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

19:30 EAT 27/09/2022
Igor Stimac, India practice
India played their 28th international match under Igor Stimac's tutelage against Afghanistan...

India went down 3-0 against Vietnam in the Hung Thinh tournament at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Tuesday.

India have played 30 matches so far under the Croatian Coach's tutelage out of which they have won nine times, lost 11 matches, and drew 10 times.

The Blue Tigers' first win came against Thailand on June 8, 2019, in the King's Cup in Buriram where Anirudh Thapa's strike had made the difference.

In his stint so far, the former Croatian international handed debuts to as many as 22 Indian footballers.

How has India performed under Igor Stimac?

DateMatchCompetitionIndian GoalscorersVenue
June 5, 2019Curacao 3-1 IndiaKing's CupSunil ChhetriBuriram
June 8, 2019India 1-0 ThailandKing's CupAnirudh ThapaBuriram
July 7, 2019India 2-4 TajikistanIntercontinental CupSunil Chhetri (2)Ahmedabad
July 13, 2019India 2-5 DPR KoreaIntercontinental CupLallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil ChhetriAhmedabad
July 16, 2019India 1-1 SyriaIntercontinental CupNarender GahlotAhmedabad
September 5, 2019India 1-2 Oman2022 World Cup qualifiersSunil ChhetriGuwahati
September 10, 2019Qatar 0-0 India2022 World Cup qualifiers         -Doha
October 15, 2019India 1-1 Bangladesh2022 World Cup qualifiersAdil KhanKolkata
November 14, 2019Afghanistan 1-1 India2022 World Cup qualifiersLen DoungelDushanbe
November 19, 2019Oman 1-0 India2022 World Cup qualifiers         -Muscat
March 25, 2021Oman 1-1 IndiaInternational friendlyManvir SinghDubai
March 29, 2021UAE 6-0 IndiaInternational friendly         -Dubai
June 3, 2021India 0-1 Qatar2022 World Cup qualifiers         -Doha
June 7, 2021Bangladesh 0-2 India2022 World Cup qualifiersSunil Chhetri (2)Doha
June 15, 2021India 1-1 Afghanistan2022 World Cup qualifiersOvays Azizi (OG)Doha
September 2, 2021Nepal 1-1 IndiaInternational friendlyAnirudh ThapaKathmandu
September 5, 2021Nepal 1-2 IndiaInternational friendlyFarukh Chaudhary, Sunil ChhetriKathmandu
October 4, 2021Bangladesh 1-1 IndiaSAFF Championship 2021Sunil ChhetriMale
October 7, 2021India 0-0 Sri LankaSAFF Championship 2021-Male
October 10, 2021Nepal 0-1 IndiaSAFF Championship 2021Sunil ChhetriMale
October 13, 2021India 3-1 MaldivesSAFF Championship 2021Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri (2)Male
October 16, 2021India 3-0 NepalSAFF Championship 2021Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Sahal Abdul SamadMale

March 23, 2022

Bahrain 2-1 India

International friendly

Rahul Bheke

Riffa

March 26, 2022

India 0-3 Belarus

International friendly

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Doha

May 27

India 0-2 Jordan

International friendly

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Doha

June 8

India 2-0 Cambodia

2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

Sunil Chhetri (2)

Kolkata

June 11

Afghanistan 1-2 India

2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

Sunil Chhetri, Sahal Abdul Samad

Kolkata

June 14

India 4-0 Hong Kong

2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita

Kolkata

September 24

India 1-1 Singapore

Hung Thinh tournament

Ashique Kuruniyan

Ho Chi Minh City

September 27

Vietnam 3-0 India

Hung Thinh tournament

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Challenges faced by coach Igor Stimac

The biggest challenge that the Croatian faced as India's coach was the 16 months gap where the Indian national team did not play a single game due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After a busy 2019, where the Blue Tigers played 10 matches under Stimac's tutelage, not a single international match was played in 2020. 

Thus after playing their last competitive game in November 2019, it was only in March 2021, that Stimac got to reassemble the squad. India played two friendly matches against Oman and UAE in March 2021.