FC Goa have confirmed that they have signed a two-year deal with Alvaro Vazquez and will wear his iconic orange until the summer of 2024 as a result.
In his first season in the Indian Super League in 2021/22, the striker completed his name with 8 games and 2 assists as he led the Kerala Blasters to their first final appearance since 2016.
“I am very happy to join FC Goa,” Vazquez told fcgoa.in after signing the dotted line. “The club has ambitious projects and a style of play that I like. After talking to the club officials and Edu (Bedia), I was convinced that I could be the best version of myself here.
“For me, Goa is one of the biggest clubs in the Indian Super League. Last season was probably not the best for the club, but I believe we will definitely go back to the top this coming season. I have heard and seen Goan fans who love football. I want to experience playing at Fatorda. Honestly, I can’t wait to play my first game in the colors of the club. “
FC Goa football director Ravi Pushkar also expressed happiness over the arrival of the striker. He said, “We are happy to secure Alvaro’s services. He is the man we always kept an eye on long before his arrival in Indian football and if he has already adapted to India, we rushed forward this summer to secure his services whenever the opportunity arose.
“His quality on and off the ball is undeniable and Indian football fans are well aware of his technical prowess. We are confident that he will be a part of the team and with our style of football, I am sure he will be successful. “
Born in Barcelona, Alvaro Vazquez spent most of his football career in Spain. And Vazquez is now playing into a scheme in which he has the ability to perform at his best, he can continue for a better season than last time.
The 31-year-old took his baby steps into the game on the youth team of La Liga club RCD Espanyol. He then rose through the ranks and was eventually promoted to his first team in 2010. That same season, he also debuted in the Spanish top-flight against Real Madrid and denied them victory by scoring against Barcelona.
Two years later, the striker shifted to base Getafe where he stayed for four seasons. During this period, Vazquez also got his first taste of Premier League action when he was given a loan to Swansea City on a short-term deal.
In 2016, Spaniard Espanyol returned to where he stayed until 2019. His other former clubs include Gymnastics de Tarragona, Real Zaragoza and Sporting de Gijon in the Segunda division.
Former Spain junior international, Vazquez became the top scorer in the FIFA U20 The world Cup in 2011 before becoming part of the team that won the UEFA U21 EURO in 2013. In his longest football career of 17 years, the 31-year-old has scored 80 goals with 19 assists in 344 competitive appearances. For both club and country.
Some notable coaches who have played under him include Mauricio Pochettino, Michelle Lodrup and Quick Sanchez Flores.