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FC Goa

FC Goa
Full name Football Club Goa
Nickname(s) The Gaurs (Reddes)
Short name FCG
Founded 26 August 2014
Ground Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Ground Capacity 19,000[1]
Owner Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd.
President Dattaraj Salgaocar[2]
Manager Zico
League Indian Super League
2014 Indian Super League,2nd
Website Club home page

FC Goa (also known as The Gaurs) is an Indian professional football franchise based in Goa that competes in the Indian Super League.[3] The club was launched on 26 August 2014.[4] The team is owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which consists of Goan businessmen Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo as well as Venugopal Dhoot and Virat Kohli.[5]

The legendary Brazilian Football player Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) is the club's Manager (Head Coach).[6] Former Brazil skipper, World Cup winner and Champions league winner Lucio has signed as FC Goa's marquee player for the second season.[7]

FC Goa represents Goa, the only state to declare football as its official sport. The logo represents Goa's state animal the Gaur while the colours blue and orange symbolizes the Goan coastline and sunrise. Although Goa being the smallest Indian state FC Goa has signed eight Goan players for the second season, which is the highest number of local players by any club in the history of Indian Super League. The club play their home matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.[8]

The team finished the league stage in second position last season.[9] In the end-of-season play-offs, they lost via a penalty shootout against Atlético de Kolkata in the semi-finals after a goalless draw.[10]

History

Inception

French World Cup winner Robert Pires was signed as the club's first marquee player

One of the traditional powerhouse regions of Indian football, Goa was bound to be one of the cities to participate in the Hero Indian Super League from its inception.[9] In early 2014, it was announced that the All India Football Federation, the national federation for football in India, and IMG-Reliance would be accepting bids for ownership of eight of nine selected cities for the upcoming Indian Super League, an eight-team franchise league modeled along the lines of the Indian Premier League and Major League Soccer in the United States.[11] On 13 April 2014, it was announced that Venugopal Dhoot had won the bidding for the Goa franchise along with Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo.[3] The club was officially launched on 26 August 2014 at a well-attended ceremony at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Miramar.[12] On 23 September 2014 Virat Kohli Indian Cricketer was unveiled as one of the co-owners.[13] The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan.[14] FC Goa is the first Indian sports club to launch a satellite TV Channel - FC Goa TV on Videocon D2H.[14]

Zico Era: 2014–present

2014 FC Goa season

Romeo Fernandes one of the brightest young talents of FC Goa

The Legendary Brazilian Football player Zico signed as the club's Head Coach on 2 September 2014. On 20 September 2014 FC Goa officially confirmed French World Cup Winner and Arsenal legend Robert Pires as their first marquee player.[15] On 26 September Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri joined FC Goa. On 29 September another former Arsenal player André Santos joined Indian Super League side FC Goa.[16] 14 players from the Dempo SC outfit alongside a Mohun Bagan loanee in Bikramjit Singh comprised the 15-player FC Goa domestic contingent.[17] From the 2014 ISL Inaugural International Draft FC Goa selected Miroslav Slepička, Jan Šeda, Bruno Pinheiro, Youness Bengelloun, Miguel Herlein, Gregory Arnolin and Edgar Marcelino.

On 15 October 2014, FC Goa played their first Indian Super League match against Chennaiyin FC at the Fatorda Stadium,Goa. FC Goa lost four out of their first six matches but came back strongly in the second half of the tournament with five victories from their last eight encounters keeping five clean sheets in their 14 matches. Overall, Zico has done a remarkable job with six wins, four defeats and four draws, which took them to the second spot of the standings with 22 points.[18] By finishing second in the league, the club qualified for the end-of-season play-offs, where they lost via a penalty shootout against Atlético de Kolkata in the semi-finals after a goalless draw.[10]

At the end of season, Miroslav Slepička was the highest goal scorer for the team(5 goals). FC Goa had the longest unbeaten run in the league 10 games, Longest winning run in the league 4 games, Most shots on target in the league 134 shots and Most clean sheets in the league 7 games. Jan Šeda won the Golden Glove award.

