Tag: Ferran Corominas

FC Goa unveil new look for 2018-19 season

Panaji: FC Goa on Saturday launched their official new home kit for the ISL 2018-19 season at an event held at Bambolim Athletic Stadium. This year the Gaurs will don an orange coloured kit having worn blue in the first four editions of the tournament.

The jersey features a contrast of bright orange and white with orange stripes down the middle, and FC Goa’s trademark blue sleeve and collar trims. The orange symbolizes the Gaurs’ fire and focus to win the ISL trophy. It also symbolizes their indomitable team spirit and an attitude of always rising to the occasion. The jersey pays homage to the Gaurs’ annual campaign #NowWeRise.

The jersey launch saw players Mandaar, Coro, Jahouh and Sana take the stage to unveil the new jersey amongst much cheering from FC Goa’s unrivalled fan base. The players spoke about their excitement around the new jersey and how they are looking forward to a fantastic season.

Speaking about the new look said Sana, “The new jersey looks great. It has a powerful and aggressive look to it and I’m looking forward to donning it in the coming season”. Mandaar echoed his thoughts. “The jersey looks completely different from the earlier ones. Love the new look”.

The jersey reveal was followed by FC Goa’s first pre-season friendly against East Bengal. A solo effort by striker Ferran Corominas in the 75th minute was enough to see the Gaurs beat the team from Kolkata.

ISL 4: FC Goa put Kerala Blasters to the sword

Kochi: FC Goa put an end to Kerala Blasters FC’s resurgence as they handed them their second successive defeat in the Indian Super League.

With David James replacing Rene Meulensteen, Kerala had secured seven points from his first three games in charge, as much as Meulensteen in his seven games. However, the loss against Jamshedpur FC in the last game was followed by another 1-2 defeat at the hands of FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.

Ferran Corominas scored his 10th goal of the season in the seventh minute while another Spaniard, Edu Bedia, secured the winner in the 77th minute after CK Vineeth had drawn his team level in the 29th minute.

The win gave FC Goa 19 points from 10 matches but they continue to be placed fourth on the ISL table. The Goans however have a match in hand and can move to the top of the table if they can defeat Mumbai City FC in their next match at home on the coming Sunday.

As expected FC Goa started with attacking intentions and made it clear in the fourth minute when Manuel Lanzarote’s shot from outside the box almost resulted in a stunning goal. The ball, however, struck the post and rebounded back.

Kerala, however, were not lucky three minutes later when Goa struck with a classic team goal. A through ball from Brandon Fernandes for Mandar Rao Desai saw the winger cut it back for Corominas, and the highest goal scorer did well to hold on to it, look up and then shoot past the goalkeeper and defender Sandesh Jhingan on the goalline.

Kerala were subdued and did not trouble the Goa defence. Siam Hanghal was the first to have a good look at the rival goal and his attempt from outside the danger zone struck the crossbar before sailing out. That encouraged Kerala Blasters and they had the equaliser soon.

It was CK Vineeth who provided the breakthrough in the 29th minute. A goal kick from Laxmikant Kattimani saw defender Wes Brown head it into the path of Hanghal who flicked it for Vineeth. The Kerala sharpshooter easily finished by hooking the ball into the top corner past an onrushing Kattimani.

In the second session, there were not too many chances for either team. Vineeth tried an ambitious overhead kick which sailed wide and another attempt from him went straight to the keeper.

For Goa, Manuel Lanzarote’s free kick was off target and so was Mandar’s shot from the left. However, with Goa enjoying so much of ball possession, opportunity would always be there. That chance came in the 77th minute when Brandon Fernandes whipped in a corner which Edu Bedia glanced home the header across the goalkeeper into the far post for the winner.

ISL 4: FC Goa fight back for a point against ATK

Kolkata: Two goals within the first 25 minutes of a breakneck first half resulted in an entertaining 1-1 draw between ATK and FC Goa at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Wednesday.

Robbie Keane and Ferran Corominas found the back of the net in an entertaining first half, but despite some good attempts on goal, there was no success in the second session of the Hero Indian Super League encounter.

It was brilliant first 45 minutes of end-to-end football. ATK created three openings in the first five minutes, and one of them translated into a goal when Ryan Taylor’s freekick found an unmarked Robbie Keane, who headed it downwards and into the back of the net to set the tone.

Goa rode the initial storm and a long-range curler from Mandar Rao Desai woke the visitors up. The next few minutes, however, had the referee in the limelight. First, he waved away a penalty shout from Manuel Lanzarote and then allowed play to go on despite ATK blocking a quick freekick from a yard out and finally denied Goa a penalty when Brandon Fernandes was brought down inside the box by Prabir Das, who was already on a yellow card. He gave a freekick instead, from which Ashutosh Mehta had to make a last-ditch block.

