Vasco S.C.

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Vasco S.C.
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Full name Clube Deśpórtivé Vasco da Gama
Nickname(s) C.D.V.G - Vasco Sports Club
Founded 1951
Ground Duler Stadium
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Clube Deśpórtivé Vasco da Gama
Chairman Nitin Bandekar
Manager Subrata Bhattacharya
League I-League 2nd Division
2013 I-League 2nd Division, 3rd
Current season

NRB sponsored Vasco Sports Club is a football club from Goa, India. They currently play in the I-League 2nd Division which is India's second most prominent football league.

History[edit]

In 1951, residents from the port town of Vasco da Gama, Goa, including the Portuguese garrison stationed there formed the club called Clube de Desportos Vasco da Gama.

It was named after the famous Brazilian club Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, and similar colours were adopted by it, the open fields where the present Tilak Maidan Stadium and were the practice grounds for the players. Later a club house was built nearby, which still stands today.

During the last five decades the club participated in most of the major tournaments in India, the sixties and seventies were the most productive years for the club and they won some of the major tournaments during that time like the Kerala Trophy, Stafford Cup, Bandodkar Gold Trophy, Chakola Gold Trophy and Sait-Nagjee Trophy. It failed to stamp its mark in other tournaments like the Rovers Cup, Bordoloi Shield, Nehru Memorial Tournament, having lost out in the final.

As far as honors at home go, the club won the Goa Professional League title on six different occasions starting in 1954 until 1969 and is the oldest registered Club still participating in the State's top League competition, never once having been relegated in the Club's history.

After two decades of major victories, the 80's saw a decline in the efficacy of the Club in terms of All India and State Tournaments. However, it retained a prominent position among the top five Clubs in Goa, the decline started when the Bandekar group withdrew support and there were no new white knights to fund the increasing cost of top class players.

Over the last five decades the club has received a lot of financial help from many philanthropic benefactors not only from the port town of Vasco, but from different parts of Goa and Goans residing abroad.

Undaunted, from the mid 90's the Club, under the leadership of Nõel da Lima Leitão, took the help of Zeca Miglietti from Portugal, former Benfica defender, as coach for its training programme, his hard work saw the Club reach the quarterfinal phase of the KBL Federation Cup and among the contenders for qualification to the Premier Division National League.

Sponsorship[edit]

Vasco Sports Club has a new title sponsor in the local NRB Group and the team would be from now on known as NRB Vasco, this was announced in the Goan clubs Club House. The initial deal is of one-year duration which was announced by the NRB Managing Director Narayan Bandekar, who hope to help the club qualify for the I-League after years in the 2nd Division.

Stadium[edit]

Currently when Vasco S.C. played in the I-League then they would have used the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Darshan Ambore
11 India MF Melisten Pereira
12 India FW Kingslee Fernandes
19 India DF Allen Fernandes
31 India GK Jerson Pereira
India GK Shilton Fernandes
India DF Sudeesh Muttah
India DF Biswajit Rajput
India MF Nasar Abdulkader
No. Position Player
India MF Princeton Rebello
India MF Sujil NS (Captain)
Ivory Coast FW Franck Kouassi
India FW Jaison Vaz
India Mauger D'Souza
India Suleman Shaikh
India Velton D'Silva
India Flyod Fernandes
India Elson Rodrigues

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