FC Goa Squad 2015 : Season Preview of ISL 2, Goa Match Schedule for Indian Super League (ISL) 2

When the concept of ISL came to reality Goa and Kolkata were ought to get two franchises. Football is not the most important part of sports in India but historically football has been an integral part of these two cities. I-league power houses from both cities have competed for titles in domestic front. Goa-Kolkata rivalry has always remained there whatever the condition of football was in India.

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FC Goa Squad 2015 : Season Preview of ISL 2, Goa Match Schedule for Indian Super League (ISL) 2

As Kolkata attracted interest from European powerhouse in the form of Atletico Madrid Goa was not far behind as they appointed “White Pele” Zico as the coach of FC Goa.Football fans in India were eager to see what this legend of world football could do to Indian football who previously brought revolution to Japanese football. Goa clubs had the upper hand in recent past but Goa-Kolkata rivalry took a different dimension in inaugural part of the Indian Super League. After finishing the league stage in an outstanding manner Goa met Atletico de Kolkata in two legged semi-finals. Confrontation was between Zico’s beautiful football and Habas’s resolute defending Kolkata side .They met four times in total last time and all ended in draws within regulation time. Zico was hugely disappointed to lose through penalty shoot-out and not reaching the final .Goa will start ISL 2 with a motivation to win also.

FC Goa Squad isl 2

FC Goa Performance in ISL Season 1

Despite of a disappointing start FC Goa started to get their rhythm as the season progressed with Zico’s methods working wonders. He nourished young Indian players and used them as team’s asset. After a slow start to the campaign they finished the league at second place by playing attractive brand of football under Zico. Players like Romeo Fernandez, Narayan Das, Mandar Rao were finds of the season. They finished the league stage with 22 points recording 6 wins , 4draws and 4 defeats .They were the side to fear about towards the end scoring 21 times and allowing 12 . But the end was not the way Zico wanted. Goa could not break Atletico De Kolkata’s resolute defending over 210 minutes of football. After regulation time and extra time it was a penalty shoot-out where Atletico was victorious, well Antonio Habas was successful of reaching the ISL final and Zico’s beautiful football lost.

FC Goa Season Preview 2015: ISL 2

After a heartbreaking shoot-out exit from last season’s competition only the trophy could make Zico happy. He has recruited various proven stars from Brazil and other countries. Captain and marquee player Lucio can give his side a new a new dimension with his experience and leadership skills on and off the field. Goa could miss last season’s star players like Santos, Slepisca but they have done well to acquire players in different positions.

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FC Goa Full Squad 2015 for Indian Super League (ISL) 2

Zico has faith in his Indian core which worked wonders last time around. He has kept almost everybody from last year’s domestic players and added some more players from domestic circle. Although he could miss players like Santos and Slepicka who held the key last season but he has added various ample qualities in his squad. He has added dynamic pairs Jofre and Leo Moura. Jofre helped Atletico to clinch the title last time around and add immense quality to the side. He has got bench strength in every position and domestic players are key to that.

FC Goa had a pre-season in Dubai against quality sides. They lost only one,drew and won two . Certainly they had a better pre-season this time around to go for the title straight away. Forward Reinaldo scored three times and is expected to lead the line for them.

INDIAN PLAYERS THIS SEASON

GOALKEEPERSDEFENDERSMIDFIELDERSFORWARDS
Laxmikant Kattimani,
Luis Barreto
Debabrata Roy,
Narayan Das,
Raju Gaikwad,
Keenan Almeida,
Nicolau Colaco
Bikramjit Singh,
Denson Devadas,
Mandar Rao Desai,
Pronay Halder ,
Romeo Fernandes
Joaquim Abranches,
Chinadorai Sabeeth,
Victorino Fernandes,
Thongkhosiem Haokip

FOREIGN PLAYERS IN ISL 2

GOALKEEPERDEFENDERSMIDFIELDERSFORWARDS
Elinton AndradeLúcio,
Luciano Sabrosa,
Grégory Arnolin
Jofre,
Jonatan Lucca,
Léo Moura
 Victor Simões,
Reinaldo,
Darryl Duffy

FC Goa Expected Lineup for ISL 2

fc GOA full squad 2015 ISL 2

Final Words

Zico’s motivation and advices have helped these young Indians immensely. This time they will want to give Zico the trophy which they deserved last time around .Zico has to look into his tactics for heavy defending sides. Like every champion team they have to be consistent and can’t afford slip ups early or in crucial phases of the tournament .They will surely challenge for the title if everything goes well.

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