|Full name||Eric Benny|
|Date of birth||7 November 1978|
|Place of birth||New Delhi|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2010–2011||Indian national football team|
Eric Benny (born 7 November 1978) is an ex-football player and a former manager of the Indian national football team. He is the founder of 'Eric Benny Sports Management'. Born and brought up in Delhi, he completed his schooling from St. Columbus, New Delhi and graduated from the Delhi University. He has worked towards promoting grass-root football in India, and has been the manager of the Indian football team during the 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China), and the manager of the team that played the Olympic Qualifiers in 2011. He has also worked as a General Manager for the I-League Club, Indian Arrows.
Benny began to play professional football in 1994. He played for Simla Youngs F.C., Royal Rangers and Salgaocar F.C., and the all-age nationals for Delhi state. His professional football career ended because of an injury during a game.
Post recovery, he enrolled into a full-time university program at Delhi University. In his corporate stint, he worked with and serviced large companies like Citibank, American Express, IBM, and Philips within and outside India.
In 2009, Benny left corporate job and started a non-profit organization for the former Indian footballers who wanted to make a comeback, and launched the 4v4 leagues. In 2010, Benny was appointed the Manager of the Indian national football team. He and his team represented India at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. He also led the team as a manager at the Olympic Games qualifiers in 2011.
During the 2011 football season, he was appointed the General Manager of the I-league club, the Indian Arrows. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalrindika Ralte, Milan Singh, Jewel Raja, Manandeep Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Jagroop Singh, and Jeje played during his tenure. The Indian Arrows finished 10th in their first season of professional football. In 2015-16, Eric received license of FA Level 1 and 2 – London and in 2016, DFB – ICC Certificate – Hennef, Germany.
In 2012, Benny started the Eric Benny Foundation to promote football as a sport in India. The same year, the company partnered with the French Football Club, de Metz. The partnership allowed him to place young Indian footballers at the Metz International Football Academy. In 2014, he signed Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian national football team and the I-league club, Bengaluru FC as the brand ambassador of Eric Benny Sports Management. The same year, Benny was a panelist on the coverage of FIFA World Cup along with Sourav Ganguly, Ashley Westwood and Boria Majumdar for the India Today Group.
In 2015, he partnered with Deutsche Fussball Internat (DFI), a German football academy. Bidyananda Singh of Bengaluru FC and Mohammad Sajid of Delhi Dynamos FC were the protégées of this partnership.
In 2016, Benny hosted a press conference in New Delhi at the French Embassy to formally announce the partnership among FC Metz, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Eric Benny Sports Management to scout and groom young Indian talent. His protégées, Anirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Baoringdao Bodo, Prosenjit Chakraborty and Bedaswor Singh were selected for a season’s training stint at the FC Metz football academy. Chennaiyin FC also signed all these players for a three-year contract. Jerry Lalrinzuala and Anirudh Thapa have played for the senior Indian National Football team.
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