DEMPO SPORTS CLUB stands for Passion, Strength and Will. Passion to change the definition of football in India, Strength to compete and the Will to conquer. The three verticals of the club are captured in the colour of victory – BLUE, being the colour of the jersey.
Dempo Sports Club’s football side is lauded, loved and respected, all in equal measure. The team has kept the focus on the world’s most popular sport in India by sheer grit and excellence, all the while inspired by the spirit of sportsmanship. It also boasts of a fledgling vertical, a cricket side that is already making waves in Goa.
Dempo Sports Club has won umpteen awards and trophies in the course of its existence. We were the champions of India’s topmost football tournament, the prestigious I- League in the years 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Our side has also been a consistent achiever at other major tourneys – the Federation Cup, the Durand Cup and the Indian Super Cup. The Club has been a four -time winner of the coveted Rovers Cup, and a record thirteen- time winner of the Goa League.
Dempo Sports Club has a pan-Asian presence, as well. The side made a spirited, impressive showing each at the Asian Football Confederation’s AFC Cup events in the years 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, even reaching the semi-finals in 2008. They were the first team in India to take part in the AFC Champions League play-offs in 2008 and 2010.
Dempo Sports Club began as Bicholim Football Club which was a top Goan First Division League side in the 1960s. Football fans still recall the side as one of the most talented clubs of India.
The Club rocketed to fame in 1967 when Founder Chairman the late Vasantrao Dempo, patronised it, continuing its winning ways under the succeeding chairman, the late Vasudeva V Dempo. As part of its tradition to foster Indian soccer talent at the grassroots the Club runs Youth Development Programmes for boys at various age groups – under 12, under 15, under 17, under 19 , under 20- in the basics of the game. They have two grassroots centres with qualified coaches and are tied up with two local schools for grassroots development.
An immaculate objective to “lead” on and off the pitch has gratified Dempo SC with credibility and stature – innumerable accolades and awards