FC Goa

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FC Goa
FC Goa logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Goa
Nickname(s) The Gaurs
Short nameFCG
Founded26 August 2014;6 years ago (2014-08-26)
Ground Fatorda Stadium
Capacity19,000 [1]
OwnerGoan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. [2]
Manager Juan Ferrando
League Indian Super League
2020–21 Indian Super League, 4th of 11
Playoffs: Semi-finals
Website Club website
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Active departments of FC Goa
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Football (Men's)Football (Women's) [3] Football (Reserves & Youth Men's) [4]

Football Club Goa is an Indian professional football club based in Goa, that competes in the Indian Super League, the top flight of Indian football. The club was established on 26 August 2014. [2] Nicknamed as The Gaurs , the club plays their home matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao. FC Goa is the first ever Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage. [5]

Contents

Brazilian coach Zico was the first manager of the club. Its marquee players for its first two seasons have been French winger Robert Pires and Brazilian defender Lúcio respectively. The team finished the league stage in the second position in their first season. 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. The next year, the team came first in the league stage, then lost the final 3–2 to Chennaiyin FC at home.

In the 2018–19 season, they reached their second final in the league where they lost 1–0 to Bengaluru FC. In the same season, they beat Chennaiyin FC 2–1 in the 2019 Indian Super Cup to win their first national trophy. In the 2019–20 season, FC Goa topped the league stage and won the first ever ISL League Winners Shield and also became the first Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage. [5]

History

Inception

One of the traditional powerhouse regions of Indian football, Goa was bound to be one of the cities to participate in the Indian Super League from its inception. [6] 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 modelled along the lines of the Indian Premier League and Major League Soccer in the United States. [7] 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. [8] The club was officially launched on 26 August 2014 at a well-attended ceremony at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa in Miramar. [9] The club represents Goa, the only state to declare football as its official sport. The logo of the club represents Goa's state animal the Gaur, while the colours blue and orange symbolizes the Goan coastline and sunrise.

On 23 September 2014, Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli was unveiled as one of the co-owners. [10] Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan was chosen as the brand ambassador of the club . [11] FC Goa is the first Indian sports club to launch a satellite TV Channel – FC Goa TV on Videocon D2H. [11]

Zico era (2014–2016)

Robert Pires, the club's first marquee signing in the 2014 season. Robert Pires1.JPG
Robert Pires, the club's first marquee signing in the 2014 season.

Brazilian footballer Zico signed as the club's head coach on 2 September 2014. On 20 September 2014, FC Goa officially confirmed Premier League winner and former Arsenal footballer Robert Pires as their first marquee player. [12] 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. [13] 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. [14] 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. [15]

Zico, Goa's first head coach led them to the finals in the 2015 Indian Super League season. Zico 2012 2.jpg
Zico, Goa's first head coach led them to the finals in the 2015 Indian Super League season.

FC Goa enjoyed a stellar 2015 season in the Indian Super League. [16] Head coach Zico continued as the head coach of the franchise for a second successive year.[ citation needed ] After a good run in the 2014 season, much was expected from the team. Zico lined up an impressive team ahead of the season with veteran players like Leonardo Moura, Reinaldo Oliveira, and former La Masia youth product, Joffre Mateu who won the first season of the ISL with Atletico de Kolkata joining the ranks.[ citation needed ] Frenchman, Gregory Arnolin was the only international player retained from the first season with the club. The Indian contingent had familiar faces in Goan wingers Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai and goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.[ citation needed ]

Lucio, the club's second marquee signing spent two seasons at FC Goa. Lucio - Inter Mailand (5).jpg
Lúcio, the club's second marquee signing spent two seasons at FC Goa.

