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Hyderabad FC replaces FC Pune City as new ISL franchise

Hyderabad FC replaces FC Pune City as new ISL franchise
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The sixth Indian Super League will have a new team with Hyderabad FC, a city with a storied past in football, replacing FC Pune City, a club that has...

New Delhi : The sixth Indian Super League will have a new team with Hyderabad FC, a city with a storied past in football, replacing FC Pune City, a club that has been plagued by financial problems in recent years.

Vijay Madduri and Varun Tripuraneni are the owners of the the new team, which will play its match at the Gachibowli Stadium. An official word on the home venue is still awaited. Pune City struggled to pay salaries to players and support staff during the fifth edition of the Indian Super League.

"Hyderabad, a city that boasts of a strong football culture, will soon see its own team making its debut in the upcoming Hero Indian Super League season," the ISL said in a release.

It is understood that the Wadhawan Group, owners of Pune City, are winding up the team due to financial issues. FC Pune City were also facing a two-window ban on player transfer after the club was found guilty of "unethically tapping" Chennai City midfielder Nestor Gordillo.

Madduri, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, has been serving as the CEO of Hyderabad-based digital integration service provider Incessant Technologies for nearly a decade.

The former software engineer has previously served as the director of sales and client services for Virtusa India Pvt Ltd while he has also undertaken a one-year executive leadership program from the prestigious Yale School of Management in 2015.

"I look forward to playing a significant role in developing football in the state, reviving its past glory. Sports has always been in my DNA and I am extremely happy to have a chance to contribute in this field," said Vijay.

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