They Had Steven Gerrard, They had Ryan Giggs…and India has Samir Naik. -Dempo SC (1999-2017
Dempo legend Samir Naik retires after Serving 18 years as a player for the club. The legend will now start his new chapter as the Head Coach of the club. 18 year at one club is unheard not just in India but also around the globe. Very few players choose to stay at one club for such a long period of time.
The former Indian captain was instrumental in Dempo success as one of the top club in Indian football history. Dempo Sports club during the period of Samir, Climax, Gawli become a dominant force in Indian football and made their name as one of the strongest team in Asian football confederation cup. The players had a unique style of play and till today many Indian fans miss he the Dempo style of football in India.
Dempo is one the most successful side in Indian football history and has a great record when it comes to Asian football.
Samir Naik started his football journey with local side FC Siolim in 1999 before moving to Dempo sports club. Since they he has never looked back, He joined them when Dempo was in the 2nd division of Indian football, helped the club to get promoted and the journey of Dempo domination had begun. Dempo despite pulling out of the top division of Indian football for various issues around Indian football, the defender stuck with the club. The Loyalty deserves a respect, Indian football needs more of such loyal players. Such consistency with club shows when they play the national team.
Samir Naik has taken other step in his Dempo life, he now will be their new head coach. This is absolutely amazing from the owners of the club to put faith in the legend to manage. We hope Samir Naik also known as KODA a happy journey as manager of Dempo.