Indian Super League 2019-2020: Bengaluru FC: Tickets, News, Schedule & More!
Hero ISL is back in its sixth edition, and the blues are ready to charge!
Bengaluru FC: About the team
Having come away with the trophy last season, Bengaluru FC will be aiming to be the first club to successfully defend the Hero ISL title this year. It's one of India's most successful clubs, featuring a beautiful combination of Indian and foreign talent. Under Carles Cuadrat, the team topped the table for two years running and will be looking to create history once again! A club that always pushes itself to do more, an iconic fan base led by the West Block Blues, and a brand of vibrant, easy on-the-eye football - what else could one want? Watch Sunil Chhetri and the boys show their magic yet again this season.
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ISL 2019-20 Fixtures
October 21, 2019, Monday | Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC
November 10, 2019, Sunday | Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC
November 23, 2019, Saturday | Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC
December 15, 2019, Sunday | Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FC
January 3, 2020, Friday | Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa
January 9, 2020, Thursday | Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC
January 30, 2020, Thursday | Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City
February 22, 2020, Saturday | Bengaluru FC vs ATK
October 28, 2019, Monday | FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC
November 3, 2019, Sunday | Jamshedpur FC vs Bengaluru FC
November 29, 2019, Friday | FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FC
December 4, 2019, Wednesday | Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC
December 18, 2019, Wednesday | NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC
December 25, 2019, Wednesday | ATK vs Bengaluru FC
January 17, 2020, Friday | Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC
January 22, 2020, Wednesday | Bengaluru FC vs Odisha FC
February 7, 2020, Friday | Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FC
February 15, 2020, Saturday | Kerala Blasters FC vs Bengaluru FC
Bengaluru FC Squad
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu | Prabhsukhan Singh Gill | Aditya Patra
Albert Serran | Gursimrat Singh | Harmanjot Kabra | Juanan | Nishu Kumar | Rahul Bheke | Rino Anto | Sairuat Kima | Parag Shrivas
Ajay Chhetri | Dimas Delgado | Erik Paartalu | Eugeneson Lyngdoh | Kean Lewis | Raphael Augusto | Suresh Singh Wangjam | Ashique Kuruniyan
Edmund Lalrindika | Manuel Onwu | Thongkhosiem Haokip | Sunil Chhetri | Udanta Singh
Bengaluru FC Player Bios
All the info you need about Bengaluru FC's squad members!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - The only Indian to have ever appeared in the Europa League, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu joined Bengaluru from Norwegian side Stabaek FC ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. In his first season with the Blues, Gurpreet held the Golden Glove award until the final game of the campaign. An Arjuna Awardee, and India's first-choice custodian, Gurpreet is Bengaluru's guardian between the goalposts.
Prabhsukhan Gill - Prabhsukhan joins the Blues after strong performances for the Indian Arrows in the I-League. Starting out with the AIFF Elite Academy, Prabhsukhan made the cut to the Indian National Football Team at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017. Following the World Cup, Prabhsukhan was drafted into the India U20 team to be a part of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship qualifiers.
Aditya Patra - Once a member of the India U16, U17 and U19 teams, Aditya Patra joined the goalkeeping ranks ahead of the Blues' 2018-19 Indian Super League season. Aditya featured regularly in Bengaluru FC's B team in their victorious Puttaiah Memorial Cup and BDFA Super Division League campaigns. In 2019, Patra featured twice for Bengaluru FC in their Durand Cup campaign, and is quite the shot-stopper.
Juanan Gonzalez - Juanan Gonzalez joined the club ahead of their historic run to the 2016 AFC Cup final. Having turned out for Real Madrid's Castilla side after a youth career at Mallorca and San Francisco, Juanan traveled to Germany, Hungary and the USA where he represented Fortuna Dusseldorf, Ujpest and Rayo OKC respectively. A no-nonsense defender with a penchant for scoring at important moments, Juanan netted the Blues' third and final goal against Johor Darul Ta'zim in their 3-1 win at the Fortress in October 2016.
Albert Serran - A product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, Albert Serran appeared in three La Liga games with the Barcelona-based team before making the move to Swansea City. Despite offers to turn out for FC Barcelona as youngster, Serran chose to remain in a side where he would get regular game time. After stints in Albania and Morocco, Serran signed with Bengaluru FC during the club's pre-season tour to Spain in 2017. Forging a partnership with Juanan, the defender was instrumental in the club's Indian Super League winning season.
Rahul Bheke - From being left out at the Indian Super League draft three years ago to scoring the winner in the final at his hometown, life really did come full circle for Rahul Bheke. A versatile defender with a long throw in his arsenal, Bheke was the Blues' second pick at the Indian Super League draft of 2017. Capable of playing in all four defensive positions, Bheke was named Player of the Season and Goal of the Season in his second season with the Blues, the latter for his 117th minute header which won Bengaluru its maiden Indian Super League title.
