NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian soccer federation has hired former Croatia international Igor Stimac as coach.
Stimac, a defender on the national team when Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals in 1998, has signed a two-year contract.
India has never qualified for the World Cup but federation president Praful Patel says “Indian football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons.”
India begins the second phase of Asian qualifying for the 2022 tournament in September.
Stimac previously coached Croatia’s national team and Qatari club Al-Shahania. He resigned as Croatia coach after completing a 2014 World Cup qualifying group. Niko Kovac, Stimac’s former teammate, then led Croatia to a playoff win over Iceland.
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