FC Goa

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FC Goa
FC Goa.svg
Full nameFootball Club Goa
Nickname(s)The Gaurs (team)
Short nameFCG
Founded26 August 2014; 4 years ago (2014-08-26)
GroundFatorda Stadium
OwnerGoan Football Club Pvt. Ltd.
PresidentAkshay Tandon
ManagerSergio Lobera
LeagueIndian Super League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Goa is an Indian professional football club based in Goa that competes in the Indian Super League. The club was launched on 26 August 2014 and founded by Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo. The team is owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which consists of Jaydev Mody, Venugopal Dhoot . It represents Goa, the only state or union territory 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.

The club play their home matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao. Brazilian footballer 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.



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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] The club was officially launched on 26 August 2014 at a well-attended ceremony at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Miramar.[5]

On 23 September 2014 Virat Kohli Indian Cricketer was unveiled as one of the co-owners.[6] The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan.[7] FC Goa is the first Indian sports club to launch a satellite TV Channel – FC Goa TV on Videocon D2H.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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 (Reinaldo 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. Reinaldo Oliveira finished the season as the highest goal-scorer for the club.

On 23 July 2016, Salgaocar and Dempo stepped down from the ownership of FC Goa.[11] On 5 August 2016, new owner Jaydev Mody brought a 65% stake in the FC Goa team.[12] FC Goa had a poor 2016 season after finishing last in the table and picking up only four victories throughout the season. Head coach Zico continued as the head coach of the franchise for his third and final season. After missing out in the finals last season FC Goa lost their key players Léo Moura and Jonatan Lucca who played an important role last season. They retained international players Gregory Arnolin as well as Joffre Mateu. FC Goa started the season with a 0–2 away loss against NorthEast United FC. After losing two matches and picking up a draw FC Goa won their first match of the season against Mumbai City FC in 0–1 away victory. However the poor form continued and Goa went on to lose four matches and drew one out of the seven. They ended their campaign with a dramatic last minute 5–4 home victory over Chennaiyin FC. 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. Rafael Coelho ended as the season's top scorer with 5 goals. His 3-year contract with FC Goa ended and did not renew it with the club.

Recent history (2017–)[edit]

On 5 June 2017, FC Goa announced Sergio Lobera Rodriguez as their new head coach on a two-year contract following the exit of Zico.[13] He signed six new Spanish players reconstructing and reforming the side which included Spanish players Manuel Lanzarote and Edu Bedia. 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.[14]

Crest and colours[edit]

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.

The FC Goa logo is a combination of Goa's state animal – the gaur (Indian bison),the Gaur stands out fiercely to protect its turf and a shield, which symbolizes strength, attack and defence, all of which epitomize FC Goa. The logo personifies the character of Goan football and the fundamentals of the team.[15]

The first kit worn by the club in 2014.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2014—2015 Adidas Videocon d2h
2015—2016 FC Prime Markets
2016—2017 Umbro Deltin
2017—2018 Piranha
2018—present Sqad Gear Xiaomi


Home ground[edit]

Fatorda Stadium, the home of FC Goa

"Our Field, Our Turf, Our Home, Our Fortress…Fatorda" that's how the Gaurs refer to the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa, it is better known as the Fatorda. This stadium is considered to be one of the finest football stadiums in the country. This venue has long been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to many international games, including India's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup.[16] 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 noise in a number of games, including the inaugural Hero ISL's semi-final encounter between FC Goa and ATK as well as the final against Chennaiyin FC the following year, was deafening.

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 18,600 seating capacity.[1] With a roof covering 100 percent of the seating area, fans enjoy wide, comfortable seats with ample spacing between them. The stadium complex provides two levels of fans seating arrangement along with a VVIP area, which provides the ultimate seating for interacting with guests and enjoying football while indulging in the comfort of this private environment. Facilities include HD compliant arena lighting, natural turf, Broadcast room, TV Studio, Player Dressing rooms, Match Delegates area, Dope control rooms, Medical rooms for players and spectators, VIP Lounge, Corporate boxes, Media Tribune and Media working stations,Press Conference area, Mixed zone area, CCTV camera, swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasium and parking facilities. It is regarded as one of the most well maintained football grounds in the Indian subcontinent.[17]

Training ground[edit]

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

Other squads[edit]

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.[18] It also has youth teams for various age group football tournaments and Youth I-League.


In terms of football FC Goa pedigree is unmatched with the combined experience of over 100 years in running football teams. 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) Virat Kohli (2% stake) and Baba Boys.[19][20][21]

Current owners[edit]

  • 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.[6] 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.[22] SportsPro, a UK magazine, rated Kohli as the second most marketable athlete in the world in 2014.[23]

Former owners[edit]

  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]


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.[26] 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.[27] FC Goa Fan Club, East Lower Army & Gaur Army are the officially recognized supporters clubs of fc goa.[28] FC Goa celebrity supporters include Anushka Sharma,[29] Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha,[30] Zayed Khan,[31] Raveena Tandon,[32] Virat Kohli, Sonu Nigam.


