Croatia legend Igor Stimac appointed Head Coach of India’s men football team
New Delhi: The Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday appointed former Croatian International and manager Igor Stimac as the Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team Coach for a two-year term.
51-year-old Stimac will succeed Stephen Constantine, who left the national team in January 2019.
Stimac’s first assignment will be the Kings Cup in Buriram, Thailand where India play Curacao in their first match on June 5.
Welcoming Stimac to Indian Football, AIFF President 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.”
In his illustrious career, Stimac coached the Croatian national team between 2012 and 2013. In his 14-year managerial career, Stimac has also worked with clubs like Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb and Zadar, Iranian club Sepahan and Qatari club Al-Shahania.
As a player, Stimac was part the of the Croatia team which finished third in the 1998 Fifa World Cup and also reached the quarterfinals of the Uefa European Championship in 1996.