Indian football team: How have the Blue Tigers performed under head coach Igor Stimac?

India have actually reached the last of the SAFF Championship 2021 after a 3-1 win over Maldives on Wednesday at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives.

This was the 5th time that the Blue Tigers handled to win a video game considering that Igor Stimac ended up being the head of the group 2 years earlier in May 2019. India have actually till now played 21 matches under the Croatian Coach’s tutelage out of which they have actually won 5 times, lost 7 matches, and drew 9 times.

The Blue Tigers’ very first win came versus Thailand on June 8, 2019, in the King’s Cup in Buriram where Anirudh Thapa’s strike had actually made the distinction.

The emphasize of the Stimac period was the Blue Tigers’ draw versus ruling Asian champs Qatar in 2019. A gritty Indian side without their star gamer Sunil Chhetri had actually handled to hold the magnificent Qataris to a goalless attract their 2nd World Cup certifying video game in Doha. It was a perky efficiency by the Blue Tigers and a great deal of credit should go to their coach.

In his stint up until now, the previous Croatian worldwide handed debuts to as numerous as 21 Indian footballers. FC Goa full-back Seriton Fernandes and Chennaiyin FC forward Rahim Ali ended up being the 21st and 22nd gamers to make their worldwide launchings under Stimac on September 2 versus Nepal.

How has India carried out under Igor Stimac?

Date Match Competition Indian Goalscorers Venue
June 5, 2019 Curacao 3-1 India King’s Cup Sunil Chhetri Buriram
June 8, 2019 India 1-0 Thailand King’s Cup Anirudh Thapa Buriram
July 7, 2019 India 2-4 Tajikistan Intercontinental Cup Sunil Chhetri (2) Ahmedabad
July 13, 2019 India 2-5 DPR Korea Intercontinental Cup Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri Ahmedabad
July 16, 2019 India 1-1 Syria Intercontinental Cup Narender Gahlot Ahmedabad
September 5, 2019 India 1-2 Oman 2022 World Cup qualifiers Sunil Chhetri Guwahati
September 10, 2019 Qatar 0-0 India 2022 World Cup qualifiers          – Doha
October 15, 2019 India 1-1 Bangladesh 2022 World Cup qualifiers Adil Khan Kolkata
November 14, 2019 Afghanistan 1-1 India 2022 World Cup qualifiers Len Doungel Dushanbe
November 19, 2019 Oman 1-0 India 2022 World Cup qualifiers          – Muscat
March 25, 2021 Oman 1-1 India International friendly Manvir Singh Dubai
March 29, 2021 UAE 6-0 India International friendly          – Dubai
June 3, 2021 India 0-1 Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers          – Doha
June 7, 2021 Bangladesh 0-2 India 2022 World Cup qualifiers Sunil Chhetri (2) Doha
June 15, 2021 India 1-1 Afghanistan 2022 World Cup qualifiers Ovays Azizi (OG) Doha
September 2, 2021 Nepal 1-1 India International friendly Anirudh Thapa Kathmandu
September 5, 2021 Nepal 1-2 India International friendly Farukh Chaudhary, Sunil Chhetri Kathmandu
October 4, 2021 Bangladesh 1-1 India SAFF Championship 2021 Sunil Chhetri Male
October 7, 2021 India 0-0 Sri Lanka SAFF Championship 2021 Male
October 10, 2021 Nepal 0-1 India SAFF Championship 2021 Sunil Chhetri Male
October 13, 2021 India 3-1 Maldives SAFF Championship 2021 Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri (2) Male

Challenges dealt with by coach Igor Stimac

The greatest difficulty that the Croatian dealt with as India’s coach was the 16 months space where the Indian nationwide group did not play a single video game due to the continuous COVID-19 pandemic. After a hectic 2019, where the Blue Tigers played 10 matches under Stimac’s tutelage, not a single worldwide match was played in 2020. 

Thus after playing their last competitive video game in November 2019, it was just in March 2021, that Stimac got to reassemble the team. India played 2 friendly matches versus Oman and UAE in March 2021.

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