Bengaluru Football Club is an Indian professional football club based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The club competes in the Indian Super League, one of the top flights of Indian football. The club was established on 20 July 2013 and began their first professional season a few months later in the I-League in October 2013. Since their foundation, the club has won two league titles, including one in their debut season, and two Federation Cups. In November 2017, the club began play in the Indian Super League after becoming an expansion team in the league and were crowned runners-up in their inaugral season.
The club is owned and operated by Mumbai–based company, JSW Group and its managing director, Sajjan Jindal. Bengaluru have played every home match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium since the beginning of the 2014–15 season. Despite only playing four seasons in the I-League, the club were considered one of the model clubs of Indian football. Bengaluru drew praise for bringing a new sense of professionalism to Indian football, including the use of on field equipment meant to help player fitness. The club is also known for their fan base, including the supporters group, West Block Blues, which supports the club in every match.
Bengaluru played its inaugural match on 22 September 2013, earning a 1–1 draw against Mohun Bagan in the league. The club would go on to win the I-League in their debut season and then again two seasons later in 2015–16. As well as two league titles, Bengaluru also won two Federation Cups in 2015 and 2017. The club has also represented India in Asian club competition, competing in the AFC Cup every edition they have been eligible for. During the 2016 AFC Cup, Bengaluru made it to the final where they lost 1–0 to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya of Iraq.Close