Moving back to Spain is not something I am looking at, says Coro in an Exclusive Interview with Jersey Football Magazine

Arka Acharya  |  Tuff-Questions  |  4 Months Ago

In an exclusive moment interaction, Jersey got up close and personal with FC Goa's Spanish goal-machine, Ferran Corominas, dotingly tagged as Coro. After spending his career at illustrious clubs like Espanyol, Girona, and Mallorca, Coro finally stepped in India and was roped in by FC Goa. In the very first season, his chemistry with current ATK skipper, Manuel Lanzarote and his aquiline goal-scoring instincts made him a crowd favourite. With 26 goals from 26 games, this Spaniard has no intentions to stop. Here’s the excerpt from our conversation with Coro…


Coro, Walk us through the impeccable journey of yours as a footballer in India since  ISL 2017. asks Arka Acharya from Kolkata

My journey hasn’t been really long. This is only my second season here. I have really enjoyed my stay here so far. I have enjoyed a lot of success and with the team playing really well this season as well, I couldn’t have been happier. It has been an enjoyable experience so far for both myself and my family. The atmosphere in the team, ever since I have been here, has been top notch. 


Despite getting a couple of lucrative offers before the season, you planned to continue at Goa. Why? asks Nikhil Sharma from Delhi

Yes, I had offers from a lot of clubs, especially in India. However, my first option was always Goa. It’s normal to garner a lot of attention when you play well. But I feel very much at home in Goa and so does my family. So, Goa was always my first choice.


You won the Golden Boot last season and this season till date you have already scored 8 goals in the first six games, which is simply brilliant. Can you tell me the difficulty level? Tell me what are the challenges here in India? asks Rohit Ganguly from Kolkata

It’s not as easy as it really seems. Every game in this league and every situation I face, it’s a challenge for me, difficult ones at that. One big reason why it may seem so easy is that of people behind me. Our strength is in our style and teammates around me make my job a little easier than it is. The level of football in India is really good. However, with our style of play, it might sometimes look otherwise. In terms of challenges in India, I haven’t faced much in terms of the language barrier. I am trying to sharpen up my English but I can speak enough for my Indian teammates to understand. With a large Spanish contingent, it helps me a lot as well.

Last year you had developed a splendid chemistry on the field with Manuel Lanzarote. Now as he has departed this season to play with ATK, Do you miss him? Will his departure have some impact on the pitch? What do you think? asks Pulkit Verma from Delhi

Lanza is a really good player. He was important to us last season but we have got some really good players this season. We have continued in the same style and the results are there for all to see.  


You have spent the whole of your professional career in Spain, and then you chose to play in an entirely different continent with all the differences. So how challenging is it? How are you coming up with all the odds here, especially at 35?  asks Arka Acharya from Kolkata

Yes, that’s true. But when I moved to play in Cyprus before coming to India, I had an open mind and wanted to look at opportunities in foreign countries. Last season when the possibility of playing in India arose I took it up as a challenge and I would continue to look at possibilities outside Spain. Moving back to Spain is not something I am looking at. 


Share your experience with us about your big win with Espanyol, 2006 Copa del Rey. asks Nivedita from Mumbai

It’s an awesome experience. To win a trophy like that is not easy for clubs like Espanyol. It is always clubs like Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid lifting the trophy. That year, we felt really good and everything came together and I really feel fortunate enough to have played a small role in that.


From the past couple of years the involvement of Spanish footballers in ISL has thoroughly increased. Coro, according to you how influential it will be for the future of Indian football? asks Rohit Ganguly from Kolkata

I think it is very natural to happen as such. Kolkata won the ISL twice in its first three seasons with a large Spanish contingent. And once you see success coming from playing in a certain way, the other clubs try and catch up. Indian football has had a large English influence in terms of style. So, I think it is good for the Indians to learn a new style of the game which stresses possession and movement off the ball.


What is the best thing you are experiencing in India while playing over here? asks Rajan Sethi from Delhi

My best experience in India is yet to come. That will be when I lift the ISL trophy.


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