FC Goa is an Indian professional football club based in Goa that competes in the Indian Super League under license from All India Football Federation (AIFF). The club was launched on 26 August 2014 and founded by Srinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar. It 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.

FC Goa
FC Goa logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Goa
Nickname(s)The Gaurs (team)
Short nameFCG
Founded26 August 2014; 5 years ago (2014-08-26)
GroundFatorda Stadium
Capacity19,000[1]
OwnerGoan Football Club Pvt. Ltd.[2]
ManagerJuan Ferrando
LeagueIndian Super League
2019–20Regular season: Premier
Play-offs: Semi-Final
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club play their home matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao. Brazilian coach Zico was the club's first Manager (Head Coach). 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 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 which 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-ever trophy. In the 2019–20 season, Goa topped the league stage and won the first ever ISL League Winners Shield and also became the first-ever Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage.[3]

HistoryEdit

InceptionEdit

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] The club was officially launched on 26 August 2014 at a well-attended ceremony at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Miramar.[7]

On 23 September 2014, Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli was unveiled as one of the co-owners.[8] The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan.[9] FC Goa is the first Indian sports club to launch a satellite TV Channel – FC Goa TV on Videocon D2H.[9]

Zico era (2014–2016)Edit

 
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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.

 
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. Head coach Zico continued as the head coach of the franchise for a second successive year. 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. 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.

 
Lúcio, the club's second marquee signing spent two seasons at FC Goa.

FC Goa started off 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. In the process, FC Goa scored the most goals in the league stage, having netted 29 times. 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.

On 23 July 2016, Salgaocar and Dempo stepped down from the ownership of FC Goa.[13] On 5 August 2016, new owner Jaydev Mody brought a 65% stake in the FC Goa team.[14] 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 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.

Success under Lobera (2017–2020)Edit

 
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.[15] 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.[16] In the same season, Goa beat Chennaiyin FC 2–1 in the finals of the 2019 Indian Super Cup to win their first-ever trophy.[17] 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.[18] 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.[3] However their 5–6 defeat on aggregate to Chennaiyin FC in the playoffs ended their chance of winning the elusive ISL trophy.[19]

Recent history (2020–present)Edit

On 30 April 2020, Goa appointed Juan Ferrando as their head coach.[20]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2014—2015 Adidas Videocon d2h
2015—2016 FC Prime Markets
2016—2017 Umbro Deltin
2017—2018 Piranha
2018—2019 Sqad Gear Xiaomi
2019—2020 T10 Sports adda52.com
2020— Molecule Red Bull

Kit evolutionEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016–17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017–18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018–19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019–20

During October 2019, Jockey International joined as the official partner. This is multi year deal with the team.[21]

StadiumEdit

Home groundEdit

 
Fatorda Stadium, the home of FC Goa

The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, better known as the Fatorda is the home stadium of the club. Fans refer to it as, "Our Field, Our Turf, Our Home, Our Fortress…Fatorda." The stadium is considered to be 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.[22] 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.

The stadium opened in 1989 and in 2014 has been refurbished and upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications to host The Lusofonia Games. It is designed with an 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.[23]

Training groundEdit

The team currently trains at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim. They previously trained at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.

Other squadsEdit

FC Goa has a reserve side which is fielded in the I-League 2nd Division. It also has a women team which was announced on 28 July 2018.[24] It also has youth teams for various age group football tournaments and Youth I-League.

OwnershipEdit

The franchise 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).[25][26][27]

Current ownersEdit

  • Jaydev Mody is the Chairman of Delta Corp Limited, the company focused in gaming (casinos) and hospitality mainly in Goa. It owns Asia's largest luxury offshore casino located in Goa. The company today has a market capitalization of Rs 2,000 crore.
  • 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, Indian national cricket team captain, is also one of the co-owners.[8] 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]

Former ownersEdit

  • 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 Corporation. 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]

SupportersEdit

 
Fans at the Fatorda Stadium

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.[32] 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.[33] FC Goa Fan Club, East Lower Army and Gaur Army are the officially recognized supporters clubs of FC Goa.[34] FC Goa celebrity supporters include Anushka Sharma,[35] Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha,[36] Zayed Khan,[37] Raveena Tandon,[38] 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 Gaurs since the Lobera Era.

AttendanceEdit

As of 7 March 2018
Season Home games played Stadium capacity Average season attendance Occupancy %
2014 8 19,000[39] 18,066 95.08%
2015 8 19,000[39] 18,724 98.54%
2016 7 19,088[39] 17,661 92.52%
2017–18 9 18,600[39] 17,505 94.11%
2018–19 10 18,000[39] 16,378 90.98%

Brand ambassadorEdit

The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan. He 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.[40]

MascotEdit

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 eight franchises to have a mascot. The fans love him and during rallies, he's the talk of the town. 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.

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GrassrootsEdit

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.[42]

TV channel and magazineEdit

FC Goa TV is the dedicated official channel for FC Goa.[9] 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.[43]

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.[44]

Notable former playersEdit

Name Country
Miroslav Slepička   Czech Republic
André Santos   Brazil
Gregory Arnolin   Martinique
Léo Moura   Brazil
Lúcio   Brazil
Richarlyson   Brazil
Robert Pires   France

Current squadEdit

As of 28 March 2020

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

No. Position Player
7   FW Len Doungel
10   MF Brandon Fernandes
11   FW Jorge Ortiz
13   GK Mohammad Nawaz
17   FW Igor Angulo
19   FW Makan Chote
20   DF Seriton Fernandes
22   MF Redeem Tlang
23   MF Edu Bedia
11   MF Princeton Rebello
37   DF Mohamed Ali
No. Position Player
27   DF Aibanbha Dohling
32   GK Naveen Kumar
24   MF Lenny Rodrigues

Reserve SquadEdit

As of 24 September 2019[45]

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 Shubham Dhas
2   DF Jonathan Cardozo
6   MF Leander D'Cunha
8   MF Hayden Hadson Fernandes
9   FW Aaren D'Silva
10   FW Lalawmpuia Ralte
11   MF Princeton Rebello
12   MF Nestor Dias
13   GK Guidle Syiemlieh
14   MF Kapil Hoble
15   FW Flan Gomes
16   MF Christy Davis
17   MF Kingsley Fernandes
18   MF Bryce Miranda
No. Position Player
21   DF Brian Faria
22   MF Vincy Barretto
23   MF Sweden Fernandes
24   MF Ivon Costa
27   DF Sadik Shaikh
29   DF Lesly Rebello
31   GK Antonio Dylan Ignacio da Silva
34   DF Sarineo Fernandes
35   GK Manav Baraskar
37   MF Sezwin Fernandes
46   FW Joybert Ronald Almeida
55   FW Anthony Francis Thomas Payyapilli
90   DF Yagya Kapoor

U18 squadEdit

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

No. Position Player

Current technical staffEdit

As of June 2017

Position Name
Head coach   Juan Ferrando
Assistant & conditioning coach   Javi Gonzalez
Assistant coach   Clifford Miranda
Goalkeeping coach   Virender Singh
Technical Director   Derrick Pereira[46]
Director of Football   Ravi Puskur

List of playersEdit

RecordsEdit

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).

Goa's goalkeepers have won just one Golden glove award with Jan Šeda.

Goa's longest serving manager is Sergio Lobera with 2 years and 190 days.

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

LeagueEdit

Runners-up (2): 2015, 2018–19
Champions (1): 2019–20

CupEdit

Winners (1): 2019

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners (1): 2018-19

CupEdit

Winners (1): 2019

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