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  • I-League 2017: Indian Arrows colts all set for the challenge as they begin their season vs Chennai City

    Nov 28, 2017

    All eyes will be on Indian Arrows – the developmental squad fielded by the All India Football Federation in the Hero I-League 2017-18 as they take on Chennai City FC in the opening round of campaign at the GMC Bambolim Stadium in Goa on Wednesday (November 29, 2017).

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  • WATCH: Chennai City's armour for the upcoming I-League season

    Nov 22, 2017

    CHENNAI CITY reveal their home, away and third kit for the upcoming I-League season.

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  • Chennai City to kick-start a new era in Coimbatore football

    Nov 20, 2017

    For the football crazy fans from this part of the region, there's good news coming your way as the City is all set to host the prestigious Hero I-League football at the Nehru Stadium here.

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  • I-League 2017: Here's what unfolded at the launch held in Delhi

    Nov 21, 2017

    I-League 2017 held its launch in an event in Delhi today and we bring you everything that unfolded at the event.

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  • I-League 2017: The league was officially launched in an event held in Delhi

    Nov 21, 2017

    The 11th edition of I-League - India's top football league, was officially launched at a glittering ceremony in the National Capital on Tuesday.

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  • I-League 2017: Disappointed fans vent their frustration on twitter after schedule announcement

    Nov 14, 2017

    I-LEAGUE fixtures were finally released but the fans aren't pleased and have reacted with their emotions.

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  • I-League 2017-18 FIXTURES: 2 pm kick-offs, weekday matches mar the top division league

    Nov 14, 2017

    The fixtures for I-League 2017-18 are out, the season will kick off on Saturday 25th November.

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  • I-League set to begin on 25th November; first Kolkata Derby mid-December

    Nov 13, 2017

    I-LEAGUE SET to begin on 25th November but champions Aizawl FC worried as it clashes with MPL.

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  • Pre-season Friendly: Bengaluru FC held to a draw by Chennai City in Bellary goalfest

    Nov 04, 2017

    IN THE FIRST OF two pre-season friendly matches, Bengaluru FC were held to a 2-2 draw by Chennai City FC today.

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About Chennai City Football Club

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The Chennai City Football Club is recognized and acknowledged as one of the oldest and most prestigious sports clubs in the city. The club was founded 67-years-ago, on April 8, 1946, by a team of five enthusiasts, Ms SV Kanagasabai, Mr E Vadivelu, Mr TR Govindarajan, Mr PV Chellappa and Mr K Ekambaram. Mr Govindarajan, the only surviving founder member of the club, sold the club to Rohit Ramesh, a young football fanatic in December 2013.

The club achieved much in a short span of time. For starters, it occupied position in the senior league only four-years after its emergence and continued to do so for 55-years until 2009-2010. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is the only private club that sustained that position for as long. The club was declared winner of the Bobbili Shield and winner of the Senior Division in 2008-2009. That apart, the team finished as Runners-Up on several occasions including twice in the Senior Division (Super League), once in the State League organized by TFA, at the Gymkhana Club Tournament to Southern Railway in 1956-1957 and at the Social Service Society Tournament to Wimco Sports Club in 1958-1959.

Apart from participating in over fifteen tournaments across the country, its many highlights include the opportunity of representing TFA in the Andhra Sports Festival in Vijayawada in 1953. Following that, in 1954 and 1959, the club had the privilege of participating in what is recognized as India’s oldest and most prestigious tournaments, Durand Cup in New Delhi. The club has had the good fortune of being invited by the Ceylon Football Association in 1960 to take part in its Invitation Tournament in Colombo. The club also participated in the Federation Cup Tournament of AIFF at Kozhikode in 2010.

Over the years, the club has churned out several renowned names in the football fraternity, some of whom include K Sankar who served as the Korea-Japan World Cup referee in 2002, and P Baskar, who served as a FIFA referee and is currently an AIFF instructor. KS Raju and R Amulraj have represented the country at international matches. Several other players have represented the country at Sub Junior Level Asian Championships. Many of its players have served as coaches and sports administrators in their own districts.

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Match Fixtures

Home I-League Fixtures 2017-2018 ( HOME & AWAY )

S.No Date Time Opponents Venue
1 06-12-2017 14.00 Gokulam Kerala FC Away
2 11-12-2017 20.00 Minerva Punjab FC Away
3 15-12-2017 14.00 Neroca FC Away
4 19-12-2017 20.00 Churchill Brothers Away
5 23-12-2017 14.00 Kingfisher East Bengal Home
6 09-01-2018 20.00 Neroca FC Home
7 27-01-2018 17.30 Indian Arrows Home
8 02-02-2018 20.00 Mohun Bagan Away
9 03-02-2018 14.00 Aizawl FC Home
10 05-02-2018 17.30 Shillong Lajong FC Away
11 06-02-2018 20.00 Mohun Bagan Home
12 11-02-2018 14.00 Shillong Lajong FC Home
13 13-02-2018 14.00 Aizawl FC Away
14 17-02-2018 17.30 Churchill Brothers Home
15 24-02-2018 17.30 Kingfisher East Bengal Away

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From the President’s Desk

Chennai City FC - ready to raise the bar

The Hindu Newspaper, 05/05/2015

Chennai City FC, the new champion in the first division of the St. Joseph’s-Chennai Football Association league here recently, is on a mission to replicate that success in the senior division.

