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India notched up 2-1 win in the second game against Nepal on Sunday

'India still has a lot to prove and many points to improve on'

PTI | , Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 01:52 PM IST
India still has a lot to prove and many points to improve on: Stimac after Nepal win
Igor Stimac may 'consider' releasing Sandesh Jhingan for club football in Croatia(Getty Images (File))
Igor Stimac may 'consider' releasing Sandesh Jhingan for club football in Croatia(Getty Images (File))

Stimac may 'consider' releasing Sandesh Jhingan for club football in Croatia

PTI | , Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2021 06:38 PM IST
Indian men's team coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday said he "may consider" releasing his premier defender Sandesh Jhingan from national commitments to play club football in Croatia.
Kolkata is a great football place, says India head coach Igor Stimac: File photo(REUTERS)
Kolkata is a great football place, says India head coach Igor Stimac: File photo(REUTERS)

Kolkata is a great football place, says India head coach Igor Stimac

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2021 12:42 PM IST
India football coach Igor Stimac has expressed his delight after India XI's exhibition match with IFA XI at the VYBK on Monday evening. India XI rode on a second-half strike from Akash Mishra to win by a solitary goal.
India men's football team coach Igor Stimac: File photo(REUTERS)
India men's football team coach Igor Stimac: File photo(REUTERS)

Indian football team coach Igor Stimac's contract extended till September 2022

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 09:12 PM IST
The AFC Asian Cup qualifiers are scheduled to be played from February to September next year.
File Photo of Sunil Chhetri and Igor Stimac (right).(Twitter)
File Photo of Sunil Chhetri and Igor Stimac (right).(Twitter)

What are we going to do when Chhetri retires: Igor Stimac

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 09:16 AM IST
India defeated Bangladesh 2-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at Al Sadd Club in Doha. The 36-year-old Chhetri scored a brace in the second half of the match to hand India a thrilling win.
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Qatar a 'quality team', it will be difficult game against them: Stimac

ANI | , Doha
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 10:00 PM IST
Stimac stressed that having captain Sunil Chhetri back in the side is a "huge encouragement" to all the younger players in the squad.
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Stimac thanks Qatar for allowing his players to train there in these grim times

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Stimac is confident of a good performance in the upcoming assignments in the Qatari capital.
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Few players in condition to play three games in 12 days: Stimac

By Bhargab Sarmah
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 07:37 PM IST
  • Chhetri may be rested for Qatar tie to keep him fresh for ties against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, says Croatian.
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Our preparation far from being ideal, expected lot more from Qatar: Stimac

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 05:02 PM IST
"If I knew that everything will be like it is today, I would never accept to be honest. We could organise such games in such way in India also. At the end we lost possibility of playing two home games," Stimac said.
File Photo of Anirudh Thapa(Twitter)
File Photo of Anirudh Thapa(Twitter)

Not easy to focus on football now: Anirudh Thapa

PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 09:59 PM IST
  • Fear of injury on midfielder’s mind as India head to Qatar after two months of no football
Anirudh Thapa file photo.(AIFF)
Anirudh Thapa file photo.(AIFF)

With no football for 2 months, coach will find it difficult to pick team: Thapa

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2021 03:27 PM IST
Due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic, only two matches were possible in the last two months -- the international friendlies against Oman and Qatar on March 25 and 29.
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Stimac expresses his desire to include overseas citizens in Indian football team

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Stimac says he doesn't like the word experiment, a term that has been often associated with him. He has handed out debuts to 10 players in their friendly against Oman, which took place four days before the UAE game.
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

India football coach Igor Stimac to tinker with line-up for UAE friendly

PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:34 PM IST
A tougher opponent than Oman by his own admission, but it will not stop Stimac from bringing in new players from his 27-man squad in the match against UAE.
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
India national coach Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

There will be lots of changes to the national team: Igor Stimac

By Dhiman Sarkar, Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:01 AM IST
  • Before he starts work with a preparatory camp likely to be in Dubai from March, Stimac spoke about why he is happy with what he has seen in ISL this season and more in this exclusive interview.
Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle

Stimac knows he has an ally in me: Owen Coyle

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Jamshedpur FC’s coach also talks about Jack Charlton’s influence and how MLS helped him in the passage to India
Sunil Chhetri of India in action during the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and Bahrain at Sharjah Stadium.(Getty Images)
Sunil Chhetri of India in action during the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and Bahrain at Sharjah Stadium.(Getty Images)

Sunil Chhetri motivated enough to keep going, very valuable to youngsters: Igor Stimac

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 04:38 PM IST
During a recent interview, the 35-year-old Chhetri had said that he is fitter than ever and is not going away anytime soon, putting to rest speculations around his retirement.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac during a press conference ahead of FIFA World 2022 Qualifier match.(PTI)
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac during a press conference ahead of FIFA World 2022 Qualifier match.(PTI)

