Brandon Fernandes is an Indian footballer, born on 20th September 1994 in Margao, Goa. Brandon is primarily deployed as an attacking midfielder in the playing eleven but can also play on both the left wing and the right wing.
Brandon is the only Indian player to have represented India in all age-groups as he has played at the U-13, U-16, U-17 and U-19 levels.
Brandon’s passion for the game of football was evident from a very early age and he joined the Fransa FC academy. After a couple of years at Fransa, Brandon had to move to Velsao Pale Sports Club due to Fransa’s disbandment.
The staff at Velsao Pale were so impressed by Brandon that they played him at the age of eight at the Under 14 level.
He then moved to the Goa United Sports Academy before moving to the Salgaocar SC to join them at their U14 level. Brandon represented Salgaocar at U-14, U-16 and U-19 levels before moving to ASD Cape Town.
With the ASD, Brandon attracted scouts from a number of European football clubs. Brandon trialed with famous English football clubs, Leicester City, Reading and Sunderland but could not earn a contract at either of the clubs.
Rise to Glory
After the expiry of his contract at ASD Cape Town, Brandon returned to home shores and signed for Sporting Clube de Goa. He scored three goals during the 2014-15 I-League season in nine appearances and helped his side avoid relegation.
Brandon had a quiet 2015-16 season personally but his side Mohun Bagan ended up finishing runners-up in the I-League and winning the Federation Cup.
Brandon appeared for Churchill Brothers during the 2017 I-League and scored three goals in 15 appearances for the Goan club. He helped the side finish a respectable 6th in the league.
Brandon signed for Indian Super League club FC Goa at the start of the 2017-18 campaign and has scored four goals in 10 appearances till now.
Brandon has time and again reiterated his desire to play at foreign clubs. Inspite of a number of trials, Brandon has not received a contract yet.
He had expressed his desire to continue playing outside India after the expiry of his contract at ASD Cape Town but things did not materialise according to his desire and had to return to his country.
Brandon started his professional career with ASD Cape Town with whom he played in the third tier of South African football.
He then returned to his country to appear for Sporting Clube de Goa in the 2014-15 season. He signed for ISL franchise Mumbai City FC for the next season and was sent out on loan to Mohun Bagan for the rest of the season.
Brandon was unable to get a ISL franchise for the next couple of seasons and appeared for the Churchill Brothers during the 2017 I-League. He has now signed a long-term contract with FC Goa till 2020.
Mumbai FC and Sporting Clube de Goa play out a 0-0 draw
Mumbai FC holds Sporting Clube de Goa for dull 0-0 draw at the Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai. Both the teams preferred to play safe football, which resulted in a boring game. The result kept both the teams at the bottom half of the Hero I-league table.