FC Goa is the ISL runner-up that may win multiple trophies with its new parent club.
After being linked with a move to Mumbai last month, FC Goa forward Alvaro Vazquez has accepted the club’s top goalscorer Ferran Corominas’ challenge of achieving their expectations. As coro is known in India, Ferran Corominas.
The 31-year-old has joined the Gujarat Lions on a two-year contract after one with Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season.
“It was difficult to leave Kerala. I had a great time there, but this is a new challenge and I am looking forward to it,” Vazquez told Sportstar from his home in Spain on Tuesday.
“I know what the fans and the club expect from me. I have been following India’s football development over the years and I am aware of the potential in the country. I want to give my best and help the team win trophies.”
Vazquez scored eight goals in 16 matches for Kerala Blasters last season, but could not prevent the team from finishing seventh in the league.
Vazquez’s fond memories of Indian football
The Spaniard is no stranger to Indian football as he was a member of the Atletico de Kolkata side that won the inaugural edition of the ISL in 2014.
“I remember my days in Kolkata fondly. It was a great experience, not just for me, but for my family as well. The people in India are so passionate about football and that is something I really like,” Vazquez said.
“I am looking forward to playing in front of the FC Goa fans. I have heard a lot about them and I know they create a great atmosphere in the stadium. I can’t wait to play in front of them.”
Vazquez will be reunited with former Atletico de Kolkata coach Jose Molina at FC Goa. The two have kept in touch since their days in Kolkata and the Spaniard is looking forward to working with the coach again.
“I am really happy to be working with Jose again. He is a great coach and I learned a lot from him in Kolkata. I am sure he will help me improve as a player and I am looking forward to working with him again,” Vazquez said.
FC Goa has signed some big names in the offseason, including Spanish World Cup winner Xavi Hernandez, who will be the marquee player for the club this season.
“It is going to be a great experience playing with Xavi. He is one of the best players of his generation and it will be a pleasure to play with him. I am sure he will help me improve as a player,” Vazquez said.
“I know the expectations are high, but we have a great team and I am confident we can achieve our goals.”
“It’s going to be big.”
Vazquez feels that FC Goa will have a good season in terms of where the club wants to be, given the team’s makeup.
“I think it’s going to be big. The coach (Carlos Pena) has been a part of this league and knows this league quite well. There are a lot of domestic players and a couple of foreign players in the team who have also played in this league which will help us because we will know physically and tactically what is expected from us to be successful in this league. I think we will have a good ambiance there and push each other to do better and help the club to reach where they want to be.”
Alvaro Vazquez is all set for the upcoming FC Goa challenge after his Kerala Blasters stint. The striker feels that the team has what it takes to be successful in the league and is looking forward to contributing to the club’s success. Vazquez is confident that the team’s mix of domestic and foreign players, along with the coach’s experience in the league, will help them achieve their goals.
Alvaro Vazquez’ role at Goa
The Spaniard is primarily a striker but can also operate as a winger.
Vazquez started his career with Espanyol B and made his senior debut for the club in 2009. He went on to have loan spells at Real Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano, and Getafe before returning to Espanyol in 2013.
After spells with Alavés and CFR Cluj, Vázquez joined Kerala Blasters in 2018. He was one of the club’s top scorers in the 2019-20 season, finding the back of the net seven times in 16 appearances.
Now, the 31-year-old has completed a move to FC Goa and will be looking to make an impact in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).
Alvaro Vazquez is all set for a new challenge with FC Goa after spending two seasons with Kerala Blasters.
The Spaniard, who can operate as a striker or a winger, is excited about the prospect of playing in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).
“It is going to be big,” Vazquez said of his move to Goa. “I am really happy to come here and hopefully, we can have a good season.”
“It is always nice to come to a new club and a new country,” Vazquez said. “I am really looking forward to it.”
Vazquez is the latest foreign signing for FC Goa ahead of the 2020-21 season. The Spaniard joins a long list of players who have made the move to the Indian Super League, including Jorge Mendoza, Ivan Gonzalez, and Edu Bedia.
Can Vazquez break Ferran Corominas’ ISL record?
After a stellar season with Kerala Blasters, Spanish striker Alvaro Vazquez is all set to don the blue of FC Goa in the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) campaign. The 34-year-old was the second highest scorer in the league last season with 10 goals and will be looking to carry that form into the new season.
Vazquez will be up against some stiff competition for a place in the starting XI, with FC Goa having one of the most formidable attacking line-ups in the ISL. However, the Spaniard is no stranger to competition and is confident of making his mark at his new club.
“It is going to be big, it is going to be a tough challenge. But I like challenges and that is why I am here,” Vazquez said in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda.
“I want to give my best and help the team win games. I know the competition will be tough but I am ready for it,” he added.
Vazquez is no stranger to Indian football, having played for Atletico de Kolkata in the ISL in 2015. He was also a part of the Pune City side that reached the semi-finals of the 2016 edition.
The Spaniard has experience of playing in some of the biggest leagues in Europe and is confident that he can make a difference for FC Goa.
“I have played in the Spanish League, the Italian League and the Turkish League. I have also played in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. I know what it takes to win games at the highest level,” Vazquez said.
“I am confident that I can make a difference for FC Goa. I will give my 100% on the pitch and hopefully, we can have a successful season,” he added.
Vazquez will be hoping to replicate his heroics from last season and help FC Goa go one step further in the ISL this time around. The Gaurs finished runners-up in the 2015 edition and will be looking to go one step further this time around.
“We have a great team and I am confident that we can do well this season. The aim is to win the ISL and I am sure we will give our 100% to achieve that,” Vazquez said.
The Spaniard will be key to FC Goa’s chances of success this season and will be looking to make his mark on the ISL once again.