Particularly encouraging from the first season was the arrival of Romeo Fernandes on the national footballing>scene. The Goan's consistent displays on the pitch quickly turned him into a fan favourite and attracted interest from lands as far as Brazil. His performances culminated in him being loaned out to Atletico Paranaense from parent club Dempo SC, where he became the first Indian to play professionally at the senior level in South America.

2015 FC Goa season

Former Brazil skipper, World Cup winner and Champions League winner Lúcio - The club's current marquee player

Brazil's legendary No 10 Zico returned as FC Goa manager for the Indian Super League's second season.[19] Former Brazil skipper and World Cup winner Lucio has signed up as FC Goa's marquee player for the second season.[7] Players retained in the team include- Domestic: Romeo Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai, Laxmikant Kattimani, Narayan Das, Debabrata Roy, Bikramjit Singh. International: Gregory Arnolin (FRA).Players from the open market include- Domestic: Pronay Halder, C S Sabeeth, Denson Devadas, Joaquim Abranches, Raju Gaikwad, Keenan Almeida,Nicolau Colaco,Luis Barreto. International: Jofre Mateu González (ESP), Lucio (BRA), Elinton Andrade (BRA), Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira (BRA), Victor Simões de Oliveira (BRA), Jonatan Lucca(BRA), Léo Moura(BRA).Players selected from draft include forwards Victorino Fernandes and Thongkhosiem Haokip .[8]

FC Goa will play its opening match on its home turf on 4 October with the Delhi Dynamos FC.[19]

Crest

The FC Goa official club logo is a combination of Goa's State animal the Gaur (Indian bison) and a shield. The Gaur stands out fiercely to protect its turf. The logo symbolises strength, attack and defence, all of which epitomise FC Goa. The logo FC Goa personifies the character of Goan football and the fundamentals of the team.[20]

Stadium

Home ground

Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium
The Fortress
Location Don Bosco Road, Fatorda, Margao, Goa
Coordinates
Owner Sports Authority of Goa
Operator Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. (during ISL)
Capacity 19,000 (All seater)[1]
Field size 106m x 70m
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1989
Renovated 2014

“Our Field, Our Turf, Our Home, Our Fortress…Fatorda” thats how the Gaurs refer to the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa This stadium is considered to be one of the finest football stadiums in the country. This venue has long been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to many international games, including India's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup.[21] It is also the main I-League football stadium in Goa .

The stadium opened in 1989 and in 2014 has been refurbished and upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications to host The Lusofonia Games.[22] It is designed with a 19,000 seating capacity.[1] With a roof covering 100 percent of the seating area, fans enjoy wide, comfortable seats with ample spacing between them. The stadium complex provides two levels of fans seating arrangement along with a VVIP area, which provides the ultimate setting for interacting with guests and enjoying football while indulging in the comfort of this private environment. Facilities include HD compliant arena lighting, natural turf, Broadcast room, TV Studio, Player Dressing rooms, Match Delegates area, Dope control rooms, Medical rooms for players and spectators, VIP Lounge, Corporate boxes, Media Tribune and Media working stations,Press Conference area, Mixed zone area, CCTV camera, swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasium and parking facilities. It is regarded as one of the most well maintained football grounds in the Indian subcontinent.[23]

Training ground - Goa

The training ground for the Gaurs is at Tilak Maidan, Vasco da Gama, Goa.[24] The venue hosts matches of the I-League as well as local Goan leagues. The venue has the capacity to accommodate 12,000 spectators.[25] In 2014 it has been upgraded satisfactorily to ensure most FIFA standards are maintained. Facilities include player changing rooms, lounge, dope control rooms and a media centre.The friendly matches of FC Goa are held here.[26]

Ownership

Owners of FC Goa

In terms of football FC Goa pedigree is unmatched with the combined experience of over 100 years in running football teams. The franchise is owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which consists of Dattaraj Salgaocar (37% stake), Shrinivas Dempo (37% stake), Venugopal Dhoot (26% stake) and Virat Kohli.[2][27]

  • Venugopal Dhoot is the Chairman of Videocon. and has been its Managing Director since 2005. He is one of the promoters of the group and has been instrumental in the growth and promotion of the Videocon. According to Forbes he is worth $1.7 billion.
  • Virat Kohli the Indian Cricketer is also one of the co-owners.[13] He is the current captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs. Kohli has been the recipient of many awards such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the BCCI's international cricketer of the year for the 2011–12 season. In 2013, he was given the Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in international cricket.[28] SportsPro, a UK magazine, rated Kohli as the second most marketable athlete in the world in 2014.[29]

