FC Goa appoints Azkorra as Assistant Coach and Dones as Fitness and Conditioning Coach

“Looking forward to putting in the required work to move the team to the top of the Indian Super League,” said the duo
FC Goa appoints Azkorra as Assistant Coach and Dones as Fitness and Conditioning Coach
From left: Gorka Azkorra, Joel Dones Picture Courtesy: Gomantak Times

FC Goa has confirmed Gorka Azkorra and Joel Dones as the club’s new Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach respectively, for the upcoming season. A press release by the club confirming their appointment was released on Monday, June 13, 2022.

“They have a real passion for the game, and the project we have at hand. I am excited to have them on board,” said head coach, Carlos Pena, after the appointment.

Playing as a professional across 14 seasons, Azkorra, a UEFA A license holder, has been working with the youth teams at Athletic Bilbao for the past three seasons after retiring in 2018. Azkorra has 5 La Liga and 116 Segunda appearances, in addition to playing 3 games in the UEFA Cup (erstwhile Europa League).

"I’m very happy to join FC Goa. I'm looking forward to arriving in Goa and beginning the pre-season. It’s going to be a great season, I’m sure,” said Gorka Azkorra.

From left: Gorka Azkorra, Joel Dones
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Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dones, also has a UEFA A License to his name. Dones is an experienced coach with a degree in Sports Science and a Professional Master’s degree in High Performance in Team Sports from FC Barcelona. He has worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach with clubs in Spain, in addition to a 2-year stint in the Hong Kong Premier League.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that FC Goa and Carlos have presented to me. I am looking forward to putting in the required work to move the team to the top of the Indian Super League,” stated Dones, following his arrival to the team.

From left: Gorka Azkorra, Joel Dones
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