FC Goa started the season in superb fashion with a commanding 2–0 victory over Delhi Dynamos and that set the tone for the season ahead. Under Zico's tutelage, FC Goa played an attacking brand of football and set the league alight as they finished the league stage of the campaign on top of the standings with 25 points, two clear of the second placed team with 7 victories along the way.[ citation needed ] In the process, FC Goa scored the most goals in the league stage, having netted 29 times.[ citation needed ] En route to the semi-finals, the Gaurs earned the record of having attained the highest margin of victory when they beat Mumbai City FC 7–0 in Fatorda. This victory included two players scoring hat-tricks (Dudu Omagbemi and T. Haokip) which was a first in the history of the league. After a 1–0 loss in the first leg of the semi-finals against Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa turned the tie on its head with a dominating 3–0 win at home. This provided them with a chance to win the ISL title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda in front of the home fans. In the finals, a late surge by Chennaiyin FC saw FC Goa lose out on the title after a well contested match.[ citation needed ]

On 23 July 2016, Salgaocar and Dempo stepped down from the ownership of FC Goa. [18] On 5 August 2016, new owner Jaydev Mody brought a 65% stake in the FC Goa team. [19] Head coach Zico continued as the head coach of the franchise for his third and final season. FC Goa had a poor 2016 season after finishing last in the table and picking up only four victories throughout the season. They ended the disappointing season with 14 points and finished last in the table. Zico primarily blamed late preparations for FC Goa's failure which was caused due to the incoming of new owners just a few months before the start of the new season. His 3-year contract with FC Goa ended and did not renew it with the club.[ citation needed ]

Success under Lobera (2017–2020)

Under Lobera, Goa reached the ISL finals in 2019 and also won the 2019 Super Cup, their first trophy in history Sergio Lobera Rodriguez.jpg
Under Lobera, Goa reached the ISL finals in 2019 and also won the 2019 Super Cup, their first trophy in history

In the 2017–18 season, FC Goa won their first match of the 2017–18 Indian Super League 2–3 away against Chennaiyin, this was also their first competitive match under new coach Sergio Lobera, they later went on to lose against Chennayin FC in the semi-finals. [20] Lobera in his second season led Goa to their second final against Bengaluru FC which they lost 0–1 after a late goal from Rahul Bheke in the second half of extra time. [21] In the same season, Goa beat Chennaiyin FC 2–1 in the finals of the 2019 Indian Super Cup to win their first trophy. [22] On 1 February 2020, Goa announced they mutually parted ways with head coach Sergio Lobera and his coaching staff after playing 15 games in the third season. [23] Goa later went on to win the remaining three league games and topped the group stage and won the ISL League Winners Shield, they also became the first Indian club to qualify for AFC Champions League group stage. [5] However their 5–6 defeat on aggregate to Chennaiyin FC in the playoffs ended their chance of winning the elusive ISL trophy. [24]

Ferrando era (2020–present)

Juan Ferrando, the current FC Goa manager Ferrando sheriff.jpg
Juan Ferrando, the current FC Goa manager

On 30 April 2020, Goa appointed Juan Ferrando as their head coach ahead of the new season. [25] The club also announced their partnership with RB Leipzig for the youth development.

FC Goa players (left) during an AFC Champions League match against Al Wahda at the Fatorda Stadium in 2021 FC Goa at the AFC Champions League.jpg
FC Goa players (left) during an AFC Champions League match against Al Wahda at the Fatorda Stadium in 2021

Under the guidance of Ferrando, FC Goa scripted history after scoring their first ever goal in the AFC Champions League on 20 April against Persepolis FC through a header by Edu Bedia. [26] [27]

Stadium

Home ground

Fatorda Nehru Stadium
(The Fortress)
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Fatorda Stadium in Margao, the home of FC Goa

The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, better known as The Fatorda is the home stadium of Goa. Fans refer to it as, "Our Field, Our Turf, Our Home, Our Fortress…Fatorda." The stadium is considered as one of the finest football stadiums in the country, hosted many international games, including India national team's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup. [28] It was also one of the six host venues for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India. Massive attendances have been recorded at the Fatorda.

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The exterior of the stadium

The stadium opened in 1989. In 2014, it has been refurbished and upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications to host the Lusofonia Games in 2014. It is designed with a 20,000 seating capacity. [1] With a roof covering 100 percent of the seating area, the stadium complex provides two levels of fans seating arrangement along with a VIP area. It is regarded as one of the most well maintained football grounds in the Indian subcontinent. [29]

Training ground

The team currently trains at the Salvador do Mundo Panchayat Ground in Bardez. They have previously trained at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim & Tilak Maidan in Vasco.

