ISL: Roberto Carlos is Delhi Dynamos' marquee player-cum-manager
Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos will be the marquee player and manager of Delhi Dyanamos franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL) for the second edition of the tournament, it was announced on Thursday.Updated: Jul 09, 2015 18:06 IST
Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos will be the marquee player and manager of Delhi Dyanamos franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL) for the second edition of the tournament, it was announced on Thursday.
Promising to play "good football", former Real Madrid star Carlos promised at a press conference in Delhi to give his all with the aim of winning the trophy.
"I am excited to be here. I promise to work hard and try to win the trophy for the Dynamos," the 42-year-old Carlos said.
Renowned for his free-kicks, the ex-Real 'Galactico' won the Uefa Champions League, La Liga, Copa America and was widely regarded as one of the best left-backs to have played the game.
His watershed moment, though, was winning the Fifa World Cup for Brazil at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan in 2002. Besides the 2002 final, Carlos was a member of the Brazilian World Cup squad that reached the final in France 1998, when they were done in by a Zinedine Zidane-inspired France at the State de France in Paris.
Carlos's managerial experience includes stints with Turkish sides Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor.
The Delhi Dynamos team, coached by Dutchman Harm van Veldhoven, had failed to make the semifinals of the eight-team competition last year. They finished fifth, missing the semifinal spots by just a point.
Carlos was also part of Fenerbahce's squad that reached the Champions League quarterfinals in the 2007-2008 season.
In 2010, Carlos joined Brazilian giants Corinthians before playing his last season for the big-spending Dagestan side Anzhi Makhachkla, with whom he also had a brief stint as interim manager.
His heroics saw him finish runner-up for the World Player of The Year Award in 1997. His other individual accolades include runner-up in Ballon d'Or (2002), Uefa Defender of The Year (2002, 2003).
In August 2012, Carlos announced his retirement from football at the age of 39. He last managed Turkish top-flight club Akhisar following an 18-month spell in charge of local rivals Sivasspor.