• Wed. Jul 17th, 2024


NorthEast United Football Club has appointed Juan Pedro Benali as the team’s Head Coach on a 1+1 year deal. Northeast United confirms this deal in a press release on Monday.

Over the course of an illustrious career spanning nearly three decades, the 54-year-old,  Benali has coached teams in three different conKnents – Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well asbeing the Technical Assistant for the Finnish naKonal team.

Speaking on the appointment, Benali said “It is a great honour for me to accept the appointment as the Head Coach of NEUFC. I am incredibly excited to embark on this journey with the Club as we look to build a compeKKve team that can challenge at the highest of llevels.”

An African Super Cup Finalist with RS Berkane in 2021, Benali brings with him a pedigree of success and excellence. His role as head coach of Vissel Kobe in 2008 resulted in the team ge\ng promoted into the J League as well as winning the “Best A^ack” Award in Japan. He won the UAE Cup with Sharjah Football Club in 2003 as well as reaching the semi-finals of the
Arab Cup with Moroccan club SCC Mohammedia in 2001. His accomplishment with SCC Mohammedia led to him joining Al Ghrafa Sports Club in Qatar where he led the team to a second-place finish, on level points with the champions, narrowly missing out on the league Ktle on goal difference.

Mr. Benali, throughout his career has also been involved in se\ng up and running academies and speaking on the talent that exists in the region,  Benali said “The Northeast region is the heart of Indian football and is home to some of the country’s best footballing talent that we will look to nurture. The region also has very passionate and knowledgeable fans, and Iwill try my best to make them proud.”

Benali has been following the Hero ISL very closely over the past few years as he has many connecKons within Indian football.

“I have diligently followed the league, observing many players who have either played alongside me or competed against me such as Hugo Boumous, Noah Sadaoui, Mourtada Fall, band Zaid Krouch. As well as having the pleasure of working alongside disKnguished professionals like Sergio Lobera, Stuart Baxter, and Miguel Ángel Portugal who competed in this league.”

Speaking on the appointment NorthEast United CEO, Mandar Tamhane said, “We are delighted to welcome Juan to the Club. Not only is Juan a fantasKc coach and a master tacKcian, but he also has the unique experience of managing in three different conKnents across the world. The diversity of the teams he has coached is a testament to his evolving tacKcal style and his knowledge of the global footballing landscape. His experience at the Youth level will also help us in creaKng a pathway for the talent from the region.”

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