Mumbai City FC appoint Alexandre Guimaraes as head coach
Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced former Costa Rican player and manager Alexandre Guimaraes as their head coach for Season 3 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). Having finished seventh and sixth in the previous two editions of the Hero ISL, Mumbai City FC will be hoping for a much improved performance in the upcoming season under the tutelage of Guimaraes.
An excited Guimaraes spoke of his delight at joining Mumbai City FC having spent several years studying the game in Asia. “I have been coaching in Asia for a few years now and the Indian growth story is something that has caught my eye for quite a while. I was always keen to be a part of this massive football movement, and over my conversations with the club, I almost instantly knew that Mumbai City FC would be the perfect club for me to make my foray into Indian football. I am very excited about this new challenge and I hope, that together with the entire Mumbai City FC team, we deliver a successful season to the people of Mumbai,” said Guimaraes.
Regarded as an astute tactician and a good reader of the game, Guimaraes is expected to give Mumbai City FC a massive boost and make them one of the front runners for the coveted Hero ISL trophy in the third season. The 56-year-old Costa Rican’s managerial pedigree has seen him coach his national side in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He has also tasted success at the club-level with Al Wasl in the UAE and Tianjin Teda in China by helping them win silverware.
Mumbai City FC team owner Ranbir Kapoor welcomed the Costa Rican’s arrival at the club. “We are extremely excited to have Alexandre on board with us. As a coach, and as a player, he has always shown great endearing and persistent traits, along with a winner's mentality, that resound with our beliefs at Mumbai City FC. We are very confident that he is a right fit for the club, and for this city,” he said.