Sanju Pradhan

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Sanju Pradhan
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Personal information
Date of birth (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth West Sikkim, Sikkim, India
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
DSK Shivajians F.C.
(on loan from F.C. Pune City)
Youth career
1999–2006 Namchi Sports Hostel
2006 Sports Academy of Sikkim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Air India
2008–2013 East Bengal 72 (10)
2013–2014 Dempo 8 (0)
2014 Atletico de Kolkata 11 (0)
2015 Salgaocar 6 (0)
2015– NorthEast United 11 (0)
2016 East Bengal (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2000 India U14
2003–2004 India U17
2012– India 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:59, 25 December 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:50, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Sanju Pradhan (born 15 August 1989 in West Sikkim, Sikkim) is an Indian footballer who plays as a winger for DSK Shivajians F.C. in the I-League on loan from F.C. Pune City.

Pradhan is considered one of the brightest players coming up into the seniors levels of professional football.[1] Pradhan has won all the major domestic tournaments available in India besides the I-League while playing for East Bengal; he has won 2 Federation Cups in 2009–10 and 2012 while he also has won 1 Indian Super Cup with the club in 2011.[2] Pradhan recently became the Technical Partner for Kipsta (Decathlon Sports India) for 2016–17 season.


Early career[edit]

Pradhan was born to D.B. Pradhan and Sarda Pradhan on 15 August 1989 in the village of Sombaria which is located in the West Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim which is located in North East India.[3] Pradhan gained a liking to football at a young age through watching people in his village play the game in their free time.[3] During his child years Pradhan had to play at the school level but because his school did not have a team he had to play for other teams.[3] He then attended the trials for the "The Search for more Bhaichungs scheme" at the West Sikkim district headquarters.[3] After impressing Pradhan was selected to attend the statewide trials for the program in Gangtok where he passed as well and was one of 30 boys selected from the trial.[3] In April 1999 the boys were sent to the Namchi Sports Hostel Football Academy where they participated in the Subroto Cup every year.[3] Pradhan was also selected by the Sikkim football team at junior level.[3] In 2006 Pradhan joined the Sports Academy of Sikkim after he and the other boys were sent there.[3] That same year Pradhan, along with teammate Nirmal Chettri, was invited for a trial with Prayag United S.C. of Kolkata but neither player passed the trial.[3] Then in October 2006, after a great performance in the All India Governors Gold Cup Football Tournament for the Sports Academy of Sikkim, Pradhan was scouted by then Air India FC coach Bimal Ghosh and was offered a chance to join the current I-League team.[3] After going through then Sports Minister, P.S. Golay, Pradhan signed with Air India.[3]

East Bengal[edit]

After spending two years at Air India FC Pradhan signed for East Bengal F.C. who also play in the I-League in 2008.[3] Pradhan scored his first goal for the Red and Gold on 7 February 2009 against his old club now, Air India, in which he scored in the 81st to guarantee East Bengal a 3–1 victory over the Airmen.[4] Pradhan then made his Asian international debut in the 2010 AFC Cup against Al-Ittihad of Syria on 10 March 2010 in which East Bengal lost 1–4.[5] Pradhan then went on to score his second ever goal for East Bengal on 29 March 2010 against Salgaocar F.C. at the Fatorda Stadium which turned out to be East Bengal's only goal in another 1–4 loss.[6] He then scored again on 23 May 2010 against Churchill Brothers in which East Bengal drew 2–2.[7] Pradhan did not score again for East Bengal until 29 January 2011 in which he scored again against Churchill Brothers in yet another 2–2 draw.[8] Pradhan then scored probably his most memorable goal on 6 February 2011 in which he scored in the 8th minute from the penalty spot against historic rivals of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan A.C. at the Salt Lake Stadium in front of 60,000 fans which led East Bengal to a 1–1 draw.[9] Then in 2011 Pradhan was made captain of East Bengal and soon he shown why after he scored 2 goals in 2 matches for East Bengal; the first coming on 2 November 2011 against Mumbai F.C. and the second against Shillong Lajong F.C. on 6 November 2011.[10][11] Pradhan then scored again for East Bengal on 30 April 2012 against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Salt Lake Stadium in which East Bengal won 3–0.[12] In 2011 he was made club captain[13]

Pradhan then started the 2012-13 I-League on the a regular substitute but then he sustained an injury in November before returning with a bang on 30 December 2012 in which Pradhan started his first I-League match of the season and scored his first brace of the season as East Bengal went out 3–0 winners over Pailan Arrows at the Kalyani Stadium.[14]


Sanju Pradhan joined Dempo on loan from IMG Reliance on 30 December 2013.


In 2015 Pradhan joined Salgaocar on a season long deal, also getting to be re-united with his schoolmate and childhood friend Bikash Jairu.[15]

Return to East Bengal[edit]

In December 2015 it was announced that Pradhan would be returning on loan to his former club for the 2016 season.[16]

National team statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 28 November 2015

India national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 3 0
2015 2 0
Total 5 0



East Bengal
Atlético de Kolkata




  1. ^ SHARMA, SIDDHARTH. "Nehru Cup 2012: Young Indian players to keep an eye on". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Sanju Pradhan – Soccerway
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "About". Sanju Pradhan. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "EAST BENGAL VS. AIR INDIA 3 – 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "AFC CUP 2010 MATCH SUMMARY". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "SALGAOCAR VS. EAST BENGAL 4 – 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "CHURCHILL BROTHERS VS. EAST BENGAL 2 – 2". Soccerway. 5 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "EAST BENGAL VS. CHURCHILL BROTHERS 2 – 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "MOHUN BAGAN VS. EAST BENGAL 1 – 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "MUMBAI VS. EAST BENGAL 1 – 4". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "EAST BENGAL VS. SHILLONG LAJONG 2 – 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "EAST BENGAL VS. SPORTING GOA 3 – 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Sanju Pradhan to lead East Bengal". 
  14. ^ Mitra, Atanu. "East Bengal 3–0 Pailan Arrows: Trevor Morgan's side dismantle the Arrows with ease". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Salgaocar FC sign former East Bengal skipper Sanju Pradhan". 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Mitra, Atanu (25 December 2015). "I-League update: East Bengal sign Sanju Pradhan". Retrieved 25 December 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Saumik Dey
Kingfisher East Bengal captain
Succeeded by
Mehtab Hussain