Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022

Clifford Miranda, Former India Midfielder, Joins Odisha FC As Assistant Coach

Clifford Miranda played for the Indian national football team from 2005 to 2014 and earned 45 caps.

Clifford Miranda was an assistant coach at FC Goa.
Clifford Miranda was an assistant coach at FC Goa. Courtesy: Twitter (@FCGoaOfficial)

Odisha FC on Tuesday announced the appointment of former India midfielder Clifford Miranda as the ISL team's assistant coach.

The 39-year-old will be part of chief coach Josep Gombau's backroom staff from the July 1.

Miranda mostly played for 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.

Miranda played for the Indian national team from 2005 to 2014, earning 45 caps and scored six goals. He was a part of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup-winning Indian team. He also won two SAFF Championships.

After starting his career with the Salcete FC, he moved to the prestigious Tata Football Academy in Jamshedpur, where he honed his skills for four years.

Miranda was the only TFA graduate from his batch to sign a professional contract when he signed for Dempo, a second division club in 2000. 

In July 2015, Miranda was picked to play for Atlético de Kolkata and retired in 2017 and went 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.


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