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Working with ISL, I-League clubs will be key: Igor Stimac

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 19:58 IST India’s new football coach Igor Stimac. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIgor Stimac said ISL and I-league offer a talent pool for the Indian football teamFormer Croatian player Igor Stimac was appointed India’s new football coach earlier in MayStimac’s first assignment as coach will be in the King’s Cup from June 5 in ThailandIndia’s newly appointed men’s football coach Igor Stimac on Friday said finding a balance between I-League clubs and Indian Super League franchises and using the resources both sides possess will be key to furthering football in the country. “We need to work together,” said Stimac in his first interaction with the media since his appointment.Stating that the ISL is a privately owned league and it’s normal if investors are looking to make gains, Stimac said: “But I-League has something that the ISL cannot buy — tradition.”Stimac said the presence of the two leagues was good for him because of the talent pool they offered. “The ISL is most of the competitive stuff is while most of the young players are developing in the I-League and that is good for me. I will be here to help managers of clubs from both leagues and to give my opinions,” he said.With speculation being rife of Indian Super League set to be made the top flight of the Indian football, I-League clubs in a letter demanded clarity from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on their future. When they received no response, the clubs pulled out of the Super Cup that was held in April. It has since emerged that the AIFF has imposed fines on the I-League clubs for their action and the tussle has taken the spotlight since the end of the season.Technical director Isac Doru however feels that he doesn’t view the situation as a conflict. “When I looked at this situation from the outside, it did not look good. But since coming here I have realised that it is not a conflict. It is not war. We are together. I don’t see if a club is from the ISL or I-League. It is all Indian football,” he said.advertisementDoru said that the effort should be on improving the quality of games played in the country. “It is not the quantity but the quality of the games that is important. That is when we can have a comparitive approach with all the other leagues in the world,” said the 56-year-old.Stimac’s first assignment as coach will be to lead the team in the King’s Cup that starts on June 5 in Thailand.Also Read | Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Will give our 100 per cent: Sunil Chhetri on Igor Stimac’s appointmentAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow i-leagueFollow Igor Stimac Working with ISL, I-League clubs will be key: Igor StimacIndia’s recently appointed football coach Igor Stimac said the ongoing rift between the two clubs of India- ISL and I-League- is not serious and that these clubs offer a good talent pool for the national team.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Swiss politician wants Lankans sent back

Noting “chaos” on the Greek island of Kos, where thousands of migrants mainly from Syria and Iraq have turned up in recent weeks, Mueller said Switzerland needed to refocus on the issue of migrants.He said too many people have been granted permanent refugee status in Switzerland in recent years and not nearly enough have been ordered to return home. “People displaced by war should still be taken in but only with the aim of sending them back later when the situation in their country of origin allows it,” Philipp Mueller, leader of the influential center-right FDP party, told the Schweiz am Sonntag paper. Switzerland, known for its tame political climate, goes to the polls on October 18.As in the rest of Europe, migrant and refugee policy has increasingly become a source of debate in the country.Justice minister and current Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga earlier this month said it was “unthinkable” that Switzerland would return people to Eritrea, which is led by authoritarian regime. A leading Swiss politician has called for the return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Switzerland as the island is now at peace, the AFP news agency reported.He said people fleeing conflict should only receive temporary protection in Switzerland, calling for a rethinking of the country’s approach to asylum seekers in an interview published today. He specifically cited Sri Lanka, where a 25-year civil war ended in 2009.“Asylum-seekers are still not being sent back there although the country has become a tourism destination for Swiss people. That is absurd,” Mueller said.In a review of Switzerland concluded this week, the United Nations Committee against Torture voiced concern that the federation “is not sufficiently considering” circumstances in the country of origin before sending migrants home. The U.N. panel specifically noted two reported cases of ethnic Tamils being subjected to torture after being forcibly returned to Sri Lanka. “People attempting to enter for economic reasons must be rejected,” Mueller added. She was responding to criticism from the right-wing Swiss People’s Party that the government’s handling of Eritrean migrants was too lenient, a complaint echoed Mueller. read more