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AIFF signs 2-year deal with Baan

Calcutta: The All India Football Federation on Tuesday appointed Dutch coach Rob Baan as the technical director of the national team till 2013.

Baan has earlier worked in similar capacity with the Australian Football Federation. Baan is one of the most high profile coaches to have worked in India having been an assistant coach at PSV Eindhoven from 1995-98 and also the TD at Feyenoord from 1998-2004.

He has also been the TD of the Netherlands youth team. The 68-year-old was briefly appointed a caretaker manager of the senior Dutch team for a match against Cyprus back in 1981. He performed a similar duty during Socceroos’ 1-0 win over Nigeria in 2007.

According to AIFF media release, Baan would be responsible for drafting an Indian Football Masterplan.

“It is a fantastic news that AIFF has given me the chance to use my expertise in India. Recent research reports have shown that football is a sport with huge potential in India. With its dazzling 1.2 billion people, rich history and culture India is a sleeping giant,” he was quoted as saying in the media release.

“In the next two years, I will work hard together with PSV and AIFF to lay the groundwork for the future of Indian football. I see it as my job to create the right conditions based on the Dutch school but with a strong Indian signature,” he maintained.

The AIFF president, Praful Patel, said, “This is definitely the most important initiative undertaken by the AIFF jointly with Fifa and Orange Sports Forum (OSF) for grassroots and youth development of Indian football.

“I am confident that the appointment of the TD along with establishing regional and elite academies will go a long way in taking Indian football to a new level.”

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