Joaquim Abranches (born 28 October 1985 in Verna, Goa) is an Indian professional football player who plays as a winger for FC Goa in the Indian Super League.
Hailing from Verna, Goa, Abranches was only 19 years old when he signed for Dempo S.C.. For the next three years he was used in the Goa Professional League where he made a name for himself scoring some vital goals. He was one of Dempo’s top scorers in the Goa League and also helped Dempo to two Goa League crowns during that period. The exposure he gained playing in the Goa League helped him develop as a player.
His first big break came in the 2009-10 I-League season, the year Dempo became the national champions for a record equaling fourth time. That year saw India’s top marksman, Sunil Chhetri, doning colours for Dempo and initially Abranches had to settle for a place on the bench. But mid-way into the season, a tempting offer from Sporting Kansas City Wizards, a team from Major League Soccer, saw Sunil Chhetri suddenly annul his contract and pack his bags for USA. Left with little options, Armando Colaco started including Abranches in the first eleven on a regular basis. He scored a stunning seven goals that year, deservedly earning a call up to the India U-23 team as well.
In 2013, Joaquim joined the Kolkata-based East Bengal. His first competitive match was against Kalighat M.S. in the Calcutta Premier Division 2013, where he scored the 3rd goal for his side from a forward through pass of the Goan veteran Alvito D’Cunha. His first appearance in the I-league for East Bengal came against Shillong Lajong on 9 October 2013 as a substitute for Cavin Lobo.
Abranches made his debut for India on 21 March 2011 against Chinese Taipei coming on in the 70th minute for N.S.Manju. Abranches scored his first goal for India against Oman on 23 February 2012.
- As of 15 April 2015
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