The 'maximum city,' India's financial capital, Mumbai has also long been one of the bastions of Indian sport. Although, football has taken a backseat to cricket in recent decades, the metropolis' inhabitants still harbor an enchanting romance with the game and now they can relish the chance to play host to their very own Hero Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC,
The Mumbai outfit played their home games in the inaugural ISL season at the multi-purpose D.Y Patil Stadium. Continuing with the now common marriage of entertainment and sport, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor is one of the co-owners of the franchise. The side functioned under the stewardship of experienced English duo Peter Reid and Steve Darby. who were both appointed Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively. The team’s brain trust includes Arunava Chaudhuri, a respected football enthusiast. His background in German football played an integral role in MCFC FC’s signing of Manuel Friedrich, the former Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender. However, the Mumbaikars who could call on the services of household names like former Arsenal ace Fredrik Ljunhberg, France international Nicolas Anelka were disappointing over the course of the season and could only finish second from bottom in the 8-team event. In the second season the team failed to do much better finishing sixth.