Full Name: Debabrata Roy
Date of Birth: Nov 4th 1986
Place of Birth: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Debabrata Roy began his career playing the Subroto Cup and the U-16 league in West Bengal for Sporting Union Club. His impressive performances earned him a stint with the Tata Football Academy in 2002. He played with the Tata FA till the year 2004 when he joined Mahindra United, making 19 appearances for the club. In 2005, he moved to East Bengal where he played for three years before moving back to Mahindra United in 2008. Dempo was his next stop and he joined the Goan side in 2010 and has been a big part of Goan football since then. The full back has also been a regular for the national team, making 16 appearances in India's blue jersey. Debabrata is a versatile defender and can play at left back as well. He is known for his marauding runs and ability to cross the ball. He has been part of the FC Goa set up from the first year of the tournament, making 15 and 7 appearances in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He has been re-signed for the third edition of the ISL with FC Goa.
Full Name: Lucimar Ferreira da Silva
Date of Birth: May 8th 1978
Place of Birth: Planaltina, DF, Brazil
Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Lucio joined FC Goa as a marquee player in the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League. The central defender has won everything there is to win in International and club football and his wealth of experience was important to FC Goa as the team made it to the finals of the second edition of the tournament. The defender won the World Cup as a youngster in 2002 as part of a strong Brazilian team. Additionally, he also won the Confederations Cup in 2005 and 2009 with his national team. His club career was equally decorated as he won a number of titles with European giants. He won the Bundesliga in 2005, 2006 and 2008 with Bayern Munich, the DFB-Pokal in the same years, the Serie A title with Internazionale in 2010 to go with the UEFA Champions League and the Supercoppa Italiana. He also won the Coppa Italia in 2010 and 2011 with Inter and the Supercoppa Italiana once more with Juventus in 2012. FC Goa decided to retain the services of the Brazilian for the third season of the ISL.
Full Name: Luciano Sobrosa
Date of Birth: Jul 25th 1979
Place of Birth: Brazil
Height: 186 m (6 ft 1 in)
Luciano Sobrosa began his career in 1999 with Santo Angelo in Brazil. The rugged centre-back played for a few Brazilian clubs for the next eight years before eventually moving to India to further his career. He joined Vasco SC in 2007 before moving to Sporting Goa and Salgaocar in quick succession. He has made appearances for various other India clubs like Mohammedan Sporting, Pune FC and finally Mohun Bagan in 2016. He won the Durand Cup and the IFA Shield while at Mohammedan. In 2016, he was signed by FC Goa and was constantly part of a strong defence including Lucio and Gregory Arnolin. FC Goa re-signed him for the third season of the ISL.
Full Name: Rafael Dumas
Date of Birth: Mar 13th 1995
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro ( RJ ), Brazil
Height: 1.84 m
Rafael Dumas was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began his career with local club Portuguesa. He had a brief stint with Audax Rio before moving on to Brasileiro giants CR Flamengo in 2013. A tough tackling defender, Dumas is good in the air. Additionally, his strength is his positioning and he uses it effectively to break down opposition attacks. Dumas was signed by FC Goa for the third season of the Hero Indian League and will play under fellow Brazilian Zico in India.
Full Name: Raju Gaikwad
Date of Birth: Sep 25th 1990
Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Raju Gaikwad is another product of the Jamshedpur based Tata Football Academy. An astute defender, Raju can play across the back line and is known for his long throws. He began his club career with Pailan Arrows in 2010. After only one season, he moved on to East Bengal where he spent four years and made 43 appearances. In 2015, he signed for rival Bengal club Mohun Bagan. Raju is a regular in the Indian national team and has made 23 appearances at the senior level and four at the U-23 level. Raju was drafted to play for Mumbai City FC in the first year of the ISL and was snapped up by FC Goa for the second season where he finished as a runner-up. FC Goa decided to retain his services ahead of the third season of the tournament.
Full Name: Denzil Franco
Date of Birth: Jun 30th 1986
Place of Birth: Saligao, Goa, India
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Denzil Franco is a youth product of Goa's famed Sesa Football Academy. He was felicitated for outstanding performances while at the Academy and he soon moved on to Mahindra United. After the team disbanded in 2010, Denzil secured a transfer to Churchill Brothers where he made 47 I-league appearances. His impressive performances for his club team earned him a call up to the national side and he represented the country at the U-23 and senior level, having made four and twelve appearances respectively. Denzil was drafted to play for Atletico de Kolkata in the first season of the ISL and went on to win the tournament with the Bengal side. He was retained in the second season but joined home state side FC Goa ahead of the third season of the tournament.
Full Name: Gregory Arnolin
Date of Birth: Nov 10th 1980
Place of Birth: Livry-Gargan, France
Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Gregory Arnolin is a Martinique International footballer who has been a regular in the FC Goa team from the first year of the tournament. Born in France, Gregory started his career with Paris Saint-Germain and played for their B team. However, he was not able to break into the first team at the time. He then moved on from Paris and played for various other clubs in Europe, most notably for Sporting Gijon where he made 93 league appearances, netting three goals along the way. Gregory's no-nonsense approach to defending has seen him nail down a permanent spot in the FC Goa back line. Additionally, his penchant for scoring goals has seen the defender net three times for the Goa team across two seasons in the ISL. His strong performances have prompted the franchise to re-sign the Martinique international for the third season of the ISL.
Full Name: Fulganco Cardozo
Date of Birth: Jan 23rd 1988
Place of Birth: Goa, India
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Born and brought up in Goa, Fulganco Cardozo joined the Sesa Football Academy at an early age. He showed huge promise while at the Academy. In 2007, he joined Vasco SC and spent two years with the team before signing for Sporting Goa where he spent one year. In 2010, he moved to another Goan club, Salgaocar, where he spent three years and made 22 appearances. He then made another move to Dempo SC for a year before returning to Sporting Goa with whom he is currently contracted Fulganco has also made one appearance for the national side, against Laos in June 2016 and scored his first goal in the same match as India ran out comfortable winners. Fulganco is a vesatile player and is capable of playing across the defence line and as a left sided midfielder as well. He was signed by FC Goa for the third season of the Hero Indian Super League after missing out on the first two seasons.
Full Name: Keenan almeida
Date of Birth: Dec 10th 1991
Place of Birth: Margao, Goa, India
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Keenan Alemida is a proficient right full back who started his career with Salgaocar in the I-league and the Goa Professional League. In 2012, he signed for Sporting Goa where he made 18 league appearances in three years with the club. He joined FC Goa in 2015 to play in the second edition of the tournament and made a mark at the beginning with a superb equalising goal against defending champions Atletico de Kolkata. He won the ISL Emerging Player Award for the match as a result of his good performances against Kolkata. In March 2016, Keenan re-signed with FC Goa to play in the third edition of the tournament.
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