FC Goa is an Indian football club which competes in the Indian Super League. The club was founded on 26th of August 2014, just prior to the commencement of the first season of Indian Super League.
The FC Goa are also known by the nickname of ‘The Gaurs’. The Fatorda Stadium, in Margao is the home ground of FC Goa, which has a capacity of 18,600. Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain is one of the co-owners of the club. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan is the brand ambassador of the club.
FC Goa was founded by Venugopal Dhoot after he won the bid for the Goa franchise along with Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo. It was officially launched on 26th of August 2014. FC Goa became the first indian sports club to have its own TV channel- FC Goa TV.
FC Goa has one of the most intimidating logos in ISL. The logo portrays the state animal of Goa, the Gaur or the indian bison, in orange against a blue background. The colours orange and blue, which is symbolic of Goa's famous beach line and sunrise, also serves as the home colours of the club. The club wears white with a single strip of blue and orange as their away colours.
Trajectory in ISL
In the ISL 2014, the first six games turned out to be tough for the Gaurs as they lost four games, with just one victory and a draw. However, they made a sturdy comeback as they went on to win five out of their remaining games to make it to the semi-finals. They were knocked out in the semis by Atletico de Kolkata in the penalty shootouts.
ISL 2015 turned out to be even better for the club, as they won seven out of their 14 games and made it to the finals in a dazzling fashion. During this season they also registered a overwhelming 7-0 win over Mumbai City FC. Unfortunately, they lost to Chennaiyin FC in a well contested finals.
The next season, ISL 2016, was the heartbreak of a season for FC Goa. With only four wins, FC Goa was nowhere near to making it to the playoffs.
In the 2017 ISL season, the club was able to make a comeback after a rather humiliating and forgettable 2016 season. They won nine of their 18 games and made it to the semi-finals. But were knocked out by Chennaiyin FC.
FC Goa made it to the playoffs three times out of the four ISL seasons, and made it to the finals once. The club also registered the biggest victory in ISL of seven goals to nil over Mumbai City FC. The club's consistent performances has attracted a huge fanbase for the club.
The ISL 2016 season was an absolute disappointment for FC Goa. Four wins out of 14 was completely unacceptable by the club's standards. Thankfully they seem to have put their worst season so far behind and moved forward.
Major Players for ISL 2018-19
Spanish forward MiguelPalanca will definitely be in the limelight for the upcoming season, and the fans would expect him to deliver every single time he walks on the ground. He along with his countryman Ferran Corominas are expected to lead the Goan side to victories this year.
The midfield would be held by the indian midfielders Brandon Fernandez, Jackichand Singh and Lenny Rodriguez. In the opinion of the experts, FC Goa has probably one of the best attacks for 2018-19 season of ISL.