DELHI IS MAKING a return to the national football scene this season with the arrival of Sudeva Delhi FC in the I-League.
Ever since ISL franchise Delhi Dynamos FC moved to Bhubaneswar and re-branded themselves as Odisha FC, the national capital did not have a major football club at the national levels to call its own.
The wait ended earlier this year when Sudeva won the bid to play in the I-League from 2020-21 season onwards as a corporate entry. The club, known previously as Sudeva FC, has now been re-branded Sudeva Delhi FC.
The club's logo and brand name were unveiled today by Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.
The team was first established in 2014 and took part in the Delhi Senior Division League as well as the 2nd Division League. The club's owners, Anuj Gupta and Vijay Hakari, also own CF Olimpic de Xativa, a lower league club in Spain.
Sudeva Delhi FC will play its home matches out of the famed Ambedkar Stadium, which has been the epicentre of Delhi's football cultures for many years as the home of the iconic Durand Cup as well as one of the home grounds of the Indian national football team.