A Thought Leader – Football is Life



Bengaluru F.C. were established in 2013 and the record of the club in these 4 years is already very impressive. Two league titles and one Federation Cup title in its first three full seasons. What an impressive journey by the club so far! It is a very rare phenomenon in International football that a club in its inception year wins the league title beating well-established clubs who are, in some cases, more than a century old. The success of the club is all due to its professional management and the commitment of everyone involved with the club including the owners- JSW. The club is doing an excellent job in creating a loyal fan base and that is visible in their home matches, with the much-vaunted West Block Blues at the heart of it all. THE AFC CUP- 2nd LEG, SREE KANTEERAVA STADIUM On 19th October, the club has a chance to create history, by becoming the first club from India to play in the AFC Cup Final. The AFC Cup is Europe’s Europa League equivalent for Asia. BFC is in an advantageous position for the second leg, home match as in the first leg – away game it drew 1-1 against the strong Malaysian side, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

It is the third time any Indian side is playing at this stage of the AFC Cup competition, Dempo SC and East Bengal have made it to the semis but could not to make it to the final.

Two-time I-league champions BFC must have fully prepared to take on the Malaysian side at home and the team must be in good shape both physically and psychologically after a crucial away point, which was the result of Eugeneson Lyngdoh scoring a beautiful goal.  When the record goal scorer and talisman for India and Bengaluru FC Sunil Chettri is in the team along with the strong backing of the home fans, the fans can expect a top-class display from the Blues to outplay its opponent in this history-making match. Whether one is a football fan or not, it is a great occasion to support Indian football because it is this match that has a high probability of creating history for Indian football and everyone should go all out in support of the pride of Bengaluru, BFC. In Indian football it is a rare occasion when a club has reached this position and for the fans, it is a great occasion to celebrate the success of Indian football through this young club  The Sree Kanteerava Stadium has a capacity of 24000 and I am sure no seat will remain vacant in the stadium and with the capacity crowd home team will gain tremendous energy and support from its 12th man and it is important for you as a fan to play an important role on a history-making day. As a fan of Indian football and BFC, one should do everything possible within Bengaluru City and across the country and also in the digital space – shout out for a day – be ready to go beyond 120 minutes and transfer your energy and passion to this team in such a way that the world will see a new wave of passion in Indian football. Don’t forget that the success of Bengaluru club will greatly impact the entire ecosystem of Indian football positively and for this one day forget your loyalty towards other clubs but go behind this I-league champion side and say we love Indian football. This one success has all the possibility to create a rippling effect in Indian football for the good of the game in the country of 1.25 billion. Be part of it this success story by playing the game you love, treasure, you adore, and let’s celebrate the success together and take the game forward. Let’s be part of this history-making day for Indian football with Bengaluru FC!   

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