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FC Goa 2019 | Detailed Squad | Schedule | Owners | Coach

Here is everything you need to know about FC Goa…

It seems rather imperative to talk about the journey of a team that comes from the only state in India to have declared football as its official sport. And FC Goa it is!

FC Goa is the Goa-based franchise playing in the highly coveted Indian Super League right from its inception. The club was founded on 26th August2014 and is presently owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which consists of Virat Kohli, Jaydev Mody and Akshay Tandon.

FC Goa is a team which strives to embody the spirit of Joga Bonito, a Portuguese phrase which means ‘play beautifully’. “The FC Goa brand stands for strength, integrity and pride. A single club united and resolute in its pursuit for glory. The team embodies the spirit of Joga Bonito, playing the beautiful game the way it should be played- with pace, power and passion

Logo

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Credits: ItsGoa

The logo is constituted by two features:

The gaur or the Indian bison – state animal of Goa

The shield-which symbolises strength, attack and defence

Home Stadium of FC Goa

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Credits: Indian Super League

The team plays its home matches at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. With a seating capacity of 19,800 and 100 per cent roof covering, the stadium is considered to be India’s one of the best. The stadium has been one of the charismatic hosts to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2017.

Journey through the seasons

ISL 2014

Arthur Antunes Coimbra, aka Zico, was roped in as the head coach of the team. Zico, popularly known as the white Pele, is revered as one of the greatest players of all time. Zico has represented Brazil in many international matches.

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Credits: Deccan Chronicle

The team began the tournament in an unimpressive way but managed to brave the jitters and win the later matches. With a stupendous 6 wins and 4 draws, the team ended up second in the points table and hence qualified for the final four.

FC Goa met ATK in the semi-finals. Both the legs went goalless which culminated into penalty shootouts at the end of the second leg. ATK won the semi-final on 4-2 penalty score over FC Goa. The dream of winning the title in the maiden season was shattered.

But the tournament gave a lot of positives for the team.

ISL 2015

Zico continued to be the coach of the side. While the Indian contingent in the team continued to be largely the same, the club roped in impressive roster of foreign players. The most prominent inception being Joffre Matue, a Spaniard and a product of the iconic La Masia. Joffre had an immense contribution in ATK’s run to the tile in the ISL 2014 season.

The team had a brilliant start to the tournament with 3 wins and 1 draw in 5 games. The performance only went up and the team topped the points table before the final four.

FC Goa met Delhi Dynamos FC int semi-final. The former went on to win the two-legged semi final on a 3-1 aggregate.

In the finals, FC Goa was handed a 3-2 drubbing by the Chennaiyin FC who clinched the second season of the ISL. Yet again, Fc Goa had to settle for the runners up title.

ISL 2016

The season was utterly disappointing for the club. Zico, who again was the head coach, couldn’t replicate the first two seasons. The team finished the tournament at the bottom of the points table with only 4 wins and 8 losses in 14 games.

ISL 2017-18

Zico handed over the baton to Sergio Rodriguez, a former Barcelona youth coach. Sergio had an impressive experience of coaching at the La Masia academy.

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Credits: Hindustan Times

The season turned out to be extraordinary for FC Goa. With 9 wins and 3 draws in 18 games, the team stood third in the points table. In its two-legged semi-final meet against Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa went down on a 4-1 aggregate and again let away the title from their hands.

ISL 2018-19

Sergio Rodriguez continued to be the coach of the team. The team put on an impressive show in the season as it finished second in the points table only behind Bengaluru FC.

The team played its semi-final fixture against Mumbai City FC. There was a very unusual home disadvantage in the fixtures as FC Goa beat Mumbai City FC 5-1 in its home ground in the first leg. In the second leg, if fans expected a cake walk for FC Goa ai its home ground, they were disappointed. Mumbai City FC beat FC Goa 1-0.

The team went to the finals on 5-2 aggregate victory over Mumbai City FC.

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FC Goa celebrate after reaching the finals
Credits: Indian Super League

The team met Bengaluru FC in the final at the Mumbai Football arena. The curse of previous seasons yet again curbed the team its maiden title. Bengaluru FC beat a 10-man FC Goa 1-0 in the classic final

ISL 2019-20

This is the clubs sixth straight appearance at the Hero ISL. With 4 semi-final appearances and converting two into finals, the team desperately needs the title. FC Goa has been the most outstanding and consistent team in the ISL in terms of performance. The team kicks off its campaign against Chennaiyin FC on October 23, 2019.

