Indian Football team coach Igor Stimac: 3 things to know about India’s new Croatian head coach

Tanish Chachra
|Published 10/05/2019

Indian Football team coach Igor Stimac: 3 things to know about India’s new Croatian head coach as AIFF recommended the former Croatian International for the job.

Croatia’s Igor Stimac flew to New Delhi to give the interview for the role of India’s national team coach only to be later chosen by the committee for the role.

Indian national team was looking for a new coach since Stephan Constantine’s departure in January. Since then , AIFF received 250 applications for this role.

Further they trimmed the list down to four candidates-Stimac, Albert Roca, Hakan Ericson, and Lee Min-Sung and the administration chose to settle with Stimac.

“The technical committee has chosen Igor Stimac as the Indian football coach. He gave a splendid presentation and his experience speaks volumes. Stimac has an impressive knowledge of Indian football and we found him as the perfect choice,” Shyam Thapa, chairman of the technical committee.

Therefore, the Sportsrush highlights ‘3 things to know about Igor Stimac.’

1. Coached Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic

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Stimac, during his stint at the Croatian national team coached 12 players including Modric and Rakitic from the World Cup 2018 squad that went to Russia.

2. Part of Croatia’s golden generation

Indian Football team coach Igor Stimac: 3 things to know about India's new Croation head coach

Stimac was a crucial part of the golden generation of Croatian national team that won the third place in the World Cup held in 1998. He featured in all of the matches played by Croatia in the tournament.

3. A place in Derby County’s all-time best XI

Indian Football team coach Igor Stimac: 3 things to know about India's new Croation head coach

The former Croatian International also appeared in the fans’ greatest ever Derby County team in 2009. He was voted by the readers of the Derby Evening Telegraph.

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What’s next for the Indian National team

India’s first assignment with the new head coach will be at the King’s Cup in Thailand, where the Blue Tigers will face Caribbean nation Curacao in the first match.

Also read: The Golden Age of Indian Football under Syed Abdul Rahim


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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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