Eduardo Valor appointed as new coach

Eduardo Valor (Head Coach)
Eduardo Valor (Head Coach)

Reported by Isaac Barrington –

Former Valencia League district coach Eduardo Valor has been appointed as the new head coach of Birmingham for the upcoming season in the FA National Super League.

In Spain, Eduardo coached C.D. La Salle for 5 years, and led them to a second place finish in the Liga Nacional Juvenil division last season. He has also coached FS Torrent in the second division of the female league in Spain and described this as: “a good experience”. During his time at C.D. La Salle he led his side to the community final, but lost out at the final hurdle, however went on to achieve success with the Valencia district team in the same year, beating Murcia 6-0 in the final.

Valor played futsal himself until he was 15 when he started to coach children’s teams
continuing to play at a high level for another 4 years when he decided to hang up his boots and concentrate on coaching. He believes that: “it is really important to put work into the academy, and not enough clubs are doing this”. He stressed that one of the key factors for success is getting the balance right between the focus on youth teams and the first team. He has already proven that he likes to develop youth players, and assures everyone at Birmingham that this is something he hopes to continue with. In Spain, Valor worked with the young and extremely talented Gonzalo and Sergio Galan who were later pinched from his side with Gonzalo going on to play professionally in Spain, whilst his brother moved to England, where he plays for Bristol City Futsal. Gonzalo later moved from Spain, and is now in Belgium where he still plays Futsal to a high standard.

When asked, Eduardo described his philosophy for success in futsal as “conceding no goals, hard work and intensity”. He went on to speak passionately about how he believes that forming a good team spirit throughout the club is a vital measure for success. Eduardo believes that: “this is just the beginning of the journey here at Birmingham, and we are not starting from zero on this project”. He thinks that his experience in Spain, combined with club chairman Ikhlaq Hussain’s knowledge of the game in England, will help to achieve all of the objectives he has for the upcoming season. Valor aims to lead the club to the National final this season and he is: “looking forward to returning to Birmingham in August” when he will link up with a rather new-look Birmingham squad.