From Coro to Scoro–How did the Spaniard attain legendary Status at FC Goa ?

Corominas departs from FC Goa

Ferran Corominas, popularly known as Coro, has recently joined Atletico Baleares in Segunda B, the third-tier of Spanish football. FC Goa officially announced his departure from the club by posting a farewell video on Instagram.

Looking back at his journey of football before joining FC Goa in 2017, Coro spent majority of his career in Spanish clubs like Espanyol, Girona FC, Elche and Mallorca. While representing these clubs he made more than 250 appearances in Laliga, Laliga 2 and Copa del Rey scoring 85 goals. Before joining FC Goa, he played in Cyprus side club Doxa Katokopias FC.

Ferran Corominas

The ISL season of 2016 was an unsatisfactory one under the Head Coach Zico. After the appointment of Sergio Lobera as Head Coach, it was clear that the club would lookout for fresh faces and the foreign signing for the striker position turned out to be Ferran Corominas, aged 34 years. The starting of the 2017-18 season for FC Goa happened against Chennaiyin FC in an away game. In the 25th minute, Corominas scored a stunning goal in his debut match of the Indian Super League. The same season he scored two hattricks at Fatorda Stadium, once against newly entered ISL team Bengaluru FC and once against Kerala Blasters FC. His goal-scoring ability flourished with Manuel Lanzarote, who scored 13 goals. Corominas with 18 goals and 5 assists in the 2017-18 ISL season, was awarded the Golden Boot.

ISL 2018-19

With no doubt, the club offered him an extension with hike in wages. Additionally, FC Goa made additions of Indian as well as foreign players like Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh and Carlos Pena who also played a crucial role within the build-up play of the team, which helped Coro to receive through balls from midfielders and from wingers in the 2018-19 season. In the opening match against Northeast United FC, Coro scored a brace. Scoring 16 goals and providing 7 assists, Coro bagged the award of Golden Boot and also the Golden Ball. Due to splendid performance of Coro, FC Goa scored 36 goals against opponents which was more than any other ISL team. Goa’s run ended in the finals when Bengaluru FC beat them by 1-0 in extra time. The same season, Super Cup was the cherry on the cake for him, where he scored 5 goals and helped the team to win the Super Cup.

Top Goal scorer Coro

Coro’s capability of scoring was known by every Indian football fan and he was nicknamed Scoro . Again at the starting of the 2019-20 season, FC Goa extended his contract for one more season. In the first home match of the season against Chennaiyin FC, Coro scored a goal, making a record of scoring in each opening ISL match of the club for 3 consecutive seasons. He scored a brace against three teams– Odisha FC, Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC. Being injured in three matches of the league stage, he still made 15 appearances and scored 14 goals and provided 4 assists. His partnership with midfielders like Hugo Boumous and Brandon Fernandes was clinical with perfect accuracy of passing and making unstoppable attacks on opponents goals many times. Mid-season, Head-Coach Sergio Lobera was sacked but still, it didn’t impact the tactical philosophy of the team who continued playing Tiki-Taka. FC Goa topped the table, winning the League Shield and became the first club from India to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage.

Corominas departs from FC Goa

After the appointment of new Head-Coach Juan Ferrando, surprisingly the first foreign signing was of 36-year-old Igor Angulo who formerly played at Gornik Zabrze in the Polish league. It was a clear message by the club that Corominas has to make his way out of the team. In a recent interview given to Times Of India, he said “I loved Goa and also my family is happy here. Goa has been my second home. I wanted to continue but unexpectedly my agent and the club couldn’t reach to an agreement.” Coro was in talks with ISL clubs but he denied the offers and moved to his home country.

In three glorious seasons of Indian Super League and two Super Cup campaign with the club, Coro has scored 55 goals in 64 matches. ISL has seen many Marquee signings and prolific strikers, but a player who becomes better every season was undoubtedly Coro who led the team in playing an attacking style of football. His presence within the team was an unspoken guarantee to clinch the win for the team.

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