Dempo S.C.

Full name Dempo Sports Club
Nickname(s) Golden Eagles
Founded 1968; 55 years ago
Ground Fatorda Stadium[1]
Ground Capacity 19,000
Owner Dempo Corp.
Chairman Srinivas Dempo
Manager Mauricio Afonso
League I-League 2nd Division
2015–16 1st
Website Club home page

Dempo Sports Club is a football club based in Panjim, Goa. The club is owned and sponsored by the Dempo group of companies. Popularly known as ‘the whites’, the team has been a constant participator in all the national football championship and gained immense popularity in the last four decades of its existence.[2]

The team has won several accolades and honors. In the 2004–05 season, the club won its maiden National Football League title. They won the league again in the 2006–2007 season and followed it with the three I-League triumphs in 2007–08 in its inaugural version and then in 2009–2010 and again in 2011–12, making them the most successful club on national front with 5 league titles more than any other club in India.[3]


Main article: History of Dempo S.C.

Dempo Sports Club started out as Dempo Souza Football Club in 1961 and was taken over when they made the company their own Dempo Corporation around that time.[4] The club was started by Michael deSouza and the logo and colours that the club wears currently was what he had chosen for the team. The club won their first Goan Senior League title in 1972. The club then won their first ever national pan-India tournament in 1975 by winning the Rovers Cup. The club then won the Rovers Cup again in 1978.[4] The club defended their title one year later in 1979. Their first double.

Dempo then entered their "Golden-Age" during the 1980s.[4] Dempo won a host of small cups and they also won the Rovers Cup again in 1986 by beating historic club Mohun Bagan. The club also won the Goan League in 1986 and 1987.[4]

The club then won their first international cup in Malé against New Radiant SC. The club then won the Rovers Cup again by beating Mohun Bagan again and were then one of the original 12 teams in the first National Football League in 1996.[5] The club then go relegated in 1999–2000 but got promoted the very next season and then the club won their first NFL championship in 2004.[4] Dempo also won the last NFL Season. Dempo then won the first I-League season in 2007–08.As a result of this title win, Dempo played in AFC competition in 2008 during the 2008 AFC Cup, Dempo ended as semi-finalist. They again won the league in 2009–10 and 2011–12. After the 2012–13 season where Dempo finished in 5th place, they parted ways with their most successful coach Armando Colaco with whom they had won 5 League titles.They appointed Arthur Papas who had previously been the Head Coach of the Indian U23 Men's National Team.[6] Dempo finished their 2013–14 campaign with a 4th-place finish.[7]

In March, 2015 after losing their final match to fellow Goan and relegation struggling club Salgaocar 2–0 they got relegated for the first time from I-league


Dempo's crest from 1968–2010

The Dempo Sports Club crest is the official logo for Dempo Corporations sports clubs that it owns. The logo includes the words Goa (name of the state Dempo is based in) and Dempo Sports Club (team name). The logo also includes a picture of a golden bird in the middle of the crest.


The official colours of Dempo Sports Club are Blue and White. Ever since their creation Dempo's home colours have always involved blue, mainly with the shirts while the shorts were always either blue or black. The away colours were always all white but then in 2011 when Dempo unveiled their away kit the shirt had black stripes on it. The shorts however remain the same.


View of Fatorda Stadium, Home of Dempo SC
Main article: Fatorda Stadium

As of 2011 Dempo SC has been playing its football at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa. Fatorda Stadium opened in 1989 and Dempo SC has been using it since for all its I-League matches. There have been rumors however that state that Dempo SC could soon very well create its own stadium in Panjim, Goa although not much has been released on the subject.

Ownership and Finances

At the moment Dempo Sports Club's main sponsor and owner is Dempo Mining Corporation Limited. The club has been owned by Dempo since their creation. As part of the sponsorship from Dempo the club also named itself Dempo Sports Club and is classed as an institutional club in that case.

The finances given to the club are very limited which meant that the club was forced to spend less on infrastructure and proven players and spend more on local youth development.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2006–2011 none Dempo
2011–2014 Nike
2014–2015 Adidas
2015—2016 7070 Sports
2016— Shiv Naresh


First-team squad

As of 25 Sept 2016[8]

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 Tyson Caiado
3 India DF Shallum Pires
4 India DF Meldon D'Silva
5 Nigeria DF Chika Wali
6 India MF Adil Khan
7 India FW Beevan D'Mello
8 India FW Milagres Gonsalves
9 India FW Joaquim Abranches
11 Canada MF Kyle Bekker
14 India MF Mario Mascarenhas
15 India MF Vinnet Bugde
16 India DF Samir Subash Naik
17 India MF Mandar Rao Desai
18 India DF Aiken Dias
19 India MF Romeo Fernandes
21 India DF Naveen Mendes
No. Position Player
22 Trinidad and Tobago MF Marcus Joseph
24 India MF Nickson Castanha
25 India MF Aniston Fernandes
28 India MF Germanpreet Singh
29 India GK Priyant Singh
30 India MF Jayson Lucas
31 India FW Aaron Rodrigues
32 India FW Kapil Hoble
33 India DF Flexburn Souza
34 India FW Myron Fernandes
35 India MF Deryl Endro
36 India DF Assumption Soares
37 India DF Mohammed Ali
38 India MF Velito Cruz
39 Nigeria FW Chidi Odili Felix
40 India MF Hayden Fernandes

Retired Numbers

Current technical staff

As of 8 NOVEMBER 2016
Mikael Stahre,DempoS.C's head coach
Position Name
Technical Director South Africa Katz Naidoo
Head Coach Sweden Mikael Stahre
Assi Coach Serbia Nikola Kavazović
GK Coach India Camilo Gonsalves
Team Manager India Shailesh Karkera
Youth Technical Director India Marcelino
Physiotherapist India R. Venkadesh,

India Avinash jaiswal

Kit Manager India Rajesh Malgi


The club hired their first professional manager in 2000, Armando Colaco, he remained with the club until the end of Season 2012/13. In June 2013, the club signed Greek-Australian Manager Arthur Papas who was already working in India as the Indian U23 National Team Coach.


Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

Armando Colaco  India June 2000 2013 217 119 55 43 429 230 54.84 I-League (2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12), Indian Super Cup (2008,2010), Federation Cup(2004), Durand Cup (2006)
Arthur Papas  Australia June 2013 March 2015 41 18 13 10 60 33 43.90
Trevor Morgan  England March 2015 November 2015 14 2 6 6 11 23 14.29
Mauricio Afonso  India November 2015 Present 17 10 3 4 2 4 58.82
Nikola Kavazovic  Serbia Octobar 2016 Present 0 0 0 0 2 0 !



Dempo SC has won a lot of awards and prestigious trophies in past few years. It has emerged as the winner of the several national trophies in the last few years. The club has won the prestigious Indian League in 2004, 2005 respectively. It also emerged as a winner in the recently concluded inaugural I-League 2007-08. They repeated the feat in 2009–10 and again in 2011–12 The club has also been a consistent performer in the other prestigious championships like the Federation Cup.,[10] Durand Cup and the IFA Shield. The club has been the winner of the prestigious Durand Cup in 2006 and Federation Cup in 2004. The club had been four time winner of Rovers Cup and record eleven times winner of the Goa League.

2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12[11]
2005, 2007[11]
2008, 2010[14]

Affiliated Clubs


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