"The people of Goa own this team and feel so close to it"

Shrinivas Dempo, Co-owner of FC Goa., August 2015
  • Shrinivas Dempo serves as the President of Dempo Sports Club Private Limited.The club is owned and sponsored by the Dempo group of companies. The team has been a constant performer in all the national football championship and gained immensely popularity in the last four decades of its existence. He has been named amongst the 50 most influential person in Indian sports in the annual Sports Illustrated Power list.[30]
  • Dattaraj Salgaocar is the Managing Director of VM Salgaocar and Company. Salgaocar FC is owned and managed by VM Salgaocar and Company to give a platform to the Goan youth to showcase their talent to the country and to the world.[31]

Supporters

"We felt it would be apt to award the ISL 2015 finale to Goa as an ode to the state’s passion for football. The fun-loving, football-crazy Goa will be a perfect destination for Indian football’s greatest party. Indian Super League is delighted to offer an exciting blend of football and festive spirit in celebration of the beautiful game"

Nita Ambani Chairman, Football Sports Development Ltd., July 2015[32]

Despite the teams poor start to the tournament in the first season, fans went out in large numbers to support their team. The fans, known to be loyal and vocal in their support, often turn up in large numbers for home matches turning the stadium into what is called a "sea of blue and orange". With increasing decibels at each match, players both foreign and national were astounded at the support. Banners, chants such as Forca Goa, F-C-Goa, drums, ghumots, Brass Band, vuvuzelas, Mexican wave and innovative get-ups was the theme for every match. Fans in the state spend the night outside the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda in the hope of grabbing a couple of tickets for FC Goa's home matches. Streets are painted blue, there’s music playing everywhere, car bonnets donning the crest of the team, stickers on bikes and flags sticking out of windows – this is Goa during the ISL. FC Goa celebrity supporters include Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Raveena Tandon, Virat Kohli, Sonu Nigam.

Brand Ambassador

The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan .Varun Dhawan, who happens to be a self-confessed sports enthusiast, has played the beautiful game both in real life and on the silver screen. He has been keenly following the Gaurs, cheering for the team, either from the stadium by squeezing out time from his busy schedule or from whichever part of the world. This year too, Dhawan will continue to commit himself to attend a few games and make himself available to feature in the team’s media campaigns.

Mascot

The mascot, the first of its kind in the ISL, is named Gaurdinho. He’s a Gaur, which happens to be the state animal, and a little samba touch to his name considering the Brazilian flavour in the team. FC Goa are the only one out of the eight franchises to have a mascot. The fans love him and during rallies, he’s the talk of the town.

Grassroots

FC Goa’s grassroots development programme which commenced in February 2015, saw FC Goa reaching out to over 20,000 children and actively mentoring and coaching over 1500 students from 16 schools in the sport of football. FC Goa assigned coach Gavin Araujo, an AFC A license coach as its Head of the youth development. The adopted schools include St Anthony's High School (Duler), St Anthony's HS (Guirim), Saraswat HS (Mapusa), St Britto's HS (Mapusa), Assagao Union School, St Joseph's HS (Calangute), Pilar Central School, St Lawrence HS (Agassaim) in the North. Our Lady of Poor HS (Tilamol), Our Lady of Fatima HS (Rivona), St Joseph HS (Chandor), Assumpta HS (Sarzora), Fr Agnel Ashram HS (Verna), St Rita HS (Maina), St Rock HS (Velim), St Xavier HS (Velim) are theschools who have been adopted by FC Goa from the South.

Objectives

  • To Create a huge Grassroots base in order to have a wider pool of Youth players to choose from.
  • To create a talent pool in which talented players come together to further improve themselves.
  • To continue our Search for the next Romeo and Mandar who benefited from such programmes.

