RoundGlass Punjab FC

RoundGlass Punjab FC is an Indian professional football club from Mohali in Punjab that competes in the Punjab State Super Football League and I-League.[2] Founded as Minerva Academy FC,[3] in 2005, the club name was rebranded to Minerva Punjab after being accepted into I-League, and in 2019 the club was again rebranded as Punjab FC. In April 2020, owner of Minerva Academy Ranjit Bajaj sold the football club to RoundGlass Sports Pvt Ltd, and hereafter it is recherished as RoundGlass Punjab. The club has won I-League title once, in 2017–18, their second season in the league.

RoundGlass Punjab
RoundGlass Punjab FC logo.png
Full nameRoundGlass Punjab Football Club
Nickname(s)The Warriors[1]
Short nameRG Punjab
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005) (as Minerva Academy)
GroundGuru Nanak Stadium
Capacity30,000
OwnerRoundGlass Sports Pvt Ltd
Head coachEd Engelkes
LeaguePunjab State Super Football League
I-League
2021–22I-League, 5th of 13
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The team was established in 2005 as Minerva Academy,[4][5] and has both the football and cricket sections.[6] Initially, the team took part in its first major tournament at the national level, the I-League 2nd Division,[7] and were the runners up for the season.[8] They lost to five-time I-League champions Dempo SC in the final.[9] They were promoted to I-League after an impressive stint at the 2nd Division.[10] They finished their first-ever 2016–17 I-League season at the second last position. They also participated in the 2016 Durand Cup.[11] They came last in the group stage and hence couldn't qualify for the semi-finals.

 
Kareem Omolaja and Sehijpal Singh in training with Minerva Punjab in 2016.

Next season, surprising everyone, they won the I-League title, which was their first league win ever in top division. They became first ones from North India to win the league since 1996. This title made the team qualify for their first-ever Asian stint. The club qualified for Group stage of the 2019 AFC Cup, along with Indian Super League side Chennaiyin, starting from Preliminary Round 2. However, they lost to Iranian side Saipa in the preliminary round of 2019 AFC Champions League and therefore couldn't make it to the play-offs.[12] But, in their AFC Cup stint, they impressed with unbeaten run of five games until the last group fixture, which they lost against Abahani Limited Dhaka.[13] Minerva were also placed in the round of 16 bracket of 2018 Indian Super Cup in which they lost to Jamshedpur 4–5 on penalties.

In 2018–19 I-League, the club managed to win four of their twenty fixtures and finished ninth in the league table. They were placed in 2019 Indian Super Cup qualifying round, but refused to play protesting against uncertainty of I-League clubs' future in Indian football. Thereafter, they were also not invited to play 2019 Durand Cup, which was disappointing for the Punjabi side.

On 30 October 2019, announcement was made that after a partnership agreement with RoundGlass Sports Private Ltd. the club has been renamed as Punjab Football Club.[14][15]

Ahead of the 2020–21 I-League season, RoundGlass Sports completed acquisition of Punjab FC and rebranded the club to RoundGlass Punjab Football Club. On 15 June 2020, they appointed Curtis Fleming as their head coach.[16][17][18] On 15 July, they appointed Nikolaos Topoliatis as new technical director.[19] As the season progressed, Punjab made it to the championship stage and finished their season with a 2–3 loss to Churchill Brothers.[20] They achieved 2nd position with 22 points in 15 league matches.[21]

StadiumEdit

 
Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana

RoundGlass Punjab currently plays their home matches at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana,[22] Punjab. Stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators.[23] The club previously used Tau Devi Lal Stadium for their home matches, but only for one season.[24]

When Minerva entered AFC Cup, they used various stadiums which could fit the competitions standards. During the group stage, club played two matches at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati,[25] and another at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

