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Dempo SC

Founded: 1968

Address: Dempo SC Pvt. Ltd.,Dempo House, Panaji, Goa,India India

Official URL: http://www.dempos.com/dempo_sports_club.htm

Chairman: Srinivas Dempo

Stadium: PJN Stadium, Fatorda, Goa

Club History

Dempo Sports Club take their roots from Bicholim Football Club, a top First Division league side in the 1960s. Bicholim Sports Club were adopted by Dempo Souza in 1967 and was renamed Dempo Souza Sports Club. They became a strong side, assisted by Eustaquio, Dass, Balaguru, Olavo, Colaco, Inacio, Felix Barreto, Thapa, Ramesh Redkar, Socrates Carvalho, Sadanand Asnodkar and Tulsidas Alornekar. They finished runners-up to Vasco Sports Club in the Senior Division League in 1969. Dempo Souza lost the semi-final of the inaugural All-India Bandodkar Gold Trophy tournament to Salgaocar, but had scored a creditable win over Border Security Force in the quarter-final through Felix Afonso.


Dempo Souza Sports Club became Dempo Sports Club, after Dempo bought Souza's stake in the Dempo Souza enterprise. Mr Michael D''Souza, popularly known as Mickie, who had tremendous interest in the game, was mainly responsible in forming Dempo Souza Sports Club.


Dempo Sports Club flourished when Vasantrao Dempo, the chairman of the House of Dempo, extended his patronage to the game in a big way. Dempo thus joined the ranks of the other business houses, like Salgaocar, Agencia Commercial Maritima, Shantilal and Sesa Goa who had their own teams.


Srinivas Dempo, the grandson of Vasantrao Dempo, is the current president of the Club, with Manuel Rebello as the vice-president while Armando Colaco is the secretary cum coach.


Dempo have not spared any effort in raising the standard of their game to a high level and like Salgaocar, are one of the popular and leading teams in the country. Dempo became the Goa league champion for the first time in 1971-72, brushing aside the challenge of Vasco, Salgaocar and Sesa in the Super League.

Dempo achieved the distinction of becoming the first Goan team to win the Rovers Cup in 1975. Led by the late Ramesh Redkar, Dempo defeated Tata Sports Club in the replayed final off a penalty kick scored by Williams in the dying minutes of the game. Francis D''Souza was brought down by the Tata defender Joaquim Barreto and the referee Alex Vaz did not hesitate to award the penalty kick to Dempo. The Rovers Cup thus made its maiden voyage to Goa.


Dempo achieved great success till the early 90’s. Following that was what can be called a nightmare of Dempo Sports Club’s history. Except for the Scissors Cup victories in 1994 and 1997, Dempo were partially on a trophy draught after 1993.

Desperate for honours, Dempo hiked their budget and virtually went on a signing spree in the 1998-99 season roping in big names, both outstation and Goan. However, the end result was disastrous as Dempo finished third in the State Professional League and failed to make it to the Super Six of the National Football League (NFL).


Disgusted with the team's insipid performance, in spite of having high profile players within its ranks, the management came very close to closing their doors on football. However the fans of Dempo Sports Club impressed upon Mr Srinivas Dempo, not to take that drastic step and to continue his affiliation with football.

Dempo reduced their budget drastically, which forced all the stars to sign up with other clubs.


Dempo Sports Club was one of the most respected Clubs in Indian football. But the club today is a far cry from the club of the past. A power in the late eighties and early nineties in Goan football, Dempo Sports Club are a pale shadow of their former selves, struggling to keep pace with the other two bigwigs in the State - Salgaocar Sports Club and Churchill Brothers. They have tried everything, from a mixture of youth and experience to a star studded outfit to a squad filled to the brim with talented and youthful players.


The Dempo squad for the 1999-2000 season consisted of young players, talented though raw in experience. They failed to cope up with the temperament and the rigorous schedule of the National football league. Though the youngsters played their hearts out, causing many anxious moments for India''s big names, they failed to carve out enough victories to stay afloat.


Dempo suffered their worst humiliation, having to be relegated into the Second Division of the National Football League as they finished at the bottom of the table in the country's premier league tournament.


In the 1999-2000 National Football League, Dempo's then Iranian coach Ahmad Sanjari tried his best to guide the youthful but inexperienced team. But he could not survive the strength of super-budget teams like Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar Sports Club, FC Kochi and were forced to relegation.

The once great team in India had been reduced to a Second Division team and had to fight its way back into the National League.


The intentions of Srinivas were very clear cut. He wanted Dempo Sports Club to be back among the best and at the top. The new season 2000-2001, witnessed a total reversal in approach from the previous season by Dempo Sports Club. They considerably increased their budget and went on to sign up a good number of high profile players.


Dempo entered it’s golden era in 2000 when they hired Armando Colaco to take the role of their team’s coach. Armando is the first and only Indian to guide an I-League to the semi-finals of the AFC Cup. The road ahead for Dempo looks clear as their intentions.


In 2011, the Goan side officially tied up with Danish football side FC Midtjylland.

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