Chennaiyin FC To Play It’s 50th Match
Chennaiyin FC To Play Its 50th Match
The 2015 Champions set to enter into the new landmark i.e going to play in its 50th match. The match FC Pune City will be the 50th match for Chennaiyin FC. Previously ATK(53), Kerala Blasters(50), FC Goa(50) are the teams that had completed 50 matches. CFC will be the 4th in the list.
ATK has completed its 50 match landmark in last season itself. While KBFC & FCG are completed their 50th match in the current season only.
Chennaiyin FC was the top goal scored team in overall ISL ,a total of 82 goals have been scored(3 seasons+ 4th season, 2 matches). CFC wil not give up any game easily even if the opponent has taken a huge lead in the first half, when you see the score sheet at the end of the match. CFC had either won the match or it would have loss the match by 1 or 2 Goal margin.
Let we see the Chennaiyin FC’s Performance season by season.
When the Indian Super League was founded in 2014, the city of Chennai was one of the nine proposed cities up for franchise bidding. However, on 11 April 2014 it was reported that Chennai’s main bidder, a consortium led by Sunil Gavaskar would drop out due to commitments with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Then, in August 2014, with two months before the 2014 ISL season, the Bangalore owners Sun Group dropped out due to disputes with the organizers. Initially reports came out that the ISL organizers were looking for bidders for new owners for the Bangalore franchise before it was revealed that Ronnie Screwvala and actor Abhishek Bachchan would together bid for a Chennai team instead of a Bangalore franchise.
On 14 August 2014, it was reported that ISL officials were inspecting the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai for the proposed team. Finally, the team was bid for by actor Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani. On 12 September 2014, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi was hired as player-manager. Then, on 6 October 2014, the Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the joint co-owner of the club. The club officially launched their jersey on 9 October 2014. They also announced that real estate developer Ozone Group would be their principal shirt sponsor for the season.
On 15 October 2014, Chennaiyin won their first Indian Super League fixture with a 2–1 victory at FC Goa. The goals were scored by Balwant Singh, who became the first Indian player to score in the competition, and the former Brazil international Elano. On 28 November 2014, the club brought Alessandro Nesta, who won the World Cup for Italy out of retirement. The team finished its 14-game regular season in first place in the league. In the semi finals, the team lost the first leg 3-0 to Kerala Blasters. In the second leg, they managed to overturn the deficit by leading 3-0 in regular time. However, a 117th-minute goal by Stephen Pearson sent Kerala through to the finals.
For the Second Season of Indian Super League, they managed to retain six players namely, Balwant Singh, Jayesh Rane, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Harmanjot Khabra and Abhishek Das. They also signed Godwin Franco and Mehrajuddin Wadoo. On the last day of the transfer window, Chennaiyin FC announced that they had managed to sign back Stiven Mendoza. The season started with the team losing the first two games. Though the team managed to score points by winning at Goa and Mumbai, they lost another three games on the trot. By the third week of November, Chennaiyin were placed last in the league table. But, the team won four consecutive games to qualify for the playoffs, finishing at 3rd place in the regular season. They won the second season of the ISL by beating FC Goa 3-2 in the finals.
For the Third Season, of Indian Super League, they managed to retain six players namely, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Jayesh Rane, Dhanachandra Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Harmanjot Khabra, Thoi Singh and Abhishek Das. Chennai signed John Arne Riise as the marquee player for the season. The season kicked off with a draw against Kolkata. Winning just three games through the season, the team finished at serventh place, just one point more than the last placed FC Goa. After a dismal season, it was announced on March 6 that Marco Materazzi and Chennaiyin parted ways on mutual consent.
2017 Season(upto 3rd week of ISL-4)
On 3 July 2017, the club announced the appointment of former Aston Villa Manager John Gregory as the head coach for the 2017-18 season. He took charge in September and the club traveled to Thailand for pre-season. Chennayin lost his first official game as head coach on 19th November against FC Goa. The team won its second match against Northeast United FC.
Coming Sunday(3rd December 2017) CFC to play against FCPC in Shree Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex, Pune at 5:30 PM(IST), Which is their 50th match. Though it was an away game CFC’s official fan club B-Stand Blues had arranged a Screening in Arknemesis Gaming India, Nungambakkam, Chennai.