Churchill Brothers S.C.

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Churchill Brothers
Churchill Brothers SC.jpg
Full name Churchill Brothers Sports Club
Nickname(s) The Red Machine
Founded 1988[1]
Owner Churchill Alemao
Head Coach Joseph Afusi
2013–14 I-League, 12th
Website Club home page
Current season

Churchill Brothers Sports Club is an Indian football club based in Margao, Goa. Churchill Brothers was founded in 1988 in Margao and in 1996 were a founding club of the new National Football League. In 2007, the club were also a founding club in the I-League. In the first decade of the 21st century the club won one League Championship title and three Durand Cups. The club then won the league title again after the 2012–13 season.

History[edit]

1988–2009[edit]

Churchill Brothers SC were started up in 1988 as Varca Club[2] After one season under the name Varca Club they renamed themselves Brothers Sporting Club. Later on they were bought out by Churchill Braz Alemao and renamed themselves Churchill Brothers SC. After the take over by Churchill the club went on to win the Durand Cup in 2007 and then they had their best year in 2008–09 by winning the 2008–09 I-League, 2009 Durand Cup, and the 2009 IFA Shield. Through their I-League win Churchill Brothers SC were able to play in the 2010 Asian Champions League qualifiers which they lost which meant that they would play in the 2010 AFC Cup. During the AFC Cup Churchill Brothers SC won two games against Al-Hilal and finished runners up in their group and advanced to the next round where they would lose 1–2 to Al-Qadsia at the Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium.

2010–present[edit]

For the 2010–11 season Churchill Brothers played in the I-League. Churchill Brothers had contracted manager Vincent Subramaniam for the 2010–11 season of the but midway through the season Vincent left his post as the manager and Churchill Brothers went the rest of the season with Croatian Drago Mamić as their caretaker manager who led them to fourth place that season. He also helped them win the IFA Shield that year. On 9 June 2011 Churchill Brothers announced they have signed former Portugal national football team assistant coach Manuel Gomes as permanent manager.[3] However on 15 February 2012 it was announced that Gomes had resigned and that former coach Carlos Roberto Pereira would be brought in on a caretaker basis.[4]

Then on 13 July 2012 it was announced that Mariano Dias had been signed by the Churchill Brothers to become their new full-time head coach.[5] After his first season in charge, Dias managed to lead Churchill Brothers to the I-League championship, their second one in history, after the 2012–13 season ended.[6]

Colours and crest[edit]

The colours of Churchill Brothers kits and flags have always been red and white but before the brand new crest the home colours were white while the away colours were red. Now after the new logo was shown the home kit is red while the away kit is blue.[7][8]

The crest of Churchill Brothers was originally green and yellow since 2011 the crest has been red and black. The first crest was a football on grass with yellow rays coming out acting as sun rays.


Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Years Kit manufacturer Sponsor
1988–2011 Unknown
2011–present Nivia Churchill

Stadiums[edit]

Since the I-League began, Churchill Brothers have always played mainly at the Fatorda Stadium in the South Goan city of Margao along with other Goan I-League clubs Dempo, Salgaocar, Sporting Goa, and Vasco. They also sometimes use the Tilak Maidan Stadium for I-League and Goa Professional League matches which is located in Vasco da Gama, Goa.

During the 2012–13 season Churchill Brothers temporarily played at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa while the Fatorda Stadium was being renovated for the 2013 Lusophony Games and while the Tilak Maidan was being renovated up to AFC standards.[9]

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 9 September 2014[10]

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

No. Position Player
3 India MF William Colaco
11 India DF Sanjay Balmuchu
15 Nigeria FW Odafe Onyeka Okolie
19 India MF Charles Miranda
33 India MF Richard Costa
34 India MF Joshua Rebello
India GK Bilal Khan
India GK Sukhwinder Singh
India DF Elvis Barreto
India DF Harpreet Singh
India DF Suraj Singh
India DF Sudeesh Muttah
No. Position Player
India DF Jos Vaz
India DF Kamaldeep Singh
India MF Rovan Pereira
India MF Neliston D'Silva
India MF Manfred Rodrigues
India MF Nash Pereira
India MF Sreenag Gopalan
India MF Ashwin Godinho
India FW Aldrich Coelho
India FW Nicholas Fernandes
India FW Pankaj Sona
India FW Flavio Lopes

Managers[edit]

Churchill Brothers are known for the short-term managers who come in but barely manage to complete at least half a year on the job. Their current manager is Joseph Afusi from Nigeria

Honours[edit]

Winners (2): 2008–09, 2012–13
Runners-up (2): 2007–08, 2009–10
Runners-up (3): 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2001–02
Winners (3): 2007, 2009, 2011
Runners-up (2): 2000–01, 2008
Winners (1): 2013–14

Minor Tournaments[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Federation Cup Super Cup Asia Round reached Name Goals
League Top goalscorer
1996–97 Div 1 19 10 6 3 27 16 39 2nd &
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1998–99 Div 1 20 7 8 5 27 22 29 3rd &
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1999–2000 Div 1 22 12 5 5 36 17 41 2nd &
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2000–01 Div 1 22 10 6 6 32 25 36 3rd &
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2001–02 Div 1 22 12 6 4 44 19 42 2nd &
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2002–03 Div 1 22 10 7 5 33 22 37 5th &
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2003–04 Div 1 22 10 6 6 29 24 36 4th &
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2004–05 Div 1 22 5 8 9 23 33 23 9th &
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2006–07 Div 1 18 7 8 3 30 23 29 4th &
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2007–08 IL 18 11 3 4 40 22 36 2nd QF &
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Nigeria Onyeka Okolie, OdafeOdafe Onyeka Okolie 22
2008–09 IL 22 13 7 2 53 23 46 1st SF &
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Nigeria Onyeka Okolie, OdafeOdafe Onyeka Okolie 24
2009–10 IL 26 11 10 5 50 35 43 2nd SF &
AFC Cup R16 Nigeria Onyeka Okolie, OdafeOdafe Onyeka Okolie 22
2010–11 IL 26 14 8 4 57 31 50 4th SF &
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Nigeria Onyeka Okolie, OdafeOdafe Onyeka Okolie 25
2011–12 IL 26 14 6 6 47 28 48 3rd GS &
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Gabon Henry Antchouet 18
2012–13 IL 26 16 7 3 56 22 55 1st SF &
AFC Cup GS Gabon Henry Antchouet 14
2013–14 IL 24 6 7 11 25 37 25 12th W &
AFC Cup R16 India Balwant Singh 10
1st or W Winners
2nd or RU Runners-up
promoted Promoted
relegated Relegated
Top scorer in division

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Churchill Brothers Sports Club. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "History" (Webpage). the-aiff. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Manuel Gomes to coach Churchill Brothers" (Webpage). sportskeeda. June 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Churchill Brothers' coach quits after dismal run". NDTV. 23 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mariano Dias to coach Churchill Brothers" (Webpage). sportskeeda. July 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "I-league title for second time" (Webpage). sportskeeda. May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Red Kit". Twimg. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "I-League: Beto brace sets up Churchill Brothers victory". Rediff. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "DULER STADIUM TO HOST I-LEAGUE ON NEW TURF". Navhind Times. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Calangute Association Confident". OHeraldo.in. Retrieved 28 August 2014.