Jorge Costa appointed Mumbai City FC head coach

The former Portuguese centre-back's most decorated moment coming in 2004, when he captained FC Porto to Champions League glory under Jose Mourinho. He has also won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Seleçãos in 1991.

Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida, has been appointed as the new head coach of Mumbai City FC.   -  Getty Images

Former Portuguese international Jorge Costa has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC.

The 46-year old Portuguese who has excelled both, as a player and manager, will bring with him a surfeit of experience, having been at the helm of clubs like SC Braga Paços Ferreira, CFR Cluj, AEL Limassol and Anorthosis Famagusta among others.

Costa will join the Islanders following his latest stint with French Ligue 2 side FC Tours. He will become the fourth head coach in the history of the Islanders after Peter Reid, Nicolas Anelka and Alexandre Guimaraes.

Jorge Costa has had considerable success during his previous managerial stints and has proven his winning capabilities in the past when he won the Portuguese Second Division with SC Olhanense and as well the Romanian League title with CFR Cluj.

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Club CEO Indranil Das Blah was delighted with the appointment and said, “We are thrilled to appoint Jorge Costa as the coach of Mumbai City FC for 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League. We’ve had several meetings with potential candidates but Jorge's professionalism, hunger and philosophy stood out and convinced us that he is the perfect candidate to take this club forward to bigger success. We welcome Jorge to the Mumbai City family and look forward to exciting times ahead.”

Jorge Costa, who has signed a one-year contract with the club, said, “I am very excited to be here, at Mumbai City FC. To be trusted with the responsibility of taking Mumbai City to newer heights is a huge honour for me. The management and the owners have great ambitions and are committed to bringing success to the club.

“I cannot wait to start, meet the players and have a fruitful pre-season. I believe that we have some of the finest Indian talents in our side and I’m excited at the prospect of working with them. I hope to bring entertaining football to the Arena and to the people of Mumbai, and challenge for trophies, giving this city the success it deserves,” added Costa.

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