V. P. Sathyan
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|Full name||Vatta Parambath Sathyan|
|Date of birth||April 29, 1965|
|Place of birth||Kannur, Kerala, India|
|Date of death||July 18, 2006(aged 41)|
|Place of death||Chennai, India|
|Playing position||Full-back, Defensive midfielder|
|1982||Spirited Youth Club|
|1983||Lucky Star Club||?||(?)|
|1996||Indian Bank Team||?||(?)|
|2001||Indian Bank Team|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Vatta Parambath Sathyan (29 April 1965 – 18 July 2006), popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a captain of the India national football team who played in the centre back position. He was named the 1995 AIFF player of the year.
Sathyan started his career in 1983 representing Kerala in the Santosh Trophy National Championship. He attended the South Zone camp for Indian probables under Amar Bahadur in 1985. Strongly built and a capable defender, he joined the national team going to the 1985 SAF Games in Dhaka. By 1986, he had represented the country in the Nehru Cup in Thiruvananthapuram and in the Seoul Asian Games.
Sathyan was a key member of the Kerala Police Football team which won the Federation Cup twice, in 1989–90 and in 1990–91. He went from the Kerala Police team to Kolkata in 1991, where he played for two seasons, one in Mohammedan Sporting Club and one in Mohun Bagan before returning to the Kerala Police again and then moving to Indian Bank in 1996. Sathyan served first as a player from 1995 to 2001 and then as the team's coach.
In 1991, Sathyan became the captain of the Indian team for the World Cup qualifiers in Beirut and Seoul. He led the Indian team to a gold medal in the 1995 SAF Games in Chennai. He also led Kerala to the Santosh Trophy title in 1992.
VP Sathyan was born on April 29, 1965 in Mekkunnu near Chokli, Kannur district, to Vatta Parambath Gopalan Nair and Narayani Amma. He was married to Anitha and had a daughter, Athira. Due to depression he committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Chennai on July 18, 2006.