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Chuni Goswami- an institute of Football in India


On 30th April, at around 5pm Sabimal (Chuni) Goswami, breathed his last at the age of 82 in a south Kolkata nursing home. He was previously suffering from underlying aliments with sugar, on Thursday he suffered a cardiac arrest and died. The Indian Football team has deeply mourned over the tweeter and condoled his demise. The golden boy of Indian football is no more left a deep sadden impact on Mohun Bagan the club for which he stayed on till his last day.

Having heard his name from the elders and the level of games they played has set a benchmark for generations of players and still continue to maintain its charm. From 1960-64 he served as the captain of the Indian Football Team, under his captainship our nation won the gold medal at the 1962 Asian games, against the South Korean team with a 2-1 goal. It was a landmark achievement in the history of the Indian football. According to the statistics available from All India Football Federation, Goswami represented India in 36 official international matches, captaining 16 of them and scored 13 international goals. He was honored with the Arjun Award in 1963 and Padma Shri in 1983.

He had been an iconic player throughout his life; his balance over the ball, dribbling skills, shrewd passing and remarkable defending techniques were admirable to his fans and a lesson for the aspirant footballers. He joined the junior Mohun Bagan squad 1946 as an 8-year-old kid and was included in the senior team in 1968, since then he continued to serve the club and remain adamant despite receiving international offers. Under his captaincy Mohun Bagan had won several matches including the Calcutta Football League for nine times, the IFA Shield and Durand Cup Five times each, in total he had won 14 trophies for the club.

Apart from a Footballer he was a first-class cricketer played 46 matches scoring 1,592 runs, and a century. He represented Bengal in the Ranji Trophy and had been a captain during the 1968-69 season.  His death is a great loss to the entire sports fraternity of the country. As people will always remember his great legacy of sportsmanship. He also took the Bengal cricket team to the Ranji Trophy Finals.

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