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Koevermans named India coach

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 Jun 2012

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed Wim Koevermans as India’s national team coach on Friday.

The Dutchman’s previous assignment was a temporary role as the high performance director with the Republic of Ireland.

He was unveiled by Kushal Das, the general secretary of the AIFF, at an event held in Delhi.

The former Netherlands international, who signed a two-year contract, takes charge of his new job from July 1.

“It’s an honour to be here in India,” Koevermans said.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the boys. I have travelled in many countries and have been fortunate to have played with some greats and also (been) coached by some legendary coaches.

“I’ve watched some videos of the Indian team’s recent matches. I will travel to Muscat along with technical director Rob Baan to watch India’s matches in the forthcoming AFC Under-22 Championship.”

The playing style under previous coach Bob Houghton was a huge bone of contention.

Koevermans hinted at a more flexible approach, saying: “We would start with a certain style that would go with the international football standards.

“It is natural for any team to adapt the best possible style depending on the ability of the players.

“In international football, teams keep the ball very well. That’s the way forward. It increases the chances of winning. It is fun to keep the ball.”

Koevermans already seemed aware of the friction between domestic football clubs and the AIFF.

“Clubs own the players. I will meet the officials and convince them it is good for them if their players get to play international football,” he said.

Koevermans’ first assignment will be at the Nehru Cup which kicks-off on August 23.

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