Mumbai City FC: The Islanders

Founded: 13th August 2014

Owners: City Football Group, Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh

Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai

Titles: 1


Mumbai City FC were one of the first franchises to participate in the Indian Super League since its foundation. Initially, the club was owned by Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh. But, later the City Football (CFG) group acquired a majority stake in the club to become the principal owner of the franchise.

With this partnership, Mumbai City managed to tap into the vast global opportunity that lies in the footballing atmosphere and they also won their first Indian Super League title last season inspired by CFG’s vision and some high-profile summer signings.

CFG’s arrival gave the Islanders the financial muscle to rope in the likes of Adam Le Fondre, Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh and Mandar Rao Desai and the result reflected on the pitch as they went on to become the ISL champions in the 2020-21 season.

Mumbai City FC: Results in Indian Super League


Mumbai City FC didn’t have the desired start in the first two seasons as they finished seventh and sixth respectively. They managed a playoff appearance in the next season but lost to ATK in the semifinals. 

The Islanders couldn’t replicate their performance in the next season as they finished seventh yet again in the ISL 2017-18 season. They reached the semifinals in the following season but had to be satisfied with a fourth position as they missed out on a playoff spot. They became champions in the last season as they defeated ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League final.

Mumbai City FC: Top Scorers in ISL

2013-14Andre Moritz93
2014-15Sunil Chhetri145
2015-16Diego Forlan115
2017-18Balwant Singh 166
2018-19Modou Sougou1612
2019-20Amine Chermiti166
2020-21Adam le Fondre20 11

When Adam Le Fondre arrived at the ISL everybody thought he would be needing some time to acclimatise to the Indian condition. However, he took very little time to find the back of the net and single handedly guided Mumbai to their maiden ISL title last season. He arrived on loan from Sydney FC and had to return to the club last summer, otherwise, he could have led Mumbai City this season too.

Mumbai City FC: ISL 2021-22 Fixtures

DateDayFixtureVenueTime (IST)
November 22, 2021MondayMCFC vs FC GoaPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
November 27, 2021SaturdayMCFC vs Hyderabad FCPJN Stadium, Fatorda9:30 PM IST
December 1, 2021WednesdayATK Mohun Bagan vs MCFCPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
December 4, 2021SaturdayBengaluru FC vs MCFCAthletic Stadium, Bambolim9:30 PM IST
December 9, 2021ThursdayMCFC vs Jamshedpur FCPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
December 15, 2021WednesdayMCFC vs Chennaiyin FCPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
December 19, 2021SundayMCFC vs Kerala BlastersPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
December 27, 2021MondayNorthEast United FC vs MCFCPJN Stadium, Fatorda7:30 PM IST
January 3, 2022 MondayOdisha FC vs MCFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 7, 2022FridaySC East Bengal vs MCFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 10, 2022MondayMCFC vs Bengaluru FCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 16, 2022SundayKerala Blasters vs MCFCTilak Maidan Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 21, 2022FridayJamshedpur FC vs MCFCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
January 25, 2022TuesdayMCFC vs NorthEast United FCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 3, 2022ThursdayMCFC vs ATK Mohun BaganJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 6, 2022SundayChennaiyin FC vs MCFCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 12, 2022SaturdayMCFC vs SC East BengalJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 20, 2022SundayFC Goa vs MCFCBambolim Athletic Stadium7:30 PM IST
February 24, 2022ThursdayHyderabad FC vs MCFCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST
March 2, 2022WednesdayMCFC vs Odisha FCJawaharlal Nehru Stadium7:30 PM IST

Mumbai City FC: Squad for ISL 2021-22

Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Phurba Lachenpa, Vikram Singh

Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Hmingthanmawia, Huidrom Singh, Mandar Rao Desai, Mehtab Singh, Mohamad Rakip, Rahul Bheke, Mourtada Fall, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy

Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Bradden Inman, Cassio Gabriel, Chanso Horam, Lalengmawia, Asif Khan, Tondomba Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai

Forwards: Bipin SIngh, Gurkirat SIngh, Igor Angulo, Pranjal Bhumij, Vikram Singh, Ygor Catatau

This season Mumbai saw the arrival of Igor Angulo, Apuia, Mohammad Nawaz and Brad Inman. The Islanders paid almost to the tune of 2 crores to North East United to avail the services of the midfielder in the summer.

MCFC: Interesting ISL stats

Mumbai have the record of racking up the most points (40) in a season. Mumbai have also conceded the fewest goal in a season when they leaked just 11 goals back in 2016.

MCFC: Rivalries

After Pune City FC became defunct in 2019, Mumbai’s biggest rival have been FC Goa from their neighbouring state. In one of the most memorable matches, FC Goa had put seven goals past Mumbai FC in 2015 which is still the highest margin of victory in an Indian Super League match. Both teams have seen some poaching of players from each other over the years, and it has been a very intense rivalry between the two teams.

Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa Head to Head

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Road Ahead for MCFC

Mumbai City FC’s foremost aim is to become the most successful club in Indian football history. Their professionalism complements their expectations and in a very little time, they have become a potent force in Indian football.

To paint Mumbai permanently as a footballing giant CFG will use its financial muscle to add more firepower in near future. The departure of Sergio Lobera may have hurt their prospect but they will have the time by their side to restore their pride.

Mumbai have been the destination for sponsors and advertising agencies to showcase their products and CFG’s involvement would open new doors for the club. To set up a footballing culture at the club CFG needs to invest more in young generational talent and a world-class academy would definitely help them in the long run.

It remains to be seen whether they could maintain their performance on the pitch or not.