Coach

Sergio Lobera Rodriguez continues to be the team’s coach for the third straight season. The Spaniard has worked with the likes of Sergio Busquets (currently plays for FC Barcelona) and Jordi Alba (currently plays for Barcelona) at La Masia. The Gaurs (FC Goa are popularly known as Gaurs), under Sergio, have played two ISL seasons and were semi-finalists in one and finalists in the other.

Captain of FC Goa

Mandar Rao Dessai will be captaining the side in its sixth ISL venture. Mandar played a crucial role as a winger in Zico’s team setup in the inaugural season for FC Goa. His performances in the ISL season steered FC Goa in the finals.

In 2017, with the incoming of Sergio as head coach, Mandar was deployed as a full back. He quickly adapted to his new role and played a crucial role in the team’s performance throughout the season. His impressive campaign with Goa earned him an India debut at the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019.

Sergio and Mandar will be aiming to conquer the title for the first time even after being so close to do so in the previous seasons.

Stats: FC Goa

ISL 2014

MP W D L Points
14 6 4 4 22

 

Position in points table: 2

Final Result: Semi-finalists

Miroslav Slepicka had the most goals (5) as well as most assists (4) for the team

ISL 2015

MP W D L Points
14 7 4 3 25

Position in points table: 1

Final Result: Runner-up

Most goals: Reinaldo Oliveria (7)

Most assists: Leo Moura (8)

ISL 2016

MP W D L Points
14 4 2 8 14

Position in points table: 8

Most Goals: Rafael Coelho (5)

ISL 2017-18

MP W D L Points
18 9 3 6 30

Position in points table: 3

Final Result: Semi-finalists

Most goals: Ferran Corominas (18) – he was also the highest scorer for the season

Most assists: Manuel Bruno (6)

ISL 2018-19

MP W D L Points
18 10 4 4 34

Position in points table: 2

Final Result: Runner-up

Most goals: Ferran Corominas (16) – he was also the highest scorer for the season

Most assists: Ferran Corominas (7)

Owners of FC Goa

The club came into existence in the August of 2014. The franchise bidding was won by Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo. Later on, Venugopal Dhoot of Videocon and current Indian national cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, also became the co-owners of the side.

Following a controversial incident after the final of 2015 between Goa and Chennaiyin FC, both Salgaocar and Dempo withdrew their stakes.

The stakes were later purchased by Jaydev Mody (chairperson of Delta Corp ltd.) and Akshay Tandon (currently the co-owner and president of Goa).

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Credits: Business Standard

Sponsors and Partners of FC Goa

Imperial Blue Associate Sponsor
Kingfisher Associate Sponsor
Paytm Insider Ticketing Partner
Policy Bazaar Insurance Partner
T10 SPORTS Sportswear Partner
GWave Internet Partner
Inox Multiplex Partner
Indigo Music (indigomusic.com) Radio Partner
Jockey Official Partner
Prudent Media Broadcast Partner
The Navhind Times Print Partner
IndiGo Airline Partner
नवप्रभा Print Partner
CAM Industrial Services (Goa) Facility Management Partner

 FC Goa Schedule 2019

Here is the complete schedule for Goa (All the games are held at 7:30 pm IST)

Date Fixtures
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Goa vs Chennaiyin FC
Monday, October 28, 2019 Goa vs Bengaluru
Friday, November 1, 2019 NorthEast United vs Goa
Thursday, November 7, 2019 Mumbai City vs Goa
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Goa vs Jamshedpur
Sunday, December 1, 2019 Kerala Blasters vs Goa
Sunday, December 8, 2019 Hyderabad vs Goa
Saturday, December 14, 2019 Goa vs ATK
Sunday, December 22, 2019 Goa vs Odisha
Thursday, December 26, 2019 Chennaiyin FC vs Goa
Friday, January 3, 2020 Bengaluru FC vs Goa
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Goa vs NorthEast United
Saturday, January 18, 2020 ATK vs Goa
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Goa vs Kerala Blasters
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Odisha vs Goa
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Goa vs Hyderabad
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Goa vs Mumbai City FC
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Jamshedpur FC vs Goa

 

Kartik Gai
A cricket enthusiast- is best what describes me! While Dhoni is the monument of interest for me in this sport, it is Harsha Bhogle who inspires me to just write or speak. You can discuss with me about PUBG as well!

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Full Name
FC Goa
Coach
Sergio Lobera Rodriguez
Established Year
2014
Captain
Mandar Rao Dessai

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