216 boys attend first day of SCG Academy Trial


216 boys attend first day of SCG Academy Trial

 A lot of sweat and tears of joy were shed on the first day of the Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa Academy trials which attracted a huge response, with a grand total of 216 boys auditioning for the U-17 to U-20 category at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Tuesday morning.

Successful candidates were carefully selected and called back for the second day, where they will further be put through their paces by the SCG Academy Coaches.

Once all the candidates got sufficient time to show off their talent, the exceptional ones were given the opportunity to play against the current SCG U-18 team.

The SCG Coaches present included Mahesh Lotlikar, Javier Cabrera, Norbert Gonsalves, Alex Alvares and Seby Noronha.  The club’s two physiotherapists, Brian D’Costa and Abhinandan Chaterjee were on hand to deal with any minor injuries which presented themselves, as the players gave it their all.

“We are happy with the response on the first day of the trials. It is encouraging to see so many dedicated Goan boys, with the desire to get on the pathway to becoming a professional footballer,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa Manager Anju Albuerquerque, who was kept busy on the sidelines.


PHOTO: The trial participants listen attentively to the SCG Coaches, at Duler Stadium.



Bengaluru snatch victory on last day of the season



A last gasp winner from Beikhokhei Beingaichho handed Bengaluru FC a 2-1 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa on the last day of the season in the Aiff’s I-League, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the lemon break.

Four minutes before the break, Sporting Goa striker Boima Karpeh netted his 27th goal in all competitions to give his side the lead with a spectacular strike.

Changing over, it took Bengaluru until the 59th minute to find the equalizer when Robin Singh struck.

In the dying seconds of injury time Beikhokhei conjured up the winner to give Bengaluru all three points.

After the game, I-League Champions Bengaluru were handed the trophy.  

Sporting Clube de Goa look to finish season on a high



Sporting Clube de Goa is highly motivated as they get set to take on newly crowned I-League Champions Bengaluru FC on the last day of the season, in the Aiff’s I-league at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Monday. The kick off time is 5.30pm.

While most footballers are already planning their holiday vacations, there is still a lot left for the Flaming Oranje to focus on.

Sporting Goa head coach Oscar Bruzon believes there are many reasons why his men are highly motivated to achieve a win. The most important factor being that a victory would secure them a top four position. “Our aim for the season was to finish in the top five and we are on target to achieving it,” stated Oscar.

Oscar also believes that by playing the I-League champions, his players can gauge for themselves how much progression they have made. “We are a team with big ambitions. By playing against the I-League champions, we can see where we currently stand and how we can improve in the future,” remarked Oscar.

This season the clubs have met twice, with the first I-League meeting ending in a goalless draw, but in the Federation Cup group stage Bengaluru defeated Sporting Goa 5-3 and Oscar believes that is another motivational factor. “This season we have not defeated Bengaluru. My players have a very competitive mind set and I know they will want to put that right,” reasoned Oscar.

Oscar’s biggest head ache will now be choosing his starting eleven for the final game as his whole squad is fired up to make a considerable contribution.

Champions Bengaluru are currently on 44 points from twenty three games, while Sporting Goa is currently fourth with 34 points from twenty three games.

The Aiff is set to present the I-League trophy to Bengaluru after the match, as the curtains come down on an exciting season. “We congratulate Bengaluru for showing consistency and winning the I-League. I hope this game will be memorable day for all the fans who witness it,” signed off Oscar.

PHOTO:  Who will make Coach’s Oscar’s first eleven to face I-League champions Bengaluru FC?



Sporting Clube de Goa trounce Dunes


Sporting Clube de Goa trounce Dunes

Gautham Dias netted a second half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa trounced Dunes Sports Club 5-0 in Gfa’s U-18 1st division league at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Saturday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather.
Sporting Goa took the lead six minutes before the break when Anand Kerkar’s cross was helped into the net by a Dunes defender.
After resumption, Savio Dias doubled the lead for the Flaming Oranje after his harmless looking cross, curled into the far corner of the net.
In the closing stages Gautham added the third as he sprinted into the box and placed the ball calmly to the goalkeepers left corner.
Deep into injury time, Sporting Goa added a further two goals to bulge the tally. Akeraj Martins dribbled his way down the flank before cutting the ball back neatly for Toystan Mendonca to pounce.
Gautham finished goal number five of in style for Sporting Goa, after Dunes failed to clear the ball away.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa player and Dunes player tussle for the ball.

Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa football trials

(left to right) Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victor Fernandes (SCG CEO), Mahesh Lotlikar (Head of Youth dev.), Eddie Noronha (G. secretary), Victorino Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Mackroy Peixote.

