Josep Gombau is back to coach Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season.

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The enthusiastic Gombau always showed passion on the sidelines which made the Spaniard an instant hit with the fans during his time at Adelaide United.

We mark his return with some of his memorable and talked-about moments as head coach for the Reds where he made a name for himself in just two seasons at the club.

We’re sure he’ll add to his highlights package at some stage with his coaching style.

Running celebrations

This became a trademark of Gombau showcasing the way he cheered for his team. He’d be seen celebrating like one of the players in a thrilling win or after getting an equaliser.

Once he got going, there would be no stopping him as he’d be prepared to run the length of the pitch to join in with his players.

If no one has told him about the new technical area laws, don’t be surprised to see him go for a long galloping run once more.

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That funny interview

Poor Michael Zappone got a bit of a stitch up as he tried to interview Gombau after a match.

After Zappone asked a comprehensive question it was almost as if Gombau got lost in translation or simply misunderstood what was said, prompting him to just say ‘what?!’

A funny moment for both and gave us a chance to get to know about Gombau’s personality a little bit more.

Winning the FFA Cup

Gombau’s first and only silverware for Adelaide came by winning the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014 defeating Perth Glory 1-0.

Sergio Cirio’s goal was enough to secure the first-ever championship in front of the home crowd at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Gombau also had his best season in the 2014/15 A-League campaign taking the Reds to third place and reaching the semi-final against Sydney FC where they got knocked out 4-1.

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An altercation with Val Migliaccio

The start of Gombau’s A-League coaching journey in the 2013/14 A-League season didn’t get off to the best start managing one win and three draws to make it just six points from his opening nine games.

With the new coach understandably feeling the pressure, Migliaccio asked the tough questions but things got nasty following a press conference ahead of the Round 10 clash against Central Coast Mariners.

He received some choice words from Gombau who wasn’t happy with the scrutiny from the Adelaide Advertiser journalist.

Most notably Gombau put Migliaccio’s son into the exchange and said “I know that your son is a sh*t goalkeeper”.

In hindsight this incident looked to get Adelaide’s season up and about claiming their second win with a 4-0 victory against Central Coast.

The Reds only lost four times for the rest of the home and away season and worked their way up to sixth place, however their season ended with a 1-0 elimination final loss to the Mariners.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.