Barcelona great Guillermo Amor has joined Adelaide United as the A-League club’s technical director.

Amor, who played 37 internationals for Spain, has signed a one-year contract with the Reds after a consultancy stint with his friend, Adelaide’s Spanish coach Josep Gombau.

Gombau’s friendship with Amor stretches back to their time as development coaches at Barcelona, where Amor made 311 La Liga appearances.

Amor has spent the past month observing the Reds’ training.

Gombau, who was Barcelona’s youth coach from 2003 to 2009, said securing Amor was a coup.

“The challenge is that in two, three years time to have a lot more South Australians playing the style we want to play,” Gombau said in a statement on Saturday.

Amor said Adelaide was trying to implement a Barcelona-based style.

“I have came here to learn and experience … but also bring experience to improve the football department and the club,” he said in a statement.

“From what I have seen, it is not a big difference between us and what Barcelona are doing.

“It is something similar and something I am use to. But I have liked what I have seen so far.”

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The Crowd Says (3)

  • August 31st 2014 @ 9:44am
    whiskeymac said | August 31st 2014 @ 9:44am | ! Report

    Time will tell if this is only a job for a mate or a “coup”. Good luck to the reds, I hope their strategies work and it translates to a solid structure to produce technical players.

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      August 31st 2014 @ 4:16pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | August 31st 2014 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

      Indeed. If the end result is technically solid players coming out of Adelaide United’s youth system then they’ve achieved a lot.

      Would this move suggest the Reds’ NYL side has a place in the NPL forthcoming?

  • August 31st 2014 @ 12:20pm
    titch said | August 31st 2014 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

    exciting times ahead for the Reds.

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