Zico, now former coach of FC Goa, led the team to the ISL’s 2015 final besides the 2014 semi-final, before a horrendous third season in 2016…

FC Goa, the Indian Super League (ISL) team representing the Konkan state of Goa, have parted ways with their revered coach Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico. 

The departure of the former Brazilian national team captain comes on the back of a stupendously poor season for the Gaurs, who finished dead last in the league table, in their poorest showing of any of the leagues they’d participated in. 

Goal understands the management of the team who’d had an agreement with Zico for a two year term at the beginning of the last ISL season, have decided on the divorce as the best possible route to ensure the refreshment of the team. 

Zico’s tutelage will no doubt be looked upon as successful despite the obvious absence of an ISL title.

Despite a poor start in 2014’s inaugural ISL, the South American gaffer reigned in his team to reach the semi-finals of the competition, where they were beaten by Atletico de Kolkata, the eventual champions. 

The following season, he’d take his team a step further, agonizingly coming close to clinching the trophy in his home patch of Goa. The Virat Kohli co-owned outfit, on that occasion, were beaten by Chennaiyin FC, in an ill-tempered and fated final, which damaged the reputation of the club. 

2016’s ISL season was a woeful affair, with Zico’s temper and tantrums getting a fair share of attention, besides his team’s abject dissolution on the pitch. 

As of now, FC Goa’s management have yet to identify a successor to Zico’s now relinquished Goan hotseat.