November 28, 2019 has been a big big day for Indian club football as the City Football Group announced their investment into Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC!
And I feel excited as it is a first of its kind deal within Indian football then the City Football Group is something unique in the world of football with only Red Bull Football with clubs in Austria, Germany, the US and Brazil comparable to them.
CFG has picked-up a 65% stake in the Islanders to become a part of Indian club football with Mumbai City FC now not only having Manchester City FC but in total seven sister clubs which comprises of New York City FC in the US, Melbourne City FC in Australia, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain and Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China.
This means that Mumbai City FC, who have been struggling for a while are secure and safe plus they will now be pushing for being amongst the best within Indian club football.
As the former COO of Mumbai City FC that makes me happy for the people at the club plus their fans besides the city of Mumbai as it guarantees top level football in the city.
But also I have a personal anecdote to tell about Mumbai City FC and Manchester City FC (City Football Group) from 2014. Before the start of the Indian Super League, as it was decided to call the franchise Mumbai City FC, I had the idea of approaching Manchester City FC and City Football Group about a possible partnership or even more.
Sadly at the time, the idea wasn’t considered but nearly five and a half years later it has become true…
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Great to see the announcement of #CityFootballGroup investing into my former club @mumbaicityfc! It’s an idea that I had five years ago but few took it seriously then but now it’s finally happened. A big day for #IndianFootball. #MumbaiCityFC #MCFC #ApunKaTeam #HeroISL #IndianSuperLeague #ISL #CFG #arunfoot #mumbai #india