Rudi Krol keen to coach Indian football team

Former Dutch captain Rudi Krol, a veteran of two World Cup finals, is eager to coach the Indian football team, soccer officials say. The 62-year-old is one of the several coaches who have applied for the post of chief coach, which is unfilled after the resignation of Bob Houghton. A top All India Football Federation official told that Krol's CV was among more than a few they have received from foreign coaches in the last two weeks.

AIFF secretary Kushal Das, however, refused to expose names but definite that some former national coaches have applied."It is not probable to reveal the names. But some international coaches, who have the experience of coaching international sides have applied," Das told. Krol, a former Dutch defender, played in 1974 and captained the side in the 1978 World Cup.

Krol played 83 times for Holland between 1969-83, scoring four goals. He was the star player for the Dutch team in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and also featured in the FIFA All Star team. In 1979, Krol completed third in the European Footballer of the Year contest behind the winner Kevin Keegan of England and Germany's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

He spent most of his club career at Ajax Amsterdam and turned out for Italian club Napoli from 1980-84.As a manager, he was in charge of the Egyptian national team in 1996 and was assistant manager of the Netherlands, under Louis van Gaal. He is presently in charge of top South African club side Orlando Pirates.


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