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ISL 2018: Ex-Delhi Dynamos head coach Miguel Portugal joins La Liga Segunda Division club Granada CF

Soumo Ghosh
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02 May 2018, 14:23 IST

Miguel Angel Portugal
Miguel Angel Portugal

What's the story?

Miguel Angel Portugal, who was the head coach at Delhi Dynamos last season, has left the ISL club to join La Liga Segunda Division side Granada CF for the remainder of the season.

In case you didn't know...

Portugal is one of the most experienced coaches to have joined the ISL, having managed clubs in Spain, Bolivia, Brazil and Algeria, before he signed for Delhi Dynamos ahead of the 2017/18 season. The 62-year-old has been closely associated with Real Madrid, having coached the Los Blancos' B and C teams previously.

The heart of the matter

Having finished in the eighth position last season, Portugal came under fire quite often, especially from the fans. For a large part of the season, the Dynamos were languishing at the bottom of the league table.

However, they managed to turn things around in the latter stages, as they put a few wins together to haul themselves out of the bottom spot to finish eighth. Portugal, who had a one-year deal with Delhi Dynamos, has parted ways with Delhi Dynamos, the club announced via their Twitter account.


Granada also announced the signing of their new coach on their official website, where they announced that Portugal will be at the helm of affairs till the end of the season.

What's next?

Incidentally, Granada are currently vying for a top six finish, which would give them entry into the promotion playoffs, with five league games remaining. Meanwhile, Delhi Dynamos are currently on the lookout for a new head coach.

Author's take

While Delhi did not get the desired results last season, the Lions did exhibit some quality football. With Portugal gone, the Dynamos would need to look hard in the market, in order to find a head coach with a similar philosophy, to maintain continuity.

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