Miguel Angel: 'Impressed with Delhi Dynamos' football'

Miguel Angel Portugal, a former Real Madrid midfielder will succeed Gianluca Zambrotta, under whom Delhi Dynamos FC made it to the semifinals of last season's ISL.

Miguel Angel Portugal has served as a technical director of the Real Madrid senior team.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Miguel Angel Portugal, Delhi Dynamos's new coach, said he's looking forward to join the team in the upcoming Indian Super League.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, who will succeed Gianluca Zambrotta, in a media interaction in New Delhi said he was impressed with the team's football.

 

“I am looking forward to joining the ISL in India," said Portugal, "Being involved with Delhi Dynamos FC is a  great opportunity to be a part of the growing football revolution that is taking shape in the country."

Miguel started his coaching career in 1996 with Spanish third division side, Arandina. The following year, he was appointed to manage the Real Madrid C team before subsequently assuming responsibility for the Real Madrid B team. Under his leadership, both the Real Madrid B & C teams managed top three finishes in their respective divisions. He also worked with Racing Santander, and also served as a technical director of the Real Madrid senior team. Prior to joining Delhi Dynamos Football Club, Portugal was coach of the Algerian premier league club CS Constantinois.

"When I was in Algeria, the ISL (Indian Super League) was always a point of discussion. During meetings with my team, I saw a few of the Delhi Dynamos FC games on video and I was impressed with the players’ attacking football. The club truly plays like a lion and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to sign up to play my part in shaping the club’s future success.”

The 61-year-old Spaniard has played for many renowned clubs in Spain, including Real Madrid, Valladoid and Rayo Vallecano. He was also a part of the Real Madrid team that won the double in 1979 and has been an integral part of the club’s ecosystem since then. He was also a part of the Spanish U23 and amateur national teams in 1979.   

“We are very excited to welcome Miguel Angel Portugal as the head coach of our club. As our technical partner, Aspire Academy played a critical role in helping us pinpoint Miguel as the right fit for the club – an individual who is highly regarded on account of his understanding of the game, both as a player and also as coach,” said Rohan Sharma, the team's director.

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