Stephen Constantine appointed as head coach of India's men football team
All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Englishman Stephen Constantine was as the head coach of Indian men’s football team. He will also be in charge of India under-23 football team.
Stephen Constantine was appointed as the head coach of Indian men’s football team on 16 January 2015. He will supervise both the senior and under-23 football teams.
Constantine of England replaced Wim Koevermans of Netherlands, who resigned in October 2014 after India faced a 3-2 defeat against Palestine in a friendly match. It is expected that he will take charge of the team by first week of February 2015.
This is the second time that 52-year-old Constantine has been appointed as the coach of Indian football team. He served as India’s coach from 2002 to 2005, during which the team achieved its best-ever ranking of 109. During that tenure India won the LG Cup in Vietnam and finished runners-up in the Afro-Asian Games.
Current world ranking of the Indian football team is 171.
Constantine was the head coach of Rwanda’s national team before joining the Indian team. He guided Rwanda to their highest-ever world ranking of 68 in FIFA’s ranking of December 2014.