Goa, March, 2020: FC Goa rounded off yet another successful season in the ISL in the 2019/20 edition. The Gaurs went off at a brisk start and kept the pedal to the metal till the end – finishing on top of the table by the end of the league stage.
The reward? Becoming the first ever team from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League. Whilst the final result of the campaign is what people will remember, the journey was as if not more eventful.
In typical FC Goa fashion, the Men in Orange lit up the league with their scintillating play on the pitch. Time and again, the Gaurs mesmerised the thousands in the stadium and millions glued to their TV sets with their flamboyance and their dare to the extraordinary.
It was another season where records were broken as the Gaurs yet again came out as the ones who set the benchmark. Nothing captures their achievements better than numbers.
Here are 20 such numbers to help you get a grip of the marvelous season that FC Goa had in the ISL:
(All stats are provided by InStat and are till the end of the league if not explicitly told otherwise)
1 – FC Goa became the first team to score 50 goals or more in a single ISL season. The Gaurs created the record of most goals scored in a single-season in 2017/18 with 43 strikes. They followed it up last season with a campaign that saw them score 41 (highest in the season, once again). They then followed that up with a 51-goal season that left defences all around the country thwarted.
2.4 – The Gaurs were the second highest in terms of off-side calls called against them (only behind Mumbai). The Men in Orange saw themselves being called offside on 2.4 occasions per game.
3 – FC Goa conceded only 3 goals in the first half during the entire campaign. That constitutes for the best defensive record in the opening 45 minutes for any team this season in the ISL (including playoffs).
3 – The Hero of The League, Hugo Boumous completed a total of 3 Key Passes per 90 minutes – the highest in the league. The average in the league for players playing in an attacking midfield position is 1 per 90 minutes.
4 – Mandar Rao Dessai’s tally of 4 assists throughout the season was the second-most from a wing-back position. Only Kerala’s Jessel Carneiro notched more assists.
7 – The Gaurs got goals from all over the pitch this season. The centre-backs Mourtada Fall and Carlos Peña combined to score 7 goals for the team this season – the highest for any centre-back pairing this season.
7 – With their 4-2 win over Chennaiyin FC in the second-leg of the semi-finals, the Gaurs became the first ever team in the ISL to record 7 consecutive wins at home. The last game that the Gaurs didn’t win at JLN stadium in Fatorda was against Jamshedpur FC on 26th November, 2019.
9.2 – The Gaurs averaged 9.2 passes for every goal they scored this season – the highest in the league. The next best on the table are Kerala Blasters who averaged 6.4. The league average for the same was 4.6.
12 – During the league stage Goa conceded 12 goals from set-pieces. Only Bengaluru and ATK have conceded less.
15 – FC Goa’s wingers Brandon Fernandes and Jackichand Singh combined to record 15 goal contributions – the best for any duo on the wings this season.
22 – The Gaurs record of 22 points at home is the best ever record at home in the history of the ISL. The Gaurs won 7 of their 9 home games whilst having to settle for a point against Bengaluru. Their only defeat came against Jamshedpur FC.
15.4 – FC Goa ranked the best in terms of speed of accurate passes. The Gaurs, on an average, sprung together 15.4 passes per minute of ball possession. The league average for the same was 13.5 accurate passes per minute.
25.9 – As we all know, Goa like to build up from the back and on an average during the league stage, the Gaurs took 25.9 seconds to build up a goal-scoring attack. The league average for the same was 14.3 seconds – showcasing the directness of other teams.
40 – The Gaurs were able to keep 40% of the shots on target during their league stage. They averaged 13.6 shots on goal (the highest), keeping 5.5 shots on target on average (highest as well). The average league accuracy was 37%.
46 – Goa led the league in goals from both open plays (31) as well as set-pieces (20) – bagging 51 in total. Second in the column in open play was ATK (29) whilst from set-pieces was Bengaluru (14).
47 – The ISL Shield winners were able to convert on 47% of the chances created by them. The next best is ATK – who converted 35% of their chances. The league average for the same was 30% during the league stage.
54 – The Gaurs were as successful in aerial challenges as they were on the ground. The team on average won 54% of the challenges there to be won in the air – the best in the league.
60 – While passing forms the core of the FC Goa blueprint, the Gaurs have not been shy to express themselves on the pitch with nifty dribbles. With a 60% success rate with dribbles, the Gaurs were one of the best teams in terms of successful dribbles. Only Kerala had a better success rate.
96 – Of the 51 goals FC Goa scored throughout the campaign, 49 came from within the box – a whopping 96% of their goal tally. The only players to have scored from outside the box were Jackichand Singh (in the 5-0 in over Jamshedpur away) and Brandon Fernandes (vs. Odisha FC).
100 – The Gaurs converted on all 4 opportunities from the penalty-spot with Ferran Corominas stepping up to the plate each time to drive home the dagger.