ESPN soccer pundit visits Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa manager Anju Albuerquerque handing Don Bosco Principal Rev. Fr. Avin and Paul Masefield a signed autographed souvenir

Sporting Clube de Goa manager Anju Albuerquerque handing Don Bosco Principal Rev. Fr. Avin and Paul Masefield a signed autographed souvenir


ESPN soccer pundit visits Sporting Clube de Goa
The popular ESPN Soccer pundit Paul Masefield conducted a football training session for Sporting Clube de Goa’s Pre-Academy players at the training ground, at Don Bosco ground Panjim on Tuesday.
Sporting Clube de Goa who have a unique tie-up with Don Bosco School welcomed Masefield and his team.
The British Coach, who is based out of Singapore really enjoyed training the young children as he felt they showed a lot of enthusiasm, “It was a real pleasure to coach these talented young players as they truly worked well and you could tell they were receptive to the games,” remarked Masefield.
Many of the parents had gathered very early to watch their wards going through the drills. A lot of the football loving fathers recognised Masefield from his television appearances, which increased their curiosity to watch the practice.
Despite the pouring monsoons, the participants listened attentively to the advice given by Masefield and his assistant. The session was based on passing and creating effective triangles on route to goal, where accuracy, speed and decision making were stressed upon.
Masefield was brought to India by KOOH Sports and he is set to visit a few more football set-ups around Goa over the next two days.
At the end, Sporting Clube de Goa manager Anju Albuerquerque presented Masefield with a Souvenir autographed by the entire Flaming Oranje squad. Principal of Don Bosco School, Panjim Rev. Fr. Avin Carvalho was also present along with the Don Bosco physical education teachers and Sporting Goa Academy Coaches.
“It is vital that youngsters get exposure to quality football training in order to reach their full potential,” summed up Rev. Fr. Avin.
Paul masefield teaching decision making to the young players

Paul masefield teaching decision making to the young players

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Sporting Clube de Goa unveil former Pailan pair

Sporting Clube de Goa unveil former Pailan pair

Defender Deepak Deverani (left) and goalkeeper Ravi Kumar (right), at the Sporting Clube de Goa dressing room, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

Defender Deepak Deverani (left) and goalkeeper Ravi Kumar (right), at the Sporting Clube de Goa dressing room, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

Sporting Clube de Goa has unveiled former Pailan Arrow’s defender Deepak Devrani and custodian Ravi Kumar as their new signings, at the club’s training ground, in Panjim on Thursday.
Deepak who is only 21, started in the East Bengal youth system, before being picked up to join the Arrows where he spent three seasons.
After playing a handful of games in the first two years, Deepak worked hard to cement his place in the team last season. He started twenty matches, scored two goals and picked up two-man-of the match awards despite a knee injury keeping him out midway through the season.
“I enjoyed my time with the Arrows, which enabled me to develop my game under the fantastic coaches and I am very grateful,” stated Deepak.
Ravi joined the Arrows in 2010, but it was not until 2012 that he made his debut in the I-League against Salgaocar where he kept an impressive clean sheet in a goalless draw.
The twenty year old goalkeeper made his debut for the India U-19 team against Turkmenistan in 2012 in the AFC U-19 Championship qualifier.
“Every ground we went to there were great Arrows fans cheering us on and we look forward to receiving similar support from the Flaming Oranje supporters,” remarked Ravi.
“Ravi and Deepak have shown glimpses of what they are capable of and the club believes this season they are all set to blossom. I am sure they will settle in quickly and further boost our talented side” stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.
Photo: Defender Deepak Deverani (left) and goalkeeper Ravi Kumar (right), at the Sporting Clube de Goa dressing room, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

Will it be 13 or 30 for Jerry?

Will it be 13 or 30 for Jerry?

