Ex-Croatian Coach Igor Stimac Appointed Indian Football Coach
After days of keeping it under wraps, the Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation announced the appointment of Igor Stimac as the Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team Coach on a two-year contract.
Stimac comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing football and players in Croatia, and internationally.
During his tenure as the national coach of Croatia, he handed national team debuts to the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Perisic, amongst others.
He also played a pivotal role in developing likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic, and other players. His last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar.
Besides, he was also a part of the Yugoslavia U-19 National Team which won the FIFA U-20 World Cup Chile 1987.
According to Kushal Das, the general secretary of AIFF, Indian Football would benefit immensely under Igor Stimac.
Mr. Shyam Thapa, a former India International player, and currently the Chairman of the Technical Committee mentioned that “Mr. Stimac’s recommendation was unanimous.”
“All the members of the Technical Committee including the AIFF Technical Director Mr. Isac Doru were immensely impressed, and convinced about him being best suited for the job. He is a World Cupper, and has guided Croatia to World Cup as a coach. Who else could have been a better candidate?”Shyam Thapa, Chairman, AIFF Technical Committee
‘“He also impressed us with his extensive research on Indian Football,” added Thapa.
Mr. Stimac’s first assignment will be the Kings Cup in Buriram, Thailand where the Blue Tigers play Curacao in their first match on June 5.
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