NorthEast United sign Sergio Farias as head coach

The Indian Super League outfit have appointed the Brazilian as their new head coach ahead of the new season.

NorthEast United FC have roped in Sergio Farias as their head coach for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season, Goal understands.

The 48 year-old who has coached the Brazil U-20 team over two spells (1998-99 & 2001), has signed with the ISL franchise for the third edition of the competition.

He has also managed his country's U-17 team, who he led to glory in the 2001 South American Championship.

Farias brings with him a wealth of experience when it comes to working with talented young players. Apart from coaching former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho, at the U-20 level, the likes of Lucio and Diego have also been groomed under him.

He made his mark on the Asian football circuit as well with South Korean side Pohang Steelers, winning the AFC Champions League while also securing the K-League title in 2009 when he was named Coach of the Year. 

The Brazilian even guided the Asian side to a 2008 Korean FA Cup triumph and a third place finish in the 2009 Club World Cup.

Farias is an admirer of Carlo Ancelotti. Despite liking Jose Mourinho as well, he stated back in 2009 that he believed the Italian to be a more complete manager.


Catch Sergio Farias on NorthEast United's Facebook page in a LIVE chat over the next couple days