Sporting Clube de Goa new signing Jerry Karpeh signing autographs for school children

Sporting Clube de Goa new signing Jerry Karpeh signing autographs for school children


“I have informed the club that I would like jersey number 30, because thirty goals is a good target for any striker to aim for,” stated Jerry Boima Karpeh after leaving Pune FC to join Sporting Clube de Goa in Panjim, on Monday.
The Flaming Oranje will be Jerry’s 13th club in as many years and he is hoping that 2013 will prove a lucky omen as he is set to turn thirty next year.
Jerry was born in the Liberian capital Monrovia where the famous ex-footballer George Weah hails from. George Weah remains the only person ever to win the Fifa World player, European player and African player of the year awards in the same year (1995) and was a massive role model for Jerry as a kid.
Jerry himself was an inspiration to his younger brother Kailo Karpeh who currently plays in Australia for Jubilee FC. Jerry also has spent the most part of his career down under and has since gained Australian Citizenship, which qualifies him as an Asian player.
The towering 6 foot 3 inch striker is no stranger to Goa, having played briefly for Churchill Brothers and won the IFA Shield with them, before moving to Singapore.
For Pune he spent a lot of time starting as a substitute. His stand out performance was rising off the bench against Shillong Lajong to equalise twice and drag his team back from the clutches of defeat to earn a point in a 2-2 draw last season.
With the Flaming Oranje he is hoping to get more first team action as the I-League rules have now changed allowing four foreigners to start.
This change however has not made Jerry complacent and this is evident by his decision to start pre-season practice early, when the foreign players usually have the luxury of a little extra time before joining the camp.
“I feel Jerry will add a new dimension to our forward line and give us the aerial advantage we need to stay competitive,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.

Sporting Clube de Goa kick off pre-season

OSCAR INTRODUCES NEW TECHNIQUES TO GOAN FOOTBALL

Sporting Clube de Goa players juggling with tennis balls

Sporting Clube de Goa players juggling with tennis balls


Sporting Clube de Goa kicked off their pre-season practice at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday. It was an interesting morning as new innovative training methods was added to the session by Spanish head Coach Oscar Bruzon, such as using tennis balls to improve technique and a rugby ball for quick reactions.
Oscar also continued with the periodisation training system, which he introduced last year after joining the club.
New physiotherapist Brian D’Costa was welcomed to the squad. Brian joins the existing physio Abhinandan Chaterjee in the backroom staff.
Oscar’s coaching team, which includes technical director Alex Alvares was boosted with the addition of Norbert Gonsalves from Pune FC. Manager Anju Albuerquerque begins his fifteenth season with the club.
On Monday the club had a special mass at Don Bosco, Panjim to welcome the players back for pre-season, which was attended by President Peter Vaz and CEO Victor Fernandes. The Academy players were also present.

Special Olympics Bharat narrowly miss out on Brazil

Mathew Gonsalves (Top row, extreme left) & Dawson Fernandes (top 2nd from left)

Mathew Gonsalves (Top row, extreme left) & Dawson Fernandes (top 2nd from left)


Special Olympics Bharat narrowly miss out on Brazil

The Special Olympics Bharat team, which included the Sporting Clube de Goa skipper Mathew Gonsalves and Dawson Fernandes recently returned from Thailand, where they took part in the Special Unified Cup Asia-Pacific qualifiers.
The team finished fourth overall, narrowly missing out on travelling to Brazil for the Special Olympics Global Unified Cup.
In the group stages India defeated Singapore 3-1, Malaysia 2-0 and Indonesia 1-0, which enabled them to top their group and qualify for the last four.
In the semi-finals they were edged out by Bangladesh 0 -1, after their opponents managed to convert a late penalty.
The Special India team put up a splendid performance in the 3rd/4th place play off, but Malaysia won by a solitary goal.
Hosts Thailand was crowned champions after overcoming Bangladesh on penalties in the final. The two finalists qualified for the Special Olympics Global Unified Cup in Rio, while the third place team will have to play a play-off match with the runners up of the East-Asia zone.
“Off course we were disappointed to miss out on Brazil, but it was an unbelievable experience and I learned a lot which enabled me to grow as a person,” stated Sporting Goa’s Dawson Fernandes who led the scoring charts with four goals.
“The Special India player’s were extremely talented and it was an absolute pleasure and joy to be part of the team,” remarked the Flaming Oranje Captain Mathew Gonsalves.
Along with Mathew and Dawson the two other professional players’ part of the squad was Subrata Paul (Prayag United) and Climax Lawrence (Dempo Sports Club). Besides the four I-League players, Quizar Mohammed (Andhra Pradesh), Nizar Ahmad Basheer (Tamil Nadu) and Niroshan Mani (Karnataka) were also present to act as partners for the team.

Photo: Sporting Clube de Goa captain Mathew Gonsalves (top row, extreme left) and Dawson Fernandes (2nd top left) along with the Special Olympics Bharat team.