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2016-07-06     11:59:59pm

Roca takes in charge of Blues after Ashley Westwood resignation last month
Bengaluru FC announced the signing of Albert Roca, as their new Coach. The Spaniard has been signed in as their new coach on a two-year deal till the end of 2017-18 seasons.

Roca brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at the highest level, having served as an assistant to Frank Rijkaard for five seasons at Barcelona (2003-2008) during which the Catalans won the Champions League once, the La Liga twice and the Spanish Super Cup twice before following the Dutchman in the same role to Turkish club Galatasaray (2009-2010) and finally the Saudi Arabian national team (2011-2013).

Roca´s last job was as manager of the El Salvador national team where he was in charge for a year.  As a player, Roca´s most notable stints were with Real Zaragoza and CE Sabadell FC in the La Liga apart from shifts with a number of clubs in the second division.

Roca  said he was excited at the prospect of joining the Blues and was confident about playing the kind of football that the club and the supporters would be proud of.

"I am very satisfied to have signed with Bengaluru FC. They are the champions of India, have fantastic supporters and most importantly, have a great support system and a management that is always hands on and wants to stay at the top. I want to assure our supporters that we will always give it our best. I want the supporters to be happy about the way we play," said Roca.

Roca´s first game in charge will be the AFC Cup quarter-final against Singapore side Tampines Rovers in September; a game he reckons will be a tough challenge.

"The AFC Cup quarter-final is definitely going to be a big challenge but we will do our best to get a good result and make the semis," he said.