Subimal Chuni Goswami is an Indian Football player who is often considered as one of the biggest legendary sports persons our country has ever produced. He is credited with taking our country towards international recognition. He played for the National Football team during the 1950s and 1960s and soon emerged as a backbone and an indispensable part of the team. Usually playing in his Left Inside position, Goswami was a Striker who was known for his impeccable control upon the ball and an accurate presence of the game situation.
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He was born on 15th January 1938 in undivided Bengal. Apart from being a footballer of impeccable quality, he has also played for Bengal in Ranji Trophy and was known for his fast inswingers. Chuni learned the basics of Football from his school coach, Sibdas Banerjee and joined Junior Mohun Bagan Club in the year 1946 at the age of just 8 years.He represented the nation in Football in around 50 International Football matches. These matches included the Olympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup. Goswami has to his credit the honor of leading the Indian Football team which won the Gold Medal in Asian Games 1962 held at Jakarta. Goswami joined Junior Mohun Bagan Club in 1946 at the age of just 8 years. He played there until 1954 when he moved to Senior Mohun Bagan Club and continued playing for the club till the year 1968. During his tenure at Mohun Bagan, Goswami led Mohun Bagan five times.
Chuni Goswami Facts:
Goswami made his debut in International Football in the year 1956 and marked his arrival on the International Football scene when he was a part of the Indian Football team which clashed against the Chinese Olympic team. The Indian team beat the Olympians Chinese team 1-0 in the crucial match.
Goswami has to his credit the honor of leading the Indian Football team that won the Gold Medal in Asian Games 1962 held at Jakarta, and the Silver Medal in Asia Cup Soccer tournament 1964 held in Israel. He also served as the Captain of the Bengal Cricket team for a period of time, and successfully led the team to the final round of Ranji Trophy twice in his career.
Chuni Goswami Records:
1962 Best Striker of Asia Award
1963 Arjuna award
1983 Padma Shri award
2005 Mohun Bagan Ratna
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