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Igor Stimac appointed as head coach of Indian football team

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Former international has been appointed as the head of Indian men's senior team on a two-year contract by the committee of the Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday.

Stimac comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring and developing and players in and internationally. As a coach, he guided to qualify for the World Cup 2014 hosted by

He also played a pivotal role in developing likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic among others. Stimac's last assignment was with

As a player, Stimac was part of the Croatian squad which finished third in the World Cup 1998 held in He was a member of his national team which qualified for the quarterfinals of European Championship 1996 in England. Besides, he was also part of the U-19 national team which won the U-20 in

"Igor is the right candidate to the Blue Tigers. I welcome him on board. Indian is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons," said.

said, "Indian football would benefit immensely under His credentials as a and experience as a are sure to add immense value to the players, and the Indian football ecosystem. The momentum gained needs to be sustained."

Shyam Thapa, a former international player, a member of the bronze-medal winning squad in the 1970 Asian Games, and currently the of the mentioned, "Stimac's recommendation was unanimous."

"All the members of the including the Technical were immensely impressed and convinced about him being best suited for the job. He is a World Cupper and has guided Croatia to as a coach. Who else could have been a better candidate? He also impressed us with his extensive research on Indian football," Thapa said.

Stimac's first assignment will be the Kings Cup in Thailand, where the Blue Tigers will play Curacao in their first match on June 5.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:21 IST