- Address: Delhi
- Country: India
- Capacity: 60,000
- Opened: 1983
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Punjab FC (football)
Extra stadium info – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is also sometimes used for athletics and concerts. It is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India as an independent state. He was born in 1889 and he died in 1964 after a myocardial infarction. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was renovated in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. In 2012, the venue hosted the farewell match of Baichung Bhutia. The former striker, who was born in the Indian state of Sikkim, played professional football in India, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Bhutia lost the match with the national football team of India against the world famous club Bayern München, the first FIFA Club World Cup winner from Germany, in front of a crowd of 35,000.
The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
On 6 October 2017, the venue hosted India’s first 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup match. 46,000 people attended the football match between India and the United States. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium also hosted 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches of Colombia, Germany, Ghana and Paraguay. The youth football tournament was won by England after beating Spain.
The Delhi Dynamos
The Delhi Dynamos played numerous home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. It became the first football club from Delhi in the Indian Super League. Sudeva Delhi became the first football club from Delhi in the I-League. The former club named Delhi Dynamos became the first football club from Delhi with 100,000 followers on its main social media page. They drew an average home attendance of 15,000 in their inaugural Indian Super League season.
In 2014, the Delhi Dynamos signed Alessandro Del Piero, one of the first athletes with 1 million followers on his main social media page. Del Piero played hundreds of matches for Juventus Football Club before he moved to the Australian side Sydney Football Club in 2012. Juventus won their first-ever world championship title in 1985. The Delhi Dynamos signed several other world famous players in their first years of existence, like Florent Malouda, John Arne Riise and Roberto Carlos.
Harm van Veldhoven became the first head coach of the club, followed by Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha. The Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos won the UEFA Champions League three times with the world famous Spanish side Real Madrid. He also won several world championship titles. In 2002, he won the prestigious FIFA World Cup with the national football team of Brazil after defeating Germany.
Punjab FC moved to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in 2023. They played their first ISL match against Mohun Bagan. Luka Majcen scored the first ISL goal for Punjab FC in that match, which was won by Mohun Bagan. FC Goa won the second ISL game for Punjab FC. On 6 October 2023, Punjab FC played their first home game in the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Indian top-flight football league game between Punjab FC and NorthEast United ended in a 1-1 draw.