FC Goa set sights on Rio de Janeiro for ISL pre-season training
| Updated: Aug 26, 2016 18:07 IST
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).