History inches away: Bengaluru FC one win from Asian glory
- Bengaluru FC will face Johor Darul Ta’zim in the second leg of SF, AFC Cup 2016 on Wednesday.
- Johor Darul Ta’zim are the defending champions of AFP Cup.
- No Indian football club has ever played an AFC Cup final.
Bengaluru FC are set to host Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta’zim in the semi-final's home leg at Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Bengaluru FC, managed by Spain's Albert Roca came into action in 2013, have two I-League titles (2013-14, 2015-16) and have a runner's up finish (2014-15) since their inception.
The Indian club, that went into action for the first time under the leadership of Ashley Westwood, has opened a new chapter in Indian football. They managed to bring in football culture in the city from the very first year of being active.
The West Block Blues - as the Bengaluru FC fans are called - are considered as the 12th man by the players for their constant loyal support in every match they play at home.
This sporting culture was induced in Bengaluru, courtesy of IPL's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which was established in 2008. However, Virat Kohli-led side is yet to bring the ultimate glory home - the IPL trophy.
The Bengaluru sporting club that came closest to success was their hockey franchise that featured in the Premier Hockey League. The team played in four seasons and won twice during their stint.
The Chhetri-led Bengaluru FC will enter the field on Wednesday with a crucial away goal against the defending champions. However, the hosts will want to keep their loss to the same opponents in the group stage earlier in the tournament off their minds.
Venue: Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru
Time: 19:00 (IST)
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