Sat, May 27, 2017 | updated 05:58 AM IST

FC Goa set sights on Rio de Janeiro for ISL pre-season training

Updated: Aug 26, 2016 12:37 IST      
FC Goa set sights on Rio de Janeiro for ISL pre-season training

New Delhi [India], Aug.26 (ANI): As a part of FC Goa's pre-season training and conditioning, the team will assemble at head coach Zico's football academy, Zico 10 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, to prepare for the upcoming third season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Zico 10 is a brand, under which there are various academies and training centers across Brazil attached to the Flamengo legend Zico, who was roped in as the head coach of FC Goa for the third consecutive season.

FC Goa are scheduled to play pre-season friendlies with Brazilian clubs during the pre-season training in Rio.

Speaking about the ISL franchise's target for the coming season, Zico has predicted a better season for the Gaurs, as the team is popularly referred to, in ISL 3.

"We've made some good signings this year and we will continue to work on the squad while at the pre-season training in Rio, Brazil. It's important for the team to come together to play and gel well and that's what we will do in Brazil. We are building a strong team and we are aiming for the title," he said.

Local superstars Romeo and Mandar Rao Dessai are also elated to be part of the squad's preparations in Rio de Janeiro.

Romeo, who has previously trained in Bazil with Atletico Paranaense, said,"I'm looking forward to train in Brazil again, I will do my best in the training session to learn and better my skills under Zico, it will be a great opportunity to play against the Brazilian teams and learn from them."

"I have heard that there are excellent training facilities and competitive teams to plays against.I'm looking forward to seeing first-hand the quality of play of the Brazilians teams as we have grown up knowing that Brazil is one of the power houses of football in the world. It will be great opportunity to learn and better my skills", said Mandar.

FC Goa's new signing, local lad Pratesh Shirodkar is visibly excited about the coming season. "Brazil is a land of football and training in Rio is like going to the holy land of football. My expectation of training at Rio is to evolve into a more skilful player and better my techniques".

FC Goa's right back Keenan Almeida is looking forward to heading to the south American country. "I'm excited about the fact that we are heading to Rio for our preseason. Brazil being the land of so many footballing legends adds to the thrill. I'm sure it's going to be a good learning experience with the best of facilities and training under the guidance of Zico".

The squad will train in Rio de Janeiro until mid-September 2016 before the team will return in Goa for the final phase of training in the state before the season starts.

Last season, FC Goa conducted their pre-season at the Spanish Soccer Schools grounds located within the Dubai Sports City complex in the United Arab Emirate ( UAE).

Champions Trophy: We're in a ` very hard` group, says Mortaza

Updated: May 26, 2017 21:23 IST     

Birmingham [UK], May 26 (ANI): Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is convinced that his team can take its form of the past two years on to one of the sport's grandest stages as it gears up for the Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

London [UK], May 26 (ANI): Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that his side is under no pressure and have nothing to lose at the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 26 (ANI): The second edition of the 'Indian Open of Surfing' on Friday got underway amidst much fanfare at the Sasihithlu beach in Mangaluru.

Full Story >>

Djokovic drawn to face Nadal in French Open semis

Updated: May 26, 2017 18:20 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 26 (ANI): World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal have been drawn to face each other in a blockbuster French Open semi-final.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Even as the national football team prepares for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic in Bengaluru, the two newcomers--Lalruatthara and Laldanmawia Ralte are not much willing to speculate whether they would be able to secure a berth in the final 23.

Full Story >>

Nishikori, Wawrinka battle into Geneva Open semis

Updated: May 26, 2017 15:17 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 26 (ANI): Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori produced a spirited fight back as he bounced back from a set down to book his place in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open last evening.

Full Story >>

Can have 'big role' to play in Champions Trophy: Adam Zampa

Updated: May 26, 2017 14:35 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 26 (ANI): Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has insisted that he can have a big role to play for his side in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): As the Board of Control for Cricket in India prepares to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in 2014, senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla on Friday said that they will not play any bilateral series against the arch-rivals without the Indian government's permission.

Full Story >>

Delhi Daredevils put in bid in SA's T20 league: Report

Updated: May 26, 2017 13:58 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 26 (ANI): Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils owners have reportedly put in a bid to buy a team in Cricket South Africa's (CSA) new T20 league.

Full Story >>

IPL 10 brings 350 millions interactions on Facebook

Updated: May 26, 2017 13:32 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded on Sunday with a dramatic final-over victory by Mumbai Indians over Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], May 26 (ANI): Indian Senior Men's hockey team goalkeeper Akash Chikte has said that he is absolutely ready to face the world's top ranked teams at the Hockey World League Semi-Final, beginning June 15 in London.

Full Story >>

India crash out of Sudirman Cup post 0-3 drubbing to China

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:22 IST     

Queensland [Australia], May 26 (ANI): In a major blow, India crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship after going down 0-3 against 10-time champions China in their quarter-final clash here at the Gold Coast on Friday.

Full Story >>

Younis Khan satisfied to retire at top

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:36 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has expressed his satisfaction over his decision to bid adieu to international cricket, as he has managed to achieve what he had desired for.

Full Story >>

Aussies pay homage to Manchester attack victims

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:51 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 26 (ANI): The Australian cricket team observed a minute of silence to pay their tributes to the victims of the recent deadly terror attack that took place at the Manchester Arena in England.

Full Story >>

Lanka happy to enter Champions Trophy as 'underdogs': Mathews

Updated: May 26, 2017 09:36 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 26 (ANI): Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has said that his players are ready to embrace the 'underdog' tag at the ICC Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

PCB announces Najam Sethi as its new chairman

Updated: May 26, 2017 00:53 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Najam Sethi as its new chairman.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], May 25 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who had a regrettable performance in England three years ago, has said that his priority would be to overcome the challenges he faced during the tour for his personal satisfaction.

Full Story >>

BCCI-PCB to meet in Dubai over India-Pak bilateral series

Updated: May 25, 2017 22:09 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2015 to 2023.

Full Story >>

ICC Committee gives unanimous support to Test Championship

Updated: May 25, 2017 17:53 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has expressed unanimous support for the implementation of a Test cricket competition deeming that context was crucial to the future of international cricket.

Full Story >>

Wellington [New Zealand], May 25 (ANI): New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell has been slapped with 100 hours of community work after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving offence in the Hastings District Council last month.

Full Story >>