Josep Gombau

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gombau and the second or maternal family name is Balague.
Josep Gombau
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Personal information
Full name Josep Gombau Balague
Date of birth (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Amposta, Spain
Club information
Current team
Adelaide United
Youth career
Years Team
0000–1992 Amposta
Teams managed
Years Team
1993–2003 Amposta
2003–2009 Barcelona (youth)
2009–2013 Kitchee
2013– Adelaide United

Josep Gombau Balague (born 5 June 1976) is a Spanish football manager in charge of A-League club Adelaide United.[1] He is a former FC Barcelona youth team coach and has held multiple positions at Barcelona academies.[2] Gombau holds the highest coaching license in Spain with the equivalent of the UEFA Pro Diploma attained at the Catalan Football Federation.[3]

Career[edit]

Born in Amposta, Tarragona, Catalonia, Gombau was a goalkeeper, but switched to coaching at the age of 16.[4][5] After coaching youth teams in CF Amposta and RCD Espanyol, he was signed by FC Barcelona in 2003 as a youth academy coach.[6][7] In 2008, he became the technical director of FCB Escola, a Barcelona youth football academy opened at the Raffles International School in Jumeirah, Dubai.[8][9]

Kitchee[edit]

Gombau moved to Hong Kong to join Kitchee as the club's head coach in 2009.[10] Under Gombau, Kitchee won two league titles, two FA Cups and one League Cup.[11] Before the 2012 AFC Cup away match to Tampines Rovers, Kitchee captain Chu Siu Kei applauded the contribution of Gombau to the team, saying: "The coach understands that the players might be smaller than those in the other teams, but using the ball more on the ground gives us an advantage over our opponents. We have more control of the game now".[12]

Adelaide United[edit]

On 30 April 2013, it was announced that Gombau would leave Kitchee to coach Adelaide United in the A-League. He signed a two-season deal, arriving at the club in July 2013.[13] His first two signings were compatriots and Barcelona youth products Sergio Cirio and Isaías Sánchez. Gombau also brought his long-time assistant coach Pau Marti to work alongside existing assistant coach Michael Valkanis.[14] Gombau stated that he wants to implement a possession-based football style at Adelaide.[15][16][17] Gombau actively exercised his ambition to develop South Australian grassroots football by hosting free seminars for local coaches.[18] Gombau's United won the inaugural FFA Cup with a 1-0 win against Perth Glory. [19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Hong Kong Kitchee SC

Australia Adelaide United

Personal[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 February 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kitchee SC Hong Kong 2009 2013 93 57 18 18 61.29
Adelaide United Australia 2013 Present 51 25 11 15 49.02
Total 144 82 29 33 56.94

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gombau lands Adelaide job. "theworldgame.sbs.com.au". 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ KITCHEE'S HEAD COACH JOSEP GOMBAU BALAGUE, FORMER COACHING STAFF AT THE FC BARCELONA SOCCER TEAM, LEAVES AFTER THE FIRST HALF OF THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE - PHOTO. Eurosport.com. 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/adelaideunited/news-display/Gombau-to-coach-Adelaide-United-FC/66320
  4. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/josep-gombaus-tikitaka-touch-wins-adelaide-united-over-20131009-2v7g4.html
  5. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/video/41985603614/Gombau-chats-to-TWG
  6. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.am14.net%2Ftiqui-taca-en-australia-2%2F
  7. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/football/adelaide-united-coach-josep-gombau-vows-to-scout-for-sa8217s-best-talent/story-fnii0g1d-1226681676207
  8. ^ A touch of Barcelona magic in Dubai By Rohan Alvares, Sports Reporter. Gulf News. 5 February 2009.
  9. ^ http://espnfc.com/columns/story/_/id/1437809/brooks-gombau-bringing-barca-under?cc=3436
  10. ^ 巴塞名帥來港發展 Oriental Daily. 21 April 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1246770/play-win-perfect-gift-departing-gombau
  12. ^ Stags, Kitchee expect open AFC Cup match By Abhishek Mehrotra. ESPNSTAR.com. 24 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Gombau appointed Adelaide United coach Tuesday". Football Australia. 30 April 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/adelaide-united-stars-laud-style-new-coach-josep-gombaus-style-just-dont-call-them-barcelona/story-fndm8jzo-1226731611113
  15. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/new-adelaide-united-coach-josep-gombau-promises-to-bring-a-little-bit-of-barcelona-to-the-reds/story-e6frf4gl-1226635148001
  16. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/it8217s-my-way-or-the-highway-new-reds-coach-josep-gombau-tells-players/story-fnibbvew-1226693026726
  17. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/aleague/results/2013-14/all-rounds/Adelaide-United-FC/286/0/6
  18. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/adelaideunited/news-display/Local-coaches-impressed-with-Gombaus-vision/83770
  19. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-16/ffa-cup-final-adelaide-united-perth-glory/5971738

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