As of 7th March 2018
Season Home games played Stadium capacity Average season attendance Occupancy %
2014 8 19,000[33] 18,066 95.08%
2015 8 19,000[33] 18,724 98.54%
2016 7 19,088[33] 17,661 92.52%
2017–18 9 18,600[33] 17,505 94.11%

Brand ambassador[edit]

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.[34]


The mascot, the first of its kind in the ISL, is named Gaurdinho. He's a Gaur, which happens to be the state animal, and a little samba touch to his name considering the Brazilian flavour in the team. FC Goa are the only one out of the eight franchises to have a mascot. The fans love him and during rallies, he's the talk of the town.[35]


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 theschools who have been adopted by FC Goa from the South.[36]

TV channel and magazine[edit]

FC Goa TV is the dedicated official channel for FC Goa. TV Channel.[7] 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.[37]

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.[38]

Notable former players[edit]

Name Country Notes
Miroslav Slepička Czech RepublicCzech Republic
André Santos BrazilBrazil Played for Premier League club Arsenal and represented Brazil at 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[39][40]
Zohib Islam Amiri AfghanistanAfghanistan Played 43 Matches For His Country and Contribute 6 Goals.
Gregory Arnolin MartiniqueMartinique Represented Sporting Gijón in La Liga.[41]
Jofre Mateu SpainSpain Represented Barcelona, Levante UD, RCD Espanyol and Real Murcia in La Liga.[42]
Léo Moura  Brazil Won the 2007 Bola de Prata.[43]
Lúcio BrazilBrazil Part of 2002 FIFA World Cup winning team. He also won the treble (Serie A, UEFA Champions League, and Coppa Italia) in 2010 with Inter Milan.[44]
Reinaldo BrazilBrazil Represented Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.[45]
Richarlyson BrazilBrazil Won the 2007 Bola de Prata.[43]
Robert Pires FranceFrance Part of 1998 FIFA World Cup winning team. Represented Villarreal in La Liga and Arsenal and Aston Villa in Premier League.[46]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 September 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 India GK Lalthuammawia Ralte
3 India DF Nirmal Chettri
4 France MF Hugo Boumous
5 Morocco MF Ahmed Jahouh
6 India DF Chinglensana Singh
7 India MF Mandar Rao Dessai (captain[47])
8 Spain FW Ferran Corominas
9 India FW Manvir Singh
10 India MF Brandon Fernandes
11 Spain MF Miguel Palanca
12 India MF Jackichand Singh
No. Position Player
13 India GK Mohammad Nawaz
15 India MF Pratesh Shirodkar
17 Spain DF Carlos Peña
19 India FW Liston Colaco
20 India DF Seriton Fernandes
21 India DF Saviour Gama
22 India MF Princeton Rebello
23 Spain MF Edu Bedia
24 India MF Lenny Rodrigues
25 Senegal DF Mourtada Fall
27 India GK Laxmikant Kattimani
28 India DF Lalhmangaihsanga
29 India MF Imran Khan
37 India DF Mohamed Ali

Reserve squad[edit]

Known as FC Goa B team or FC Goa Dev team 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 Preston Rego
India DF Meldon Silva
India DF Issac Negredo
India DF Brian Faria
India DF Amey Ranawade
25 India DF Jonathan Cardozo
India MF Regan Ferrao
India MF Leander Dcunha
India MF Kingsley Fernandes
No. Position Player
India MF Mohammed Yasir
India MF Hayden Fernandes
India MF Jason Barboza
India FW Aaron Dsilva
India FW Lalawmpuia
India FW Krishna Pandit

U18 squad[edit]

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 staff[edit]

As of June 2017 FC Goa's head coach is Sergio Lobera. He has signed a two-year contract and begins with the club in July.[48]

Position Name
Head coach Spain Sergio Lobera
Assistant coach Spain Jesús Tato
Assistant&conditioning coach Spain Manuel Sayabera Iñarrea
Goalkeeping coach India Virender Singh
Technical Director/Reserve team coach India Derrick Pereira
Reserve team Assistant coach India Clifford Miranda


Mandar Rao Dessai currently holds the team record for most appearances for FC Goa (46) with Grégory Arnolin coming second with 39 appearances.

Goa's all-time highest goalscorer in all competitions is Ferran Corominas with 26 goals.

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

Goa's longest serving manager is Zico with 2 years and 106 days.


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