Minerva Punjab FC are the sole representative of the entire North Region & Punjab in the top tier of Indian Football i.e the Hero I-League. Minerva entered the national fray in 2015 as debutants in the 2nd Division League and finished Runners Up in the debut season after which we were promoted to the top division i.e Hero I-League.
Minerva Academy FC (Junior team) have been crowned All India Champions of the AIFF U-16 Youth I-League OR Nike Premier Cup for the last two consecutive years. (2015-16, 2016-17)
Minerva Punjab FC’s Residential Football Academy which houses and trains 100 budding footballers at its campus in Mohali, Punjab and its renowned Youth Development Program have contributed 17 players to various age groups Indian National Teams over the last two years.
Minerva Punjab FC has a rich history dating back to the 1970s. A vision of Minerva Academy (India’s Premier Armed Forces Preparatory Institute estd.1955) and Minerva Public School (Now closed) founder Late Lt. Col. I. S. Deol, the school football team of Minerva Public School formed the most formidable football team of the region. They dominated in competitions and won many national school level tournaments till the 1990s after which the team was disbanded due to the school shutting down. In 2005, the team was revived as Minerva Academy Football Club by the grandson of Lt. Col. Deol, Mr. Ranjit Bajaj to revive the lost glory of football in Punjab and give a platform to talented youngsters of the region to shine on the national stage.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
MINERVA PUNJAB FOOTBALL CLUB WAS FOUNDED BY MR. RANJIT BAJAJ IN 2005, WHO IS THE CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CLUB. HE HAS HIMSELF PLAYED IN ALL THE PRESTIGIOUS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENTS OF THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING REPRESENTING CHANDIGARH IN TWO JUNIOR NATIONALS, SUBROTO CUP, SANTOSH TROPHY AND THE DURAND CUP. HE WAS ALSO PART OF THE INDIA U-19 SQUAD FOR THE ASIAN SCHOOL GAMES HELD AT MALAYSIA IN 1998, EARNING SEVEN JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL CAPS FOR THE COUNTRY. HE IS EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOTBALL AND DEVOTED TO THE CLUB WITH A HANDS ON APPROACH.