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Subimal Chuni Goswami: Captain of the 1962 Asian Games

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Subimal Chuni Goswami is a multi-talented Indian Football as well as a Cricket player and is known by his nickname Chuni Goswami. He was born on 15th January 1938 in the Kishoreganj district of undivided Bengal (current Bangladesh).

Chuni Goswami played as a striker for the Indian National football team and as a first-class cricketer, he played Ranji trophy for the Bengal team. He played in the era of the 1950s and 1960s and was known for his very good ball control and dribbling skills. 

Early Life and Club Career of Subimal Chuni Goswami

Subimal Chuni Goswami received his formal education from Thrithopati institution and Kumar Ashutosh institution, Kolkatta. He received basic training of football from his school coach Sib das Banerjee and joined the Mohun Bagan Club junior team in 1946 just at a very young age of 8 years. He played for the junior team till 1953 and then graduated to the Mohun Bagan senior team in the year 1954. Chuni Goswami played for the Mohun Bagan team throughout his career until he retired in the year 1968. 

Goswami was the captain of the Mohun Bagan team for five consecutive seasons from 1960-1964 and led his team to victory in three successive Durand cup triumphs and four successive wins in Kolkatta League. The then Indian President Dr. Sarvapalli RadhaKrishnan had made a statement for him in 1965-1966 Durand Cup Final that “So, I see Chuni warming up again for the finals and it seems he has become a permanent part of the Durand Cup finals”. He holds a record of making 145 goals for the regional Kolkatta League, which it seems is impossible to break forever. 

Subimal Chuni Goswami International Career

He made his International debut in the year 1956. The Indian football team was facing the then Chinese Olympic team and won the friendly match by 1-0. He represented our country in more than 50 International matches and led the team to victory in the 1962 Asian Games Championship.

During the 1962 Asian Games semi-final match against South Vietnam, Chuni made two important goals to help the Indian team reach the finals and face the South Korean team. In the final match, he assisted P. K. Bannerjee in scoring the first goal and gave the country a 1-0 lead. Jarnail Singh registered the second goal and as a result of that Chuni Goswami’s team, India defeated South Korea by 2-0 and won the 1962 Asian Games Championship.

After this match Chuni Goswami got an offer from Tottenham Hotspur, the biggest football club in England for trials, but, he politely refused to the offer and preferred to stay with his own country. He bought a Silver medal for the country in the 1964 Asia Cup Soccer tournament. He was named the best striker in Asia in the year 1962.

During his International football career, he scored many goals. Here is the list of goals that he scored

DateOpponent ChampionshipNumber of goals
26 May 1958Burma1958 Asian Games1
30 May 1958Tokyo1958 Asian Games1
11 Dec 1959Iran1960 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers1
28 Aug 1962Thailand1962 Asian Games1
1 Sep 1962South Vietnam1962 Asian Games2
2nd June 1964Hong Kong1964 AFC Asian Cup1
27 August 1964Cambodia1964 Merdeka Tournament1
29 August 1964Thailand1964 Merdeka Tournament1

Subimal Chuni Goswami was awarded four-lifetime awards. These are the awards that he received for playing football:

  • 1962 – Best striker of Asia award
  • 1963 – Arjuna award
  • 1983 – Arjuna award
  • 2005 – Mohun Bagan Ratna award.

Chuni Goswami Stint in Cricket

Apart from playing International football, Chuni also loved to play Cricket and played first-class cricket for the Bengal team in 1962-1963 season and 1972-1973 season. 

In his cricket career of 46 matches, he scored 1,592 runs at an economy rate of 28.92 runs. He was a right-handed batsman and Right-arm Medium pace bowler. He was the captain of the Bengal team in the 1972 Ranji trophy.

So, this is all we wanted to share with you about Subimal Chuni Goswami. If you know anything else about this multi-talented player, please write to us in the comment section.

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