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ISL: Former India star Clifford Miranda joins Odisha FC as new assistant coach

Arjun Singh Devgan
Clifford Miranda has moved to Odisha as the assistant coach
Clifford Miranda has moved to Odisha as the assistant coach / DIPTENDU DUTTA/GettyImages

Indian Super League (ISL) side, Odisha FC have confirmed that former India star, Clifford Miranda will join their club as head coach, Josep Gombau's assistant from the 1st of July.

Miranda is most popularly known for his time with Dempo in the National Football League and the I-League from 2000–2015. During his time with the Goan side, Miranda won five league titles and the Federation Cup in 2004. He also helped the club win four domestic cup honours.

His performances in midfield also saw him earn 45 caps for the Indian national football team between 2005 to 2014, and he was a part of of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup-winning Indian team, while also winning two SAFF Championships.

Following his retirement from the sport in 2017, the 39-year-old progressed into coaching after being convinced to do so by his former coach, Derrick Pereira. He joined his former playing club, FC Goa, as assistant to Pereira for the club's youth development team and reserve side. In 2018, Miranda became the head coach of the Goa Reserves side in the Goa Professional League and I-League 2nd Division.

The former India midfielder impressed while in the role as Goa's interim coach, with Odisha not losing out on the opportunity to bring him on board as they prepare for the upcoming ISL season.