Mumbai: Mumbai City FC today announced their final squad for the second edition of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) football, with Spanish defender Aitor Fernández López being the franchise's latest overseas signing.
The squad comprises 26 players from Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Haiti, Tunisia, France, Czech Republic and across India.
Sunil Chhetri with Ranbir Kapoor. Pic/ PTI
Having begun with Racing de Santander, Aitor signed up with RCD Espanyol in 2009, before moving to Pontevedra CF. In 2012, he signed a two-year contract with CD Guadalajara and made his Segunda División debut against AD Alcorcón. He also represented Mirandes in the last season of the Segunda División, the second-highest division in the Spanish League football system.
Nicolas Anelka, marquee player cum manager, Mumbai City FC said, "I believe that the squad has the potential and experience to go the distance. All the players are very motivated and raring to perform their best. With a well-balanced squad, we will definitely look at scoring our way to the title. We look forward to the full support of our fans in all home and away matches in the 2nd season."
Mumbai City FC, now back from their successful pre-season training session in Dubai, is fully rejuvenated and geared up for the league. With more experienced Indian and international players drafted in the squad, the team looks promising and in good shape. The team will start their campaign against FC Pune City on October 5.
Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal, Debjit Majumder, Albino Gomes
Defenders: Frantz Bertin, Ashutosh Mehta, Darren O'Dea, Keegan Pereira, Pavel Cmovs, Kingshuk Debnath, Rowilson Rodrigues, Aitor Fernandez Lopez
Midfielders: Juan Aguilera, Cristian Bustos, Selim Benachour, Pratesh Shirodkar, Andre Moritz, Brandon Fernandes, Gabriel Fernandes, Lalrindika Ralte, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Sampath Kuttymani
Strikers: Frédéric Piquionne, Sunil Chhetri, Subhash Singh, Nicolas Anelka, Sony Norde.