Alex Romario Jesuraj Interview
Alexander Romario Jesuraj has signed for FC Goa on a three-year-deal, which will see him stay at the club till the summer of 2022. The winger joined the club from I-League champions Chennai City FC, having won the I-League title with the Coimbatore-based club in the 2018-’19 season.
The 22-year-old had a phenomenal breakthrough season and it was this form that caught the eyes of the Gaurs. He becomes the club’s second signing this season, adding to the exciting group of wingers at the club.
Here are some excerpts from his first official interview with the club:
How do you feel on joining FC Goa?
It’s the biggest club in India. I have always admired their style of football, having watched them on television last year. I viewed their one-touch, two-touch play and then I decided that this was the team to join.
What are your memories of Goa? Have you visited the state before?
I would say I have bitter-sweet memories of my first visit. It was my first trip outside home and my native state of Tamil Nadu. I was selected for the India Under-13 camp but then I did not make the final shortlist. Since then, I have always thought of coming back to the state and excelling in football.
Tell us the story behind your name. Was it inspired by the Brazilian legend of the 90’s?
Yes, I was named after the Romario, who I am sure you are all aware of. My uncle was a huge football fan and had been inspired by his exploits for Brazil during the 1994 World Cup. Ultimately he ended up winning the World Cup and that had a big influence on my uncle Draviam.
He was also the one who convinced my parents to put me through football coaching, as my dad wanted me to study further. The same uncle looked at FC Goa’s style of play and decided due to its extensive link to Brazilians in the early seasons that I should come here.
How dd you start your footballing journey?
I was born in Dindigul and played a lot of local football for my school. I moved to Chennai in the eighth grade to pursue football training more seriously.
I signed for Arrows FC in the Chennai Premier Division at 17. This was also the time that I had got into Madras Christian College to pursue a B.A degree in Political Science. I signed for City FC before I started playing the I-League with Chennai City.
What are the highlights of your football career so far?
Signing a contract with FC Goa would definitely count as a high point. Winning the I-League title and ending up as champions was also a moment to savour. Scoring twice against East Bengal, home and away, will remain a fond memory.
We’ve heard you’re a big fan of FIFA on the PlayStation. Tell us more.
Yeah, I love to play FIFA on the PS4 once I’m done with training or am not on the field. My favourite teams to play are Manchester United and Real Madrid, primarily because I am a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even though he’s moved to Juventus now (laughs), I still play with those teams because I love defeating Manchester City and Barcelona.
What are your plans for the future?
Obviously, I want to win the Indian Super League title with FC Goa. Also anyone who plays football in the country wants to don the blue jersey one day. That is my aim as well, even though I know I will have to work very hard for it.