|Igor Štimac Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||September 6, 1967|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Igor Štimac is a Croatian professional football manager and former player. As a player, he was a part of Hajduk Split, Cádiz, Derby County, and West Ham United as well as represented the Croatia national team 53 times (playing at Euro 1996 and at the 1998 World Cup, when Croatia finished 3rd). As a professional football manager, he was in charge of the Croatia national team from 2012 to 2013 and was appointed as the head coach of the India national team on a 2-year contract on May 15, 2019. He has also had managerial stints with Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb, Zadar, Iranian club Sepahan, and Qatari club Al-Shahania.
Sir Igor Štimac
Metković, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Professional Football Manager, Former Football Player
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Igor Štimac has dated –
- Suzana Žunić (1990-2009) – He got married to Suzana Žunić in the year 1990. After several years of marriage, the duo parted ways in 2009.
- Lana Bucat – Igor Štimac has been engaged to Lana Bucat and the couple has 2 sons named Ivan and Niko.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
Igor Štimac Facts
- He represented Yugoslavia when they won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile, playing 4 games and scoring 2 goals in the tournament.
- In 1995, Igor Štimac moved from Hajduk Split to the English club Derby County for a fee of £1.5 million and scored a goal on his debut for the English club away at Tranmere. However, his team faced a heavy 5–1 defeat.
- After playing for around 4 years with Derby County and making 84 league appearances for the club (in addition to seven FA Cup appearances and two League Cup appearances), he was sold to West Ham United for £600,000, on August 29, 1999. There, he scored once (against Newcastle United).
- During his stint as a player for the Croatia national team, he won 53 caps and scored 2 goals as well as formed part of a Croatia squad that won the bronze medal at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
- Igor Štimac’s managerial career started in 2001 with him taking charge of the Hajduk Split football academy as well as serving as the club’s sports director. During the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons, Hajduk won 2 championships.
- In February 2002, Igor Štimac played his final international which was a friendly match against Bulgaria.
- He was appointed as the new Croatia national football team manager on July 5, 2012, replacing his former national team teammate Slaven Bilić. As the manager, his first match was a friendly game against Switzerland at Poljud Stadium which ended in a disappointing 2–4 loss.
- He became the new manager of Prva HNL club Zadar in 2015 but quit after only 6 months in charge. Following his resignation, Zadar club president Josip Bajlo stated, “I would like to thank Mr. Štimac for the five months that he has worked in Zadar, and he has still done the best in such situation”.
- Replacing Hossein Faraki, he became the head coach of Sepahan on November 12, 2015. However, after a series of unsuccessful results which placed Sepahan in 11th place and out of both seasons’ cups (Hazfi Cup and AFC Champions League), he resigned as the Iranian club’s head coach on April 20, 2016.
- Following the departure of English professional football coach Stephen Constantine, the All India Football Federation announced Igor Štimac as the head coach of the Indian national team on May 15, 2019.
- As the head coach of the Indian national team, his first match was against Curaçao which ended up in a 3−1 loss during the 2019 King’s Cup. Later, the Indian side managed a 1−0 victory against the host Thailand which marked his first win after his appointment as the head coach.
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