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Friday 16 September 2016

ISL 2016: Teams Scramble As FC Goa Retain Lucio For ISL Season 3


Panaji: World Cup and UEFA Champions League winning central defender #Lucimar #Ferreira da Silva aka #Lucio has been retained by #FC #Goa as the marquee player for the third edition of the Indian Super League starting 1st October 2016.

File picture of Lucio. Getty
File picture of Lucio. Getty Images

Consistency was the key for head coach #Zico, who decided to retain the spine of the team, which reached the finals of the second edition of the ISL. He has won the treble (Seria A, #UEFA #ChampionsLeague and #CoppaItalia) in 2010 under present Manchester United head coach #Jose #Mourinho after strong performances in the heart of the defence at #InterMilan

He also played for #Bayer #Leverkusen and German giants #Bayern #Munich prior to joining #Inter.
Along with his strong showing for his club, #Lucio was a mainstay in the Brazil national team with 105 appearances at the heart of the defence, scoring four goals in the process and helping Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, having played every minute of the competition.

He joined the ISL in 2015 when he signed for FC Goa to play under Zico. The coach had thrown the captain's armband to Lucio, primarily due to his wealth of experience playing football in Europe and South America.

Alongside Martinique powerhouse Gregory #Arnolin, Lucio was one of the main reasons for FC Goa's superb run to the finals of the ISL in 2015. His aerial prowess and ability to intercept were key attributes in making him one of the fittest marquee players of the second edition of the tournament.
He regularly stopped opposition attacks in their tracks and started attacking moves of his own for his side.

For the third edition of the ISL, Zico decided to keep faith in the 38-year-old player. Lucio will be looking to lead his team to the final once more in 2016 and go all the way this year in his second attempt at the title.

"I am very happy to sign for #FCGoa once again. We had a good tournament last year and I hope to make FC Goa champions this year. Consistency is the key for us and I am sure that we will do well once again this year under Zico's leadership. It is important to train hard and put in 100 per cent effort on the field in order to get maximum results. I hope to make the fans of Goa proud this year," he said.

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