SupportersEdit

A recognised fan club named "The Warriors", has been in support since 2018.[citation needed] The Guru Nanak Stadium has seen an average attendance of 12,000.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015—2017 T10 Sports -
2017—2019 Astro Apollo Tyres[26]
2019—2020 Spartan[27]
2020—2021 T10 Sports[28] RoundGlass[29]
2021—present SIX5SIX[30][31]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 1 February 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IND Jaspreet Singh
3 DF   IND Saurabh Bhanwala
4 DF   ENG Josef Yarney
5 DF   IND Gurtej Singh (Captain)
7 FW   AUS Travis Major
8 MF   IND Kean Lewis
9 FW   IND Robin Singh
10 MF   ESP Joseba Beitia
11 FW   IND Denzil Kharshandi
12 MF   IND Rupert Nongrum
13 DF   IND Bikash Yumnam
16 MF   IND Shankar Sampingiraj
17 MF   IND Telem Suranjit Singh
18 DF   IND Lalchhuanmawia
19 FW   IND Sumeet Passi
21 MF   IND Maheson Singh
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 GK   IND Abujam Penand Singh
28 FW   ENG Kurtis Guthrie
29 FW   IND Ashangbam Aphaoba Singh
30 FW   IND CK Vineeth
31 GK   IND Jaskaranvir Singh
32 DF   IND Abhishek Verma
33 DF   IND Rino Anto
39 FW   IND Ashish Jha
41 MF   IND Freddy Lallawmawma
46 GK   IND Lalthuammawia Ralte
66 DF   IND Lironthung Lotha
MF   IND Ashish Pradhan

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Ed Engelkes
Assistant coach   Floyd pinto
Goalkeeping coach   Dipankar Choudhury
Fitness & conditioning coach   Paulius Ragauskas
Technical Director   Nikolaos Topoliatis
 
Current Head Coach Ed Engelkes

Team recordsEdit

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season Division Teams Position Attendance Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
As Minerva Punjab
2015–16 I-League 2nd Division 6 2 (promoted, Dempo pulled out) DNP Group stage DNP DNP
2016–17 I-League 10 9 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2017–18 10 1 Round of 16 DNP DNP DNP
2018–19 11 9 Qualifying round DNP Preliminary round 2 Group stage
As RoundGlass Punjab
2019–20 11 3 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2020–21 11 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2021–22 13 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Key
  • Attendance = Average league attendance

Overall recordsEdit

As of 4 March 2022
Season Division Continental Top scorer
Division P W D L GF GA P W D L GF GA Player Goals
As Minerva Punjab
2015–16 I-League 2nd Division 18 11 4 3 30 14 Not qualified   Kareem Nurain 4
2016–17 I-League 18 2 7 9 17 33 Not qualified   Kareem Nurain

  Loveday Enyinnaya

3
2017–18 18 11 2 5 24 16 Not qualified   Chencho Gyeltshen 7
2018–19 20 4 6 10 10 19 7 0 5 2 6 11   Philip Njoku

  William Opoku   Lancine Touré

2
As RoundGlass Punjab
2019–20 16 5 8 3 23 11 Not qualified   Aser Pierrick Dipanda 12
2020–21 10 5 3 2 12 7 Not qualified   Chencho Gyeltshen 7
2021–22 2 1 1 0 4 2 Not qualified   Kurtis Guthrie 3

Continental statisticsEdit

As of 27 June 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
AFC Champions League 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
AFC Cup 6 0 5 1 6 7 −1
Total 7 0 5 2 6 11 –5

Managerial recordEdit

As of 17 April 2022
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Surinder Singh   India 1 July 2015 31 May 2017 28 7 10 11 31 44 025.00
Khogen Singh   India 1 September 2017 31 May 2018[32] 18 11 2 5 24 16 061.11
Paul Munster   Northern Ireland 8 August 2018[33][34] 12 February 2019 16 3 5 8 8 15 018.75
Sachin Badadhe   India 12 February 2019[35] 30 June 2019 3 1 0 2 2 4 033.33
Yan Law   India 1 July 2019[36] 31 May 2020 16 5 8 3 23 21 031.25
Curtis Fleming   Ireland 1 August 2020[37] 23 April 2021[38][39] 15 6 4 5 18 15 040.00
Ashley Westwood   England 21 July 2021[40] present 11 7 2 2 24 14 063.64

HonoursEdit

League (as Minerva Punjab)Edit

Cup (as Minerva Punjab)Edit

Cup (as RoundGlass Punjab)Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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