Sporting Clube de Goa
is a sports club
based in the Indian
state of Goa
who currently will participate in the I-League
which is India's number one league competition in the country. It is renowned for its football
team built on the lines of Portuguese
giants Sporting Clube de Portugal
and adopting a similar club crest.
The club Cidade de Goa
(Portuguese for City of Goa) was purchased by Sporting's current owners and renamed as Sporting Clube de Goa in 1999.
Sporting Clube de Goa, a professional football club, came into existence in 1999, when the public of Panjim decided to launch a football club after Cidade de Goa disbanded its football team. Thus, after Vasco Sports Club, Sporting became the second club of public shareholding in Goa. The club, built on the lines of Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal, has made rapid strides in the national circuit. Sporting shot to prominence by an impressive performance in the 2001-02 Federation Cup, the team made it to the last four after victories over stronger teams like East Bengal and Indian Bank.
Sporting made its debut in the 2003-04 season of the Indian National Football League Premier Division
, and were on the verge of winning their first league championship but lost out on the last day when Dempo Sports Club
pipped them to the title. Their season was marred by a horrific bus accident which ruled out 4 key players for the whole season, while several others were injured. However, led by Nigerian import Dudu......