Chennai City FC, the new champion in the first division of the St. Joseph’s-Chennai Football Association league here recently, is on a mission to replicate that success in the senior division.

With a wonderful blend of attack and defence, Chennai City FC scored a whopping 62 goals (11 matches) and conceded just four goals to win all its matches.

Rohit Ramesh, owner of Chennai City FC, says one of the primary objectives of the team now is to “win the [senior div.] league and score an average of 2-3 goals in every match. We want to raise the bar."

Striker Samuel Jackson from Ghana, was the toast of its campaign, emerging the top-scorer with 23 goals.

“It was a complete team work. But Soosairaj (left winger), Rejin (forward), Beautin (right wing) and Samuel Jackson (striker), who was the prize catch, played a vital role,” says Rohit.

He attributes the success to the meticulous pre-season training the team had. “We finished our sourcing of talent by September last year and by the next month had started training. We had enough time and space to train at Kumararaja Muthiah HSS.”

The other highlight of the team was the composition of the unit wherein the majority of players came from Thoothoor (a costal village in Kanyakumari district).

E. Sugumaran, secretary Chennai Football Association and coach of Chennai City, says he selected youngsters from the village because of their superior fitness and skill. “Moreover, the fact they regularly play football on the beach sand does help in ball skill and control,” he says.

Rohit is of the opinion that the dimensions of the senior division league will change even more in the coming years with the entry of more private clubs — five now (if Madras Sporting Union defeats Income Tax in the first division play-off match for the second place, it will be six). “It will certainly improve the quality of football. More players will opt for private clubs,” feels Rohit.

Will Chennai City FC be able to do an encore in the senior division? Sugumaran admits that it would be difficult, but asserts “we will do our best.”

" I had a dream; a dream that is now a thing of the past.

It’s true that when the right time comes, things fall in place. I can say that it was at one such instant that Mr TR Govindarajan (former owner of the club) and I crossed paths. He was looking for the right buyer; I was eager. Some two-months or so ago, one sunny afternoon, we signed the papers and sealed the deal, exchanged promises and assurances, saw a vision together and kicked it high into the universe to let it do what it does best, manifest it into reality, just like it had this time. I officially owned a football club; something that I had envisaged, hoped for and dreamt of, for as long as I can remember.

Alongside the joy and glory of possessing the Chennai City Football Club, came the onerous, daunting and overwhelming responsibility and obligation to uphold, sustain and preserve its prestige and caliber. So naturally, I got down to work straightaway. I began to dream again.

Chennai City Football Club was one of the top teams and in the senior division league for a good many years until three-years-ago, when it was demoted to the first division league. Top on the list is certainly to scale up and win what was ours, back. In today’s day and age, a catalyst for easy growth is a good deal of exposure. Hence, national, and eventually international exposure for the team is top priority. Exploring the possibility of tying up with sports clubs across the world and engaging in exchange programs that will facilitate world-class training methods and techniques, and enable our players to have that edge over the others occupies another significant position. In fact, exposure not only in terms of the technicalities and the sport per se, but also other little, and perhaps neglected nuances. For instance, diet schemes. Across the globe, stalwarts have designed varied diet schemes and charts for different purposes and people. However, in our part of the world, we are used to that one-stop-diet-solution for all purposes, for all people. The idea is to break that! To invite experts from different fields to impart relevant knowledge to our players and give them just what they need. Also on the agenda is pumping in funds and converting it from a not-for-profit organization into a full-fledged company.

I must tell you, we care for the team. And immensely… and hence we don’t believe in holding onto them through mere modes of formalities. Unlike the usual protocol of signing up contracts with players for years together, our contracts are shorter and allow for feasibility and flexibility and therefore, naturally lead to better relationships and a stronger team. You need to play with us to understand that one better!

Signing off hoping that my next note will begin with the exact same line… I had a dream; a dream that is now a thing of the past.”

Rohit Ramesh

President, Chennai City Football Club

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We have tied up with Kumararajah Muthiah Higher Secondary School which will be our home ground and also our coaching academy for school children interested to take up the sport.

Chennai City FC U-18 boys will take part in the prestigious SingaCup 2014 to be help in Singapore from 3rd November to 7th.

Click on the links for more details :

SingaCup 2014 Fixtures

SingaCup 2014

Singa News Issue

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Address: Marketing director and General Secretary of Chennai City

phone: +61 3 8376 6284

Email: chennaicityfc@gmail.com

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