Supporters

Fans of FC Goa on a matchday at the Fatorda stadium in Margao, Goa. Fans of FC Goa at Fatorda Stadium.jpg
Fans of FC Goa on a matchday at the Fatorda stadium in Margao, Goa.

Despite the team's 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. [30] 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. [31] FC Goa Fan Club and East Lower Army are the officially recognized supporters clubs of FC Goa. [32] FC Goa celebrity supporters include Anushka Sharma, [33] Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, [34] Zayed Khan, [35] Raveena Tandon, [36] Virat Kohli, Sonu Nigam.

The Official Anthem of the Team is "Tiki-Taka (Vamos Goa)" by local artists Omi Tunes & EDM Gomes. The song reflects the style of play adopted by the club since the Lobera Era.

Attendance

As of 7 March 2018
SeasonHome games playedStadium capacityAverage season attendanceOccupancy %
2014819,000 [37] 18,06695.08%
2015819,000 [37] 18,72498.54%
2016719,088 [37] 17,66192.52%
2017–18918,600 [37] 17,50594.11%
2018–191018,000 [37] 16,37890.98%

Colours and badges

The Official Mascot, the first of its kind in the ISL, is named "Philly the Gaur". He's a Gaur, which happens to be the state animal. FC Goa were the first out of the 10 clubs to have a mascot. There are also two other unofficial mascots namely "Gaurreddo", introduced by FC Goa Fan Club in 2014, followed by "Gaurdinho" in 2015, launched by a general football group TFDO. [38]

Colours

During the early years, the club wore an all blue kit with orange colour coming lightly on the sides. The all blue kit were used until 2017-18 season, when the club adopted the all orange kit. [39]

Kit evolution

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2014–16
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2016–17
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2017–18
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2018–19
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2019–20
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2020-21

During October 2019, Jockey International joined as the official partner. This is a multi-year deal with the team. [40]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerMain shirt sponsorBack sponsorChest sponsorSleeve sponsor
2014–2015 Adidas Videocon d2h Usha Pond's Men Gadre
2015–2016FC Prime Markets DSK Dream City Qnet
2016–2017 Umbro Deltin Goa Tourism ForcaGoa.com DSK Dream City
2017–2018Piranha Kingfisher Jio
2018–2019Sqad Gear Xiaomi Colors Adda52
2019–2020T10 SportsAdda52 Deltin
2020–presentSix5Six [41] Indinews [42] Paytm First Games [43] Kingfisher [44]

FC Goa in the Media

FC Goa TV is the dedicated official channel for FC Goa. [11] 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 interactive section which gives fans the chance to get some answers from first team players. [45]

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. [46]

Ownership

The Club is owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which used to consist of Dattaraj Salgaocar (37% stake) and Shrinivas Dempo (37% stake), which in 2016 was bought by Jaydev Mody (65% stake), Venugopal Dhoot (23% stake) and Virat Kohli (12% stake). [47] [48]

Current owners

Former owners

Players

As of 29 January 2021 [51]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Dheeraj Singh
2 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Sanson Pereira
4 DF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Iván González
5 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alberto Noguera
6 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Leander D'Cunha
8 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS James Donachie
9 FW Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Jorge Ortiz
10 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Brandon Fernandes
11 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Princeton Rebello
13 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Mohammad Nawaz
14 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Alexander Romario Jesuraj
15 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Amarjit Singh Kiyam
16 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Phrangki Buam
17 FW Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Igor Angulo
19 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Makan Chote
20 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Seriton Fernandes (2nd-captain)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Saviour Gama
22 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Redeem Tlang
23 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Edu Bedia (Captain)
25 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Glan Martins
26 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Ishan Pandita
27 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Aibanbha Dohling
29 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Devendra Murgaonkar
31 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Shubham Dhas
32 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Naveen Kumar
37 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Mohammed Ali
41 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Dylan Ignacio da Silva
42 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Sarineo Fernandes
43 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Aaren D'Silva
44 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Nestor Dias
45 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Flan Gomes
50 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Adil Khan (on loan from Hyderabad)

Notable former players

NameCountry
Miroslav Slepička Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
André Santos Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Gregory Arnolin Snake Flag of Martinique.svg Martinique
Lúcio Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Robert Pires Flag of France.svg France

Reserves and Youth

Youth Football

FC Goa has a reserve side which is fielded in the I-League 2nd Division. It also has a women's team which was announced on 28 July 2018. [52] It also has youth teams for various age group football tournaments and Youth I-League.