Harmanjot Khabra - A midfielder by trade, Harmanjot Khabra's versatility has been his greatest strength since his move to Bengaluru in 2017. Graduating from the famed TATA Football Academy, Khabra joined Goa’s Sporting Clube and then went on to sign with and captain Kolkata club, East Bengal. His time with East Bengal saw him lift the Federation Cup three times, the Calcutta Football League seven times and the IFA Shield in 2012. Often deployed at right-back, he has an amazing ability to move into midfield seamlessly to close games out.
Sairuat Kima - A defender with bouts of pace and an astute aerial presence, Kima is one of India's brightest young defenders. A product of Chanmari's youth academy, Kima represented DSK Shivajians in 2015 before signing with Jamshedpur ahead of their debut campaign in the Indian Super League. After signing with the Blues in 2018, Kima featured in Bengaluru FC B's League and Cup triumph before making his ISL debut against former club Jamshedpur FC at the end of the Blues' campaign.
Nishu Kumar - Picked up by the Blues from the India U19 squad in 2015, Nishu Kumar came through the ranks at the Chandigarh Football Academy and the AIFF Elite Academy and later represented the India U20 side at the 2016 AFC U19 Championship. In four seasons with the club, the left-back has amassed over 70 appearances in all competitions, and has become a mainstay in the Bengaluru backline over the years. Nishu made his senior international debut when he started and scored against Jordan in November 2018.
Rino Anto - Born in Thrissur, Kerala, Rino traveled to the TATA Football Academy in Jamshedpur as a 16-year-old before signing his first professional contract with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan four years later. After stints in Kolkata and Goa, where he represented Salgaocar, a knee injury saw Rino almost quit the sport he loved, resorting to a job with the Postal services in Kerala. Then his mother mortgaged her jewellery to fund his operations which enabled Rino to join Quartz, an I-League 2nd Division club from Kozhikode until being picked up by the Blues in 2013-14.
Gursimrat Singh Gill - Gursimrat Singh Gill joined the Blues in 2016, after spending his formative years with the AIFF Elite Academy. The 22-year-old made his debut for the Blues in the AFC Cup, and made just three appearances before moving to NorthEast United in 2017 at the Indian Super League draft. After a season with the Highlanders, Gursimrat moved back to Bengaluru ahead of their second season in the ISL and came off the bench on several occasions to aid the Blues' defence. Gursimrat has featured regularly for the Bengaluru FC B side with whom he has won the BDFA Super Division League and the Puttaiah Memorial Cup.
Dimas Delgado - With the ability to turn a stone into a cotton ball, Dimas Delgado is Bengaluru FC's magician in the middle. A product of the FC Gramenet academy, Dimas was a pupil at Pep Guardiola's FC Barcelona B before moving south to Numancia, Cartagena and Recreativo de Huelva in a seven-year spell. His travels then took him to Australia where he captained Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League for two campaigns. Since his move to Bengaluru in 2017, Dimas has been a focal figure at the club, providing the assist from a corner for Rahul Bheke's 117th minute strike in the 2018-19 Indian Super League final.
Erik Paartalu - Erik Paartalu played for clubs in Australia, Scotland, China, Thailand, Qatar and South Korea before making the switch to Bengaluru in 2017. Capped twice by the Australian National Team, Paartalu is tasked with what footballers call the 'dirty work', heckling opposition midfielders and breaking down potential attacks. With a long diagonal punt to die for, Paartalu also plays a key role in Cuadrat's attacking intent. The defining moment of Paartalu's career, by his own admission, came when he scored Brisbane Roar's equaliser with the last touch of the game in the 120th minute in theA-League final of 2011.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh - After stints with Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied United, Lyngdoh joined the Blues in 2014. In his first season at the club, he scored 9 goals and assisted 16 more as he claimed the I-League's midfielder of the season award and also the AIFF Player of the Year award. He was also named the Fans' and Players' Player of the Year at the annual awards night before being signed by FC Pune City at the inaugural Indian Super League auction. Later, after guiding the Blues to the AFC Cup final of 2016 and the Federation Cup victory in 2017, Lyngdoh joined ATK. Now back in the city where his footballing journey began, Lyngdoh is keen to make his second coming count.
Udanta Singh - Arguably the fastest player in the country, when Udanta Singh gets on his bike there's really no catching him. Having joined the club as a teenager in 2014, Udanta is a product of the TFA Academy and helped his side win the U19 I-League before making the switch to Bengaluru. Born in Manipur,the 23-year-old is blessed with bags of pace that he utilizes to run onto long diagonals and create chances. Among the most improved players in the Indian Super League last season, Udanta claimed the award for the highest number of assists in the 2017-18 campaign with seven to his name, including two in the final against Chennaiyin FC.
