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Brandon Fernandes

Brandon Fernandes

Born in Margao, Brandon Fernandes began his football career at the age of six with Fransa-Pax. He moved on to the Velsao Pale Sports Club before joining Salgaocar not long after and played for their various youth sides at the youth level. His impressive performances earned him an opportunity to enroll with the ASD Football Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.

It was in South Africa that he attracted interest from the likes of Leicester, Sunderland and Reading. He continued to play for the ASD academy in the third division of South Africa where he managed an impressive 12 goals in 12 games.

Brandon has since played for a number of I-League teams including Sporting Clube de Goa, Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers. He became FC Goa’s fourth draft pick of the 2017 ISL Draft and has since registered 11 goals and 20 assists for the club in 85 matches.

After reaching the ISL final in the 2018-19 season and winning the Hero Super Cup, the attacking midfielder went onto add the Hero ISL League Winners Shield in the following season where he also became the highest Indian assist-maker in the history of the ISL. In 2021, he became part of the Gaurs’ squad in their historic AFC Champions League campaign, before winning the Durand Cup a few months later.

Currently the captain of FC Goa, the 28-year-old has made 106 appearances for the Gaurs across all competitions, notching 14 goals and 25 assists. He also won the SAFF Championship with the Indian national team in 2021.