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All India Football Federation goes Dutch with Baan
11 October 2011

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) officially appointed Dutchman Robert Baan as the Technical Director (TD) for a period of two years, it was announced on Tuesday.

Baan, 68, has a 46-year experience in football management and was involved in a similar capacity with the Australia 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 Feynoord Rotterdam from 1998-2004.

He has also been the TD of the Netherlands youth team. He 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.

The TD will also drive the development of a philosophy and style of playing. He will also be the main link between the newly-planned academies, the age-group and senior national teams. Baan will be taking charge from November 1 and is expected to have a major say in appointment of India’s next coach.

“With its dazzling 1.2 billion people, rich history and culture India is a sleeping giant. 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,” Baan said.

The players whose careers have been guided by Baan include Ronaldo, Marco van Basten, Johan Neeskens, Ronald de Boer and more recently, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt.



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