- Written by NRFC
Last "Get To Know A Ranger" was on our new import, American centre forward, Michael Monticchio. This time we'll find out a bit more about our Peruvian goalkeeper, Luigi Cordova.
- Luigi Cordova
- Are you excited about joining Northern Rangers?
- Yes I am excited to be joining the Rangers because they as a club have a good reputation in Tasmania and also the staff and all the members are good professionals.
- Tell us a little about yourself and your football history?
- I have been passionate about football since I was 10 years old. Football started in my life when my father Alberto Cordova encourage me to play football for a local indoor football club in my home town in Lima. I started playing as a striker for 4 years and then I decided to be a goalie when the World Cup in France 1998 began. I wanted to be like Oliver Kahn, Fabien Barthez, Claudio Taffarel and Carlos Roa from Argentina at the time. I started my career as a goalkeeper playing for cienciano del cusco from 1999 to 2002 (under 15s to youth) I had the opportunity to train with the first team in 2002 thanks to coach assistant Jorge Arteaga who were joining the club with first team coach Teddy Cardama. Cienciano del cusco is the only Peruvian football team in the Peruvian history who reached the copa sudamericana championship in 2003 winning over the grand final against river plate from Argentina and also winning the re copa sudamericana winning over boca juniors in 2004. The year after I played for Bolognesi F.C youth from Tacna in 2003 thanks to manager Freddy garcia who currently is one of best managers in the Peruvian football League. I had the chance to join the first team squad at training when manager Roberto Mosquera was in charged at the time. January of 2006 I had my first professional senior pre season with Alianza Atlético de Sullana. Unfortunately I wasn't selected but I decided to play the Peruvian second division with Alianza Universidad de Huanuco and had my last Peruvian football season before come to Australia to study in 2008. Australia gave me the opportunity to study and live here and play a bit of football. I played for different football clubs in Brisbane like New Market FC, The Lions FC, Gold Coast start FC, Palm beach FC and New Farm United FC. Settling in well? Enjoying the club and Tasmania? Yes I am settling in well here. Tasmanian people are nice and friendly. The weather is very clean and this is what I was expecting from Tasmania. I heard that it is going to be cold soon but nothing to be surprise for me as I come from a country where the weather is similar like here. Peruvians can be very well settling in here. I am really sure that I saw few llamas somewhere in Launceston. Yes definitely I am enjoying the club because the culture at the Rangers is amazing. I found chemistry when I first saw the group. They gave me the opportunity to be part of the group and I am great full to the Rangers for brought me here and be their goalkeeper this year. What do you think the Rangers can achieve this season? I think this season is going to be interesting for the Rangers in the victory league. We are coming from a young group who are hungry to learn and growth as a footballers. The Rangers will be fighting for every game that we play in the league. I believe that we will be the revelation this year in the victory league. We will be learning a lot from our coach Dane and we will go forward as a group.
- I hear you're looking for any keepers that want to do some extra training.
- During my time in Queensland I coached various junior teams, however I specialise in coaching goal keepers. I can provide 1 on 1 sessions and also group sessions for between 3-5 Goal keepers. The age groups that I work with are from 10- 20 years old. I have completed a working with children check.
If you or your children are interested contact Luigi on 0414 249 018
Prices for sessions are $30 an hour for a 1 on 1 session and group sessions are approximately $50 per hour depending on the number of keepers ($10-$15 per keeper).