“The big cat is in town!” – said the tweet by the Mumbai City FC Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon. Mumbai City FC has announced a long-term partnership with Bavarian sports brand Puma. Ahead of the 2020-21 football season, the global sports brand is looking at this partnership as a path to invest in Indian football.
Partly owned by our very own Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor, Mumbai City FC also has investments from Premier League giants Manchester City FC. Manchester City parent company, City Football Group, owns a majority stake of 65% in the Indian club. No other European club has bought such a large stake in any Indian Football Club. They aim to provide Mumbai City FC a commercial success, which has been a bit successful since then.
General Manager of PUMA India and Southeast Asia, Abhishek Ganguly, said in an official statement, “We are excited to welcome Mumbai City FC into the PUMA Family. They are a fantastic team, with many promising talents who are committed to writing a new chapter in Indian football. It’s also great to see City Football Group’s global experience and expertise support transformative benefits for the club. We are looking forward to supporting their collective ambitions as they strive for continued success on the pitch in the upcoming season.”
With a noble aim to develop and identify India’s young football talent, Puma and Mumbai City FC have also announced some measures to provide exposure on the grassroots level. This is an exciting initiative as it can give a different perspective on how people perceive Indian football and maybe change the way it is played in the coming years.