Sporting Clube de Goa

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Sporting Goa
Full name Sporting Clube de Goa
Nickname(s) Flaming Oranje
Founded 1999 as Cidade de Goa
Ground Fatorda Stadium
Ground Capacity 19,000
Owner City of Goa
Chairman Peter Vaz
Manager Mateus Costa
League I-League
Website Club home page
Current season

Sporting Clube de Goa, also known as SCG, is an association football club based in the Indian state of Goa who currently participate in the I-League which is India's premier league competition in the country. It is built on the lines of Portuguese club Sporting CP and adopting a similar club crest.

The club Cidade de Goa (City of Goa) was purchased by Sporting's current owners and renamed Sporting Clube de Goa in 1999.

Sporting Clube de Goa pulled out of I-League 2016-17 citing AIFF bias against I-League.[1]


Sporting Clube de Goa, a professional football club, came into existence in 1999, when the public of Panjim decided to launch a football club after Cidade de Goa disbanded its football team. Thus, after Vasco Sports Club, Sporting became the second club of public shareholding in Goa. The club, built on the lines of Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal, has made rapid strides in the national circuit. Sporting shot to prominence by an impressive performance in the 2001–02 Federation Cup, the team made it to the last four after victories over stronger teams like East Bengal and Indian Bank.

Sporting made its debut in the 2003–04 season of the Indian National Football League Premier Division, and were on the verge of winning their first league championship but lost out on the last day when Dempo pipped them to the title. Their season was marred by a horrific bus accident which ruled out 4 key players for the whole season, while several others were injured. However, led by Nigerian import Dudu Omagbemi, they managed to complete their matches in a very short span of time after being given a few weeks off so that their players could recover, and heroically came second ahead of traditional powerhouses East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar and Mahindra United.[2] Sporting entered the finals of 2005 Federation Cup, and emerged as the runner-up. In the following season, the club reached the finals once again, but lost in penalty shoot-out to Mohun Bagan.[2] After getting relegated from the I-League in 2010 Sporting Goa participated in the 2011 I-League 2nd Division and won promotion by finishing in 2nd place.


The Sporting Crest is supposed to be almost an exact replica of the Sporting CP but not completely. One notable difference is the fact that on Sporting Portugal's crest it actually says Sporting Portugal while Sporting Goa's does not. Another difference is that Sporting Portugal's crest is coloured in mostly dark green and yellow while the Sporting Goa crest is darkish green and white.


While the crest of Sporting Goa may be green and white the official colours of Sporting Goa are orange and white. In fact the club nickname is the flaming orange. On the home kits Sporting wear an orange jersey with white shorts and orange socks while the away kit is all white but with an orange collar.


View from Outside of Fatorda Stadium

Traditionally, Sporting Goa have played at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa. During the 2011 I-League 2nd Division however, they had to play at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong as the league does not host matches in home and away format. As SC Goa are back in the top-tier of the I-League, they have again started to play their home games at Fatorda Stadium.


On 16 August 2013 Sporting launched their own football academy on the occasion of the 198th anniversary of founding of Don Bosco.[3] The academy for various age groups, namely U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20, will have a coaching team built around Spanish coach Javier Fernandez, who will be assisted by coaches Norbert Gonsalves, Ashwin Crasto, Francisco Raposo and Freddy Gomes and will work under the overall supervision and guidance of Sporting’s head coach Oscar Bruzon in order to implement the Sporting Clube de Goa youth development plan Sporting Goa also renovated the football ground at Don Bosco College in Panaji with the installation of sub-surface slit drainage combined with the laying of perforated pipes. The original mud topping has given way to sand based top layer, which encourages drainage, healthy grass growth and provides a level and cushioned playing surface.[4]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2011–12 Adidas Models
2012–15 Seventy Sports
2015– none

In the community[edit]

Sporting Clube de Goa launched its mascot named 'Zumba', besides its theme song 'Flaming Orange', composed by Goa's leading band Sky High with pomp.[5]


First-team players[edit]

As of 10 January 2016[6][7][8][9]

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

No. Position Player
2 India DF Harpreet Singh
3 India DF Myron Pereira
4 India DF Matthew Gonsalves
5 India DF Ponif Vaz
6 India MF Shouvik Das
7 India MF Denson Devadas
8 Syria MF Mahmoud Amnah
10 Nigeria FW Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Captain)
11 India FW Marcus Masceranhas
12 India DF Creson Antao
13 India GK Fayaz Shaikh
14 India FW Victorino Fernandes
15 India MF Pratesh Shirodkar
16 India FW Mauvin Borges
17 India MF Seriton Fernandes
18 Trinidad and Tobago MF Densil Theobald
19 India FW Sumit Passi
20 India DF Isaac Negredo
21 India MF Cajetan Fernandes
22 India MF Joseph Pereira
23 India MF Rowllin Borges
24 India DF Dharmaraj Ravanan
25 India MF Glan Martins
26 India MF Quan Gomes
No. Position Player
27 India DF Joseph Clemente
28 India FW Alber Gonsalves
29 India GK Arindam Bhattacharya
31 India GK Kamaljit Singh
32 India MF Ganesh Thakur
33 India DF Joyner Lourenco
34 India DF Subashish Bose
35 India MF Nicholas Fernandes
36 India DF Fulganco Cardozo
40 India GK Melroy Fernandes
41 India GK Sumit Das
43 India MF Abhishek Rawat
44 India DF Mehrajuddin Wadoo
- India DF George D'Souza
- India MF Joel Fernandes
- India MF Harshad Naik
- India MF Jesmon Soares
- India MF Anto Xavier
- India MF Nikhil Naik
- Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Tishan Hanley
- Nigeria FW Charles Efemena
- India FW James Fernandes
- India FW Delbert Fernandes
- India FW Akeraj Martins

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 8 February 2015.
Position Name
Head Coach India Mateus Costa
Team Manager Nigeria Clifford Chukwuma
Assistant manager India Norbert Gonsalves
Physiotherapist India Brian D'Costa
Youth team coach Spain Javier Fernandez


Runners-up: 2004–05
Runners-up: 2005, 2006, 2013–14
Runners-up: 2011

Former Head Coaches[edit]

Average Attendances[edit]

Season Ave.Attendance League & Cups !
2005–06 435 I-League Div 2
2006–07 420 I-League Div 2
2007–08 2,304 I-League Division 1
2008–09 1, 035 I-League Division 1
2009–10 4,382 I-League Division & AFC Champions League
2010–11 893 I-League Division 2
2011–12 348 I-League Division 2
2012–13 362 I-League Division 2
2013–14 453 I-League Division 2
2014–15 1,203 I-League Division 1


  1. ^ "OFFICIAL: Salgaocar and Sporting Clube De Goa pull out of I-League 2016-17". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Sporting Clube de Goa - Sporting Clube de Goa Indian Football Club - Sporting Clube de Goa Football Club India". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  3. ^ "AIFF’s Scott O’Donell inaugurates Sporting Clube de Goa Football Academy". Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sporting Clube de Goa set to launch football academy". Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sporting Clube de Goa launch its mascot 'Zumba' - The Times of India". 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Sporting Goa". I-League. 
  7. ^ "Sporting Goa". Soccerway. 
  8. ^ "Sporting Clube keen to start afresh". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 

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