Subhash Bhowmick

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Subhash Bhowmick
Personal information
Full name Subhash Bhowmick
Place of birth Malda, West Bengal, India
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 East Bengal Club ? (?)
1970–1973 Mohun Bagan ? (?)
1973–1976 East Bengal Club ? (?)
1976–1978 Mohun Bagan ? (?)
1978–1979 East Bengal Club ? (?)
National team
1970–? India ? (?)
Teams managed
1999–2000 East Bengal F.C.
2002–2005 East Bengal F.C.
2006 Mohammedan Sporting Club
2007–2008 Salgaocar SC
2008–2009 East Bengal F.C.
2010–2011 Mohun Bagan AC
2012–2013 Churchill Brothers S.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 April 2009

Subhash Bhowmick, nicknamed Bhombal, born at West Bengal is a retired Indian football international player and club level coach and manager.[1] During his playing career, he represented the "Big Two" of Kolkata football, East Bengal Club and Mohun Bagan AC. He also represented India in various international tournaments from 1970.[1]

Club career[edit]

Bhowmick joined East Bengal F.C. in 1969 and, after spending a season there, joined Mohun Bagan in 1970. At the end of the 1973 season, he returned to East Bengal and represented them till 1976, after which he rejoined Mohun Bagan. He was one of the prime faces of the East Bengal F.C. team which had demolished Mohun Bagan A.C. 5-0 in the 1975 IFA Shield final at Calcutta. After the 1977-78 season, he returned to East Bengal and retired in 1979.[2] During his playing years, he was known as a powerful forward with good goal scoring abilities.[1]

International career[edit]

Bhowmick represented India in various tournaments. He was a member of the Indian football team that won the Bronze medal in the Asian Games in 1970. He also represented India in the Merdeka Cup and Pesta Sukan Tournament.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Subhash Bhowmick has been very successful as a coach for the East Bengal Club.[1] He had a forgettable first stint with the same club during the 1999-2000 season. During his second stint as coach, the club won a multitude of trophies including back to back NFL titles in 2002-03 and 2003–04, apart from Kolkata Football League, Durand Cup and IFA Shield victories.[3] East Bengal also won the LG ASEAN Club Cup in 2003 under his managership. Bhowmick stepped down as coach of East Bengal in 2005 after being implicated in an alleged bribery scandal.[4]

He coached Mohammedan Sporting Club during the 2006 season, but was not as successful there as he was during his stint with East Bengal. In 2007, a relegation threatened Salgaocar SC appointed Subhash Bhowmick to be their technical director.[5] He remained as the Technical Director of the Goan outfit for the 2008 season also.[6] Towards the end of the 2008-09 I-League, a relegation threatened East Bengal Club appointed Bhowmick as their coach. He was retained as coach for the 2009-10 season, a particularly dismal season for the club. East Bengal lost all the matches they played, most of them against smaller clubs, in both the IFA Shield as well as the Durand Cup. Supporters and club officials fixed the blame squarely on Bhowmick, as he was essentially the only man responsible for team making and pre-season training for the 2009-10 season. Despite significant autonomy granted to Bhowmick by East Bengal administrators, as well as provision of extra training facilities, his team failed to perform.[7]

In the 2012-13 season, he coached Churchill Brothers S.C. as a technical director (as he does not hold an A-license, hence he could not officially be the coach of an I-League club), and led them to the top of the league standings in the I-League.