Dempo S.C.

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Dempo
DempoSC crest.png
Full name Dempo Sports Club
Nickname(s) Golden Eagles
Founded 1968
Ground Fatorda Stadium
Ground Capacity 24,000[1]
Owner Dempo Corp.
Chairman Srinivas Dempo
Manager Mauricio Afonso
League I-League
2014–15 I-League, 10th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Dempo Sports Club is a football club based in Panjim, Goa. The club is owned and sponsored by the Dempo group of companies. Popularly known as ‘the whites’, the team has been a constant participator in all the national football championship and gained immense popularity in the last four decades of its existence.[2]

The team has won several accolades and honors. In the 2004–05 season, the club won its maiden National Football League title. They won the league again in the 2006–2007 season and followed it with the three I-League triumphs in 2007–08 in its inaugural version and then in 2009–2010 and again in 2011-12, making them the most successful club on national front with 5 league titles more than any other club in India.[3]

Several prominent players of the national football team of the country have been associated with this team. Players of prominence to have played in India include Indian nationals Climax Lawrence, Clifford Miranda, Mahesh Gawli, Samir Naik and foreign players Ranty Martins Soleye of Nigeria, Beto of Brazil, Tolgay Ozbey of Australia, Zohib Islam Amiri of Afghanistan and Carlos Hernández of Costa Rica.

History[edit]

Main article: History of Dempo S.C.

Dempo Sports Club started out as Dempo Souza Football Club in 1961 and was taken over when they made the company their own Dempo Corporation around that time.[4] The club was started by Michael deSouza and the logo and colours that the club wears currently was what he had chosen for the team. The club won their first Goan Senior League title in 1972. The club then won their first ever national pan-India tournament in 1975 by winning the Rovers Cup. The club then won the Rovers Cup again in 1978.[4] The club defended their title one year later in 1979. Their first double.

Dempo then entered their "Golden-Age" during the 1980s.[4] Dempo won a host of small cups and they also won the Rovers Cup again in 1986 by beating historic club Mohun Bagan. The club also won the Goan League in 1986 and 1987.[4]

The club then won their first international cup in Malé against New Radiant SC. The club then won the Rovers Cup again by beating Mohun Bagan again and were then one of the original 12 teams in the first National Football League in 1996.[5] The club then go relegated in 1999–2000 but got promoted the very next season and then the club won their first NFL championship in 2004.[4] Dempo also won the last NFL Season. Dempo then won the first I-League season in 2007–08.As a result of this title win, Dempo played in AFC competition in 2008 during the 2008 AFC Cup, Dempo ended as semi-finalist. They again won the league in 2009–10 and 2011–12. After the 2012-13 season where Dempo finished in 5th place, they parted ways with their most successful coach Armando Colaco with whom they had won 5 League titles.They appointed Arthur Papas who had previously been the Head Coach of the Indian U23 Mens National Team.[6] Dempo finished their 2013-14 campaign with a 4th-place finish.[7]

Crest[edit]

The Dempo Sports Club crest is the official logo for Dempo Corporations sports clubs that it owns. The logo includes the words Goa (name of the state Dempo is based in) and Dempo Sports Club (team name). The logo also includes a picture of a golden bird in the middle of the crest.

Colours[edit]

The official colours of Dempo Sports Club are Blue and White. Ever since their creation Dempo's home colours have always involved blue, mainly with the shirts while the shorts were always either blue or black. The away colours were always all white but then in 2011 when Dempo unveiled their away kit the shirt had black stripes on it. The shorts however remain the same.

Stadium[edit]

As of 2011 Dempo SC has been playing its football at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa. Fatorda Stadium opened in 1989 and Dempo SC has been using it since for all its I-League matches. There have been rumors however that state that Dempo SC could soon very well create its own stadium in Panjim, Goa although not much has been released on the subject.

Fatorda new

Ownership and Finances[edit]

At the moment Dempo Sports Club's main sponsor and owner is Dempo Mining Corporation Limited. The club has been owned by Dempo since their creation. As part of the sponsorship from Dempo the club also named itself Dempo Sports Club and is classed as an institutional club in that case.

The finances given to the club are very limited which meant that the club was forced to spend less on infrastructure and proven players and spend more on local youth development.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2006–2011 none Dempo
2011–2014 Nike
2014– Adidas

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 25 August 2015

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 DF Shallum Pires
5 Nigeria DF Chika Wali
7 India FW Beevan D'Mello
8 India FW Milagres Gonsalves
12 India FW Uttam Rai
13 India GK Gurpreet Singh Chabbal
14 India MF Steven Fernandes
15 India MF Vinnet Bugde
16 India DF Samir Subash Naik
18 India DF Aiken Dias
20 India DF Amar Halankar
21 India DF Naveen Mendes
No. Position Player
24 India MF Nickson Castanha
25 India MF Aniston Fernandes
27 India FW Joy Ferrao
28 India MF Germanpreet Singh
30 India MF Jayson Lucas
31 India FW Aaron Rodrigues
32 India FW Kapil Hoble
33 India GK Laxmikant Kattimani (Captain)
37 India DF Mohammed Ali
42 India GK Alison Fernandes
India MF Sahil Tavora
India FW Myron Fernandes

Retired Numbers[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 25th August 2015
Position Name
Technical Director South Africa Katz Naidoo
Head Coach India Mauricio Afonso
GK Coach India Camilo Gonsalves
Team Manager India Richard Sanchez
Youth Technical Director India Marcelino
Physiotherapist India R. Venkadesh
Kit Manager India Rajesh Malgi

Managers[edit]

The club hired their first professional manager in 2000, Armando Colaco, he remained with the club until the end of Season 2012/13. In June 2013, the club signed Greek-Australian Manager Arthur Papas who was already working in India as the Indian U23 National Team Coach.

Statistics[edit]

Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

Picture Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win% Honours
Armando Colaco  India June 2000 2013 217 119 55 43 429 230 54.84
Arthur Papas  Australia June 2013 March 2015 41 18 13 10 60 33 43.90
Trevor Morgan  England March 2015 present

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Dempo SC has won a lot of awards and prestigious trophies in past few years. It has emerged as the winner of the several national trophies in the last few years. The club has won the prestigious Indian League in 2004, 2005 respectively. It also emerged as a winner in the recently concluded inaugural I-League 2007-08. They repeated the feat in 2009-10 and again in 2011-12 The club has also been a consistent performer in the other prestigious championships like the Federation Cup.,[9] Durand Cup and the IFA Shield. The club has been the winner of the prestigious Durand Cup in 2006 and Federation Cup in 2004. The club had been four time winner of Rovers Cup and record eleven times winner of the Goa League.

2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12[10]
2005, 2007[10]
2006[11]
2004[12]
2008, 2010[13]

Affiliated Clubs[edit]

References[edit]

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