Dempo SC - Churchill Brothers SC Preview: Derby day beckons in I-League round one
The champions start their title defence with a Goan derby against a new look Churchill Brothers side...
By John Vaz
The Federation Cup is history. That is something both clubs will do well to forget, as Churchill in the semis and Dempo in the final, failed to stop East Bengal on the way to the Cup. Now the focus shifts to the I-League with the first Goan derby of the league upon us.
Dempo SC come into the league on the back of a good run in the Federation Cup. Having lost their start striker and golden boot winner of last season, Ranti Martins, Dempo were expected to have trouble scoring goals. But they still managed to score 10 goals in five games. So one can assume they definitely are not lacking in that department.
|What can Ricketts add to Dempo's experienced midfield?
What many Dempo fans will be looking forward to are the new signings. Ryuji Seuoka has already featured for them in the Federation Cup, but all eyes will be on former Arsenal and Spurs attacking midfielder Rohan Ricketts, who has been brought in to replace Ranti. Also they have signed Ghanian centre-back Stephen Offei.
Churchill also have been even more prolific as seen in the Federation Cup. Between two matches where they failed to find the net, Churchill handed out 5-1 and 4-0 thrashings to Mohammedan Sporting and Air India respectively. And it's their new signings, Lebanese internationals Bilal Najireen (centre back) and Akram Moghrabi (striker) who were central to it. With all their foreign players contributing, expect Churchill to be a different beast from last season.
|Churchill Brothers are back to their attacking best
Coach Armando Colaco has been nothing short of a stalwart in the game for Dempo. Already having been at the helm at Dempo for the past 12 years, few have bettered his record in the league (2 NFL (National Football League) titles and 3 I-League titles since 2005). He'll be hoping to maintain that winning run this time around as well.
As for Churchill, having shown encouraging signs in the Federation Cup, the onus will be on coach Mariano Dias and technical Director, Subhash Bhowmick to transfer that form to the league.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is Mariano Dias' first ever I-League assignment.
- No team has ever successfully defended their title in the I-League era.
- Rohan Ricketts has his own online magazine titled 'Column 10'.
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Top 3 Predictions
Dempo SC 1-2 Churchill Brothers SC
- 23.08 %
Dempo SC 2-1 Churchill Brothers SC
- 15.39 %
Dempo SC 2-0 Churchill Brothers SC
- 15.39 %
|I-League (I-L)||06-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 0|
|I-League (I-L)||17-Apr-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - Dempo SC 2|
|I-League (I-L)||06-Oct-2012||Dempo SC 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 1|
|I-League (I-L)||11-Apr-2012||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - Dempo SC 4|
|I-League (I-L)||04-Dec-2011||Dempo SC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 2|
|07-Dec-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - Dempo SC 0||I-L|
|30-Nov-2013||Mohd Sp 0 - Dempo SC 0||I-L|
|27-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 1 - Pune FC 1||I-L|
|23-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 1 - United Sports Club 2||I-L|
|06-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|1||Subhasish Roy Chowdhury||Goalkeeper|
|18||Thangjam Saran Singh||Defender|
|11||Roberto Mendes Da Silva||Midfielder|
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