After Stephen Constantine announced he was quitting as the coach of the Indian national football team, the conversation was rife as to who will fill his shoes.

Exactly 4 months later, we know the answer. Former Crotia player and coach, Igor Stimac will be taking the reins of Indian football as it looks forward to enter a more accomplished phase after a fairly successful run in the recent past.

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Igor is easily the most high profile person to be appointed as India's coach. He was a part of the Croatian team that reached the semifinal in the FIFA World Cup 1998 - the country's best performance before last year's heroics. Prior to that, he was a part of the Yugoslavia U20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.

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Igor also coached the side from 2012-2014 and guided it to the World Cup play-offs before quitting due to poor performances. 

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At the club level, Igor's most notable stints have been with Hajduk Split in Croatia and Derby County and West Ham United in England. He is still regarded as a club legend by many.

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While his professional life has been illustrious, personal hasn't been dull either. Igor was a vocalist and played guitar, too. His single Mary and Katie topped the charts for 4 months in Croatia during the 1998 World Cup. 

He was also involved in his family business of producing wine and owns a few discotheques.


Known for his flamboyance and skills, Stimac is coming in at a time when Indian football is gaining huge popularity in the country. 

With players taking the performance a notch higher in the ISL and other tournaments, Stimac will be trusted to keep the momentum going.