West Bengal football team

The West Bengal football team (Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ ফুটবল দল) is an Indian football team representing West Bengal in the Santosh Trophy.[1] They became the second Indian team to participate in the continental top tier tournament – Asian Champion Club Tournament – by playing in the 1970 edition following Mysore in 1969.[2]

West Bengal football team
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ ফুটবল দল
Full nameWest Bengal Football Team
Founded1893; 129 years ago (1893)
GroundSalt Lake Stadium
Howrah Stadium
Mohun Bagan Ground
Rabindra Sarobar
OwnerIndian Football Association
LeagueSantosh Trophy
Current season

They have appeared in the Santosh Trophy finals 45 times, and have won the trophy 32 times,[3] (the most by any team). Prior to 2003, the team competed as Bengal.[4][5] On 16 August 2021, West Bengal played a friendly match against India national team at the Salt Lake Stadium and it was won by India by 1–0.[6]


The following 20 players were called up prior to the 2021–22 Santosh Trophy Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   IND Priyant Kumar Singh
GK   IND Raja Burman
3 DF   IND Subhendu Mandi
26 DF   IND Tuhin Das
DF   IND Sujit Singh
DF   IND Subhankar Adhikari
DF   IND Nabi Hussain Khan
28 DF   IND Monotosh Chakladar (captain)
31 MF   IND Tanmoy Ghosh
6 MF   IND Basu Deb Mandi
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 MF   IND Sajal Bag
18 MF   IND Mahitosh Roy
MF   IND Sukuram Sardar
MF   IND Supriya Pandit
MF   IND Pritam Sarkar
MF   IND Jay Baz
25 FW   IND Subrata Murmu
17 FW   IND Md Fardin Ali
FW   IND Rahul Paswan
20 FW   IND Dilip Orawn


  • Santosh Trophy[7]
    • Winners (32): 1941–42, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83 (Shared with Goa), 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2016–17[8]
    • Runners-up (14): 1944–45, 1946–47, 1952–53, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1974–75, 1985–86, 2006–07, 2008–09,[9] 2017–18,[8] 2021–22
  • B.C. Roy Trophy
    • Winners (18): 1961–62, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2003–04, 2017–18[8]
    • Runners-up (7): 1975–76, 1987–88, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11[8]
  • Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy
    • Winners (12): 1965–66, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2015–16[8]
    • Runners-up (7): 1987–88, 1988–89, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09[8]

Stadiums and groundsEdit

The league and tournaments are generally played at the following Stadiums and Grounds:

  1. Asia's biggest composite stadium with capacity of around 1,20,000 with Flood Light.
  2. Important matches of Local League, Shield, I-League and International Matches are played here.
  1. Capacity around 20,000 and Flood Light
  2. Matches of Local League, Shield are played here. It is also used for holding I-League matches also.
  1. Present capacity is only around 10,000. But ground condition is extremely good.
  2. Some important CFL matches and IFA Shield are played here.
  1. Capacity around 22,000.
  2. Important League & Shield matches are played here.
  1. Full capacity of these ground are 23,500, 22,000 and 15,000 respectively. Mohun Bagan/CFC Ground has floodlight facilities.
  2. Most of the League Matches of Premier League and First Division are played here. But these grounds are available for Football only during the period from 16 May to 10 January every year.
  • 10 Open Grounds in the Maidan
  1. Only matches of Junior Division and other ordinary competitions are played here. These grounds are available for football only during the period from 16 May to 30 September every year.
  2. Besides the above-mentioned grounds and stadium, infrastructure of SAI i.e. Sports Authority of India, Kishore Bharati Krirangan are also used.
  3. Grounds available at various places in Kolkata and Howrah are used for conducting Nursery League Matches. Besides above, small stadiums are also available in almost all the Districts towns and some Sub Divisions. Most important and mentionable stadium is at Siliguri – Kanchenjunga Stadium, where International Tournament like Jawaharlal Nehru Cup was also played. Khardah, Kalyani, Burdwan, Durgapur, Midnapur, Haldia, Malda, Raigunje, Balurghat and a few other District Towns also have Stadium.
  • Indoor Stadium
  1. Netaji Indoor Stadium (AC), Kolkata- Capacity 12,000.

