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FC Goa seek positive start against Delhi Dynamos

PTI 03 Oct 2015, 17:59:44 IST
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Margao : Brazilian flair will be on display in all its glory as World Cup winner Roberto Carlos' Delhi Dynamos lock horns with FC Goa, coached by the legendary Zico, in the second edition of Indian Super League (ISL) football here tomorrow.

Playing at home, FC Goa are seeking to make a positive start at the Nehru Stadium.

After a poor start last year, FC Goa rose gradually to reach the semi-finals where they lost to eventual winners Atletico de Kolkata in a penalty shootout.

Unlike last edition when coach Zico did not have the choice to select the players, this time he has taken personal interest in selecting the players, especially the foreigners.

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Leading the FC Goa challenge will be former Brazil captain and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio. The Brazilian won almost everything in the world of football, including a treble at Inter Milan, and is now looking forward to a new challenge in the ISL.

The marquee player for FC Goa will lend solidity at the back and is expected to partner French defender Gregory Arnolin, the lone surviving foreign player from last year's squad.

Elinton Andrade recently won the Beach Soccer World Cup with Portugal and will be the first-choice goalkeeper besides Lucio, Brazilian players such as Leo Moura, who captained Flamengo for a long time, young Jonatan Lucca, Victor Simoes and Reinaldo.

Zico, whose contract runs until 2017 as FC Goa manager,is satisfied with the pre-season training in Dubai, where they played four friendly matches, losing only their last match.

Back home they played against Dempo and won 3-1.