Churchill Brothers S.C.
Churchill Brothers FC Goa is an Indian professional football club based in Margao, Goa. Churchill Brothers was founded in 1988 in Margao and in 1996 were a founding club of the new National Football League. In 2007, the club were also a founding club in the I-League.
|Full name||Churchill Brothers Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Red Machines|
|Ground||Tilak Maidan Stadium|
|Head Coach||Bernardo Tavares|
The club has won the national league title I-League two times, in 2008–09 and 2012–13, and has secured a position among the top three teams on eight other occasions in the national level league tournament.
The Red Machine was led for decades by Mr. Churchill Alemo, the club's former President who was recently elected President of Goa Football Association and is an ex-Chief Minister of Goa. The current CEO of the club is Ms. Valanka Alemao, Mr. Alemao's daughter.
Churchill Brothers FC were founded in 1988 as Varca Club. After one season under the name Varca Club they renamed themselves Brothers Sporting Club. Later on they were bought out by Churchill Braz Alemao and renamed themselves Churchill Brothers FC. After the take over by Churchill the club went on to win the Durand Cup in 2007 and then they had their best year in 2008–09 by winning the 2008–09 I-League, 2009 Durand Cup, and the 2009 IFA Shield. Through their I-League win Churchill Brothers FC were able to play in the 2010 Asian Champions League qualifiers which they lost which meant that they would play in the 2010 AFC Cup. During the AFC Cup Churchill Brothers FC won two games against Al-Hilal Al-Sahili and finished runners up in their group and advanced to the next round where they would lose 1–2 to Al-Qadsia at the Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium.
For the 2010–11 season Churchill Brothers played in the I-League. Churchill Brothers had contracted manager Vincent Subramaniam for the 2010–11 season but through the season Vincent left his post as the manager and Churchill Brothers went the rest of the season with Croatian Drago Mamić as their caretaker manager who led them to fourth place that season. He also helped them win the IFA Shield that year. On 9 June 2011 Churchill Brothers announced they have signed former Portugal national football team assistant coach Manuel Gomes as permanent manager. However, on 15 February 2012 it was announced that Gomes had resigned and that former coach Carlos Roberto Pereira would be brought in on a caretaker basis.
Then on 13 July 2012 it was announced that Mariano Dias had been signed by the Churchill Brothers to become their new full-time head coach. After his first season in charge, Dias managed to lead Churchill Brothers to the I-League championship, their second one in history, after the 2012–13 season ended.
Colours and crest
The colours of Churchill Brothers kits and flags have always been red and white but before the brand new crest the home colours were white while the away colours were red. Now after the new logo was shown the home kit is red while the away kit is blue.
The crest of Churchill Brothers was originally green and yellow since 2011 the crest has been red and black. The first crest was a football on grass with yellow rays coming out acting as sun rays.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
- Fatorda Stadium: Main stadium during the season. Capacity set at 27,300.
- Tilak Maidan Stadium: Alternate stadium.
- Duler Stadium: Located in Mapusa, Goa. Temporary stadium during the 2012–13 season.
Since the I-League began, Churchill Brothers have always played mainly at the Fatorda Stadium in the South Goan city of Margao along with other Goan I-League clubs Dempo, Salgaocar, Sporting Goa, and Vasco. They also sometimes use the Tilak Maidan Stadium for I-League and Goa Professional League matches which is located in Vasco da Gama, Goa.
During the 2012–13 season Churchill Brothers temporarily played at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa while the Fatorda Stadium was being renovated for the 2013 Lusophony Games and while the Tilak Maidan was being renovated up to AFC standards.
First team squad
- As of 1 December 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- As of 17 June 2019
Runners-up (3): 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2001–02
Winners (1): 2013–14
- Goa Professional League (7):
1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008
- IFA Shield (2):
|Season||Div.||Tms.||Pos.||Attendance/G||Federation Cup/Super Cup||Durand Cup||AFC Champions League||AFC Cup|
|2017–18||I-League||10||9||2,921||Round of 16||DNP||DNP||DNP|
- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- Attendance/G = Average league attendance
|Season||Division||P||W||D||L||F||A||Pts||Pos||Federation Cup||Super Cup||Asia||Round reached||Name||Goals|
|1st or W||Winners|
|2nd or RU||Runners-up|
|♦||Top scorer in division|
- "History". Churchill Brothers Sports Club. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "History" (Webpage). the-aiff. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Manuel Gomes to coach Churchill Brothers" (Webpage). sportskeeda. June 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Churchill Brothers' coach quits after dismal run". NDTV. 23 June 2013.
- "Mariano Dias to coach Churchill Brothers" (Webpage). sportskeeda. July 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "I-league title for second time" (Webpage). sportskeeda. May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Red Kit". Twimg. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "I-League: Beto brace sets up Churchill Brothers victory". Rediff. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "DULER STADIUM TO HOST I-LEAGUE ON NEW TURF". Navhind Times. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 January 2017.