Former Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos has been named player-manager of Delhi Dynamos. He was earlier announced as the marquee manager of the Delhi outfit last weekend.
Carlos has filled a player-coach role before during a season spent at Russian club at Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012 for five games, of which they won two, lost two and drew one.
The Brazilian last played competitive football on September 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw against Terek for Anzhi. Carlos becomes the oldest marquee player in the second edition of ISL.
Carlos’ first stint as a manager was with Turkish club Sivasspor where he led them to finish fifth in his first season. However, things went awry in the following season as they were placed second from bottom which led to Carlos’ resignation after 18 months with the club.
In January 2015, he was appointed as the technical director Akhisar Belediyespor where he penned an 18-month contract in January. The club finished 12th in the Turkish Super Lig.
Carlos, said, “I am delighted to be part of the Delhi Dynamos team and confident that we will be able to play aggressive, skilful and positive game. I am looking forward to this stint as an opportunity to impart new playing techniques to players, hone their skills and raise their fitness levels”.
He further added “Indians have always been passionate about soccer and Brazil has always enjoyed tremendous support here, so I feel happy that I will make a meaningful contribution towards building a world class team in ISL.
On coming to India, Carlos said, “I am humbled by the immense support from Indian fans which motivated me to come here and play for Delhi Dynamos.”
Vaibhav Manchanda, vice-president-technical, Delhi Dynamos FC, said, “We are thrilled to have Carlos as our marquee player-cum-manager. He is passionate, determined and has a focussed vision for the club. Carlos brings with him years of experience and I am confident that Carlos’s leadership will help us win the tournament this season.”
Carlos is the second-highest capped Brazilian player with 125 appearances and scored 11 goals. He has won the 2002 World Cup as well as the 1997 and 1999 editions of Copa America.
He is amongst the few players to have won the Champions League thrice with Real Madrid.