Indian Super League

ISL: Odisha FC confirms the return of defender Carlos Delgado ahead of upcoming season

Arjun Singh Devgan
Carlos Delgado has returned back to Odisha FC for a second spell
Carlos Delgado has returned back to Odisha FC for a second spell / ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) club, Odisha FC on Sunday announced the return of Spanish center-back Carlos Delgado to the club after two years - with the player reuniting with Josep Gombau.

Delgado who is a product of of the Malaga CF youth academy, is a vastly experienced footballer having made his professional debut for the club’s B side more than a decade ago and since then has represented a number of clubs in Spain - including Leganes, Recreativo and Albacete.

The 32-year-old joined Odisha on loan from Castellon in 2019, where he became an instant fan favourite due to his performances on the pitch. Incidentally, he arrived when Gombau was the head coach - with the Spanish gaffer managing the Juggernauts in the 2019-20 season when they finished sixth.

Gombau instantly became a fan-favourite for the brand of football he produced and Delgado was a pivotal part of that Odisha side too, with fans expecting the duo to produce the same brand of football as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2021/22 ISL season.

Odisha struggled in the ISL last season, managing to win only six out of the 20 league games they played and ended up finishing a disappointing seventh in the points table.