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The Dutchman states that no two assignments are the same and hence he cannot compare his work in India to the one he has done in the Netherlands and Ireland…

It’s been close to two months since Wim Koevermans was introduced as the new Indian national team coach as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) embarked on a journey wherein they wanted the style of football to be changed into a more attractive version made famous by Spain and Barcelona lately.

However when one brings about to a change or even attempts to bring one, there are several obstacles along the way and Indian football has its share of problems too. However instead of being bogged down with the state of affairs, Koevermans is optimist and exudes confidence.

“I’ve travelled to a few cities and spoken to various people within the All India Football Federation and they’ve painted me a clear picture of the challenges for football in India.

“Mr. Rob Baan is working on a Master Plan which will address those challenges. We know what we need to change to develop football over the years to come,” he mentioned.

The Dutchman has previously worked with a few clubs in the Netherlands in both the top and first division leagues with little success. It was his appointment as the youth coach of Netherlands between 2002-2008 that he came into limelight following which he was appointed as the High Performance Director by the Irish FA for a period of four years.

“Every country has its own specific ‘football landscape’. But you will still find similarities, for example, lack of good facilities or a lack of good football competition structure.

“Solving the problems is never the same because countries are different and so are the people and the respective organizations,” said the 52 year old.


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