FC Goa unveils players to fans and supporters of the team in Goa

FC Goa team squad

“FC Goa are all set to take the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) by storm after anengaging pre-season in Dubai under the watchful eyes of Zico”

Vasco, September 24, 2015: FCGoa officially unveiled the team for the Indian Super League (ISL) season 2 at the TilakMaidan football groundin Vasco, Goa, on Thursday to cheers from fans and supporters of the team in the state.

The reception for the team was attended by Mr. Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, Co-Promoter and Managing Director of VM Salgaocar Group, along with the squad for the upcoming season.

The Gaurs walked out onto the turf with children from the FC Goa grassroots development team, lead by FC Goa’s midfielder Bikramjit Singh.

Said Mr. Salgaocar on the coming season, “FC Goa has brought all Goans together like never before with a majority of our squad being from Goa. Our coach Zico was given full freedom to choose the key members of our squad and he selected Lucio as our marquee player. All our players have gelled and performed well in the pre-season training and friendlies in Dubai.”

“FC Goa stands out as the team everyone loves to watch with a very attacking form of football. We will play to win! With the love and support of our fans we shall definitely be in the final four and hope to bring the Trophy to Goa. Forca Goa!,”added Mr. Salgaocar.

Select fans at the stadium got lucky and won autographed balls signed by FC Goa players that were lofted into the stands for the courageous to fetch for themselves.

On the unveiling of the team, the teams’ skipper and marquee player and Brazilian World Cup winner Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (Lucio), “We had a great pre-season training in Dubai under the guidance of Zico. I have seen that the team players aredisciplined as a team, physically strong and most importantly they are eager and ready to learn more about football. I look forward to playing with the team for the season ahead.”

Brazil legend and head coach Zico, who will arrive in the coastal state on Saturday, expects a better season this year with his choice of players and support staff.

“Last year I did not know the players, the foreigners and the technical staff. This year we will be better because I got to choose the Indian players and the foreigners also,” the 62-year-oldZico remarked.

The FC Goa squad arrived from their three-week pre-season in Dubai on Tuesday night and despite arriving at the wee hours were warmly welcomed by fans at the Dabolim airport in Vasco, Goa.

In Dubai, the team trained at the Spanish Soccer Schools grounds at the Dubai Sports City and first played out a 2-2 draw against Al Khaleej Football Club.

Zico’s men remained unbeaten for three matches with a 2-1 win over Al Shabab and a 1-1 draw againstAjman Club and concluded the Dubai tour with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Hatta Club but not without putting up a brave fight.

FC Goa will host Delhi Dynamos FC on 4 October in their first fixture among the three opening home matches at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao.

The 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Elinton Andrade (Brazilian/Portuguese), LaxmikantKattimani, Luis Barreto

Defenders: Debabrata Roy, Gregory Arnolin (French), Keenan Almeida, Leonardo da Silva Moura (Brazilian), Luciano Sobrosa (Brazilian), Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (Brazilian), Narayan Das, NicolauColaco, RajuGaikwad

Midfielders: Bikramjit Singh, Denson Devadas, JofreMateu Gonzalez (Spanish), Jonatan Lucca (Brazilian), Mandar Rao Dessai, PronayHalder, Romeo Fernandes

Forwards: ChinadoraiSathyanSabeeth, Darryl Duffy, JoaquimAbranches, Reinaldo da Cruz Oliveira (Brazilian), ThongkhosiemHaokip, Victor Simoes de Oliveira (Brazilian), VictorinoFernandes

Head coach: Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Brazilian)

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