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Minerva Academy Football and Cricket Club

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Minerva Academy Football & Cricket Club
Full nameMinerva Academy Football & Cricket Club
Nickname(s)The Warriors
Short nameMAFC & MACC
Founded2005; 16 years ago (2005)
OwnerMinerva Academy
WebsiteClub website
Home colours
Away colours

Minerva Academy Football & Cricket Club is an Indian professional football club based in Mohali, Punjab. The club used to compete in the I-League, untill RoundGlass Sports did the complete take over in April 2020. Minerva, since inception in 2013 as a club, have won the I-League title once, the Punjab State Super Football League title twice, and were also the runners-up of the I-League 2nd Division. Minerva was crowned champions of I-League in 2017–18.

The club is owned by Minerva Academy and derives its name from it. The club has a rich history in youth development as the club won all the national level league titles across all age groups (U-13, U-15 & U-18). The Club has won 6 National titles in every youth age group category (U13 Sub Junior league, U15 Junior League and U18 Elite League) and produced over 75 players for different age grouped National Teams since its inception. In doing so they won the U15 Hero Junior League title for a record four times.

History[edit]

As Minerva Punjab F. C.[edit]

The team was established in 2005 as Minerva Academy and has a football and cricket club. The team took part in its first major tournament at the national level i.e. I-League 2nd Division and ended up being the runners up. They lost to five-time I-League champions Dempo SC in the Final. They were promoted to I-League after an impressive stint at the 2nd Division. They finished their first-ever I-League season at the second last position. They also played the 2016 Durand Cup. They came last in the group stage and hence couldn't qualify for the semi-finals.

Next season, surprising everyone, they won the I-League title, which was their first league win ever in the top division. They became the first ones from North India to win the league since 1996. This title made the team qualify for their first-ever Asian stint. The club qualified for Group Stage of the 2019 AFC Cup along with Indian Super League side Chennaiyin and the Preliminary Round 2. However, they lost to the Iranian side Saipa in the preliminary round of the 2019 AFC Champions League and therefore couldn't make it to the play-offs. But, in their AFC Cup stint, they impressed with their unbeaten run of five games until the last group fixture, which they lost against Abahani Limited Dhaka.

In the 2018-19 I-League, the club managed to win four of their twenty fixtures and finished ninth in the league table and had an incredible run of five matches unbeaten streak in the continental stage.

As Punjab F. C.[edit]

On 30 October 2019, the announcement was made that after a partnership agreement with Round Glass Sports Private Ltd. the club has been renamed as Punjab Football Club and all their age group and senior teams would be named the same.

Sanju Pradhan is Punjab Current Captain 2019-20

As Minerva Academy Football & Cricket Club[edit]

In April 2020, Round Glass did the complete takeover and the club renamed as Minerva Academy Football & Cricket Club. Club owner Mr. Ranjit Bajaj after the complete take over said he will now involved with more youth development and grassroots programs and prepare a certain batch of kids for the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

Fans[edit]

A club recognized fan club by the name The Warriors has been in support since 2018. The Guru Nanak Stadium has seen an average attendance of 12,000.

Stadium[edit]

GURU GOBIND SINGH STADIUM, JALANDHAR

The team used to play at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab, which has a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The club shifted the base to other locations for their Asian stint. During the 2019 AFC Cup group stage, Minerva played two of its home games at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, and one of the three home games at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Current squad[edit]

As of Now[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Bhaskar Roy
2 India DF Nirmal Chhetri
4 Brazil DF Danilo Quipapá
5 India DF Anwar Ali
6 India MF Souvik Das
7 India MF Cavin Lobo
8 India MF Maheson Singh Tongbram
9 India FW Bali Gagandeep
10 Brazil FW Sérgio Barboza
15 India FW Sanju Pradhan (Captain)
16 Nepal GK Kiran Kumar Limbu
19 India FW Makan Chote
No. Position Player
21 India DF Yumnam Raju
24 India DF Thoiba Singh Moirangthem
25 India DF Devansh Dabas
26 India DF Imanuel Lalthazuala
28 India DF Samuel Shadap
29 Cameroon FW Aser Pierrick Dipanda
30 Nigeria DF Kingsley Obumneme
32 India FW Himanshu Jangra
33 India DF Munmun Lugun
38 India DF Lalrinchhana Tochhawng
49 India FW Girik Khosla
50 India FW Moinuddin Khan

Records[edit]

Seasons[edit]

As of Now[2]
Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Federation Cup/Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
As Minerva Punjab F.C.
2015–16 IL2D 10 2 DNP
2016–17 IL 10 9 2,757 DNP Group Stage DNP
2017–18 IL 10 1 5,736 Round of 16 DNP Preliminary Round 2 Group Stage
2018–19 IL 11 9 5,624 DNP
As Punjab F.C.
2019–20 IL 11 3rd - DNP DNP DNP DNP
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Seasons by season[edit]

Year I-League Federation
Cup
AFC Champions League Top Scorer(s)
Div P W D L GF GA Pts Pos. Player(s) Goals
As Minerva Punjab F.C.
2015–16 IL2 18 11 4 3 30 14 37 2nd DNP DNP Nigeria Kareem Omolaja 4
2016–17 IL 18 2 7 9 17 33 13 9th Nigeria Loveday Enyinnaya; Nigeria Kareem Omolaja 3
2017–18 IL 18 11 2 5 24 16 35 1st Bhutan Chencho Gyeltshen 7
2018–19 IL 20 4 6 10 10 19 18 9th Ivory Coast Lancine Touré
Nigeria Philip Njoku
Ghana William Opoku
2
As Punjab F.C.
2019–20 IL 16 05 08 03 23 21 23 3rd TBD TBD Cameroon Aser Pierrick Dipanda 13
DNP − Did not play

Head coach's record[edit]

Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Surinder Singh  India 2015 2017 36 13 11 12 47 47 036.11
Khogen Singh  India 2017 2018 19 11 2 6 24 16 057.89
Paul Munster  Northern Ireland 2018 2019 16 3 5 8 8 15 018.75
Sachin Badadhe  India 2019 2019 2 1 0 1 1 4 050.00
Yan Law  India 2019 - 16 5 8 3 23 21 031.25

Team management[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach India Yan Law
Physiotherapist India Guru Karthik

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015—2017 T10 Sports None
2017—2019 Astro Apollo Tyres
2019—present Spartan

Honours & Titles[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • I-League
1st, gold medalist(s)Champions (1): 2017–18
  • I-League 2nd Division
2nd, silver medalist(s)Runner-up (1): 2015–16
  • Punjab State Super Football League
1st, gold medalist(s)Champions (2): 2018, 2019

Continental record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score
2019 AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 Iran Saipa F.C. 0–4

References[edit]

  1. "Squad". Hero I-League. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. {{cite web | title = Seasons | url = https://www.goal.com/en-in/team/punjab/fixtures-results/8uacz8yrceknwsreon4rb5i8o | publisher= Goal.com |

External links[edit]

Category:Minerva Punjab F.C. Category:Football clubs in India Category:Association football clubs established in 2005 Category:2005 establishments in India

Minerva Academy Football and Cricket Club[edit]

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