French forward Nicolas Anelka brings his clinical striking ability to Mumbai City FC

French forward Nicolas Anelka brings his clinical striking ability to Mumbai City FC


Anelka has played international football for France and celebrated football clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus among others


Mumbai, 15 September 2014: Mumbai City FC today announced the signing of prolific French footballer Nicolas Anelka for the inaugural season of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL). Anelka will bring to Mumbai City FC experience of playing top-quality football in some of the best clubs of the world. In an illustrious career, the former France international has plied his trade with top clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus among others. He will be among France’s most talented players to grace Indian soil during the ISL.

Anelka, whose career is packed with nearly 500 club appearances at top level, has the ability to make strong defenses nervous with his attacking abilities and is acknowledged the world over for his superior technique, aerial ability, shooting, and movement off the ball. The signing will make the 35-year-old player Mumbai City FC’s star striker as it strives to build a formidable outfit with world-class football players on board.

Commenting on the acquisition, team owner Ranbir Kapoor said, “We are delighted to announce the signing of Nicolas Anelka and thrilled that a player with a stunning pedigree such as his is part of our team. His abilities and experience are known the world over and I am certain his presence will give us the firepower required upfront. We welcome him to the Mumbai City FC squad.”

On joining Mumbai City FC, Nicolas Anelka said, “I am pleased to join Mumbai City FC and through it participate in the exciting Indian Super League. Talented international players and top Indian talent will make matches thrilling affairs. I look forward to using my ability to do well for my team in the matches we play.”

As a player, Anelka has vast experience playing 69 international matches for the Equipe Tricolore winningwith France at Euro 2000, and won the Confederations Cup the following year. Showing great potential for scoring goals, the 6ft 1in player made his debut as a 16-year-old at Paris Saint Germain in February 1996. Soon, he moved to Arsenal under newly appointed manager Arsène Wenger and won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award the following season after he was Arsenal’s top scorer in the 1998–99 season with 17 Premier League goals. His first team opportunities were limited in the 1996–97 season but in the 1997–98 season, he broke into the first team, after a long-term injury to striker Ian Wright. In November 1997, Anelka scored his first goal for Arsenal in a 3–2 home win against Manchester United. Anelka was a key player in Arsenal’s “Double” win of both the Premier League and FA Cup that season. He scored the second goal in Arsenal’s 2–0 win over Newcastle United in that season’s FA Cup final. In all, he made 90 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 28 goals.

Anelka moved to Real Madrid in 1999, making 19 appearances for the team before returning to Paris Saint-Germain. He spent the end of the 2001-02 season in Liverpool, helping the team finish second in the table. After this, he signed the Manchester City team and finished as the team’s top scorer in his first two seasons.

After three seasons at City, in 2005, Anelka moved to Turkish professional football team Fenerbahçe for two seasons where he helped the team qualify for the Champions League before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers. After two seasons there, Chelsea, where he finished the following season as the top goal scorer with 19 goals and helped the team win the FA Cup, signed the Frenchman. The next season in 2009-10, Anelka achieved the second league and FA Cup double of his career.

In 2012, Anelka got his first flavor of Asian football by playing for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for a year where he played a dual role of player and coach. He moved back to Europe to play with Juventus for a 6-month loan deal in 2013 following which he signed for West Bromwich Albion.

With the signing, the Mumbai Franchise has added yet another international quality player to its squad for the inaugural season of the ISL, which kick-starts in October 2014.



About Mumbai City Football Club:


Mumbai City FC is Mumbai’s franchise in the inaugural Hero Indian Super League. Bollywood actor and football enthusiast Ranbir Kapoor and chartered accountant Bimal Parekh together own the team. Mumbai’s D.Y Patil Stadium is the team’s home stadium. The team’s logo is a reflection of a resilient fortress that stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars symbolize the islands that form Mumbai. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse and connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city is bound together by their love for the place they call home. 20 million citizens, 20 million hearts pulse to a single beat – the heartbeat of Mumbai.


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