MUMBAI: The Rajesh Wadhawan owned Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City on Thursday announced Hindi film actor Arjun Kapoor as the new co-owner of the club.
Kapoor replaces Bollywood A lister Hrithik Roshan, who ended his association with the club in August.
Team owner Kartik Wadhawan noted: “I am extremely proud to announce and warmly welcome Arjun to the FC Pune City family. In Arjun, we not only have a co-owner but also an accomplished football aficionado and a big fan. Combined with his star power, his knowledge and passion of the sport makes him a perfect fit for our club.”
Announcing the new co-owner, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “FC Pune City welcomes Arjun Kapoor as the co-owner of the club. Arjun is not only a youth icon but also a footballer at heart. His passion for the sport is well known and he is a very astute observer of the game. His involvement with the club will surely give an impetus to us to connect with a larger audience across the state as well as nationally."
Kapoor commented, “I love football and have grown up watching and playing the sport. I still actively play with my friends, who also are co-owners at various clubs in ISL. What FC Pune City as a club is doing with football is tremendous and it seemed a natural fit for me to join them in their endeavour to develop a professional eco-system of football across Maharashtra. Our collective enthusiasm is in creating a special and aspirational football team.”
Besides the first team in ISL, FC Pune City is the only club in the league to have a full-fledged residential academy set up and boasts of having three junior teams (U-18; U-16; U-14) and a Women’s team.