Mumbai City fans have been absent from the stadium to cheer on their team for the past two years, which has seen unprecedented highs in one and heartbreak in the other. In 2020-21 Mumbai City FC became the first club in Hero ISL history to achieve a double by winning the League Shield and Cup. However, the following season, the Islanders were unable to break into the top four at the end of the season.
But for the fans of Mumbai City FC, returning to the stands after a two-year hiatus was an emotional experience for fans like the West Coast Brigade, who were engaged in long-running preparations to celebrate the moment every Indian football fan had. wait for.
“We were very emotional because he meant something to us,” Anand said. “We made sure that there was no half measure because we never stopped ourselves. We just made sure that the players and the coaches know the fans are here. As much as they wanted to play in front of the fans, we wanted to see them play at our home ground,” added Anand.
The return is marked with all the trademarks of a Mumbai City team match – cheers, a team bus welcome, and an illuminated display. This time, they also added a march from one end of the arena to the other – a little celebration between themselves, now that they were able to return to the building.
Now, at the Mumbai Football Stadium, it’s a smaller stadium, the pitch is closer. You can easily read the game from that close. about it in words.
“The fan interaction that ISL and the city of Mumbai have had over the years has been phenomenal. My experience as a football fan has grown over the years. My attachment grew stronger after every match, regardless of the outcome. Over the years, in terms of having that fanatical side of me, ISL has helped “Mumbai City Football Club has played a major role in connecting fans with the club. Every fan coming to the stadium gets an encouraging experience that they must have,” he added.
One of the distinguishing features of ISL fan clubs is that they embody the local spirit of each city they are in, and allow Indian football to be celebrated in unique styles. With Mumbai, being a melting pot of people from different parts of the country, Anand said the ethos of the Mumbai City FC fans is built on this acceptance – and it also applies to the players.
“People from all over India Come to Mumbai and accept it as their own, Mumbai runs in their veins,” Anand said. “If you play for Mumbai, you need to understand the culture of the city. The whole aura and energy of Mumbai is something that the entire fandom carries on because we are not just Mumbai fans, we are Mumbaicars first, who live and breathe Mumbai. So if we are going to support a team from the city, we express the Mumbaikars spirit in the stands and see it resonate with the players.”
That spirit will be on full display today as Mumbai City host West Coast rivals FC Goa. Mumbai City FC currently tops the table and is the only undefeated team at this point in the season, while also topping the goalscoring charts.
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