After dominating the I-League for four seasons, Bengaluru FC are all set to make their debut in the Indian Super League (ISL) this year. Since their inception in 2013, the JSW-owned side have won two I-League titles and two Federation Cups. They are also the first Indian club to play the AFC Cup final.
Bengaluru FC were forced to rebuild their team as a result of the club's entry to ISL. They successfully retained the service of skipper Sunil Chhetri and got hold of quite a few quality Indian players from the ISL draft but their biggest coup in this season is the signing of Indian international goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
|Bengaluru FC in Spain|
|2||13/08/2017||UCAM Murcia CF||2-4||Loss|
|Bengaluru FC in India|
|8||04/11/2017||Chennai City FC||2-2||Draw|
|9||05/11/2017||Chennai City FC||6-1||Win|
The Blues lost both their matches in Spain but were unbeaten against East Bengal in their two friendlies at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore. In between, they played 4 AFC Cup games against North Korea’s 425 SC and Tajikistan’s Istiklol FC in the AFC Cup. They won and drew their matches against the North Korean side. In the semi-final, they lost their first leg against Istiklol but managed a draw in the second leg and had to bow out of the competition on aggregate.
The Blues then notched back-to-back wins against I-League new entrants Gokulam FC before a 2-2 draw against Chennai City. They locked horns with the Chennai-based I-League team once again on Sunday, registering a comprehensive 6-1 victory.
Bengaluru FC will host Mumbai City FC for their opening ISL game on November 19.