V. P. Sathyan

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V. P. Sathyan
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Personal information
Full name Vatta Parambath Sathyan
Date of birth (1965-04-29)29 April 1965
Place of birth Mekkunnu, Kannur, Kerala, India
Date of death 18 July 2006(2006-07-18) (aged 41)
Place of death Chennai, India
Playing position Full-back, Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1982 Spirited Youth Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Lucky Star Club
1984–1992 Kerala Police
1992–1993 Mohun Bagan
1994–1995 Kerala Police
1996 Indian Bank Team
National team
1985–1995 India 81 (0)
Teams managed
2001 Indian Bank Team
2002 India (assistant)
* 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 former Indian professional footballer who played the centre back position. He was the captain of the India national football team from 1991 to 1995. He was named the 1995 All India Football Federation (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.[1] He also led Kerala to the Santosh Trophy title in 1992.

Sathyan was the AIFF player of the year in 1995. As a coach, he was an assistant to Stephen Constantine in 2002 when India toured South Korea.

Personal life[edit]

VP Sathyan was born on 29 April 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. Under depression, resulted from leg injury and subsequent pain, he committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Chennai on 18 July 2006. [2]


The 2018 Indian biographical film Captain is based on Sathyan's life. Jayasurya portrayed Sathyan in the film, while Anu Sithara played his wife, Anitha.[3]


IMDB Indian Malayalam movie Captain (2018) /

  1. ^ "A footballer who never got his due". The Telegraph. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "V P Sathyan commits suicide". Rediffnews. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jaysurya in movie on V P Sathyan". Deccan Chronicle. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 

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