Grassroots

FC Goa's grassroots development programme which commenced in February 2015, saw FC Goa reaching out to over 20,000 children. FC Goa has a robust grassroots development programme. Over 1500 children between the age groups of 6 to 14 are currently being groomed by FC Goa. The U-14 team, the Junior Gaurs are doing excellently well. FC Goa assigned coach Gavin Araujo, an AFC A license coach as its Head of the youth development and Katz Naidoo as the program's Technical Director. The adopted 16 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 the schools which have been adopted by FC Goa from the South. [53]

Reserves Squad

As of 25 January 2021 [54]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
31 GK Flag of India.svg  IND Antonio Dylan Ignacio da Silva
GK Flag of India.svg  IND Hrithik Tiwari
GK Flag of India.svg  IND Hansel Coelho
GK Flag of India.svg  IND Viddhesh Bhonsle
21 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Brian Faria
29 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Lesly Rebello
34 DF Flag of India.svg  IND Sarineo Fernandes
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Malsawmtluanga Ralte
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Lalhmangaih Sanga
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Alister Fernandes
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Deeshank Kunkalikar
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Rayan Menezes
DF Flag of India.svg  IND Rollin Fernandes
No.Pos.NationPlayer
12 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Nestor Dias
14 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Kapil Hoble
16 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Christy Davis
24 MF Flag of India.svg  IND Ivon Costa
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Lalremruata HP
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Francis Colaco
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Brison Fernandes
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Meuton Fernandes
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Vasim Inamdar
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Velroy Fernandes
MF Flag of India.svg  IND Delton Colaco
46 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Joybert Almeida
9 FW Flag of India.svg  IND Aaren D'Silva

U18 squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of India.svg  IND Aninsh

Current technical staff

As of June 2017

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Spain.svg Juan Ferrando
Assistant & conditioning coach Flag of Spain.svg Javi González
Assistant coach Flag of India.svg Clifford Miranda
Goalkeeping coach Flag of India.svg Virender Singh
Technical Director Flag of India.svg Derrick Pereira [55]
Director of Football Flag of India.svg Ravi Puskur

Statistics and records

Season by season

As of 9 March 2021
Season League Finals Super Cup Asia Top Scorer
PWDLGFGAPtsPositionPlayerGoals
2014 146442112222nd Semi-finals Did not existNo Qualification from ISL Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Miroslav Slepička 5
2015 147432920251st Runners-up Flag of Brazil.svg Reinaldo 7
2016 144281525148thDNQ Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Coelho 5
2017–18 189364228304th Semi-Finals Semi-finals DNQ Flag of Spain.svg Coro 18
2018–19 1810443620342nd Runners-up Champions 21
2019–20 1812334623391st
Premiers
Semi-finals Tournament Suspended14
2020–21 2071033123314th Semi-finals AFC Champions League Flag of Spain.svg Igor Angulo 14

Other records

Mandar Rao Dessai currently holds the team record for most appearances for FC Goa (100). Goa's all-time highest goalscorer in all competitions is Ferran Corominas with 55 goals (48 in ISL and 7 in Super Cup).

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayPosition
2021 [56] AFC Champions League Group E Flag of Qatar.svg Al Rayyan 0–0
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda 0–0
Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 2–1

Affiliated clubs

The following club is currently affiliated with FC Goa:

The following clubs were affiliated with FC Goa:

Honours

League

Gold medal with cup.svgPremiers (1): 2019–20
Silver medal with cup.svg Runners-up (2): 2015, 2018–19

Cup

Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2019

Regional

Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2018–19
Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1): 2019

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