Former Spanish forward David Villa joins Odisha FC’s football committee. Villa will work as the spearhead of global football operations.
David Villa is one of the most talented forward in his generation. He has won 2 Euro Cup and one FIFA World Cup with Spain. The 39 years old has played for FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid in his career. He has also won the UEFA Champions League with FC Barcelona in the 2010-11 season.
After joining the ISL side, Davida Villa said, “I will try to bring my experience. Obviously, I didn’t play in India but I played soccer for 20 years as a professional and before that in the academy. And in all of the projects that we [my team] are involved in, I try to give all of my experience that I have in soccer.”
“I was very lucky to have played with great players, behind me and close to me [and I also played under some] big coaches, amazing coaches. I have played in the big tournaments of football, and I will try and help using all of that experience.”- he added.
Odisha FC’s CEO Mr. Rohan Sharma explained the plan of the club. He said, “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome David Villa and the DV7 group to the Odisha FC family! It’s crazy to think that when I started watching football I used to see David, on my TV. Now together we are trying to help grow football in Odisha. It’s also a pleasure to work with Victor Oñate who has years of football business experience in Spain and of course Coach Gombau who is not only a fan favorite but a family to us. Together we are going to make sure Odisha FC matches our lofty expectations by finding the best players, coaches, and staff for the club.”
Former Odisha FC Head Coach Josep Gombau and Victor Onate, along with David Villa, will work for the DV7 group. Their job will be advising the coaching staff, improving the Indian and youth players, providing general support to the on-field activities, among others. The experience of David Villa can be a key factor in the development of Odisha FC as well as Indian football.