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Igor Stimac set to be appointed Indian football team coach

NEW DELHI: Croatia's World Cupper and previous manager Igor Stimac is set to develop into Indian football team's head trainer after the AIFF's Technical Committee on Thursday really helpful his identify for the highest activity.

The 51-year-old Stimac, a member of the Croatian team that completed 3rd in the 1998 World Cup, got the nod from the Technical Committee which interviewed four shortlisted candidates.

"We have recommended Igor Stimac's name to the All India Football Federation's Executive Committee after interviewing all the four candidates. We found him as best suited to become India coach," Technical Committee chairman Shyam Thapa mentioned.

The AIFF is more likely to officially announce Stimac's appointment as India trainer on Friday. Stimac's contract might be for three years initially and his first assignment would be the Kings Cup global match in Thailand.

Stimac's first match as India trainer will probably be against Caribbean country Curacao in the Kings Cup at Buriram in Thailand on June five. A countrywide camp is expected to begin right here from May 20.

The India head trainer's position has been lying vacant after Stephen Constantine hand over the post following India's AFC Asian Cup marketing campaign previous this year.

Stimac was once the one candidate who grew to become up in individual for the interview whilst the other 3 - South Korean Lee Min-sung, Spaniard Albert Roca and Hakan Ericson of Sweden - had been interviewed by means of skype.

The newly-appointed Technical Director Doru Isac was once also present throughout the interview procedure.

After the interview procedure, the Technical Committee had an extended assembly of just about four hours wherein the contributors debated at length concerning the suitability of the candidates. The discussion was once principally about choosing between Stimac and Roca, who had a a hit two-year stint as Bengaluru FC head trainer in 2016-18.

Stimac's impressive credentials as former participant and manager clinched the issue in his favour.

"His (Stimac's) experience as former player and manager is huge, so the Committee was unanimous in the decision to pick him. Salary-wise and in every aspect I feel he is best suited. Indian football will be in safe hands under him," Thapa, a former India participant himself, added.

Roca is principally a club trainer and except for a brief stint as El Salvador manager (2014-15), he had never been on the helm of affairs of a national team. His call for for a better salary, which was once above the inexpensive prohibit of the AIFF, also didn't lend a hand his reason.

Besides Thapa and Isac, other contributors of the Technical Committee who attended the assembly had been Henry Menezes, Prasanta Banerjee, Pradip Datta, GP Palguna and Sundar Raman. Ishfaq Ahmed was once granted leave of absence.

AIFF basic secretary Kushal Das and nationwide team director Abhishek Yadav had been also present as ex-officio contributors.

Born in the small the city of Metkovic in the then Yugoslavia, Stimac has performed in 53 global suits for Croatia as center-back between 1990 and 2002. He performed at Euro 1996 and on the 1998 World Cup, when Croatia completed 3rd.

Before that he performed in 14 suits for Yugoslavia Under-20 team in 1987.

In club football, he performed in 322 suits in all from 1985 to 2002. He had 3 spells with Croatian aspect Hajduk Split and likewise performed for Cadiz in Spain and for Derby County and West Ham United in England.

As trainer, he was once in command of the Croatian nationwide team from 2012 to 2013 and likewise guided the team to 2014 World Cup Finals. He had brief spells in command of Croatian teams like Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb and Zadar before attempting his hand at Iranian club Sepahan and Qatari aspect Al-Shahania.

Owing to the Indian team's spirited showing in the AFC Asian Cup and a run of 13-match unbeaten streak previous to that, more than 250 candidates, together with some most sensible names from Europe, have implemented for the activity.

The record integrated the likes of France's World Cup profitable trainer Raymond Domenech, former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce.

The record was once pruned right down to 40 and in the end most effective four candidates had been shortlisted for interview.

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