Hero ISL 2014: FC Goa

They may have lost their first game 1-2 to Chennaiyin, but expect Goa—the Brazilians of Indian football—to hit back strong as the season progresses. Owned by Virat Kohli, who, as we speak, has just hit form with an ODI century again, along with Venugopal Dhoot, Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo.

Salgaocar and Dempo, as widely known, are Goa’s famous I-League teams. 

First and foremost, it is their coach that inspires confidence. Brazilian legend Zico, also known as “White Pele”, has coached Japan and Iraq, as well as Olympiacos and CSKA Moscow. A world cup medal remained elusive for him, but he is no slouch with the managerial wand.

Under his command, Frenchman Robert Pires—who was manhandled and roughed up in his first Indian game against Chennaiyin—is the marquee player, thanks to his huge Arsenal fanbase in the country. He was known as one of the foremost strikers from the ‘Invincibles’ generation of Arsenal, and was responsible for finishing some of the most incredible plays ever seen in EPL history. Add a World Cup (1998) and Euro (2000) title to his kitty, and there you have it. 

As a partner up front, he will have Nigerian Dempo legend Ranti Martins, who is easily the most prolific striker in the I-League. The 28 year old is yet to play for his birth country, but is already a household name in India, thanks to his record 32 goals in 2011-12 season, and a staggering 172 goals for Dempo in his 8 years there at the rate of more than a goal a game. 

Goa’s backline is equally impressive, with Brazilian leftback Andre Santos leading the wall. Santos is also an ex-Arsenal player, after having played with Corinthians and Flamengo back home. Frenchman Central defender Gregory Arnolin will further provide strength, along with Indian internationals (Dempo) Debabrata Roy and youngster Narayan Das. 

Dempo goalie Laxmikant Kattimani and Czech goalie Jan Seda will have it considerably easier with the wall upfront. 

The midfield will be orchestrated by Indian veteran Clifford Miranda, who is one of the current living legends of Dempo and Goa. He will be assisted by 22-year old talented Mohun Bagan midfielder Bikramjit Singh, and central midfielder and current Dempo star Jewel Raja. The attacking midfielder Alwyn George has played for India already on 9 occasions, and is known for controlling the tempo of games. 

FC Goa begins the ISL as one of the favorites along with Atletico De Kolkata and the gritty Chennaiyin FC. 

кредитные карты втб 24 льготный периодкредитка онлайн ру

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one + 6 =

More in Other Sports

  • Preview: French Open 2017

    ATP Men’s Tour Men’s tennis has never been more competitive. The first five months of the year has been a bolt...

    Rahul DesaiMay 24, 2017
  • The King of Clay: In Numbers

    Contrary to popular opinion, Rafael Nadal, the current World No. 7, has enjoyed a stellar start to 2017. He may have...

    Rahul DesaiApril 20, 2017
  • The F1 Rivalry We Deserve

    Formula One needs this rivalry. It’s not because they’re exceptionally friendly with each other. God knows this good spirit and fist...

    Rahul DesaiApril 19, 2017
  • The Sweet Smell of Sergio Garcia

    Professional sport is full of fairytale endings. On Sunday, though, at the famous Augusta National for Golf’s most prestigious major event,...

    Rahul DesaiApril 10, 2017
  • 5 Reasons the Federer-Nadal Rivalry has Turned

    On Sunday at the second ATP Masters 1000 event of the year in Miami, Roger Federer wrote another time-defying chapter in...

    Rahul DesaiApril 3, 2017
  • The Many Resurgences of Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has spent more than half his life as a professional tennis player on the ATP tour. In August this...

    Rahul DesaiMarch 23, 2017
  • The Sports Week That Was and Will Be

    While a bunch of Oscar-nominated contenders make their way into Indian screens on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards –...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 24, 2017
  • Neymar – The Modern Pele?

    Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, simply known as Neymar, has taken the football world by storm ever since he made his...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Truly the Greatest

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a name everyone is aware of, whether they follow football or not. He just cannot be ignored, the superstar...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup