The Indian Super League (ISL) said on Friday it is looking into allegation that former France midfielder Robert Pires was punched in the face by an opposition coach during a halftime altercation in Thursday`s match in Goa.
FC Goa fans might have been disappointed with their team's 1-2 loss against Atletico de Kolkata in the Hero India Super League (ISL) game, here today, but coach Zico was still pleased with the way his team played especially in the first half where they took the lead.
No state has dominated domestic football in the last decade quite like Goa. Ever since the National Football League was re-christened to the I-League in 2007, Goan clubs have won 6 out of the 7 editions.
With a vociferous crowd behind them, hosts FC Goa will be eyeing a positive start to their campaign against Chennaiyin FC when the Goa-leg of the much-hyped Indian Super League (ISL) begins at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda here today.
Proclaimed a game-changer and perhaps the most star-studded event ever in the history of Indian football featuring retired giants of the game, the ISL will kick off here on Sunday aiming to give a fresh lease of life to the global sport in a country which has been called a "sleeping giant" by FIFA.
Amid the buzz surrounding what has been termed a game-changer for Indian football, Brazilian legend Zico says the 158-ranked nation's hopes of scaling greater heights in the world sport depends solely on the local players' "mentality" and their "ability" to develop.
After cricket, kabaddi and badminton, Indians are getting ready for their tryst with franchise football. World football boss, Sepp Blatter, defined Indian football as a 'sleeping giant' during his visit in 2007. Blatter is now preparing to contest his fifth term as FIFA President, while the condition of Indian football remains constant, just as it was seven years ago.
Goan boys Romeo Fernandes and Rowilson Rodrigues, who just read or heard about Zico are not only now witnessing the Brazilian legend in flesh and blood but are also soaking in the words of wisdom shared by Zico, the FC Goa team's marquee coach at the training.
FC Goa made the perfect start in their first friendly match of the pre-season ahead of the Indian Super League, as they scored a comfortable 3-0 win over Sesa Academy at the Tilak Stadium here on Sunday.
Former French international and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, who has been signed on as FC Goa's marquee player for the inaugural Indian Super League, today stepped onto the ground at Tilak Maidan here for his first training session with the team.
Players at FC Goa got the first feel of training under legendary Brazilian footballer Zico as they went about their paces at the Tilak Maidan Stadium here under the watchful eyes of the coach-cum-manager.