Formar Indian Football captain Chuni Goswami passed away in Kolkata after cardiac arrest today. He was the man who led India to the Asian Games gold in 1962. He also played the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
Chuni Goswami was the most successful Indian football captain.Under his captaincy, India won the gold medal in 1962 Asian Games.
He was also a part of the 1964 Asia Cup held in Israel. Where the team won the silver medal and which is considered as the country’s best performance till date.
A family member close to Chuni Goswami told PTI ” he suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the hospital at around 5:00 p.m.”.
He was suffering from sugar, prostate, and nerve problems with underlying ailments.
Chuni Goswami had a bright past. From 1956 to 1964 he played 50 matches for Indian football. Between 1962 to 1973 he represented Bengal first-class game 46 times.
Chuni Goswami was born on 15 January 1938, in Kishoreganj district of undivided Bengal which is now in Bangladesh.
His original name was Subimal Goswami. He began his career with Mohun Bagan FC as a junior player in 1954. He is a cricketer also. He Captained the Calcutta University team both in cricket and football.
Chuni Goswami won many prestigious awards during his playing career as well as after retirement also.He was awarded with:
- Best striker of Asia award 1962
- Arjuna award 1963
- Padma Shri award 1983
- Mohun Bagan Ratna 2005
To recognize his contribution, the Indian Postal department issue a commemorative stamp on his 82nd birthday in January 2020.
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