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AIFF appoints Igor Stimac as Indian football team coach

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Croatian World was Wednesday appointed of the Indian team for a two-year term.

The national team has been without a since the departure of in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup.

The appointment was made by the AIFF's committee.

The 51-year-old Stimac, who was part of Croatia's 1998 squad that finished third in France, comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing and players back home, and internationally.

As a coach, Stimac's major achievement was guiding to qualify for in During his tenure as the national of Croatia, he handed debuts to the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Perisic, amongst others.

He also played a pivotal role in developing the likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic, and other players. The centre-back has made 53 appearances for the national team.

His last assignment was with

As a player, he was part the of the team that finished third in the 1998 World Cup, and a member of the national squad which qualified for the quarterfinals of European Championship 1996 (Euro) in England.

Besides, he was also a part of the U-19 national team which won the U-20 in 1987.

Welcoming Stimac to Indian football, said, "Igor is the right candidate to coach 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."

added, "Indian football would benefit immensely under

"His credentials as a coach 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, said, "Mr. Stimac's recommendation was unanimous."

"All the members of the including the Mr. were immensely impressed, and convinced about him being best suited for the job. He is a World Cupper, and has guided to World Cup as a coach. Who else could have been a better candidate?" he quipped.

"He also impressed us with his extensive research on Indian football."

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

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 12:45 IST