Stephen Constantine (born 16 October 1962) is an English professional football coach and former player, who currently manages the Indian national team.
In December 2014, it was reported that Constantine would become the next head coach of India again, after Wim Koevermans' contract ran out. He would beat the favorite for the position, Ricki Herbert. On 16 January 2015, it was confirmed that Constantine had returned to take over India for a second stint.
On 25 February 2015, Constantine's first India squad was announced when the 32-man probables were revealed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nepal in March. His first match as India head coach came on 12 March 2015 in the qualifier against Nepal at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Two goals from Sunil Chhetri lead India to a 2–0 victory and lead going into the second leg in Kathmandu. A 0–0 draw at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium saw India progress to the next round of World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying. As a result of India's top results against Nepal, the country saw a rise by 26 in the April FIFA World Rankings to 147.
In April 2015, it was announced that India would be placed in Group D for the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers with Asia's top side, Iran, as well as Oman, Turkmenistan, and Guam. The group stage did not begin well however as India fell 2–1 to both at home to Oman and away to Guam. The defeat to Guam brought about a lot of criticism of Constantine's men since the island of Guam was ranked well below India coming into the match and due to India's much superior population. In response, Constantine went into the media about how he believed that India should be allowed to use players of Indian origin and that if he was allowed to do so then India would have fared much better against Oman and Guam.
Date of Birth (Current Age)
Oct 16, 1962 (55)
Place of Birth
London, United Kingdom
Licenses and Qualifications
2000 - AIFF/AFCA/UEFA
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