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Indian Football News: 5 things you need to know about Igor Stimac, the next National Team Coach

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Modified 10 May 2019, 16:04 IST
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#4 Played for Derby County and West Ham United

The readers of the Derby Evening Telegraph voted to include him in the Derby County Fan
The readers of the Derby Evening Telegraph voted to include him in the Derby County Fan's Greatest Team

Stimac arrived at the Derby County side in England in 1995 for a fee of £1.5 million from Hajduk Split. Stimac scored for the Rams on his debut itself against Tranmere Rovers but Derby went on to lose 5-1.

The season slowly bettered after that defeat and Derby County went unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches and earned promotion to the 1996-97 Premier League.

Such was the impact of Stimac in Derby County that the club named a Stadium Lounge after him, 'The Igor Lounge'. The readers of the Derby Evening Telegraph also voted to include him in the Derby County fan's greatest team.

Stimac stayed with the Rams for the next three years and played a total of 84 games, scoring thrice before moving to West Ham United in 1999.

He played 43 games for the Hammers and scored once in the two seasons and then returned to his boyhood club, Hajduk Split, for his final few playing years.

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Published 10 May 2019, 16:04 IST
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