(left to right) Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victor Fernandes (SCG CEO), Mahesh Lotlikar (Head of Youth dev.), Eddie Noronha (G. secretary), Victorino Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Mackroy Peixote.

Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa football trials

In keeping with its motto of GROWING GOA’S GAME! Sporting Clube de Goa is proud to announce All-Goa Football Trials to join the SCG Football Academy. The announcement was made at a press conference at Don Bosco Club House, Panjim on Friday.
The Trials will be held between the 29th of April and 8th of May and will take place at 4 venues in both districts of Goa, in order to cast the club’s net far and wide and pick up the best talent in the state.
The venues to be utilized in the North are Don Bosco ground, Panjim and Duler Stadium, Mapusa while in the south, Navelim ground and Raia ground will be used.
The trials will be split into three categories, firstly U-14, secondly U-16 and thirdly a combined category for U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 boys.
The SCG Academy was set up last year on the 16th of August 2013 at the hands of the AIFF technical director Scott O’donnell, with the aim to provide an opportunity for Goan youngsters to become professional footballers by working their way through the ranks.
Since then the telephone has not stopped ringing, with requests from parents from all over India wanting to know how they can get their son enrolled.
It is the club’s aim to give maximum opportunity to Goan talent and that is why these trials have been arranged, which will also be a major asset to the club’s ongoing scouting efforts.
Due to its commitment to Youth development the club has become the U-19 I-League champions in 2010, GFA U-18 League Champions in 2010 and Taca Goa U-20 Champions in 2012.
Sporting Clube de Goa has invested heavily in Infrastructure by building a Club House and renovating the training grounds. The club has also sourced the latest training methodologies from Spain, along with foreign Coaches to compliment the Goan coaches.
“All the Academy players go to the Stadium to watch the SCG senior teams home games, which is very inspiring for them and helps them to understand the philosophy of the club, “stated the Sporting Clube de Goa’s Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar (A-Licence).
“The club encourages you to combine pursuing your studies along with playing football, which is very important,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa General Secretary Eddie Noronha.
“We ask the media to help us in spreading the message of these trials so that maximum number of Goan youth can be made aware and have the opportunity to try out for the SCG Academy,” signed of Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes.


Present on the occasion were six senior team players who graduated from the youth academy. The following are excerpts from their glowing testimonials:

“The club gave me a platform to prove myself and today I am playing for the Indian national team.”
Victorino Fernandes

“I had the chance to join other clubs, but this is the place where I felt I would progress further.” When I was a youngster I used to go and watch Sporting Clube de Goa at the Stadium, they had a nice style which I liked.”
Rowllin Borges

“Training with the senior team while still an Academy U-20 player, gave me an experience of what it is like to be a professional footballer. It is a great confidence booster.”
Joyner Lourenco

The club has a good blend of foreign coaches and local expertise, which is a great environment for any budding young talent to learn their trade,”
Mackroy Peixote

“This club is really looking to give promotion to Goan Footballers and they make a real effort to tap talent in the villages.”
Jovel Martins

The coaches have the ability to improve players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically. There is also a back room staff which gives good nutritional and injury prevention knowledge,”
Stephene Barretto

Trial dates:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20

29th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
30th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)

5th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
6th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)


2nd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
3rd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)

5th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)
6th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)


1st May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)
2nd May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)

7th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
8th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)

Age group eligibility:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U20 = Born between 1st January 1995 and 1st January 1998
U-16 = Born on or after 1st January 1999
U-14 = Born on or after 1st January 2001

Boris D’Mello nets brace as Dempo win

GFA U-14 League

Boris D’Mello netted a brace as Dempo Sports Club overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in Gfa’s U-14 League 1st division at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Friday. Dempo led 1-0 at the interval.
The first half was played at a frantic pace with both teams eager to break the deadlock. It was Dempo who took the lead in injury time of the first half through Boris.
After resumption, as the Flaming Oranje went forward in search of the equalizer, they were caught out by another neat placement from Dempo’s Boris.

Aliston Mendes nets hat-trick in Salgaocar’s win

GFA U-18 League

Aliston Mendes netted a hat-trick as Salgaocar narrowly defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 3-2 in Gfa’s U-18 1st division League at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Thursday.
Aliston opened the scoring after just 16 minutes for Salgaocar with a neat placement. Sporting Goa battled superbly and was on level terms after Toystan Mendonca punted in.
Within seconds of the restart, Salgaocar wasted no time in reclaiming their lead when Aliston intercepted a loose ball and slotted home.
Changing over, neither team looked like scoring until the last two minutes when Aliston managed to complete his hat-trick for Salgaocar.
The story was not over just yet as Bispajit Rajput picked up the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and blasted into the top corner to reduce the deficit for the Flaming Oranje.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar players fight for possession, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim