Behind the Game: Xavier Fernandes
When did you first fall in love with the game?
- I was around 14 years old when I started playing in school and started taking the game more seriously. I think that’s when I had fallen in love with the game.
Which clubs did you play for professionally?
- My longest stint was for Sesa Goa Sports Club where I played for nine years. I also represented Churchill Brothers Sports Club and Sporting Clube De Goa for two years and one year respectively. I also had the honor to represent Goa for the Santosh Trophy.
Why did you decide to become a coach?
- After I ended my playing career I decided to become a coach because I’m still passionate about the game and I wanted to share my football knowledge to youngsters as a coach.
What is your favorite thing about being a coach?
- My favorite part of being a coach is seeing the children developing and learning and start teaching others as well.
What would you want to do if you weren’t a coach?
- If I wasn’t a coach, I would like to be a continental Chef, as my father too was a chef who specialized in Goan food.
Who are two coaches who have influenced you?
- I learned a lot from Viswas Gaonkar and Armando Colaco. These two are my most influential coaching figures.
What is your preferred style of play/ player formation?
- 1-4-4-2 or 1-4-3-3
Who is your favorite player?
- My idol is Diego Maradona. He’s my favorite.
If you had a chance to coach the Indian National Team or a foreign club, what would you choose?
- I would take a chance to train my country first than foreign club as a coach.