ATK could have increased their lead but Taylor’s haste made waste. Minutes later, Goa taught ATK a lesson on how football should always be played on the whistle. ATK expected the referee to stop the match after the assistant had his flag up, but the man in charge waved play on and Goa caught the home side napping. Lanzarote found Corominas, who rounded Debjit and smacked it past Prabir’s outstretched foot.

Keane and Brandon then had shots blocked at both ends from a tight angle before Edu Bedia stormed through midfield and took an impressive shot which kissed the far post and went out of play.

The second half was slightly cautious, apart from a few moments of brilliance – one of which came from Corominas. He turned past two men and escaped down the byline before laying it on a platter for Mandar. The Goan couldn’t convert first-time in what was the easiest chance of the match. ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder was brilliant as Goa piled on the pressure, beating away numerous shots.

ATK came to life in the last 10 minutes and attacked the visitors, who arrived here after a traveling nightmare which resulted in the match kicking off at 10.45pm. Jayesh Rane’s snapshot didn’t have enough power, Taylor’s cross for Keane was intercepted and Zequinha also had a go from distance but it was just over.

For an away team, we created lots of chances: Coro

GOA: When you have a Spanish forward under a Spanish coach and with more Spaniards in the midfield, you can just sit back and enjoy the magic. Ferran Corominas Telechea, Manuel Lanzarote and Eduardo Bedia Pelaez showed glimpses of that magic at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday afternoon and also helped FC Goa overcome a fighting Chenniyin FC 3-2 in a thrilling encounter. It was also a special moment for Corominas who became the first goal scorer in ISL Season 4 after two draws in the first two days.

In a quick chat after the win, Corominas said that he was more happy with the win than his personal milestone. He was also all praise for his fellow Spaniard Lanzarote, who scored the second goal of the match and local boy Mandar Rao Desai for his clinical finish to put his team 3-0 ahead in the first 45 minutes.

Excerpts from the interview:

How does it feel to become the first goal scorer of ISL Season 4?

I’m very happy to score the first goal of the season this year and get on the scoresheet but finally what matters is that the team pleayed well and we have three points on the board.

After two goalless draws in the first two days you opened the scoring and your team pumped in two more, what was the gameplan when you took the field?

Well, we continued on from the same idea that we’ve been playing with for the past few months and followed our style of play of keeping possession and creating chances. For an away team, we created lots of chances and ended up scoring three.

In the first two games it was seen that the foreign players and the Indian players were not gelling well, but that didn’t look like a problem with FC Goa, your comment.

I think fatigue was true for our game too. We are playing in humid conditions and with a lot of heat so it’s only normal that players take on fatigue. The quality of play in the second half wasn’t as high as a result. But the efforts and hard work that we had put during our practice sessions gave us the win.

A word on Manuel Bruno’s goal, wasn’t that a beauty?

Lanza and Mandar’s goals were very important as they gave us the tranquillity of a three goal lead. Lanza’s goal was one of real quality and Mandar’s was a great counter attack with a good finish.

FC Goa confirms the signing of Ferran Corominas

Panaji, 18th July 2017: FC Goa has confirmed the signing of Spanish forward, Ferran Corominas on a free transfer. Popularly called ‘Coro’, the 34-year-old has raked up over 250 appearances in La Liga and has a wealth of experience behind him having turned out for the likes of Elche, Osasuna, Mallorca and at Espanyol where he spent the best part of 10 years.

Coro started out at Espanyol in the B Team before being promoted to the first team in the summer of 2003. After saving the club from relegation with a last minute goal in the 05/06 season, Coro went on to win Copa Del Rey and was also instrumental in the club’s run to the UEFA Cup final in the 06/07 season where they finished runners up to Juande Ramos’ Sevilla.

Coro then moved to Elche via Girona where he once again was a vital cog in the team and donned the captain’s armband on various occasions where he helped the club maintain its status in La Liga over several seasons.

A diminutive forward, Coro largely operates as a second striker and is excellent at linking up play and occupying spaces between the opposition’s defence and midfield. Boasting a quick turn of pace, Coro is known to favour the odd spectacular goal or two.

After confirming the signing the club president, Akshay Tandon said: “We are pleased to have got Coro on board. Coro is exactly the sort of profile we have been after. We feel with his level of experience that he brings to table, he will be real asset to the team and a handful to the opposition.”