Home Stadium: Karnataka State Football Association Stadium, Bangalore
Best Achievements: Runners Up I-League Division II 2005
Highest I-League Position:8th in 2006-07
HAL Sports Club of Bangalore was formed in the early 1990’s. It is one of the few clubs in India to have their own training ground, stadium, gym, swimming pool and players accommodation. Funded by the public sector giants Hindustan Aeronauticals Limited, HAL SC is still treated as a social wing rather than a professional outfit. The Bangalore based club has been in and out of I-League in the last decade and it's high time we see the club survive in the big league.
The biggest signing this season has been in the form of Nepal international defender Rohit Chand. The young defender is treated as one of rising talents in South Asia. Midfielder James Singh, who happens to be another talent from the north east India, has joined the team from Air India. Midfielder M Shekhar who merely warmed the benches for Churchill Brothers joined HAL expecting some first team action. Former Chirag United and Lajong midfielder N Bengkok also joined the Bangalore based club.
Prized Possession: K Murali And Rohit Chand
The Ones Who Left
HAL’s striking maestro Satish Kumar Jr who was one of the key architects of the club’s progression to the top tier of Indian football has now been roped in by Kolkata giants MohunBagan AC for this season.
The average age of HAL SC team is 22 and most of the players were the part of Karnataka State team in the Santosh Trophy. Jaikumar, Sanath and Vijay are some of the key youngsters to watch out for.
Putting Up A Challenge
M Muralidharan was in charge of the team and was mainly responsible for the team’s success in the Division II and the recently concluded Federation Cup, where they stunned Pune FC in the opening match. To comply with the AFC guidelines, the club have signed Thaygaraj, who is an AFC A license coach, as the head coach. Muralidharan has now been demoted to the role of Technical Director while Subhash Kumar is the team co-ordinator.
Key Players …
Skipper Xavier Vijaykumar is the most influential player of the team and he is now in his 10th year of competitive football. Former India International forward R C Prakash will be another key player to look out for. Nigerian striker Abdulla Hamza will also have the responsibility to score important goals for the team.