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FOOTBALL Igor Stimac named new Croatia coach

Former defender replaces Slaven Bilic ahead of qualifying campaign for 2014 World Cup

AP
July 7, 2012

Zagreb, Croatia: Former Croatia, Derby County and West Ham defender Igor Stimac has been named the new Croatia coach.

Stimac replaces Slaven Bilic who takes over at Lokomotiv Moscow after leading Croatia at the European Championship.

Stimac won 53 caps for Croatia and was a member of the 1998 World Cup squad that finished third. He played for Hajduk Split, Derby County and West Ham in the late 1990s.

Stimac, 44, will lead Croatia in a 2014 World Cup qualifying group including Serbia, Scotland, Wales and Macedonia.

Meanwhile, Stimac’s former teammate and ex-Real Madrid striker, Davor Suker, was named the Croatian Football Association president, replacing Vlatko Markovic, who spent 14 years at the helm of the organisation.

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