Promising victory against Qatar will be suicidal but we will play not to lose: Stimac

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 03:55 PM IST
India play Qatar in Bhubaneswar on October 8 before taking on Bangladesh (away match) on November 12 and Afghanistan in Kolkata on November 17.
Kolkata: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac(PTI)
Kolkata: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac(PTI)

Chhetri was one of those who glorified Indian football: Stimac

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 04:16 PM IST
According to Stimac, Chhetri is someone who always runs the extra yard, breaks some more sweat during training sessions, which encourages youngsters to emulate him.
File image of Kamaljit Singh.(File)
File image of Kamaljit Singh.(File)

Experienced goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh joins Odisha FC

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 07:10 PM IST
Kamaljit was a part of the senior national squad, under coach Igor Stimac, for King’s Cup, Intercontinental Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifier match against Bangladesh last year.
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)
File image of Igor Stimac.(AIFF)

Perfect opportunity to change structure of Indian football: Stimac

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 03:47 PM IST
“The pandemic could see certain rules and regulations be changed globally to rely on homegrown players. This is the perfect opportunity for India to dramatically change the structure of Indian football,” he told WION.
File image of football.(Representational image.)
File image of football.(Representational image.)

‘Agree with Igor Stimac on having less foreigners in Indian leagues’ - Sanjay Sen

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Sen is disappointed with the fact that there is hardly any name that comes to mind when one thinks of a striker post Sunil Chetri and he further rues the lack of a reliable central defender after Sandesh Jhingan and Anas.

Stimac wants fewer foreigners in leagues

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 09:19 AM IST
By his own admission, Stimac is on the hunt for Indian players that can enable him to create a larger pool for the senior national team.
Indian football team coach Igor Stimac(PTI)
Indian football team coach Igor Stimac(PTI)

Stimac not happy with number of foreign players in ISL, I-League matches

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Stimac said the ISL and I-League, the country’s first and second tier leagues, should follow Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) policy of allowing a maximum of four foreign players in a match
Indian football team coach Igor Stimac along with 11 team members pose for a group photograph during the 13th edition of the Hero I-League official launch, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Indian football team coach Igor Stimac along with 11 team members pose for a group photograph during the 13th edition of the Hero I-League official launch, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Igor Stimac says he’s “impressed” by talent on display in I-League

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2020 06:20 PM IST
The Croatian was in the stands in Mumbai earlier this month when the Indian Arrows played Kolkata giants East Bengal (February 17) at the Cooperage Stadium. He also witnessed the match between Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers in Margao (February 22).
Lallianzuala Chhangte(7) of Chennaiyin Football club and Eduardo Garcia Martin(10) of ATK vie for the ball.(PTI)
Lallianzuala Chhangte(7) of Chennaiyin Football club and Eduardo Garcia Martin(10) of ATK vie for the ball.(PTI)

Chennaiyin FC beat ATK 3-1 to continue remarkable turnaround

Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The performance of Anirudh Thapa, Vanspoul’s defensive midfield partner, full backs Jerry Lalrinzuala and Laldinliana R too would please Stimac.
Kolkata: Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.(PTI)
Kolkata: Indian football team Captain Sunil Chhetri (C) with teammates pose for photos ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.(PTI)

Working harder as I don’t have many games left for India: Chhetri

Kolkata | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 12:51 PM IST
Chhetri, India’s record goal-scorer, was dubbed by India head coach Igor Stimac as “having the body of a 29-year old.”
Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team )(Getty Images)
Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team )(Getty Images)

Indian football in 2019: Time for the ‘sleeping giant’ to rebuild once again

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:09 PM IST
From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings.
File image: Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team.(Twitter)
File image: Igor Stimac, head coach of India, gives instruction to his team.(Twitter)

Indian football in 2019: Time for the ‘sleeping giant’ to rebuild once again

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2019 03:46 PM IST
From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings.
Indian football team pose for a group prior to their World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match in Kolkata.(AP)
Indian football team pose for a group prior to their World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match in Kolkata.(AP)

ATK assistant coach believes even Pep Guardiola or Alex Ferguson cannot change Indian football overnight

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 04:05 PM IST
Sen has a problem with the attitude itself. “See, we drew against Qatar and we celebrated like we have reached the World Cup final round. This is the actually the standard of Indian football,” he rued.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac.(PTI)
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri with Coach Igor Stimac.(PTI)

Everybody wants results, but I will give Igor Stimac more time: Baichung Bhutia

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 05:26 PM IST
While he has lost the other four games, the goal scored by India in these games stands at 9 as compared to the goals conceded - 18.
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