The Indian Super League franchise have launched its team, revealing their brand identity and announcing Franco Colomba as the head coach.The Pune franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) announced its team name at a launch in Mumbai on Wednesday. The franchise which is owned by the Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood star Salman Khan, christened the team - Football Club Pune City (FC Pune City) and also announced a strategic tie-up with Serie A outfit, ACF Fiorentina.
Mr Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City said, “Indian football is at a point of inflexion, and FC Pune City shall leave no stone unturned in our endeavour to fulfil millions of dreams of players, fans and of football lovers. We shall uphold our motto of Passion, Honour and Glory on the pitch and off it as well - by engaging with the community and working purposefully at grassroot level. Our partnership with ACF Fiorentina is a step in this direction.”
FC Pune City have also secured the services of Italian Franco Colomba as the head coach as reported by Goal earlier. Before coming on board with FC Pune City, Colomba was serving as the manager for Serie B club Padova. The 59 year-old has previously been in charge of the likes of Napoli, Cagliari, Verona and Parma over the course of his 23 year career in management.
Mr Modwel explained the identity of the club stating, "FC Pune City draws it's inspiration from the pride of the city - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj - building a fort for defense. In football, who better can imbibe defense than the Italians."
FC Pune City's logo depicts this coming together of Pune and Florence (orange and violet). The flag signifies the importance of "winning with passion and honour" leading to glory.
The ISL franchise have already made international signings like goalkeeper Emanuele Belardi and Italian defender Bruno Cirillo to ensure that the team's group of domestic players get a taste of international football in India.
According to Mr Sandro Mencucci, CEO, ACF Fiorentina, “It is indeed a great opportunity for us to associate with FC Pune City, as it is a platform for us to nurture football talent amongst India's youth. Pune is a young and vibrant city in India and is a great destination, synonymous to the definition of football - young, vibrant, global and youthful. ACF Fiorentina has tirelessly worked towards growing the level of football in Italy and through this tie-up we only hope to help the much needed growth of the wonderful sport of football in a country as beautiful and lively as India."
The Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex (Balewadi Stadium) will serve as the home ground for the team as they participate in the Indian Super League, which is set to kick off in October.
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