Former India skipper Subimal Goswami, died in Kolkata on Thursday at the age of 82. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has shown condolences over his death, Goswami was fondly known as Chuni Goswami by his fans.
Under the captaincy of Goswami, India won its second gold medal in Asian Games history after being victorious against South Korea in the finals.
He represented India in 36 official International matches, captaining in 16 of them, and smashing 13 goals all together. He made his debut his Internationally against Burma in the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958.
Goswami was also a part of India’s Olympics squad in the Rome Olympics in 1960 and played in the Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumper in 1961, as captain in 1964.
He also awarded with the Arjuna Award in 1963 and with the Padma Shri Award in 1983.
Mr Praful Patel, the President of the All India Football Federation, in his message said: “It’s sad to hear that Chuni-da, one of India’s greatest footballers, is no more. His contribution to Indian Football will never be forgotten. I share the grief.”
“He will stay synonymous with the golden generation of Indian football. Chuni-da, you will remain alive in our hearts,” the AIFF President added.
Mr Kushal Das, the General Secretary of the All India Football Federation, said: “Mr Chuni Goswami will be alive in his achievements. He was a legendary footballer and someone who has been an inspiration to so many generations. May his soul Rest in Peace.”
“Indian Football will always remember him as the captain of the 1962 Asian Games gold medal-winning squad. He was a versatile sportsman, having also represented Bengal in the Ranji Trophy. It’s a huge loss not just for Indian Football, but sports in India overall,” he added.
Goswami also played for Bengal’s triumphant Santosh Trophy squad thrice in the year 1955, 1958 and 1959 in his domestic career. His club level, he denotes Mohun Bagan for 15 years from 1954 to 1968 and also smashed 200 goals for the Green and Maroons.
Over the times, he supported Bagan to win the Calcutta Football League nine times, and the IFA Shield and the Durand Cup five times each. He achieved 14 trophies for Mohun Bagan as skipper.
Goswami was also a good cricketer, his cricket career ended after 46 matches as he scored 1,592 runs and a century.
He also served the Tata Football Academy as its Director and was appointed as the Sheriff of Kolkata in 2005. In the same year, he was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna and was bestowed the Banga Bibhusan in 2013.
On his 82nd birthday this year, the Indian postal department also respected with a commemorative stamp.