Kean Lewis - Kean Lewis began his career with the PIFA Sports Club before being invited to trial with Leicester's Academy at the age of 14. He then moved to Mahindra United and then TATA Football Academy. In 2010, Lewis moved to the United States of America and continued to play college football with the Fairleigh Dickenson Heights. Hethen moved to Texas, where he turned out for the U23 side of Houston Dynamos and Laredo Heat. In 2015, Kean returned to India where he signed with Mohun Bagan and won the I-League in his first season. After seasons with FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos in the ISL, Kean signed with Bengaluru in 2018 and is a winger with an eye for a key pass.
Suresh Wangjam - Another graduate of the AIFF Elite Academy, Suresh Wangjam began his career with the Bir Chandra Memorial Sports Club in Manipur, was selected to represent the India U14s in 2014 and was also a part of the national team that took part in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017. Before joining the Blues, 18-year-old Wangjam spent two years alongside Prabhsukhan in the Indian Arrows setup. A midfielder who adds steel to Cuadrat's squad, Wangjam represented the Bengaluru FC B side in their Durand Cup campaign of 2019, scoring three times from the spot to finish the tournament as the Blues' top-scorer.
Raphael Augusto - Born in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Augusto came through the youth ranks of Fluminense and the Brazilian outfit remained his parent club for over ten years, where a string of loan spells saw him play at various clubs in USA and Poland. A strong and imposing presence in midfield, with his hold-up play and close control, Augusto won the Indian Super League in 2015 and 2018 with Chennaiyin FC, scoring against Bengaluru in the latter final at the Fortress. Having signed with the Blues on a two-year deal, the Brazilian will look to add some samba to the Bengaluru attack, joining forces with Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado and Eugeneson Lyngdoh in midfield.
Ashique Kuruniyan - From the sugarcane fields of Malappuram to the Blues' dressing room, Ashique Kuruniyan's story is one of grit and determination. Going through the ranks in his district and state teams, Ashique turned out for Pune FC inthe U19 I-League before moving to the FC Pune City academy in 2016. A loan deal saw the youngster fly to Spain where he represented La Liga giants Villarreal CF's reserve team before making his India U19 bow. Among India's rising young stars, Ashique made his Senior National Team debut at the AFC Asian Cup in 2019 and formed a lethal partnership with Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh up front, and has now signed with the Blues.
Manuel Onwu - Born in Tudela, Manuel had youth spells with Club Atlético Valtierrano and CD Tudelano, making his senior debut with the latter in 2006. In 2007, Onwu signed with Osasuna B and had loan spells at CD Iruña and UD Alzira. He made his La Liga debut in March 2012. Having played three seasons in the Spanish top flight and another one in the Segunda Division for Osasuna, Manuel had a brief spell in Georgia with FC Dinamo Tbilisi where he was part of the side that won the 2015 Georgian Cup. He returned to Spain the following season and featured for Lleida Esportiu and Lorca FC helping the latter to a promotion to Segunda Division in his first season.
Sunil Chhetri - The club's longest-serving player and the only one to have played all six seasons for Bengaluru, Sunil Chhetri is a name that needs no introduction. India's all-time highest goalscorer and appearance maker, Chhetri has won six top-scorer awards in his time with Bengaluru and at 35, is still firing in the goals. Captain since the club's inception in 2013, Chhetri has played for India's biggest clubs in Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, JCT and Dempo among others while also playing abroad with Sporting Kansas in the US and briefly with Sporting Club de Portugal ahead of his arrival in Bengaluru.
Thongkhosiem Haokip - Spotted by Pune FC while playing for the United Sports Association team in Khurai, Semboi, as he's more popularly known, made his way through the ranks in Pune before graduating to the senior team in 2013. After loan spells with FC Goa and Salgaocar, Semboi moved to Kerala Blasters in 2016. Semboi moved to East Bengal on loan in 2017 before joining Bengaluru FC ahead of the maiden ISL season. An important asset coming off the bench, Semboi played a crucial role in the Blues' 2016-17 AFC Cup campaign, playing nine times and scoring three goals.
Bengaluru City FC: Follow on social media
Some action while you wait
- Sunil Chhetri was Bengaluru FC’s top scorer in their debut ISL with 14 goals. Here’s a look at each one of them as the Indian skipper took the tournament by storm. Watch it here.
- Bengaluru FC’s debut in the Indian Super League was a tough fixture at home against Mumbai City FC. A comfortable 2-0 win marked the start of a historic campaign for the Sunil Chhetri led side! Watch it here.
- After a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg of the semi-final, Bengaluru FC welcomed Pune FC to their home for the second leg looking for a positive result and a spot in the final. Up stepped captain, leader, legend Sunil Chhetri with a hat-trick to carry them through! Watch it here.
About Hero Indian Super League
The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) is India’s unrivalled football championship which kicked off on 12 October, 2014. The league has ten franchises based in the following cities: Chennai, Odhisa, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Jamshedpur. Their aim is for India to become a global football power and qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup!
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