The Age old Religion of Football in Goa

Romeo Fernandes of FC Goa during match 41 of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, India on the 26th November 2014. Photo by: Pal Pillai/ ISL/ SPORTZPICS
Romeo Fernandes of FC Goa during match 41 of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, India on the 26th November 2014.
Photo by: Pal Pillai/ ISL/ SPORTZPICS

 

In a nation where the national sport is Hockey, Cricket reigns the hearts and minds of a majority of Indians, but Goans beg to differ.

Football is treated like a second religion in a land of diverse religions and communal harmony. Goa is home to the most talented women and men footballers in the nation has seen. And with a trend like this, Goa has already carved out as niche for itself in the world of football.

Playing host

Goa is currently the host of the BRICS summit, which will commence on 15th of October till the 16th of October. This is the first time that the BRICS nations are organizing an U-17 football cup, which is being held at GMC stadium, at Bambolim. Goa also hosted the finals of the much anticipated finals of the second edition of the  Indian Super League(ISL) at the Fatorda stadium. The same stadium will also be one of the venues for the U-17 FIFA World Cup.

The Gaur family

With the emergence of ISL, Goans have been united on the football front for the first time. People across the state rally and cheer in support of their home team, with the FC Goa fans being considered one of the most vibrant and energetic lot. The first two seasons of the ISL saw the team inch close to victory but miss out by a margin. Will the third time act as a lucky charm? Although the team has lost  the first two matches of the season, their fans have not lost hopes. We hope to see the Gaurs bounce back and try their level best for the title.

Photo Credit: Indian super league
Photo Credit: Indian super league
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