Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos has a big name manager who wants to bring an even bigger name to Delhi.
Thirty-nine year old Gianluca Zambrotta moved to India after two seasons running Swiss club Chiasso.
He has Delhi off to a 1-1 start this year, leading a team whose most recognizable player in Florent Malouda. That would change if Zambrotta convinces his former Juventus and AC Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give India a try.
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While few expect Zlatan to go one-and-done with Manchester United, the Big Swede has talked about finishing his career outside Europe. And if the money is there in India, maybe Zambrotta can help.
Zambrotta in an exclusive interview to Indian Express said ‘Ibra’ will not mind playing in India after his retirement from European football.
“Given his fan following in India, I think Zlatan would want to come and end his career here. On my end, I will definitely try and convince him to play for Delhi Dynamos,” Zambrotta said.
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Entering its second year of existence, the Indian Super League just won’t stop bringing in the big names.
The Delhi Dynamos announced today that the legendary Roberto Carlos will be taking over the reigns as manager, joining fellow Brazilian hero Zico, who serves as manager of FC Goa.
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Carlos is considered one of the best outside backs of all-time, making more than 500 appearances for Real Madrid where he won four La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.
He won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and is the second-most capped player in the nation’s history with 125 appearances.
Now 42, Carlos is coming off of stints managing Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Super Lig.
The Indian Super League has brought a prominent face of European to their league, with Italian forward Alessandro Del Piero heading to the Delhi Dynamos on a short contract lasting until December.
Nonetheless, this particular transfer has sparked political debate because two Italian military men are jailed under the belief that they killed two local fishermen, and relations between both countries have been strained.
“He doesn’t need the money or the fame,” said politician Giorgia Meloni, per ESPN FC. “He’s already an undisputed symbol of Italian football and a world football icon.
“If he were to make a stand on this matter, it would certainly not fall on deaf ears and it could be an important signal to the Indian government and the international community.”
Del Piero recognized the tension between the two nations, but he insisted that he’s going to India to breed the sport and it’s positive effects on its fans.
“I know that my decision to go and play in India has raised a bit of perplexity in view of the relations between Italy and India, in view of the two Maro [Italian military] being held there,” he said.
“I am satisfied with my choice. I’m not going to a hostile country and the last thing I want is to be used [for political purposes] and for sport to be used to divide rather than uniting.”