Bengaluru FC: The Southern Blues

Bengaluru FC: ISL stats, fixtures and squad

Founded: 20th July 2013

Owners: JSW Group

Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru

Titles: 1


Following their huge success in the I-League, Bengaluru FC decided to venture into their Indian Super League in the 2017-18 season. Despite being new to the ISL atmosphere, the Southern giants managed to grab the runners-up spot in their maiden season in the league, which was a hint of things to come.

The determination and passion of owner Parth Jindal has been immense in taking the Souther Giants to newer heights since their inception. BFC won their first Indian Super League title in the 2018-19 season under the tutelage of Carles Cuadrat and have since managed to break into the elite system with ease while the others have struggled significantly.

The rapid rise of Bengaluru has also witnessed the arrival of some famous names at the club with the likes of Alberto Roca who later went on to join the Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Bengaluru FC: Results in Indian Super League

2017-18Runners up

Bengaluru proved their title credentials in the second year itself as they lifted the ISL defeating FC Goa in the final. They managed a semifinal appearance in the following year but had to finish in a disappointing 7th place in the last season.

They defeated FC Goa in the 2018-19 season with Rahul Bheke scoring the solitary goal in the extra time. Barring the last season where they failed to finish in the playoffs, Bengaluru FC have managed a playoffs finish in every season since they debuted in the Indian Super League.

They fell short in their first season when they couldn’t manage to hold Chennaiyin FC from cruising away to the title in their home stadium. Sunil Chhetri and Miku scored as Bengaluru finished as the runners up in their first stint in the cash-rich league.

Bengaluru FC: Top Scorers in ISL

2018-19Sunil Chhetri199
2019-20Sunil Chhetri179
2020-21Sunil Chhetri208

Sunil Chhetri has been a revelation since he joined Bengaluru FC. He needs no introduction to the Indian football fans and his consistency and hard work have been the key to his success. Despite the football club not doing well last season Chhetri still managed to net 8 goals last season which speak volumes about his talent.

Sunil has been a pioneer in Indian football. He is currently the second highest scorer in International football after Cristiano Ronaldo and his work rate for the club has been monumental. The Indian skipper has inspired millions of people to take up football as a profession and will continue to entertain people as long as he can.

Miku has been a rage since his arrival to Indian football. In 39 matches he scored 25 goals for Bengaluru in two seasons.

Bengaluru FC: ISL 2021-22 Fixtures

DateDayFixtureVenueTime (IST)
November 20, 2021SaturdayBFC vs NorthEast United FCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim7:30 PM IST
November 24, 2021WednesdayOdisha FC vs BFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
November 28, 2021SundayBFC vs Kerala BlastersAthletic Stadium, Bambolim 7:30 PM IST
December 4, 2021SaturdayBFC vs Mumbai City FCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim9:30 PM IST
December 8, 2021WednesdayHyderabad FC vs BFCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim 7:30 PM IST
December 11, 2021 SaturdayFC Goa vs BFCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim9:30 PM IST
December 16, 2021ThursdayBFC vs ATK Mohun BaganAthletic Stadium, Bambolim7:30 PM IST
December 20, 2021MondayJamshedpur FC vs BFCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim7:30 PM IST
December 30, 2021ThursdayChennaiyin FC vs BFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 4, 2022TuesdayBFC vs SC East BengalAthletic Stadium, Bambolim7:30 PM IST
January 10, 2022MondayMumbai City FC vs BFCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 15, 2022SaturdayATK Mohun Bagan vs BFCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 23, 2022SundayBFC vs FC GoaBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 26, 2022WednesdayBFC vs Chennaiyin FCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 30, 2022SundayKerala Blasters vs BFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 5, 2022SaturdayBFC vs Jamshedpur FCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 9, 2022WednesdayNorthEast United FC vs BFCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 17, 2022ThursdayBFC vs Odisha FCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 23, 2022WednesdaySC East Bengal vs BFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
March 1, 2022TuesdayBFC vs Hyderabad FCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST

Bengaluru FC: Squad for ISL 2021-22

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lara Sharma, Sharon Padattil

Defenders: Ajith Kamaraj, Alan Costa, Biswa Darjee, Ashique Kuruniyan, Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Shrivas, Pratik Chowdhary, Roshan Naorem, Sarthak Golui, Wungngayam Muirang, Yrondu Musavu-King

Midfielders: Ajay Chhetri, Bruno Silva, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Danish Farooq, Iman Basafa, Jayesh Rane, Rohit Kumar, Suresh Wangjam

Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Cleiton Silva, Bidyashagar Khangembam, Harmanpreet Singh, Leon Augustine, Prince Ibara, Siva Narayanan

Bengaluru saw the arrival of a number of players with the likes of Bruno Ramires, Iman Basafa, Prince Ibara and Bidyashagar Singh to their side in the summer transfer market. Sunil Chhetri has been with the club since day one and last year only extended his stay at the club by two more years.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Udanta Singh and Sunil Chhetri have been the longest servants of the club and irrespective of the results they are likely to stay at the club for a few more years.

BFC: Interesting ISL stats

Bengaluru achieved the most points in a season when they claimed 40 points after the league stage in the 2017-18 season. They also have had the record most number of wins in a single ISL season, when they notched up 13 wins.

Carles Cuadrat currently holds the longest winning run for a team when he led Bengaluru to six consecutive wins in the 2017-18 season.

BFC: Rivalries

Being one of the famous clubs in the southern region Bengaluru’s main rival is Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. The rivalries between Kerala Blasters’ fan club Manjappada and Bengaluru fan club West Block Blues are pretty common in social media these days and it reaches a new peak on matchdays.

Another Southern biggie Chennayin FC are also regarded as one of the closest rivals to Bengaluru FC. Both the teams played the final in the 2017-18 season when Chennayin got the better of Bengaluru in a closely contested affair.

Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters Head to Head

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Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC Head to Head

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Road Ahead for BFC

The emergence of youngsters like Suresh Wangjam and Udanta Singh has been very effective when it comes to the betterment of Indian football. Suresh came through the ranks of Indian Arrows and joined the club on a free transfer in 2019. Since then he has been a regular affair in the Bengaluru midfield.

Udanta joined Bengaluru back in 2014 and has been an integral part of the Bengaluru attacking unit. His menacing runs through the right flank has often terrorised the opponent defence and he played a key role in Bengaluru’s ISL triumph.

How Bengaluru FC have shaped themselves following their introduction to Indian football is beyond imagination. In the middle of the pandemic, it sometimes becomes very difficult to run a football club especially if the club is heavily backed out by supporters both on and off the field.

Owner Parth Jindal reiterated the need to cut costs as their inability to generate more revenue has been damaging their spirits since the start of this bio-bubble conundrum. A number of clubs had already felt the burden of this huge financial mess and the Bengaluru football club also could follow suit soon if the situations still persist.

Their off-field problems might have reflected on their on-field results as they have not been doing well in this ongoing season with just 3 wins and it remains to be seen how they approach their upcoming matches.