Pune Football Club was formed in the year 2007 when the erstwhile National Football League gave way to form the I-League. The first professional club to come out of the city of Pune, it was created by the Ashok Piramal Group to give an impetus to the sport of football in the city and create a team that could compete on a national level professionally.
After its creation in 2007 the club was promoted to the I-League 2nd division. In its first year of professional football, in 2008, it finished in the third spot narrowly missing a qualification into the top flight. The following year Pune FC broke into the top division i.e. the I-League.
One of the most professionally managed clubs in India, Pune FC has from the beginning worked towards creating a sustainable ecosystem of footballers, who not only bring laurels to the game and the club, but also help in promoting the sport in the state and the country at large.
Ashok Piramal Group
The group has invested in a youth training system as well as a professional management for the club such that it will go on to generate home grown players on a regular basis for both the senior team as well as the country.
The group since the beginning has understood the importance of investing in the Pune Football Club in a systematic manner such that it starts to yield results, which has been the case with both the senior team as well as Under-20 team which has gone on to win laurels across the nation.
The team crest consists of a Ghorpad encircling a football, which aims to showcase the domination of the club over the sport. This is depicted on a coat of arms with two torches on either sides. The year of establishment is depicted below the coat of arms.
The Ghorpad has a special significance in the history of the city and it played an important role in the battle for the fort of Kondana (also known as Sinhagad now), where the Maratha warrior Tanaji Malsure had used a Ghorpad to scale a vertical front of the fort and conquer it.