Delhi Dynamos Football Club is an Indian Super League football franchise in Delhi that began play in October 2014 during the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The team is owned and operated byDelhi-based DEN Networks.
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 upcomingIndian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. On 13 April 2014, it was announced that DEN Networks had won the bidding for the Delhi franchise. The team had entered an alliance with Dutch club Feyenoord .
The team started their campaign in the inaugural Indian Super League season on 14 October 2014 with a 0-0 draw against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The Dynamos did not experience the best of starts to their ISL campaign as they lagged behind at the last place till the 9th Round. The team rejuvenated and regrouped to climb out of the situation to finish in 5th place with a five match unbeaten run which included three wins and two draws. Delhi narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi finals falling short only by a point.
After the inaugural season in 2014 the Club decided to bring drastic change in the management of the Club. The Club got on board Prashant Agarwal as the President, Prashant was the master mind behind Chennaiyin FC and arguably the most knowleagble football professional from London, UK. His first master move was removal of Feyenoord as the Club partners and taking a complete new level by approaching Real Madrid, his friendship in the European world of football with Florentino Perez and Emilio Butragueño of Real Madrid gave India the biggest hope of associating India with the most valuable Club in the world.
In July 2015 the Club also decided to change the Crest of the Club and made an interesting move by singing the legendary Roberto Carlos as the Manager.
At the press conference on 9 July 2015 Roberto Carlos was also announced as their marquee player-manager for the second season of the ISL. Robin Singh and Anas Edathodika were signed during the ISL Auctions on 10 July 2015 held in Mumbai. Naoba Singh, Zodingliana Ralte, Gunashankar Vignesh, Sehnaj Singh, Ravi Kumar and Prabir Das were the players picked out at the ISL Draft held on the same day. Players that were retained from last season are Anwar Ali, Robert Lalthlamuana, Shylo Malsawmtluanga, Gustavo dos Santos Marmentini, Francis Fernandes and Souvik Chakraborty. North East United FC player Seminlen Doungel was roped in by the Dynamos along with Subhasish Roy Chowdhury ofAtlético de Kolkata.
The Club went with the approach of bringing the big stars in the squad and signed former Chelsea player Florent Malouda and John Arne Riise in a very unique style. The announcement of Florent Malouda was done by the Premier Leagueduring the West Bromwich Albion VS Chelsea on 23 Aug 2015 while John Arne Riise signing was done at the Emirates Stadium during the Arsenal VS Liverpool on 25 Aug 2015 and Liverpool F.C Legend Ian Rush presented the jersey toJohn Arne Riise. This made Delhi Dynamos the first India Club to make their brand presence on the Premier League.
The Club went for their first European preseason to Gothenburg Sweden and played three friendly games against Top Clubs of Sweden Varbergs BoIS, BK Häcken and Skene IF.
The logo of the Delhi Dynamos has been designed to define power, aggression and passion, which is intrinsic to football as well as to Delhi. The Lion in the crest symbolizes power. Also, the shape and mane of the Lion has been crafted in the form of a shield.
The colours used in the crest are Red and Blue. Red is associated with strength, determination and desire. Emotionally it is a very intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, which is imperative to the game too. Blue has been used to represent calmness and responsibility. The darker shade connotes strength, reliability and royalty. The subtle usage of saffron and green, on each side of ‘FC’. The saffron and green imbibe the spirit of India and the rich golden hue bordering the shield/the lion’s mane connotes richness in the club’s attitude. The crest also has the historic Red Fort which means the leaders of India or the guardians of the Country.
The letter ‘D’ in the font of Delhi and Dynamos is a forward moving arrow which tells us about the forward thinking, attacking mindset of the football team.
The Club President at the launch of New Crest said that the founding pillars of the new Crest is on the lines of Brothers of the World and the Club is the capital Club of India with the tricolour in it.