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Rudi Krol eager to coach Indian football team

sports Updated: May 06, 2011 12:33 IST
Rudi Krol

Former Dutch captain Rudi Krol, a veteran of two World Cup finals, is eager to coach the Indian football team, soccer officials say.

The 62-year-old is one of the several coaches who have applied for the post of chief coach, which is vacant after the resignation of Bob Houghton.

A top All India Football Federation (AIFF) official said that Krol's CV was among the several they have received from foreign coaches in the last two weeks.

AIFF secretary Kushal Das, however, refused to reveal names but confirmed that some former national coaches have applied.

"It is not possible to reveal the names. But some international coaches, who have the experience of coaching international sides have applied," Das said.

Krol, a former Dutch defender, played in 1974 and captained the side in the 1978 World Cup. On both the occasions Holland made the finals but lost to hosts West Germany and Argentina. Krol played 83 times for Holland between 1969-83, scoring four goals.

He was the star performer for the Dutch team in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and also featured in the FIFA All Star team. In 1979, Krol finished third in the European Footballer of the Year competition behind the winner Kevin Keegan of England and Germany's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

He spent most of his club career at Ajax Amsterdam and turned out for Italian club Napoli from 1980-84.

As a manager, he was in charge of the Egyptian national team in 1996 and was assistant manager of the Netherlands, under Louis van Gaal. He is currently in charge of top South African club side Orlando Pirates.