FC Goa is an Indian professional football franchise based in Goa that competes in the Indian Super League. The club was launched on 26th August 2014 and is owned by Goan Football Club Pvt. Ltd. which consists of Venugopal Dhoot, Virat Kohli and Jaydev Mody.
Legendary Brazilian footballer, Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) has been the club's Manager (Head Coach) since the first season of the Indian Super League. Former Brazilian skipper, World Cup winner and UEFA Champions League winner, Lucio has been the marquee player for the franchise from the second season of the ISL.
The squad comprises a vibrant mix of youth and experience and has one of the biggest contingents of local players with names like Mandar Rao Dessai, Romeo Fernandes and Laxmikant Kattimani representing the club since the first season. French defender, Gregory Arnolin is the only international player who has represented the club since the premier season. Other notable names include Indian national team striker, Robin Singh, defender Denzil Franco and La Masia youth product, Joffre Mateu.
FC Goa has been a powerhouse in the ISL in two seasons so far. In the first year, the team lost out in the semi-finals after finishing second on the points table. The Gaurs went a step further in 2015 as they made it to the finals after finishing top of the points table.
The club play their home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa in front of close to 20,000 supporters which has helped make their home a fortress.