Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac has been appointed as the head coach of the blue squad for a two-year term. This comes after the executive committee of All Indian Football Federation has made the announcement of Stimac’s appointment on Wednesday. The Indian football team was participating in tournaments without any coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January 2019. Moreover, the croation expert comes with 18 years of experience in coaching, structuring, and developing football players in the game. In his recent coaching career stint, Stimac guided the Croatian national squad in 2014 FIFA World Cup at Brazil.
While welcoming the experienced player Stimac, the President of All Indian Football Federation, Praful Patel said, “Igor is the right candidate to coach the Blue Tigers. I welcome him on board. Indian football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons.”,
Earlier in last week, the Technical Committee has put the 51-year-old footballer’s name forward to Executive Committee of AIFF, who was expected to take the final call on the decision. Apart from the Croatian legend, many other brilliant candidates also participated in the race to grab the position of Indian head coach. Such candidates included two-time South Korean World Cupper Lee Min-sung, former Spanish footballer and manager of El Salvador – Albert Robert and former Sweden coach Hakan Ericson . The former footballer has impressed and convinced all the committee members of football federation to be best suited for the job.
The superstar footballer had guided the National Croatian Football Team in 1998 World Cup tournament in France and had amassed 53 caps on his name between the golden period of 1990 and 2002.
The first task which will be assigned to new coach will be the Kings Cup which is scheduled to be held at Buriram, Thailand where the Blue Tigers will start their campaign against Curaçao on June 5. Stimac will also have to boost up the national team for preparatory national camp which is going to commence from third week of May.