NorthEast United FC

NorthEast United FC
Full name NorthEast United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Highlanders
Founded 15 August 2014 (2014-08-15)
Ground Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
Ground Capacity 35,000
Owner John Abraham
Head coach Nelo Vingada
League Indian Super League
2015 Regular season: 5th
Finals: DNQ
Website Club home page

NorthEast United Football Club is an Indian professional football franchise based in Guwahati, Assam. It competes in the Indian Super League.[1] The club claims to represent the 8 states of India known as North East India: Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram. The team is owned and operated by Bollywood actor John Abraham.[1] The club is currently managed by Nelo Vingada.


Joan Capdevila, seen here lifting the FIFA World Cup Trophy in 2010, was signed as the club's first marquee player

In early 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, and IMG-Reliance would be accepting bids for ownership of eight of nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.[2] On 13 April 2014, it was announced that Bollywood actor John Abraham and Shillong Lajong Football Club had won the bidding for the franchise.[1]

On 16 July 2014, the club signed Joan Capdevila, a European Championship and World Cup winning defender with Spain, as its marquee player. He said: "India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India".[3]

On 19 August the club hired its first manager, New Zealander Ricki Herbert, who had represented and managed his nation at World Cups.[4]

On 13 October 2014, the team won their first ISL match at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Spaniard Koke scoring the only goal of the game to defeat the Kerala Blasters.[5] The team did not make the end-of-season play-offs, finishing in last place among the eight teams.

For their second season, NorthEast United signed former Portugal international Simão Sabrosa as their new marquee signing.[6] On 1 July 2015 the team announced their manager for the 2015 season, former Venezuela national coach, César Farías. The team lost all three of their opening matches with Simão absent through injury, but then earned a 2–0 home win over Chennaiyin FC in which the marquee player won and dispatched an added-time penalty kick to open the scoring.[7]

On 13 May 2016, NorthEast United announced Sérgio Farias as the clubs new manager.[8] However, Sérgio Farias joined his former club Suphanburi FC for a second stint forcing NorthEast United to look for a new coach. On July 9, 2016, NorthEast United officially announced Sérgio Farias' exit.[9] On July 23, 2016, NorthEast United announced Nelo Vingada as the club's new manager.[10]

League history

Season League Finals Top goalscorer Managers Kit Manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2014 ISL 8 14 3 6 5 11 13 15 - Spain Koke 4 New Zealand Ricki Herbert Adidas HTC
2015 5 14 6 2 6 18 23 20 - Argentina Nicolás Vélez 5 Venezuela César Farías Performax
2016 13 5 3 5 14 13 18 Uruguay Emiliano Alfaro 5 Portugal Nelo Vingada


Former crest (2014−15)

The crest of NorthEast United is featured with 8 stars at the top representing each state of North-east India. The crest is designed with red, black and white applications, with the club name written in bold letters between the main crest and the stars.


North East United FC play their home matches at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati. To meet FIFA regulations, it was renovated and its capacity was increased from 12,000 to 35,000.


NEUFC is owned by John Abraham, who is an Indian Bollywood actor, producer and former model.[11] It is the only ISL club that is not owned by any company or corporation.


Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Subrata Pal
3 Brazil MF Wellington Priori
4 India DF Nirmal Chettri
5 Ivory Coast MF Didier Zokora
6 Ivory Coast MF Romaric
7 Uruguay FW Sasha Aneff
9 Uruguay FW Emiliano Alfaro
10 Japan MF Katsumi Yusa (on loan from Mohun Bagan)
11 India MF Seityasen Singh
12 India DF Reagan Singh
13 India GK Rehenesh TP
14 India MF Rowllin Borges
No. Position Player
15 India FW Sumeet Passi
16 India DF Robin Gurung
17 India FW Lallianzuala Chhangte (on loan from DSK Shivajians)
18 India MF Holicharan Narzary
19 Argentina FW Nicolás Vélez
20 India MF Jerry Mawihmingthanga (on loan from DSK Shivajians)
21 Brazil GK Wellington Lima (on loan from Marítimo)
22 Brazil DF Gustavo Lazzaretti
26 India DF Shouvik Ghosh
27 Brazil DF Mailson Alves
30 Japan FW Robert Cullen
37 India DF Salam Ranjan Singh
45 India MF Fanai Lalrempuia

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Portugal Nelo Vingada
Assistant coach Portugal Joao Arnaldo Correia De Carvalho
Assistant coach India Francisco Bruto Da Costa
GoalKeeping Coach Portugal Luis Filipe Da Cruz Matos
Head Physiotherapist India Tanveer Siddiqui


Top goalscorers

As of Match played 30 November 2016
Name Years League Finals Total
1Argentina Nicolás Vélez2015-Present8 (25)0- 0(-)8 (25)
2Uruguay Emiliano Alfaro2016-Present5 (12)0- 0(-)5 (12)
3Spain Koke20144 (12)0- 0(-)4 (12)
4Portugal Simão20153 (10)0- 0(-)3 (10)
4Senegal Diomansy Kamara20153 (12)0- 0(-)3 (12)
4India Seityasen Singh2015-Present3 (14)0- 0(-)3 (14)
7Zambia Kondwani Mtonga20142 (13)0- 0(-)2 (13)
7Senegal Massamba Sambou20142 (6)0- 0(-)2 (6)
7Ivory Coast Romaric2016-Present2 (11)0- 0(-)2 (11)


As of Match played 30 November 2016
Ricki Herbert  New Zealand 13 October 2014 20 December 2014 14 3 6 5 11 13 21.43
César Farías  Venezuela 30 June 2015 20 December 2015 14 6 2 6 18 23 42.86
Nelo Vingada  Portugal 23 July 2016 Present 13 5 3 5 14 13 38.46


  1. 1 2 3 Basu, Saumyajit. "Stars embrace football through Indian Super League". Times of India. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  2. "Indian Super League sees interest from 30 franchise bidders". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  3. Bali, Rahul (16 July 2014). "Capdevila: 'It's a privilege to popularise football in India'". Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  4. "Herbert 'looking forward' to Indian Super League". 3news. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. Ganguily, Abhishek (13 October 2014). "ISL: NorthEast United ride high on Koke, beat Kerala Blasters 1-0". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  6. "Former Portugal winger Simao Sabrosa joins Indian Super League". ESPN FC. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. "Indian Super League: NorthEast United 2-0 Chennaiyin FC: Simao & Velez earn first points for NorthEast". 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  8. "Sergio Farias to NorthEast United". NorthEast United FC (Twitter). 13 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  9. "Sergio Farias exits NorthEast United". NorthEast United FC (Twitter). 9 July 2016.
  10. "NorthEast United FC announce Nelo Vingada as the club's new manager". NorthEast United FC (Twitter). 15 July 2016.
  11. "John Abraham enters Bollywood with Jism". Times of India. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 3 September 2010.

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