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Air India F.C.
Chairman: Haroon Jamakra
Club Director: T. K. Singh
Stadium: Cooperage Ground
Air India,is a professional football club founded in 1952, based in Mumbai. They are sponsored by Air India under the management ofT.K. Singh and have enjoyed some success in the Mumbai Super Division and have been consistent members of the I-League, winning the second division title in 1999-00.
Founded in 1952, Air India Football Club is one of the oldest institutional sides in the country. Though never in the running for the I-League title, Air India are well known for their Giant killing acts over the years, upsetting much fancied opponents at crucial junctures of the season.
In the inaugural I-League season, Air India caused a mighty upset with their 3-1 win over Mohun Bagan in Goa and threw the mighty Kolkata club out of the competition in the qualifying rounds. In the later years, Air India managed to maintain their giant killing image by regularly defeating stronger teams in the I-League and other competitions.
Generally a low budget side, Air India’s best finish in the National Football League (now I-League) came in the 1997-1998 season when they were placed sixth in the table and their coach Bimal Ghosh received the Best coach award.
Four times champions in the local league in Mumbai, Air India are best known for nurturing youngsters into big time players. Many of these boys have played with distinction for bigger teams in the later years.
Last campaign though had a horrific ending for the Mumbai-based club, as they suffered a 14-0 thumping versus the defending champions, Dempo SC. Luckily they avoided relegation, based on a superior head to head record compared to JCT and ONGC.
Air India play their home matches at the Cooperage Ground in southern Mumbai which has a capacity of 12,000. Right now the Western Indian Football Federation has said that they will be upgrading the stadium and that it will be completed by the beginning of the 2011-12 I-League season.
The club played their home matches last season at the 10,000 capacity, artificial turf stadium of Rajarshi Shahu which is located in Kolhapur.
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