PLAYER PROFILE - Angel BERLANGA
Angel Berlanga arrived at Kiwitea Street in the Spring of 2010 and would go on to be one of the main figures as the club went from domestic and regional title to title.
Within his first season in Navy Blue, Berlanga helped secure the club's third OFC Champions League title when they defeated Amicale of Vanuatu 4-1 on aggregate in the final.
Deployed mainly as a ball playing centre back who could also perform a capable job at right back, Berlanga was intregal in the club's run of OFC Champions League titles between 2011 and 2013.
While ISPS Handa Premiership success eluded him and the Navy Blues, Berlanga's performances at the FIFA Club World Cup caught the eye of Sporting Club de Goa in India and inevitably his attraction to an adventure and professional football saw him depart temporarily.
However, the lure of Kiwitea Street proved too strong and in 2014-15 Berlanga returned and he couldn't have timed it better.
The Navy Blues experienced one of the greatest seasons in their history as they lifted the OFC President's Cup, ISPS Handa Premiership, minor premiership and a bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
Berlanga was in the thick of the action scoring a memorable equaliser in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to Copa Libertadores champions San Lorenzo.
The Madrid-born stopper helped the club defend its OFC Champions League title in 2017 as skipper following Ivan Vicelich's move to a player-coach role.
He missed the entirety of the 2020-21 and 2021 seasons due to a serious knee injury and assisted Albert Riera in his first senior coaching role at West Coast Rangers.
Now back to full fitness, Berlanga has featured more regularly this season under Riera in 2022.
Thursday 11 August 2022, Nikao Sokattak, Ngahue, 3.00pm NZDT