TV Channel and Magazine

FC Goa TV is the dedicated official channel for FC Goa. It is the first and only Indian sports club to have its own satellite TV Channel.[14] The channel first launched on 10 October 2014 on Videocon D2H channel 100. FC Goa TV includes buildup to matches, post-match shows, exclusive interviews with players and staff besides an inter active section which gives fans the chance to get some answers from first team players.[33]

FC Goa launched its magazine Forca Goa at Fatorda Stadium, on 1 November 2014. The magazine was unveiled by All India Football Federation President Praful Patel in the presence of brand ambassador of FC Goa Varun Dhawan, supporter Sonu Nigam and co-owners Venugopal Dhoot, Anirudh Dhoot, Dattaraj V. Salgaocar and Shrinivas V. Dempo.[34]

Players and Staff

Current Squad

As of 2 September 2015[35]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Luis Barreto
2 DF Debabrata Roy (on loan from Dempo)
3 DF Lúcio
4 DF Luciano Sabrosa
5 DF Narayan Das (on loan from Dempo)
6 DF Raju Gaikwad (on loan from Mohun Bagan)
8 MF Bikramjit Singh (on loan from Mohun Bagan)
9 FW Darryl Duffy (on loan from Salgaocar)
10 MF Léo Moura
11 FW Reinaldo
12 FW Thongkhosiem Haokip (on loan from Pune)
13 MF Denson Devadas
14 FW Victorino Fernandes (on loan from Sporting Goa)
15 DF Grégory Arnolin
No. Position Player
16 DF Nicolau Colaco (on loan from Salgaocar)
17 MF Mandar Rao Desai (on loan from Dempo)
18 MF Pronay Halder (on loan from Dempo)
19 MF Romeo Fernandes (on loan from Dempo)
22 MF Jofre
23 DF Keenan Almeida (on loan from Sporting Goa)
27 GK Laxmikant Kattimani (on loan from Dempo)
30 FW Chinadorai Sabeeth (on loan from East Bengal)
47 MF Jonatan Lucca (on loan from Atletico Paranaense)
71 FW Joaquim Abranches (on loan from East Bengal)
99 GK Elinton Andrade
FW Rafael Coelho

Current Technical Staff

Zico-The Head Coach of FC Goa
Position Name
Head coach Zico[36]
Assistant coach Vannucci Fernando [37]
Conditioning Coach Moraci Sant'anna[38]
Physical Trainer Goncalves Willian[37]
Physiotherapist Gabriel Miguel[37]
Assistant Physiotherapist Russell Pinto[39]
Assistant Physiotherapist R Venkatesh
Team Doctor Dr. Sandeep Kumar[40]
Team Manager Jonathan D'Sousa[41]
Head of Youth Development Gavin Araujo[42]

Management

Position Name
President Dattaraj Salgaocar [2]
Board of Directors Shrinivas Dempo [2]
Board of Directors Saurabh Dhoot[2]
Chief Executive Officer Sukhvinder Singh[43]
Chief Advisory Officer P K Mukherjee[40]
Chief Marketing Officer Rahul Raichand[44]
General Secretary Rajeev Kulkarni[2]

Awards, achievements and Records

Overall records

As of 1 November 2015
Season Head Coach Marquee Player Indian Super League Play-offs Top Scorer
P W L D GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2014 Zico Robert Pires 14 6 4 4 21 12 22 2nd Semi-Finalist Miroslav Slepička 5
2015 Lúcio 7 3 2 2 9 10 11 3rd
Season Destination Pre-season Friendlies Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Player Goals
2014 Goa 3 3 0 0 8 0 Holicharan Narzary 2
2015 Dubai, Goa 5 2 2 1 10 9 Reinaldo 3

Head coach record

As of 1 November 2015
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Zico  Brazil September 2014 Present 23 9 8 6 30 22 39.13

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

In 2015 Adidas and FC Goa announced a three-year extension of their association, while FC Prime Markets an Australia based firm headquarters in Dubai signed a five year deal with FC Goa. FC Goa’s associate sponsors this year in DSK Dream City has taken the initiative to roar along with the Gaurs from the team hotel to the home fortress with DSK Benelli and Hyosung motorcycles .
Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2014 Adidas Videocon d2h
2015-17 FC Prime Markets
2018-19

Affiliated Clubs

Official External links

  • FC Goa official website
  • FC Goa Facebook
  • FC Goa Twitter
  • FC Goa Instagram
  • FC Goa Youtube
  • ISL official website

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