The First Indian Sports Club to launch a Satellite TV Channel’ FC Goa TV’
Goa will now have a home team to cheer for in the inaugural 2014 Hero Indian Super League. FC Goa today announced its launch at a well-attended ceremony at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Miramar, Goa.
The club was launched by Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar, alongside club owners Mr.Anirudh Dhoot, Director, Videocon; Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar, Managing Director of V M Salgaocar and Company and Mr. Shrinivas Dempo Chairman and Managing Director of Dempo Group of Companies. FC Goa will be one of eight teams due to fight it out in the Hero Indian Super League being held across the country between October 12 and December 20 this year.
In his opening remarks Mr. Shrinivas Dempo said ,“After running a successful Indian Football Club for 40 years it was time for a fresh infusion of the spirit of Goan Football to take it to the next level; and so FC Goa was born.”
Mr.Parrikar unveiled the official club logo, a combination of Goa’s state animal – the gaur or Indian bison – and a shield, which symbolizes strength, attack and defence, all of which epitomize FC Goa. A presentation on the logo of the club was delivered by Mr. Dattaraj Salgaonkar who said.“The logo personifies the character of Goan Football and the fundamentals of the team we have put together. We are certain that our history in Indian football will hold our team in good stead and fight a good fight in the first edition of the Hero Indian Super League.”
In a first for Indian sport, FC Goa is the first Indian Sports Club to launch a satellite TV Channel -FC Goa TV which will be telecast on Videocon d2h with exclusive and innovative programming. In addition the official Twitter handle, Facebook page, Instagram, Youtube and Google Plus were also launched. Actor Varun Dhawan was also present to interact with the team as the ‘first’ friend of FC Goa.
Fisheries Minister Mr. Avertano Furtado handed over a token cheque to Velviro Pinto who made the winning suggestion for naming the club.Commenting on his entry into football with the Hero ISL, Director Videocon, Mr. Anirudh Dhoot said “Videocon has been involved in promoting Indian Sport extensively. We see great potential in Indian Football; to the extent it could very well be the most popular sport in India in time to come. We are proud to partner with Mr. Shrinivas Dempo and Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar who run two of the most successful Football teams in India. “
FC Goa, which comprises 14 Indians, two Czechs, two Frenchmen and three Portuguese, will kick off the first game of the Indian Super League against FC Chennai at home on October 13. Other teams in the Indian Super League include Kerala Blasters, Chennai Titans, Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, Delhi Dynamos, Atletico de Kolkata and North East United.
The FC Goa Squad: LaxmikantKattimani, Debabrata Roy, Gabriel Fernandes, Clifford Miranda, Shaikh Jewel Raja, Alwyn George, Narayan Das, Prabir Das, Mandar Rao Dessai, Romeo Fernandes, Peter Carvalho, HolicharanNarzary, PronayHalder, Rowilson Rodrigues, Miguel Pereira Herlien, MiroslavSlepicka, YounessBengelloun, Bruno Pinheiro, Edgar Marcelino, Gregory Arnoli and Jan Seda
About FC Goa: Launched on August 26, 2014, FC Goa is Goa’s premier football club competing in the Hero Indian Super League, India’s top tier football league. Owned by industrialists MrVenugopalDhoot, MrDattarajSalgaocar, and MrShrinivasDempo, it has its home ground at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, South Goa.
About the Indian Super League: The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) tournament is organized under the aegis of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It is currently contested by eight teams from across India, played on a league basis (home and away games). The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals and the winners of the double leg semi-finals will play in the finals. There will be 56 league matches and five knock-out matches held between October 13 and December 20, 2014.
The Goa Franchise of the ISL is owned by industrialists Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Mr. Dattaraj Salgaocar and Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, who all share a passion for the sport.