New Delhi: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Delhi Dynamos on Tuesday unvieled legendary Italian winger Gianluca Zambrotta as their new manager. It had been reported earlier that the 39-year-old former Barcelona, Milan and Juventus defender was in the city and Zambrotta was duly confirmed in the role at a franchise press conference on Tuesday.
Welcoming Zambrotta to the team's fold, club president Prashant Agarwal said, "We are proud to welcome another champion in our midst. Zambrotta comes with tremendous experience and a formidable reputation. We trust him to lead our Lions (Delhi Dynamos) to victory."
Zambrotta, part of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning team, took over from another World Cup winner, the Brazilian Roberto Carlos. He has signed a two-year deal with Dynamos, who made it as far as the ISL semi-finals in 2015. "I am delighted to be part of the Delhi Dynamos family. It's a great opportunity for me to be coach of this side. The objective is to win the ISL title and create history. I would love to do my bit in taking Indian football to the next level," Zambrotta told reporters after his unveiling as head coach.
"I will give my absolute best to the team and will also love to learn about Indian culture," Zambrotta said. "My focus will be on good defence system and team coordination. I would promise you that Delhi Dynamos will play attractive, attacking football."
The former Barcelona, Milan and Juventus player signed a two-year deal with Dynamos and will start his engagement in the third edition of the ISL later this year. Zambrotta took over from another World Cup winner, Brazilian Roberto Carlos.