Chuni Goswami

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Chuni Goswami
Personal information
Full name Subimal Goswami
Date of birth (1938-01-15) 15 January 1938 (age 82)
Place of birth Kishoreganj, Bengal Presidency (now in Bangladesh)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1954 Mohun Bagan Junior Team
1954–1968 Mohun Bagan
National team
1956–1964 India 32 (9)
Teams managed
1986–1989 Director, Tata Football Academy
1991–1992 India
* 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
Chuni Goswami
Personal information
Full nameSubimal Goswami
BowlingRight arm fast medium
Domestic team information
1962/63 – 1972/73Bengal
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

Subimal Goswami (born 15 January 1938), commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami, is a former Indian international footballer and first class cricketer. He was born in Kishoreganj District of undivided Bengal (now in Bangladesh). As a striker, he played 50 international matches representing India. As a first class cricketer, he played Ranji Trophy for Bengal.[1]

Football career[edit]

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.[2]

Club career[edit]

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.[1][3]

International career[edit]

Chuni Goswami made his international debut for India in 1956 during the team's 1-0 victory over the Chinese Olympic team.[3] 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.[4]

International statistics[edit]

For references for the International caps and goals of Chuni Goswami visit India team results and citation for the matches are provided.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

¤ Matches for Olympic qualifications are not considered as FIFA 'A'[16] int. matches, in one which he scored a goal against Iran and also, match against Japan in mederka cup and the 1963 Olympic qualification matches are also non-FIFA "A" matches.
Matches against Singapore in which Goswami played are not considered as FIFA 'A'[17] Int. match
Friendly match against Singapore in which Goswami played after the mederka cup not considered as FIFA 'A'[18] Int. match
Matches for Olympic qualifications are not considered Fifa 'A' [19].
Match against Afghanistan is not considered as FIFA 'A'[20] international match.
  • In 1957 India played 2 matches against Burma, and 1 each against Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaya, in which Goswami must have played but those matches info. about the squads are not available and so not included in the India National Team Statistics and also not in the FIFA stats as all matches are non-FIFA "A" internationals.

International goals[edit]

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

Cricket career[edit]

Chuni Goswami made his first class debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy during the 1962/63 season.[27] He was a Right Handed Batsman and a Right Arm Medium Pacer. After retiring from football, Goswami fully focussed on playing cricket. He led Bengal cricket team to a Ranji Trophy final. In his cricket career, which spanned up to 1972/73 season, he played 46 first class matches, scoring 1592 runs and took 47 wickets.[28]

Other activities[edit]

Chuni Goswami is a very versatile personality. He turned out on occasion for his club hockey team. He also enacted a featured part in a Bengali movie Prothom Prem. He was also the Sheriff of Kolkata in 2005. He also played Lawn Tennis in South Club.

See also[edit]


Chuni 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:[3]


  1. ^ a b Chuni Goswami Profile - Indian Football Player Subimal Chuni Goswami Biography - Information on Chuni Goswami Indian Footballer
  2. ^ What ails Indian football Archived 7 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Indian Football Capital's News : EAST BENGAL VS MOHUNBAGAN IN CFL - 2007 Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Calcuttaweb - Sports Personality : Chuni Goswami Archived 22 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  21. ^ a b Ghoshal, Amoy. "Indian football team at the Asian Games: 1958 Tokyo". Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  22. ^ "India National Senior team 1960 AFC qualification". Indian Football. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  23. ^ Ghoshal, Amoy. "Indian football team at the Asian Games: 1962 Jakarta". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  24. ^ "INDIA AND KOREA TO CONTEST SOCCER FINAL". The Sunday Standard. 2 September 1962. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  25. ^ "India Rout Cambodia in Merdeka Soccer". The Indian Express. 28 August 1964. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  26. ^ "India score second successive victory". The Sunday Standard. 30 August 1964. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  27. ^ Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Chuni Goswami
  28. ^ Players and Officials - Chuni Goswami, from Cricinfo.

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