Jamshedpur, Sept. 12: Antonio Iriondo’s Jamshedpur FC got their pre-season acts up and running. After undergoing their medicals this morning at Tata Main Hospital (TMH), the fresh champion makers completed their initial session at Flatlets in Kadma on Thursday.
Jamshedpur FC’s first pre-season training session for Indian Super League 6 was held today at the Flatlets Ground in Kadma, as coach Antonio Iriondo took his first charge of his new team, Jamshedpur FC.
Men of Steel began their preparations for a season full of challenges.
Star striker CK Vineeth along with all the Spanish players including Tiri, Piti, Noe Acosta, Sergio Castel, Aitor Mounroy were part of the training session.
The whole squad including senior players Subrata Paul and Memo were part of the training session along with local lad Mobashir Rahman. The players sweated it out during the first training session of the new season.
As the team gears up for its third ISL outing, the new look squad is ready to give it all to take the team to the pinnacle.
The session opened with a series of activation exercises. They worked on ball circulation and possession. The players also took part in running drills and stretching exercises.
Assistant coach of JFC Victor Herrero Forcada alias Pulga who termed Jamshedpur as a fabulous city with great football setup was also part of the first training session and advised the boys, “We will focus on approaching the tournament in a professional way. I have had experience of working with Antonio Iriondo earlier which would make our task much easier.”
Pulga who has played for ISL side Kerala Blasters asked the fans to continue to give their full support to the team so that the players’ motivation is at the top. “Indian football has undergone a whole lot of change but there is a lot to do at the grassroot level”, added Pulga.
Assistant coach Steven Dias who had expressed his desire of joining Tata Football Academy (TFA) during the start of his career, says, “I am happy to be part of JFC and it is also the start of my coaching career and will look to give my 100 percent.”
“When I first arrived in Jamshedpur and went to TFA I was thrilled to see the atmosphere. With ISL the game has become popular in the country and parents now are allowing their kids to take up football as a career which was missing earlier,” added Dias.
Jamshedpur FC will start the ISL season with a home game against Odisha FC (previously, Delhi Dynamos FC) at JRD Tata Sports Complex on October 22.
Earlier, the team arrived on September 11. They will be training in Jamshedpur for over a month for their pre-season.
The Spanish players including Tiri, Piti, Noe Acosta, Sergio Castel, Aitor Mounroy visited Kadma Ganesh Puja fair and were delighted to see the decoration and lighting.
Tata Steel-owned ISL franchise Jamshedpur FC had finished at the fifth spot in both their previous outings losing the play off spot by a very small margin during the last edition.