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Which players have made most appearances under Igor Stimac?

Published at :February 29, 2024 at 6:04 PM
Modified at :February 29, 2024 at 6:07 PM
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Samannay Sen


The player who leads this list has played 41 matches under Igor Stimac.

Igor Stimac took on the role of head coach for the Indian national team on May 15, 2019, by signing a two-year contract. In the ever-evolving landscape of Indian football, Stimac has emerged as a pivotal figure, steering the national team towards new horizons. As the head coach, he has not only instilled a sense of discipline but has also provided a proper playing style to the national team.

Let’s delve into the stories of Indian players who have played most matches under Igor Stimac.

10. Akash Mishra (27 matches)

Akash Mishra Igor Stimac
Akash Mishra has been one of the best players under Stimac. (Courtesy: AFC)

Akash Mishra made his debut for the Indian senior national team under Igor Stimac on March 25, 2021. After that, the prolific left-back who currently plays at Mumbai City FC, has made 27 appearances and is a trustworthy player under the Croatian’s reign.

9. Rahul Bheke (27 matches)

Bheke earned his spot in the senior national team under the guidance of head coach Igor Stimac, owing to his outstanding performance during the 2018-19 Indian Super League. The defender who has played 27 matches under the mentor has had some remarkable performances in the recent competitions.

8. Lallianzuala Chhangte (29 matches)

Chhangte received a call-up to join the Indian squad for the 2015 SAFF Championship. His debut for India took place on December 25, 2015. The swift winger, who currently plays for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, has registered 29 appearances under Igor Stimac.

7. Udanta Singh (32 matches)

Udanta was a crucial member of the Indian national team way before Stimac joined. He has donned the national colors since March 24 2016. Stimac has used him in 32 matches till now.

6. Sandesh Jhingan (32 matches)

After being the emerging player of the 2014 ISL season, Sandesh was called for international duties and started his career for the Blue Tigers in 2015. Under Igor Stimac, he has made 32 appearances. Stimac’s emphasis on defensive solidarity has found a fitting exponent in Jhingan, making him an indispensable part of the coach’s plans.

5. Manvir Singh (34 matches)

Manvir Singh Igor Stimac
Manvir has been a versatile forward under the Croatian. (Courtesy: AFC)

The vibrant forward who plays for Mohun Bagan made his debut for India in 2017. Igor Stimac has mostly used him as both a striker and a right winger in the 34 matches he has played under him.

4. Sahal Abdul Samad (35 matches)

Sahal made his debut for the Indian national team in 2019. Stimac likes to use him as a holding midfielder. He was recovering from an injury and so was not used by Igor Stimac much in the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

3. Anirudh Thapa (39 matches)

Anirudh Thapa has emerged as a standout performer under Igor Stimac’s guidance. With his vision, passing accuracy, and ability to control the tempo of the game, Thapa has become an integral part of the national team’s midfield setup.

2. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (39 matches)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has grown as India’s main custodian under Igor Stimac’s watchful eye. The tactician’s faith in Sandhu has not only elevated the goalkeeper’s status but has also solidified the team’s defense, making him a linchpin in the coach’s plans for 39 matches.

1. Sunil Chhetri (41 matches)

Sunil Chhetri Igor Stimac
Chhetri is the leader Stimac always wanted in his side. (Courtesy: AFC)

When discussing Indian football, one name that resonates with fans across the nation is Sunil Chhetri. The talismanic captain has been a consistent presence for 41 matches during Igor Stimac’s regime.

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