FC Goa confirms the appointment of Gorka Azkorra and Joel Dones because the Indian Tremendous League facet as the brand new assistant coach and power and conditioning coach respectively for the upcoming season.
Azkorra, a UEFA A license holder, has been working with the youth groups at Athletic Bilbao for the previous three seasons after retiring from the sport as a participant in 2018. His enjoying days noticed him making 5 La Liga and 116 Segunda appearances along with enjoying 3 video games within the UEFA Cup (erstwhile Europa League) – enjoying as an expert throughout 14 seasons.
Azkorra: I’m going to the best membership on the proper second
“I’m very comfortable to hitch FC Goa. I really feel very assured about us as workers, concerning the gamers we have now and concerning the group we’re going to be collectively,” said Azkorra after signing on the dotted traces.
“I consider that I’m going to the best Membership, with the best individuals (workers, membership employees, and gamers) and on the proper second (individuals returning to the stadiums), so I’m wanting ahead to arriving in Goa and starting the pre-season. It’s going to be an amazing season, I’m certain”.
Talking on his appointment, FC Goa’s new Head Coach, Carlos Pena mentioned, “Gorka is an expert with quite a lot of expertise. He’s one who lives the sport. He has performed a few years at a excessive degree in Spain and is one who has at all times had a eager curiosity in studying the sport.
“He has been during the last three years in among the finest academies in Spain (Athletic Bilbao). He’s actually focussed in the direction of the event of gamers and being one who pays consideration to the small particulars. This can serve us effectively this coming season.”
Dones: Excited for the brand new season
Dones is an skilled power & conditioning coach with a level in Sports activities Science and a Skilled grasp’s diploma in Excessive Efficiency in Crew Sports activities from FC Barcelona. Dones additionally has a UEFA A License to his title. He has spent quite a lot of years working because the Energy and Conditioning Coach with golf equipment in Spain along with a 2-year stint within the Hong Kong Premier League.
“I’m grateful for the chance that FC Goa and Carlos have introduced to me. I’m wanting ahead to placing within the required work to maneuver the group to the highest of the Indian Tremendous league,” said Dones following his arrival to the group.
“I’m anxious to know extra about India – the tradition, the meals, the traditions and particularly the individuals. I’m certain this coming season will likely be a tremendous expertise for me and my household on this great nation.”
FC Goa head coach Carlos Pena additionally weighed in on the addition of Dones to the first-team teaching workers. “Joel, is an astute skilled with quite a lot of expertise of getting labored with senior groups, and particular person packages with soccer gamers. I’ve labored with him beforehand throughout my time with Lleida. I consider he’s the proper man to push our gamers and get them to their highest bodily degree,” said Pena.
“Each of them share values I would like from my technical workers. They’re individuals who will depart no stone unturned in relation to preparation. They’ve an actual ardour for the sport and the challenge we have now at hand. I’m excited to have them onboard.”