Chuni Goswami

Subimal Goswami (15 January 1938 – 30 April 2020) was an Indian professional footballer and first-class cricketer. As footballer, he played as a striker or winger, captained both the Mohun Bagan club and the Indian national team.[1] He is a former Sheriff of Kolkata. Popularly known as Chuni Goswami, he scored nine goals in 30 international appearances. He was an Olympian, represented India national team at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He also led the team to achieve the gold medal at the 1962 Asian Games and earn the runners-up position at the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.

Chuni Goswami
Chuni Goswami 1959.jpg
Goswami with India in 1959
Personal information
Birth name Subimal Goswami
Date of birth (1938-01-15)15 January 1938
Place of birth Kishoreganj, Bengal Presidency, British India
Date of death 30 April 2020(2020-04-30) (aged 82)
Place of death Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1946–1954 Mohun Bagan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1968 Mohun Bagan
National team
1956–1964 India 30 (9)
Teams managed
1986–1989 Tata Football Academy (director)
1991–1992 India
Honours
Men's football
Representing  India
AFC Asian Cup
Runner-up 1964 Israel Team

Cricket information
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm fast medium
RoleAll-rounder
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1962–1973Bengal
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 46
Runs scored 1592
Batting average 28.42
100s/50s 1/7
Top score 103
Balls bowled 2917
Wickets 47
Bowling average 24.08
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 5/47
Catches/stumpings 40/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 March 2014
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2008

He was also a first class cricketer, playing Ranji Trophy for Bengal. He captained his team to the final of the tournament in 1971–72.[2]

Football careerEdit

Chuni Goswami holds the distinction of playing for a single club, Mohun Bagan, throughout his club career despite numerous offers from other clubs including one reported offer from Tottenham Hotspur.[3]

Club careerEdit

Goswami joined the Mohun Bagan Junior Team in 1946 at the age of 8 years. He was a part of the Junior squad up to 1954 and then graduated to the Mohun Bagan senior team. He continued playing for Mohun Bagan till his retirement in 1968. During his stay with the club, he captained the club in 5 seasons from 1960 to 1964.[4][5]

International careerEdit

Chuni Goswami made his international debut for India in 1956 during the team's 1–0 victory over the Chinese Olympic team.[5] He went on to play for India in 50 international matches including in Olympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup. He captained India to the Asian Games Gold Medal in 1962 and a Silver in the 1964 Asia Cup in Tel Aviv and in the Merdeka Cup.[6]

International statisticsEdit

Chuni Goswami played in 30 FIFA "A" international matches having scored 9 times for the National team.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

India national team
Year Apps Goals
1958 5 2
1959 6 1
1960 3 0
1961 3 0
1962 5 3
1964 8 3
Total 30 9[18]

International goalsEdit

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Goals
26 May 1958 Korakuen Velodrome, Tokyo   Burma 3–2 1958 Asian Games 1[19]
30 May 1958 Tokyo Football Stadium, Tokyo   Hong Kong 5–2 1958 Asian Games 1[19]
11 December 1959 Maharaja's College Stadium, Kochi   Iran 3−1 1960 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1[20]
28 August 1962 Senayan Stadium, Jakarta   Thailand 4–1 1962 Asian Games 1[21]
1 September 1962 Senayan Stadium, Jakarta   South Vietnam 3–2 1962 Asian Games 2[22]
2 June 1964 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv   Hong Kong 3–1 1964 AFC Asian Cup 1[23]
27 August 1964 Kuala Lumpur, Malaya   Cambodia 4–0 1964 Merdeka Tournament 1[24]
29 August 1964 Kuala Lumpur, Malaya   Thailand 2–1 1964 Merdeka Tournament 1[25]

Cricket careerEdit

Chuni Goswami made his first class debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy during the 1962–63 season.[26] He was a Right Handed Batsman and a Right Arm Medium Pacer. After retiring from football, Goswami fully focussed on playing cricket for West Bengal. He appeared in two Ranji Trophy finals, losing to Mumbai each time. In the 1968–69 final, he scored 96 and 84; but Ajit Wadekar's century helped Mumbai win on first innings lead. Later, he led the Bengal cricket team to a 1972 Ranji Trophy final which they lost to Mumbai for whom Gavaskar and Shivalkar starred. Playing for Combined East and Central Zone team against the touring West Indies side in December 1966, Chuni Goswami took 8 wickets in the match as his team surprisingly beat the tourists by an innings.[27] In his cricket career, which spanned up to the 1972–73 season, he played 46 first class matches, scoring 1,592 runs with one century and seven fifties, and took 47 wickets.[28]

DeathEdit

Goswami died on 30 April 2020 at the age of 82 in Kolkata after a prolonged illness.[29] For the last few months, Goswami was suffering from underlying ailments with diabetes, prostate infection and neurological problems. His family confirmed that Goswami was admitted to a city hospital earlier in the day and died at 5 pm after a cardiac arrest.[30][31][32]

AwardsEdit

Goswami won numerous awards during his playing career as well as after retirement for his contribution towards Indian football. The major awards won by him are:[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  26. ^ "Chuni Goswami". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 13 May 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  27. ^ "Tour Match: Combined East & Central v West Indies at Indore, 26-28 Dec 1966". static.espncricinfo.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  28. ^ Players and Officials - Chuni Goswami Archived 19 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine, from Cricinfo.
  29. ^ "Chuni Goswami, Star Indian Footballer, Bengal Ranji Captain, Dead". Outlook. 30 April 2020. Archived from the original on 1 May 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  30. ^ "Former India captain Chuni Goswami passes away at the age of 82". Indian Super League. Archived from the original on 17 January 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
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  32. ^ "হৃদরোগে আক্রান্ত হয়ে প্রয়াত চুনী গোস্বামী". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 1 May 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.

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