FC Goa announces Brandon Fernandes as captain for Hero ISL 2022-23

Brandon Fernandes, one of FC Goa’s longest-serving players will don the captain’s armband heading into the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season.

The Indian international will head a 4-man captaincy group that comprises Seriton Fernandes, Glan Martins, and Marc Valiente.

Brandon was roped in by the Gaurs in the Hero ISL Players’ Draft ahead of the 2017-18 season at the age of 23. The attacking midfielder has since gone from strength to strength with the Club, making 85 appearances for them across all competitions in the past five seasons.

In the Hero ISL alone, the Goa native has featured in 69 matches for FC Goa. The Indian international currently leads the league in assists accounted for by an Indian with 19 in addition to his five strikes. 

The 27-year-old helped FC Goa to their first silverware in the Hero Super Cup in 2019. He followed that up with significant contributions enroute to helping FC Goa to te the Hero ISL League Winners’ Shield in 2019-20 and the Durand Cup in 2021. He was also an integral part of their side that became the first-ever team to represent India in the AFC Champions League last year, finishing the campaign with two assists.

Earlier last season, the Club had included him in their leadership group for the first time. Speaking on his appointment as the FC Goa captain, Brandon said, “It’s an honour to lead my home Club in the Hero ISL. Additionally, it’s also a privilege that I have the trust of my teammates. I enjoyed the responsibilities I had as part of the captaincy group last season. And now, I’m looking forward to the challenges as we head into the new season.”

“We have a great bunch of players who are all working towards the same goal – which is to bring success to the Club. I’m excited to lead them, and eager to explore what we can do together on the pitch this coming season.”

The Gaffer weighs in

Carlos Pena, the head coach of FC Goa also congratulated the 27-year-old on his appointment as captain.

“I’m very happy for Brandon because he has the credit of his teammates, people working in the club and all the fans. He’s a good example of loyalty and commitment and is a wonderful individual both on and off the pitch. With his experience and skill-set, all the players in the squad can look to learn from him and develop as a team,” he said.

The former defender also opened up on how Seriton, Glan and Marc will also share the leadership responsibilities.

“Each of them have the ability to lead the team, which is why they have also been selected to the leadership group. I wanted a few captains and not just one, because it facilitates the sharing of opinions and encourages collective thinking,” Pena explained.

The support

Like Brandon, Seriton was also a part of the captaincy group at the Club last season. He further holds the distinction of being the most-capped footballer for the Men in Orange, with 108 appearances across all competitions.

Since joining the Gaurs in 2021, Glan has been one of their vital cogs in the midfield. The 28-year-old’s performances were key as Goa made it to the Hero ISL 2020-21 playoffs, before impressing in the AFC Champions League 2021.

FC Goa will look to lean upon the leadership qualities of Marc Valiente as well, with the Spaniard having led the defence of top Spanish sides like Sevilla and Real Valladolid previously. The 35-year-old was once also the captain of the Barcelona B side that featured the likes of Carlos Pena.

For Fixtures, News, Stats, and more on the WIFA Women’s league – Click here

Also Read: Apuia Ralte travels to Belgium for a training stint with Lommel SK

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football

Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…


ROQS to host trials for MFA Super Division

ROQS is revamping their squad for the upcoming season of the MFA Super Division. The team is organising trials for the men’s football team on Monday, 11th of July, 2022….


MSP Academy is holding trials for the upcoming MFA Youth League

MFA Super Division club Mumbai Soccer Prodigies will be conducting trials for their MFA Youth League campaign on 22nd May 2022 in Bandra, Mumbai. Founded in 2006, the Mumbai Soccer…


Football School of India to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based Football School of India is going to conduct youth trials for its boys and girls squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-13…


Bengaluru FC Elite Youth Football Trials

Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and are past champions of the I-League and ISL. The club has launched its Soccer…


D’Souza Football Academy to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based D’Souza Football Academy is going to conduct football scholarship trials for its youth squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-7 to under-15….


Oscar SSE to conduct trials for Youth I-League in U13, U15&U18 category in Mumbai

OSCAR SSE, an AIFF Accredited Academy invites all  U13, U15 & U18  players from ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC  backgrounds for football trials to join our Elite teams to train round the year…


Air India to conduct senior team trials for MFA Elite League on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Senior Team to play the MFA Elite (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India…


Air India to hold youth team trials on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Youth Team for the MFA Super (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India will…