Jose Barcala Garcia is the Head of Coaching at Spanish giant Real Club Deportivo de la Coruña S.A.D. His career as a development coach has taken him from Spain to Australia and back again, via a short stint as Physical Coach of the National Fustal Team of Libya. As well as his role as Head Coach, Jose is a Lecturer on Football Skills and Methodology at the Deportivo School of football coaches. In this interview, we discuss Spanish methodology, Jose’s lessons from his experience and the current development landscape in Spain.
Our interview opened with Jose apologising for the standard of his English, giving a sheepish smile which immediately hinted at the warmth of his character even in our opening exchanges. Although heavily accented his English was, of course, very good, perhaps not a surprise following his time spent as Head Coach in various College teams in Australia.
Running through his experience, it is not his years in Australia which immediately stand out. Instead, it is Libya – not perhaps a nation which often appears on a coach’s CV....
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