10 things that you must know about Igor Stimac!

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GOAL lists out 10 things that you must know about the Croatian who has been recommended as the Indian men's team coach by the AIFF Technical Committee

The Croatian tactician has been recommended as the new India coach by the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) technical committee chaired by legendary footballer Shyam Thapa.

His appointment should be official once the Executive Committee ratifies the same.

For now, let us have a look at the not so known facts about Stimac. 

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    #1 Trainer of Modric and Rakitic!

    During Igor Stimac's tenure at the helm of Croatian national football team, 12 players (excluding Nikola Kalinic) trained under him who went on to feature in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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    #2 Stimac handed international debuts to three Croatian stars!

    Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic and Alen Halilovic were handed their respective international debuts against Serbia, Liechtenstein and Portugal by Igor Stimac.
  3. #3 Igor Stimac joined Derby County on OCTOBER 31, 1995!

    Since there was no formal transfer window back in the 1990s, Derby County signed Stimac in October to save a failing season. The Rams had collected only 21 points from the first 14 matches before Stimac joined them.

    He went on to help them go on a 20-game unbeaten run and gain promotion to the Premier League
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    #4 A place in the greatest Derby team!

    In 2009, he was voted into a fans’ greatest ever Derby County Team by the readers of the Derby Evening Telegraph.
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    #5 Igor Stimac has a lounge named after him at Derby County

    Named after Derby County legend Igor Stimac, Igor's is an exclusive lounge located in the North West Corner of Pride Park Stadium.
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    #6 Stimac and Croatia's Golden Generation!

    Igor Stimac was one of the integral members of Croatia's famous Golden Generation, as the centre-back featured in all of Croatia's matches in the FIFA '98 World Cup where they won the bronze medal.
  7. #7 U20 World Youth champion!

    Igor Stimac was a member of the erstwhile Yugoslavia U20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile. He appeared in four games and scored twice in the tournament.
  8. #8 Stimac: The Entrepreneur

    In 2000, Igor Štimac started a betting company named the Sport Tip, which after five years went bankrupt.

    The Stimac family is also into wine and olive oil producing business.

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    #9 Friend of Davor Suker!

    Igor Stimac continues to be friends with Croatian hitman Davor Suker. The duo shared the famous chequered jersey for Croatia in the '98 FIFA World Cup.
  10. #10 He took a pay cut to return to Croatia!

    In 2011, with an year left on his West Ham contract, Stimac got an opportunity to return to his boyhood club Hajduk Split. He accepted just  £50,000 from West Ham to end his contract and negotiated a pay cut of £750,000 to join the Croatian club.

    One of the driving factor behind the decision was he felt his daughter's asthma would be better served by the climate on the Dalmatian coast.