Albert Riera was a Spanish left-winger that made a name for himself while playing for Espanyol where he won the Copa Del Rey, as well as getting into the final of the now-defunct Uefa Cup with the club. Riera was sort of a journeyman during his playing days, as he turned up for teams in England, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Slovenia.


He was particularly successful in Galatasaray where he won two league titles, and also added the Turkish cup for good measure. The former Spanish International has been appointed as an assistant coach for the Turkish side and would seek to work hand-in-hand with head coach Domenec Torrent. Galatasaray currently sits thirteenth in the Turkish Super Lig, and would hope that this partnership would bring back the glory days at the club.


Riera served as the assistant coach of the side last term and has decided to stay with the club that he spent three years with. The former Liverpool man would hope that his experience at a club like Galatasaray would help him start up a coaching career in the future. In a post on their official Twitter page, the Turkish giants announced this appointment with the caption “Welcome to #Galatasaray, Albert Riera!,”.


Riera had a rather disappointing time in England which saw him turn up for Liverpool, Manchester City, and also Watford. He spent two years at the Merseyside club but was forced to leave after a lack of first-team action for the team. A loan move to Manchester City prior to moving to Liverpool didn’t offer much. Neither did the eight appearances he made for Watford seem like much.


He truly rediscovered himself in Turkey, where he featured for both Olympiacos and Galatasaray. He developed something of a cult hero at Galatasaray, and he would hope to repay that faith by leading them back to the pinnacle of Turkish football.


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