Hyderabad-based Indian Super League franchise Hyderabad Football Club (HFC) is set to ink a two-year partnership deal with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The German club and Hyderabad FC will sign the deal for an initial two-year period with an option to extend for additional years until 2025.
“The partnership brings in good news for football supporters in India, as it shows a long-term commitment of one of the biggest German football brands to the Indian football ecosystem,” Hyderabad FC said in a release.
With this agreement HFC will become the Official Club Partner of BVB in India. A first for such a cooperation for HFC and the fourth one for BVB with its currently ongoing club partnerships with Thai Premier League Club Buriram United, Australia’s NPL Club Marconi FC and Iwate Grulla Morioka in Japan.
Hyderabad FC, which was previously based out of Pune and known as Pune City, had Fiorentina owning around 15 per cent stake in the team. The partnership didn’t bring ideal result and the Serie A side decided to end their journey in Indian football within a few seasons.
Atletico De Kolkata had La Liga giants Atletico Madrid as one of their owners in the initial seasons but the club was dissolved in June 2020 to join Mohun Bagan, one of the oldest teams in India while the Spanish team re-entered the Indian football scene with Jamshedpur FC.
Dutch side Feyenoord had teamed up with Delhi Dynamos, which is now moved to Bhubaneshwar and plays under the name Odisha FC. The partnership lasted just the inaugural season.
Currently, Bengaluru FC have partnership with Scottish side Rangers FC and I-League club Chennai City FC have a similar deal with FC Basel of Switzerland.
Most recently, Mumbai City FC was brought into the City Football Group, which also owns Manchester City, Melbourne City FC and New York City FC, among other teams, with a controlling stake ownership.
The grand launch of the Hyderabad FC-Borussia Dortmund partnership will take place during Dortmund ‘s Virtual Asia Tour on 20th August and will be streamed live on Hyderabad FC’s social media channels.