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 Mr. Jaydev Mody, Mr. Akshay Tandon and the national cricket team captain, Mr. Virat Kohli.
Legendary Brazilian footballer, Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) was the club’s Manager (Head Coach) for the first three seasons of the Indian Super League. Former Brazilian skipper, World Cup winner and UEFA Champions League winner, Lucio joined the team for the second season and stayed with the club till the end of the third season of the tournament.
Former Barcelona youth coach Sergio Lobera Rodriguez takes the reigns from Zico for the fourth season. Sergio began his journey with coaching at the famed La Masia academy in Spain at a young age and has plied his trade in various places before coming to Goa.
The squad comprises a vibrant mix of youth and experience and has one of the biggest contingents of local players. Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani and winger Mandar Rao Dessai have been with the club since its inception and were the two players retained by the franchise ahead of the third season. Other local players include midfielders Brandon Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, defenders Mohammed Ali and Jovel Martins among others.
What We Stand For
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 or Indian bison- 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. Our history in Indian football will hold our team in good stead and fight a good fight in the first edition of the Hero Indian Super League
PJN Stadium, Fatorda. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa is the home ground for FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League. The stadium is widely considered to be one of the best in the country. The venue has been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to a number of international games over the years. The stadium will also be used to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to be held across India in October 2017.
The stadium was completed in the year 1989 and in 2014, it was renovated and upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications. It has a seating capacity of about 19,800 and has a 100 per cent roof covering, providing spectators with ample seating area and comfortable seats in a two tier configuration. The West stand of the stadium houses the VIP and VVIP areas, along with the media centre, hospitality and commentators box. The stadium is regarded as one of the most well-maintained football grounds in the Indian sub-continent.