Chuni Goswami

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Chuni Goswami
Personal information
Full name Subimal Goswami
Date of birth (1938-01-15) 15 January 1938 (age 79)
Place of birth Kishoreganj, Bengal (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 50 (32)
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 name Subimal Goswami
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast medium
Role All-rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
1962/63 – 1972/73 Bengal
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 (Bengali: চুনী গোস্বামী) is an 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]

Cricket career[edit]

Chuni Goswami made his first class debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy during the 1962/63 season.[5] 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.[6]

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]


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