Vasco S.C.

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Vasco S.C.
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Full name NRB Vasco Sporting Club
Founded 1951
Owner NRB Group
Chairman Mario Leitão
Manager Subrata Bhattacharya
League I-League 2nd Division
2013 I-League 2nd Division, 3rd
Current season

NRB Vasco Sports Club are a football club from Goa, India. They currently play in the I-League 2nd Division which is India's second most prominent football league.

History[edit]

In 1951, residents from the port town of Vasco da Gama, Goa, including the Portuguese garrison stationed there formed the club called Clube de Desportos Vasco da Gama.

It was named after the famous Brazilian club Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, and similar colours were adopted by it. The open fields where the present Tilak Maidan Stadium and were the practice grounds for the players. Later a club house was built nearby, which still stands today.

During the last five decades the club participated in most of the major tournaments in India. The sixties and seventies were the most productive years for the club and they won some of the major tournaments during that time like the Kerala Trophy, Stafford Cup, Bandodkar Gold Trophy, Chakola Gold Trophy and Sait-Nagjee Trophy. It failed to stamp its mark in other tournaments like the Rovers Cup, Bordoloi Shield, Nehru Memorial Tournament, having lost out in the final.

As far as honors at home go, the club won the Goa Professional League title on six different occasions starting in 1954 until 1969 and is the oldest registered Club still participating in the State's top League competition, never once having been relegated in the Club's history.

After two decades of major victories, the 80's saw a decline in the efficacy of the Club in terms of All India and State Tournaments. However, it retained a prominent position among the top five Clubs in Goa. The decline started when the Bandekar group withdrew support and there were no new white knights to fund the increasing cost of top class players.

Over the last five decades the club has received a lot of financial help from many philanthropic benefactors not only from the port town of Vasco, but from different parts of Goa and Goans residing abroad.

Undaunted, from the mid 90's the Club, under the leadership of Nõel da Lima Leitão, took the help of Zeca Miglietti from Portugal, former Benfica defender, as coach for its training programme. His hard work saw the Club reach the quarterfinal phase of the KBL Federation Cup and among the contenders for qualification to the Premier Division National League.

Sponsorship[edit]

Vasco Sports Club has a new title sponsor in the local NRB Group and the team would be from now on known as NRB Vasco. This was announced in the Goan clubs Club House. The initial deal is of one year duration which was announced by the NRB Managing Director Narayan Bandekar, who hope to help the club qualify for the I-League after years in the 2nd Division.

Stadium[edit]

Currently when Vasco S.C. played in the I-League then they would have used the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 23 August 2014[1]

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

No. Position Player
India GK Francis Fernandes
India GK Vikhram Singh
India GK Nitesh Gosavi
India GK Vatsal
India DF Freehauf Fernandes
India DF Surjit Singh
India DF Agnelo Barreto
India DF Savio Quadros
India DF Naveen Mendes
India DF Amar Halankar
India DF Don Fernandes
No. Position Player
India MF Jose Colaco
India MF Aiken Dias
India MF Manuel Costa
India MF Hari Parab
India MF Quan Gomes
India MF Allen Fernandes
India MF Jaison Dias
India MF Gaurish Naik
India FW Jerose Oliveira
India FW Semson Fernandes
India FW Deepak Kumar
India FW Aniston Fernandes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vasco Sports Club look to recreate old magic". OHeraldo.in. 24 August 2014. 

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