tata Sports Complex

Jamshedpur FC is the first Indian club to have its own stadium. They play their home games at JRD Tata Sports Complex popularly known as "The Furnace". The stadium was originally built in 1991, with a capacity for 60,000 spectators. The stadium was named after the former chairman of "Tata Group" J.R.D. Tata.


The club has quickly built a reputation for one of the most vocal fan-bases in India. The fans are officially known as The Red Miners. The players and the coach have often acknowledged the fans' support in the success by calling them The 12th Man.


Current squadEdit

As of 26 August 2019[16]

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 Subrata Pal
3   DF Jitendra Singh
4   DF Tiri (captain)
5   DF Narender Gahlot
6   MF Aitor Monroy
7   FW Piti
8   MF Amarjit Singh Kiyam
9   FW Sergio Castel (on loan from Atlético Madrid B)
11   MF Noé Acosta
12   FW Sumeet Passi
13   GK Rafique Ali Sardar
14   DF Joyner Lourenco
15   MF Mobashir Rahman
No. Position Player
16   DF Robin Gurung
17   FW Farukh Choudhary
20   DF Keegan Pereira
21   MF Bikash Jairu
22   MF Memo (Vice-captain)
23   GK Niraj Kumar
24   MF Issac Vanmalsawma
25   MF Swarup Das
27   DF Karan Amin
31   DF Augustin Fernandes
  MF C. K. Vineeth
  FW Aniket Jadhav

Unregistered playersEdit

As of 29 August 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
28   FW Gourav Mukhi
No. Position Player
19   FW Carlos Calvo
8   MF Vishal Das

Non-Playing StaffEdit

Corporate HierarchyEdit

Position Name[17]
President   Sunil Bhaskaran
Chairman   Chanakya Choudhary
CEO   Mukul Choudhari
Head – Marketing & Operations   Prashant Godbole
Senior Manager – Media & Communications   Jal Sonpal
Senior Manager – Marketing & Operations   Raja Bhattacharjee
Team Manager   Rohit Kr Singh

Management HierarchyEdit

As of 25 August 2019
Position Name[17]
Manager   Antonio Iriondo
Assistant Coach   Steven Dias
  Victor Herrero Forcada
Goalkeeping Coach   Alfonso Lacasa Taberne
Fitness Coach   Mouz Miguel Luis
Technical Director   Julián Villar Aragón


season by seasonEdit

As of match played 6 April 2019
Season League Teams Position Indian Super Cup AFC competition(s)
2017–18 ISL 10 League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
2018–19 ISL 10 League – 5th
Playoffs – Did not qualify
2019–20 ISL 10 TBD TBD

Managers StatisticsEdit

As of 26 July 2019
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Steve Coppell[18]   England 14 July 2017 18 June 2018 20 8 5 7 17 23 040.00
César Ferrando   Spain 21 July 2018 5 April 2019 19 6 9 4 32 25 031.58
Antonio Iriondo   Spain 26 July 2019 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 !


Training facilitiesEdit

JFC Training Center (also known as the "Flatlet") is the training and relax center for Jamshedpur FC, located in Kadma, Jamshedpur. Besides the indoor synthetic field measuring 16 x 109.2 metres, the building comes with the gym equipment, a swimming pool, and ice baths. The project is lined with the vision of JFC President Sunil Bhaskaran, who wants international-level training equipment for the players. After its design plans were approved on April 2018, the groundbreaking ceremony of the all-weather training arena was held on 9 November 2018, attended by Sunil Bhaskaran.

Jamshedpur FC academy are awarded four star in 2019–20 season by AIFF.[19]

Development squadsEdit

As of 19 April 2019

In early 2017, AIFF approved Tata FA's application and officially registered all the club's teams to Jamshedpur FC.

(I-League 2nd Division)

(Indian Elite League)

(Indian Junior League)

(Indian Sub-junior League)

Notable former playersEdit

The following are the foreign players who represented Jamshedpur FC in any season before:

Name Nation Name Nation Name Nation
Andre Bikey   Cameroon Matheus Trindade   Brazil Sameegh Doutie   South Africa
Kervens Belfort   Haiti Wellington Priori   Brazil Izu Azuka   Nigeria
Talla N'Diaye   Senegal Tim Cahill   Australia Pablo Morgado   Spain
Mario Arques   Spain Sergio Cidoncha   Spain Carlos Calvo   Spain


The following are the sponsors of JFC (named "JFC Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "JRD Tata Sports Complex". Indian Super League.
  2. ^ a b "Indian Super League to invite bids for new teams". Times of India. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Bengaluru FC submit bid as ITB submission deadline ends". Times of India. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ "ISL expanded to 10 teams, Bengaluru FC one of them". Times of India. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Steve Coppell joins Jamshedpur ISL team". Tata Steel (Twitter).
  6. ^ Shukla, Kaushal (19 December 2016). "Kerala Blasters manager Steve Coppell laments cramped schedule after loss". FirstPost. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Jamshedpur FC reveal name and logo". Indian Super League.
  8. ^ "Jamshedpur FC in ISL 2017 Draft: Anas Edathodika, Subrata Paul, Mehtab Hossain signed". 23 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Another goalless draw". Telegraph India. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Jamshedpur 0–0 ATK". Soccerway.
  11. ^ Bhattacharya, Aditya (6 December 2017). "Azuka strike gives Jamshedpur maiden goal, Dynamos slip to third straight loss". Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Manuel Lanzarote's double strike powers FC Goa to win over Jamshedpur FC". FirstPost. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  13. ^ "FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC face each other in play-off spot decider". 3 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Goa books playoff spot". The Hindu. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ "ISL 2017: Jamshedpur FC Unveil Their Logo | The Fan Garage (TFG)". 23 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Squad". Jamshedpur Football Club.
  17. ^ a b "Squad". Jamshedpur FC. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Steve Coppell Managerial and Player Statistics".

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