De Anza Force welcomes former Barcelona F.C Academy Director Albert Puig.
CUPERTINO, California—April 1, 2016—De Anza Force today announced that Albert Puig Ortoneda, the former Academy Director of FC Barcelona (2010-2014), will be joining Force in a newly created position, as an Executive Technical Director of USDA Academy and Force Regional Player Developmental Centers.
Mr. Puig will have full autonomy and oversight of the strategic direction, technical and tactical methodology in development of players and teams.
“We are thrilled that Albert will be joining our team,” said Jeff Baicher, De Anza Force Director of Coaching. “We have a huge admiration of Barca style of soccer. Albert shares our values and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on the player development. Albert’s extraordinary leadership, passion for excellence, and unequaled experience is going to pave the way for Force to become the most prestigious youth soccer club in the United States.”
Puig, a celebrated author in his native Spain is a UEFA Pro Licensed coach and has been instrumental in the development of numerous Barcelona and Spanish National Team first team players.
Mr. Puig wrote: “I am very excited to join Force as Executive Technical Director to develop an ambitious and unique project infusing the formula of success of the best academy in the world, the Masia with my 11 years of experience at FCB and the last four years as the director, to create a brand of soccer, unique to Force. A style of play orchestrated by highly skilled, intelligent players with excellent positioning for greater ball movement and a quick recovery. I promise hard work, dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and sporting ambition to make Force a benchmark of good football in United States.”