Salt Lake StadiumEdit

Aerial view of the Salt Lake Stadium

Yuva Bharati Krirangan (Bengali: যুবভারতী ক্রীড়াঙ্গন, Yuva Bharati Krirangan or Stadium of the Indian Youth), commonly known as Salt Lake Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal. The stadium is the second largest non-auto racing stadium in the world and the largest in the Indian sub-continent. It is currently used for football matches and athletics. The stadium was built in 1984 and holds 120,000[10] people in a three-tier configuration.

It is situated approximately 10 km to the east of the Kolkata downtown and is elliptical in shape. The roof is made of metal tubes and aluminium sheets and concrete. There are two electronic score boards and control rooms. The lighting is uniformly distributed to facilitate nocturnal sports. There are special arrangements for TV broadcasting.

The stadium covers an area of 76.40 acres (309,200 m2). It was inaugurated in January 1984. The salient features of the stadium are unique synthetic track for athletic meets, electronic scoreboard, main football arena measuring 105m x 70m, elevators, VIP enclosures, peripheral floodlighting arrangement from the roof-top, air conditioned VIP rest room and Conference Hall. Other features of the stadium are also commentary boxes for All India Radio and TV along with several platforms for TV cameras, press boxes, dormitories and AC. rooms, player's changing rooms, practice grounds for football, cricket and kho kho, volleyball field and an ultra-medium gymnasium. The stadium has its own water arrangements and standby diesel generation sets.

The floodlights which illuminate the stadium consist of 624 bulbs of 2 kW each and two electronic scoreboards consisting of 36,000 bulbs of 25 watt each. The four underground reservoirs have unique fire-fighting arrangements with a capacity of 10,000 gallons. The architectural and structural design of the stadium was the work of the Joint Consultants viz., M/S. Ballardie, Thompson & Matthews Pvt. Ltd. and M/S. H.K. Sen & Associates – both from Kolkata, West Bengal. The track was prepared by Reckortan Tartan Track, Germany. The electronic scoreboards were supplied by Electro Impex of Hungary.

After its inauguration in January 1984 with the Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup Soccer Tournament, the Salt Lake Stadium has hosted several important international tournaments or matches such as The Pre-World Cup Tournament in 1985, Super-Soccers in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994, 3rd S.A.F. games in 1987, U.S.S.R. Festival in 1988, Charminar Challenger Trophy in 1992, Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup in 1995. The chief engineer of the stadium is Somnath Ghosh.

The stadium also hosts different kinds of cultural programs such as dance and music concerts.

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

Group Stage: 1970[11]

Notable playersEdit

Below the players, are notable footballers who represented the West Bengal football team.


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See alsoEdit


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  6. ^ "Farukh Choudhary, Ishan Pandita guide India to 2-0 win over Mohammedan SC". Khel Now. 26 August 2021. Archived from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f "Indian Football Association". www.the-aiff.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Goa lifts Santosh trophy". www.the-aiff.com. All India Football Federation. 14 June 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  10. ^ "East Bengal Football Club". Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  11. ^ Mulcahy, Enda. "Asian Club Competitions 1970". rsssf.com. the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Chuni Goswami Profile". IloveIndia.com. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  13. ^ "PUGSLEY". East Bengal the Real Power. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  14. ^ soumen78 (31 March 2016). "List of Foreign Players to Play for East Bengal Club from 1942 – East Bengal Club, India – Records, Funs and Facts". Eastbengalclubrecords.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  15. ^ Indian football team at the Asian Games: 1958 Tokyo Archived 5 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  16. ^ ETV Bharat News Desk, West Bengal, 12:56 PM IST (16 June 2019). "ভারত-পাকিস্তানের জার্সি গায়ে মাঠে নেমেছিলেন বলাই দে [Balai Dey, who played for both the India and Pakistan]". www.etvbharat.com (in Bengali). ETV Network. Archived from the original on 4 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  17. ^ Das, Rudra Narayan (29 November 2011). "Player Biography : Shabbir Ali – Only Footballer To Win Dhyan Chand Award". indianfooty.net. Indian Football Network. Archived from the original on 23 August 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2021.

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