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GKFC join Indian Olympic Fan Army
July 19, 2021

GKFC join Indian Olympic Fan Army

Kozhikode, July 19: Gokulam Kerala FC and its fans will be part of the Indian Olympic Fan Army, an initiative by MPL Sports Foundation, to give the Indian Olympic team its own fan group. MPL Sports Foundation is the Principal Partner of the Indian Olympic contingent to the Tokyo Olympics.

Fans of both the champion clubs of the two premier football leagues of India are part of this movement. FC Goa, the former ISL champion, and Gokulam Kerala FC, the current I-League champion, are bringing in their combined might to this massive fan initiative.

Besides Gokulam Kerala FC and FC Goa, two-time IPL Champions, Kolkata Knight Riders are bringing all its fans together to be part of the Indian Olympic Fan Army.

Real Kashmir FC, the I-League club that has been celebrated for bringing hope and transforming lives in the Kashmir Valley, has also joined this initiative to support the Indian Olympic team.

The fans of Shillong Lajong FC, the first football club from the North East, to make a mark in the national club football, are also joining in.

While Indian sports clubs and teams have historically had their own fan bases, the Indian Olympic team, which has brought glory to the nation on the highest stage of world sports, has never had any fan army. The Indian Olympic Fan Army will be a 25 million fan base of some of India’s most celebrated sports teams across India.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative. As a football club, we believe that we have to back our athletes. We will ask our fans to support the initiative and we use our social media platforms to amplify the reach of the initiative,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.

“It is a matter of great honour and privilege for us at the MPL Sports Foundation that all of these illustrious clubs, franchises, and fan groups have come together to make India’s first Olympic Fan Army. We will rally behind our athletes as they seek to make the entire nation proud at

Tokyo. Here’s to our heroes,” said Sai Srinivas, Trustee, MPL Sports Foundation, and Co-founder and CEO, Mobile Premier League.

As Tokyo remains out of bounds for spectators and keeping in mind the covid restrictions in India, this will be a virtual fan movement. There are various activities planned including a call out to the entire fanbase to become fans of the Indian Olympic team, know them, watch their events, and cheer for them. A large engagement exercise has been planned with the fans submitting their fan moments through photographs and videos.

GKFC to play in AFC Women’s Club Competition
July 16, 2021

GKFC to play in AFC Women’s Club Competition

Kozhikode, July 15: The All India Football Federation has nominated Gokulam Kerala FC for the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021.

Gokulam are the reigning champions in the last edition of the Indian Women’s League. AIFF has postponed the fifth edition of the Hero IWL beyond the proposed window and the football governing body has nominated the champion club from the season 19-20.

“We are honoured to be nominated by the AIFF. We are happy that our women’s team will play the continental championship before our men’s team. We will be starting our camp soon and we will try to land the first AFC cup to India,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of Gokulam Kerala FC.

“We will continue in investing in women’s football. We want our women team to lift the AFC trophy first and set an example for our men’s team,” said Gokulam Gopalan.

“GKFC have always been supporting women’s football India and we believe our entry to the continental cup will motivate more girls to take up this beautiful game. We believe that if we win the title it will make our women flagbearers of the country in Asian football and our aim is to do our best,” said VC Praveen, the president of the GKFC.

Gokulam Kerala FC have been a torchbearer of women’s football in the country since its inception. The club has participated in all the IWL editions after the club was formed. And it is the only club from the ILeague/Indian Super League to participate in the Hero Indian Women’s League until now.

With the nomination, the club has become the first club from the country to get entry to both the men’s and women’s continental championship. GKFC men team had gained entry to participate in AFC Cup by virtue of winning the ILeague 2020-21 edition.

July 2, 2021

Kozhikode, July 2: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed right full-back Takhellambam Deepak Singh, who played for Manipur club Neroca FC last season.

The 24-year-old right-back started his football career in Manipur and played his first professional match for Royal Wahingdoh FC. Then he went on to play for TRAU FC and helped them to get promoted to the ILeague.

Last year he played for rival club Neroca FC and started in 11 matches for the club. He is known for his speed and agility and will be a major addition to Malabarian’s squad. He is the fourth player announced by the club ahead of the upcoming season.

“We have all seen how Gokulam won the I-League. The brand of football they played is inspiring and it will be an honor for me to represent them next season. I will try my best for the club and its fans,” said Deepak Singh.

“This lad was under our radar ever since the start of last I-League season 20-21. His consistency coupled with energy and enthusiasm earned him a berth in our current squad. As a right-wing-back we expect him to raise his bar and perform better this season than the former players,” said Dr B. Ashok Kumar, the CEO of Gokulam Kerala FC.

“Deepak is an industrious player and he will provide healthy competition to the full-back position in the team. The player has impressed us during the last ILeague season and we believe he would be a valuable addition to the team. We need to strengthen our squad depth as we will be playing in the AFC Cup also this year,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.

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EMS Stadium - Kozhikkode

EMS Corporation Stadium is a football stadium in Kozhikode, currently home to the I-League club Gokulam Kerala Football Club. The stadium is named after E. M. S. Namboodiripad who was the first Chief Minister of Kerala.
Stadium had a record attendance for Gokulam Kerala FC with 32,246 spectators for Gokulam vs Minerva Punjab match in Hero I-League 2018-19 campaign.

Major football matches hosted:

  • 1980 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Football which the Indian team won silver was held here.1980 AFC Women’s Championship
  • 1987 Nehru Cup – The stadium hosted the 1987 Nehru Cup, which was won by the Soviet Union
  • Sait Nagjee Football Tournament
  • The stadium hosted football matches for the 35th National Games
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Achivements

Indian Womens League
Champions(2020)
Durand Cup
Champions(2019)
Kerala Premier League
Champions(2018)
Bodousa Trophy Assam
Champions(2019)
Independence Day Cup Assam
Champions(2019)
Luca Cup
U15 Champions(2019)
All India Biju Patnaik Trophy
Champions(2017)
International Cup of Joy
U13 Champions(2017)
Sheikh Kamal International Cup
Semi Finalists(2019)
Hero Indian Women's League
Semi Finalists(2019)
Kerala Premier League
Runners Up(2019)

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