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Fatorda Stadium

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Fatorda
Fatorda Stadium.jpg
South side of the stadium
LocationDon Bosco Road, Fatorda, Margao, Goa
Coordinates15°17′21″N 73°57′44″E / 15.28917°N 73.96222°E / 15.28917; 73.96222
OwnerSports Authority of Goa
Field size106m x 70m

The Fatorda, officially known as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium situated in Margao, Goa. The venue has been used to host both international football as well as cricket matches. It is Goa's only international stadium and has a seating capacity of 20,000 people. It has hosted 9 ODIs. The venue was established in 1989 and is owned and operated by the Sports Authority of Goa. It is currently the home stadium of FC Goa.



Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda was built in a record 6 months time by the then Sports Minister Monte (D') Cruz. It was opened in 1989 as a football only stadium but in less than a year was redeveloped to include cricket. On 25 October 1989 the first cricket ODI was played between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Football clubs using the stadium

In 2006, before the 2007–08 I-League, all four Goan clubs (Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C., and Sporting Clube de Goa) announced that The Fatorda would be used as the home for all four teams' I-League matches. In 2014 Indian Super League club FC Goa announced it as their home ground.


In 2014 it was upgraded according to the latest FIFA specifications. It is designed with a 20,000 seating capacity. The stadium complex provides two levels of fans seating arrangement along with a VIP area. Facilities include arena lighting, natural turf, broadcast room, TV studio, player dressing rooms, match delegates area, doping control rooms, medical rooms for players and spectators, VIP Lounge, corporate boxes, media tribune and media working stations, press conference area, mixed zone area, CCTV cameras, a swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasium and parking facilities. It is regarded

as one of the most well maintained football grounds in the Indian subcontinent.[1]

A panoramic photograph of the stadium

List of Centuries


  • * denotes that the batsman was not out.
  • Inns. denotes the number of the innings in the match.
  • Balls denotes the number of balls faced in an innings.
  • NR denotes that the number of balls was not recorded.
  • Parentheses next to the player's score denotes his century number at Edgbaston.
  • The column title Date refers to the date the match started.
  • The column title Result refers to the player's team result

One Day Internationals

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 101 V. V. S. Laxman  India 107 1  Australia 6 April 2001 Lost[2]
2 103 Yuvraj Singh  India 76 1  England 3 April 2006 Won[3]

International cricket five-wicket hauls


Symbol Meaning
dagger The bowler was man of the match
double-dagger 10 or more wickets taken in the match
Section-sign One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result of the match


Five-wicket hauls in ODI matches at Fatorda Stadium
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Matthew Hart 26 October 1994  New Zealand  West Indies 1 10 22 5 2.20 No result[4]
2 Zaheer Khan 14 February 2007  India  Sri Lanka 1 10 42 5 4.20 India won[5]


This venue has long been a mainstay of Indian football, having played host to many international games, including India's qualifiers for both the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup.[6] The stadium is also used as a home venue for the major Goan clubs FC Goa, Dempo S.C., Churchill Brothers S.C., Salgaocar S.C. and Sporting Clube de Goa.[7]

It was chosen one of the six stadiums to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup matches in India.[8]


Even though the stadium was originally built to be a football venue, over the past few years it has been increasingly used to host international cricket matches. Since hosting its first ever international in 1989 between Australia and Sri Lanka, it has played host to seven further One Day Internationals, the most recent being between India and Sri Lanka in 2007.[9] The allocation of cricket matches to the stadium has often upset the Goan football community as it renders them unable to use the venue for hosting football.[10]

Lusofonia Games

The Stadium was renovated for the 2014 Lusofonia Games which were conducted in Goa.[11][12][13] The opening and closing ceremony of these Games was held at this venue.[14] Football matches of the Lusofonia Games were also held here.[15]


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