Photos: Bengaluru FC start training for new season

Bengaluru, August 1: The reigning I-League champions Bengaluru FC started pre-season training for the upcoming 2016-17 season today (August 1) at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

The Blues, as they are popularly known as, kick-start their pre-season training regime under newly appointed manager Albert Roca. 

Bengaluru FC players celebrate after winning the 2015-16 I-League

Roca, who has assisted Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard at clubs like FC Barcelona, Galatasaray, etc, took charges at the helm of affairs at Bengaluru FC in June 2016 replacing English manager Ashley Westwood.

A week back, the Spanish manager had addressed the media for the first time where he suggested that he is looking forward to work with the Indian giants.

He had said: "We want to do what is best for Indian football. Would like to work towards making India a strong footballing nation.

"Bengaluru FC as a club is really professional. The facilities are good enough and I can't wait to start working.

Bengaluru FC scripted history last season as they reached the last eight stage of AFC Cup. The Indian champions take on Singapore's Tampines Rovers FC in the first leg of the quarte-final clash on 14th September.

Here are some photographs from Bengaluru FC's first day training:

Bengaluru FC players

Bengaluru FC players form a hurdle before training. Manager Albert Roca heads the session.

Bengaluru FC players training

Bengaluru FC players warming up before training.

Sunil Chhetri

Skipper Sunil Chhetri enters the field ahead of first day training.

Bengaluru FC players

Bengaluru FC players gear up ahead of first day training.

Bengaluru fans

Arguably the most energetic fans in India, the West Block Blues were in numbers to cheer for their favourite club.

Bengaluru FC goalkeepers

Bengaluru FC goalkeepers training under the vigilant eyes of Ali Uzunhasanoglu.

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