Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos will have a Spanish coach.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Miguel Angel Portugal Vicario has been named to succeed Gianluca Zambrotta, who left the club midway through his contract, as the Head Coach of the ISL club.
Dynamos have reached an agreement with the Spaniard Miguel to be at the helm of affairs for the forthcoming season in the vacant place left by Zambrotta.
“The lion has just walked in! Please #WelcomeCoach @maportugal55 Miguel Angel Portugal to the den. We wish him all the luck!,” the Dynamos said in their official twitter handle with a picture of him and his brief profile.
— Delhi Dynamos FC (@DelhiDynamos) 29 June 2017
The 61-year-old Miguel is a hugely experienced man as a player and as a coach. He earned 27 caps for Real Madrid between 1979 to 1983, winning the La Liga and Spanish Cup in 1979-80 and the Spanish Cup in 1981-82. He has managed La Liga outfits Racing de Santander and Real Valladolid.
During his playing career he donned the colours for Burgos CF, CD Mirandés, Real Madrid, Cádiz CF, Rayo Vallecano, CD Castellón, Real Burgos CF, Real Valladolid and Córdoba CF. With the La Liga powerhouse, Portugal remained four years (one loaned at Cádiz), winning the double in his first year but only amassing 27 top division appearances combined during his spell.
Miguel got into a manager’s role in the mid-90s, returning to Real Madrid to be in charge of its C and B sides. In 1999, he started in the second division with CD Toledo, but was fired after only a couple of months. Later, Miguel served as technical director of Real Madrid. In November 2008, he was set to take over as manager of the first team following the sacking of Bernd Schuster, but president Ramon Calderon preferred Juande Ramos instead.
Miguel’s last job was as manager of Algerian top division side Club Sportif Constantinois. He left the club in December last year.