Vasco Sports Club
are a football
club from Goa
In 1951, residents from the port town of Vasco da Gama, Goa
, including the Portuguese
garrison stationed there formed a football club called Clube de Desportos Vasco da Gama.
It was named after the famous Brazilian club
, and similar colours were adopted by it. The open fields where the present Tilak stadium is built, were the practice grounds for the players. Later a club house was built nearby, which still stands today.
During the last five decades the club participated in most of the major tournaments in India. The sixties and seventies were the most productive years for the club and they won some of the major tournaments during that time like the Kerala Trophy, Stafford Cup, Bandodkar Gold Trophy, Chakola Gold Trophy and Sait-Nagjee Trophy. It failed to stamp its mark in other tournaments like the Rovers Cup, Bordoloi Shield, Nehru Memorial Tournament, having lost out in the final.
As far as honours at home go, the club won the Goa Football Association league title on six different occasions starting in 1954 until 1969 and is the oldest registered Club still participating in the State's top League competition, never once having been demoted in the Club's history.
After two decades of major victories, the 80's saw a decline in the efficacy of the Club in terms of All India and State Tournaments. However, it retained a prominent position among the top five Clubs in Goa. The decline started when the Bandekar group withdrew... Read More