Salgaocar Sports Club is an Indian football club based in Vasco, Goa. It is sponsored by the V. M. Salgaocar Group of Companies and has proved to be one of the most successful Goan sports club in the recent years. The Salagaocar is also one of the oldest football clubs in the country and has been the mentor of several well known football players in the country. Eminent players and Arjuna awardees like Bruno Coutinho, Bramhanand Shankhwalkar has been associated with this club for long. Salgoacar club mainly plays in the I-League-1 and Goa Professional League and has been the winner of the Salgaocar club 16 times. Dressed in green with a bit of white at the home ground and red and white jersey on trips, the Salgaocar Sports Club has a very loyal fan following in the state. Read on to know more about the Salgaocar Sports Club.
Salgaocar Sports Club came in existence in 1956 when Mr. V.M. Salgaocar, founder President of the VM Salgaocar Group laid the foundation of the Goan sports club in Vasco City. This club was formed with the sole objective of giving a platform to the Goan youth to showcase their talent to the country, and to the world. The sports club however got the Indian recognition only when Goa liberated from the rule of the Portuguese in 1961. A year later, the Salgaocar Football club became the first Goan team to be invited to participate in the prestigious Durand Cup in New Delhi. There was no look back since then. The Salgaocar club then successfully annexed all the possible trophies in the Indian football arena thereby engraving their name amongst the top teams in the country.
The last few years for the Salgaocar club can be described as the years of glory light fading away. Relegation, a successful promotion, and then again relegation has badly shattered the Salgaocar faithful. Even the critics have been two harsh in their comments by writing that the club hay days are over, but as the famous saying goes, “What makes a man isn’t how he falls, but the grace by which he rises up again.” Salgaocar Sports Club backed by the VM Salgaocar group of companies shows hopes to the host of Salgaocar faithful that they will try their heart out to gain their past glory again. Under the patronage of Shivanand Salgaocar the club is making evident efforts to rise over again and mark its presence once again.
Accolades and Achievements
There is an exhaustive list of the awards and accolades of the Salgaocar club. The club has been a winner of the National League triumph in 1999, Federation Cups in 1988, 1989 & 1997, Super Cup in 1997 and 1999. The club has also registered a triumph over the prestigious Rovers Cup, Mumbai, in 1989, 1996 1999 and the Durand Cup, Delhi in 1999 & 2003. The Salgaocar Sports Club has also made an unbreakable record by winning the Goa State Champions for a record 19 times. Apart from this, the club has also registered a win over Governor’s Cup, Asian Club Championships and TFA shield.