The Delhi Dynamos Football Club has appointed 2006 World Cup winning midfielder Simone Barone as its Assistant Coach for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).
The club has also announced the signing of Sebastian Delgado of Spain and Italian Roberto Ghielmetti as the Goalkeeping Coach and Fitness Coach respectively for the new season, while Mario Cerra of Italy will be the new Team Manager as well as the Medical Assistant. This strengthens the existing coaching staff duo of Raman Vijayan and Shakti Chauhan who have been with the club since its inception.
Italian Barone will work as an assistant to World Cup winning compatriot, Gianluca Zambrotta, who was signed up as the Head Coach of the Delhi Dynamos. The two played for Italy in the 2006 World Cup, where their team beat France on penalties in the dramatic final.
“I am delighted to join the Delhi Dynamos team. This is my first senior team coaching stint and I am really looking forward to it,” Barone said. “I am thankful to the club management for this opportunity. I am really excited about this new phase of my career and hope to assist the team to its first title in the ISL,” he added.
Simone, a veteran of 356 club games with a total goal tally of 23, started his career in 1997. He hung up his boots in 2012 after a career spanning over nearly 15 years. After his retirement, he went on to coach the Modena U-19 team.
The 38-year-old has featured in many top clubs in Italy, including Palermo, Torino, Cagliari and Chievo. Known for his energy and stamina, he was admired for his versatility: he could operate from multiple positions in the midfield, be it central midfield, right wing or deeper in a defensive role.
Delgado arrives at the club with a huge reputation after being involved in high profile assignments, namely being the Director of Keepers Academy of the Finnish giants HJK Helsinki.
Incidentally, Delhi Dynamos star of the last season Richard Gadze is on loan to Helsinki. The Spaniard is the personal coach of Toni Doblas and lot of credit goes to him for Doblas’ extremely good work between the sticks last season, where he missed on the golden glove by whiskers.
He will look to weave the same magic on Sanjiban Ghosh and Soram Poirei and turn them into a solid wall in the upcoming season.
Ghielmetti, who will be responsible for keeping the squad fit and devoid of injuries during the season, was selected by Zambrotta himself, owing to his experience and credibility. “I’m very happy to work with Gianluca. I’m looking forward to a successful season with the club,” he said.
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