Odisha FC are delighted to announce that they have secured the services of former Hero Indian Super League winner Victor Mongil. The Spanish defender will be seen in action while playing for the Bhubaneshwar club in the eight season of the tournament.
The Spaniard started his football career with Spanish club Valladolid and also played for the team’s B team before he got his chance to play for the main team in 2011. Subsequently, he also played for Atletico Madrid B and he also went on to represent Georgia’s club FC Dinamo Tbilisi in 2019. In fact, he also featured for FC Dinamo Tbilisi in UEFA Europa League.
The veteran played for ATK FC after making the move to the club through the January transfer window in the 2019-20 season and also played a key role in taking the club to glory in that season. In fact, he went on to once again play for FC Dinamo Tbilisi after his tenure with the Indian club. Furthermore, the experienced center back had played for Spain’s Under-17 team.
Speaking about the new signing, Club President Mr Raj Athwal said, “We are very pleased to have secured the signature of Victor Mongil. A ball playing centre-back, he reads the game well and has a winning mentality having won the league twice while at Dinamo Tbilisi and in the Indian Super League with ATK FC. Having played in Europe and the UEFA Europa League, Victor will bring stability and experience to our defence and will be a major influence on our younger players.”
Odisha FC’s newly-appointed Head Coach Kiko Ramirez stated, “One of the most important reasons why we approached him is that he is a versatile player and can play in various positions. He has great vision of the game (especially for long passes), is a great defender, who can play in all positions of the defensive line, and he also can act as a defensive midfielder giving balance to the team. Another important aspect is that he knows the League because he has won it, and has an advantage to help new players to adapt to the competition. He is also a very competitive player and creates a good atmosphere in the locker room.”
Victor said, “I am very excited and happy to join Odisha Football Club. I am looking forward to having a wonderful time on the pitch for OFC and will definitely make the fans feel proud. C’mon Odisha, see you soon.”
Odisha FC had finished the previous season as wooden spooners as they could only manage two wins from 20 matches. Thus, the club will look to turn the tables in the eighth season of the tournament.