By the turn of the 20th century there was a team in India that was already playing possession based football much like Johan Cryuff’s total football or Barcelona’s tiki taka.
Dempo Sports Club was the only team from India that stayed true to its philosophy of playing entertaining, short passing and possession based football. Armed with a plethora of talented players Dempo Sports Club never stopped entertaining, scoring and played a brand of football that was extremely pleasing to the eye.
With the club now focussing its efforts on grassroots and youth football and on producing talented players for the future, Dempo Sports Club, under the guidance of Technical Director Katz Naidoo and his team of able coaches, aims to produce technically gifted players that would form the core of their first team and play the brand of possession based football. The club also aims to produce players for the national team and help India surge ahead in the FIFA rankings. Within the next decade, the club also hopes to realise its dream of producing a home grown player that would play beyond the shores of India, setting a bar for the rest of the nation to emulate and achieve.
On the infrastructural side, the club has envisioned a state of the art academy that would impart quality training to more than 75 boys besides taking care of their education and dietary needs. The academy would be top notch with two grass pitches and an artificial pitch in the near future. Besides having residential facilities, the complex would also house a fully equipped gymnasium, rehabilitation centre, a library, a cafeteria and offices for the technical staff.
With huge investments in infrastructure and a robust youth development programme running simultaneously, the club would hope to someday get back into mainstream football in India while continuing its legacy of building stars for the future and engaging in sustainable footballing practises.