About FC Goa

Year 2014

One of the traditional powerhouse regions of Indian football, Goa was bound to be one of the cities to participate in the Hero Indian Super League from its inception. 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.

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. The club was officially launched on 26 August 2014 at a well-attended ceremony in Goa. On 23 September 2014 Virat Kohli Indian Cricketer was unveiled as one of the co-owners. The brand ambassador of the club is Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan. FC Goa is the first Indian sports club to launch a satellite TV Channel - FC Goa TV on Videocon D2H.

The Legendary Brazilian Football player Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico ) signed as the club's Head Coach on 2 September 2014. On 20 September 2014 FC Goa officially confirmed Arsenal legend Robert Pires as their first marquee player. On 26 September Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri joined FC Goa. On 29 September another former Arsenal player André Santos joined Indian Super League side FC Goa. 14 players from the Dempo SC outfit alongside a Mohun Bagan loanee in Biswajit Singh comprised the 15-player FC Goa domestic contingent.

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 three draws, which took them to the second spot of the standings with 22 points. 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. At the end of season awards, Jan Šeda was named the Golden Glove winner.

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.

Year 2015

FC Goa enjoyed a stellar 2015 season in the Hero Indian Super League. Head coach Arthur Antunes Coimbra (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. Additionally, defensive midfielder Bikramjit Singh also signed a contract to remain with the club.

FC Goa started off the season in superb fashion with a commanding 2-0 victory over Delhi Dynamos FC 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 number of 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. The impressive form of Mandar Rao Dessai through the season earned him an opportunity to train with Spanish giants, Villareal for a two week period while many of the other Indian players in the squad revelled under the leadership of Zico.

Year 2016

FC Goa endured a difficult third season of the Indian Super League. Head coach, Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) continued at the helm with many fans expecting big things from the runners-up of the previous season. However, the Gaurs were unable to replicate the form that took them to the finals, in the second season of the tournament. The spine of the team was kept intact as Zico held on to players like Romeo Fernandes, Mandar Rao Dessai, Laxmikant Kattimani, Rafael Coelho, Gregory and Joffre Mateu. Lucio was confirmed as the marquee signing and the skipper of the side for a second consecutive year. In addition, former Brazil national team midfielder Richarlyson Felisbino, Trindade Goncalves, Julio Cesar and Rafael Dumas all joined the ranks.

The campaign started with the Gaurs going down to NorthEast United FC away in Guwahati. The first point of the season came in a tough 1-1 draw against eventual champions Atletico de Kolkata, with Joffre netting a late penalty. FC Goa got the first win of the season in a hard fought victory over the impressive Mumbai City FC with Richarlyson netting the only goal.

The Gaurs scored their first home win with a late comeback victory against the Highlanders. Robin Singh netted his first goal of the season after he tapped in from close range after Romeo set him up beautifully. In stoppage time, Robin repaid the favour as he sent Romeo through to net the winner in front of a rapturous Fatorda.

For the first time in the ISL, the Gaurs failed to qualify for the semi-finals but they still managed to finish the season on a high after they were victorious in a nine goal thriller against previous years’ winners Chennaiyin FC at Fatorda. Rafael Coelho finished the season as the club’s highest goal scorer with five strikes while Sahil Tavora and Joffre netted two goals each.