Barcelona's man Ferrando, who coached Fabergas, Van Persie, is a coach at FC Goa

Panaji: FC Goa continued to favor a Spanish coach as he called it 39 year old Juan ferrando from Barcelona as its chief coach , replacing fellow Spaniard Sergio Wolf , who was fired by the club mid-season.

Ferrando was among the five shortlisted by the club for the 100 inquiries he received, including one from Brazil's World Cup-winning captain, Carlos Dunga. Of the five shortlisted names, except the current technical director Derrick Pereira, all were Spanish.

“We have a coach who shares our vision, philosophy, and hunger for success. He has had success wherever he has been and has made an impact on players playing at the very highest level,” club president Akshay Tandon said on Thursday.

Ferrando, who worked as the technical coach for Premier League stars like Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, was named best coach in 2017-18 by the Greek Football Federation for his work on Volos.

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“We considered everything, including the ability to communicate with the players and handle influential names. Juan has been working as a coach since the age of 18. We liked that he wanted to focus not just on the senior team but also look at our project as a whole,” said a senior official of the club.

Ferrando has worked in different countries, is fluent in English, is willing to work with everyone and, most importantly, will continue the club's philosophy of playing soccer based on possession, club officials said.

Ferrando began his career with the academy at RCD Espanyol before moving to Barcelona B for his practicals. He continued to work with teams like FC Ricoh Premia, Terrassa CF and CE Hospitalet before moving to Malaga to become the coach of the youth team.

His next stop was in England, where he worked with Fábregas and Van Persie, but it wasn't until 2013 that he found his balance.

By taking over the FC Sheriff in Moldova, he led the team to a Super Cup victory with just two points remaining to qualify for the Europa League knockout stage.

However, their great success was in Greece, where they took over the newly formed Volos FC in the third division and took them to the Greek Super League in just two years with successive promotions.

“This decision has not been taken overnight. We considered a lot of options. There were some big names in the fray, some with proven track record, but Juan fitted our philosophy. He was just the coach we were looking out for,” said a senior club official.

Sources said Ferrando, who has already spoken to the technical staff at the club, will arrive here with a physical and conditioning coach , while leaving the choice of an assistant to the club. For now, Clifford Miranda remains a firm favourite, should he decide to extend his contract with FC Goa .

FC Goa would have confirmed Ferrando’s appointment a month ago, if not for another Spanish coach —working outside the country and not in India—who came along and grabbed attention with his plans and understanding of the club.

“There was little that separated the two coach es. It was close. You can call it a 51-49 decision,” said the official.

I am very impressed by the club's emphasis on its vision and playing style and would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity, said Ferrando, a UEFA professional license holder.

In short, it is tiki-taka again.