hall of fame

Mona (Ramesh) Dutta

Centre Forward. Played for East Bengal from 1922-25 and again in 1928. He has the distinction of scoring the first goal for East Bengal in Calcutta Football League's First Division in 1925 when he scored the only goal in the Club's 1-4 loss to Calcutta Football Club. He scored 37 goals for the club being their highest scorer in 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1928.
He was the captain of the Club in 1925 the very first year East Bengal was promoted to 1st Division. He played for Indians in 1923, 1924 and 1928 vs Europeans.

J. Sarkar

Inside Forward. Played for East Bengal from 1925-1927 and again from 1929-1932. He scored 11 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1926 and 1927. He has the distinction of scoring the first hatrick for the Club which he performed in East Bengal's 3-2 triumph over Rangers in 1927 Calcutta League.

Surya Chakravarty

Inside Right. Played for East Bengal from 1925-1927 and again from 1929-1934. He was captain of the Club in 1927. He scored 63 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1927 (Joint), 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1932 (Joint). He played for Indians in 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931 and 1932 vs Europeans.

Haran Saha

Center Half. He played for the club from 1925-1927. In 1928 he left the club and joined E.B.Railway because he got a job. However, he sacrificed his job and returned to the club in 1929 after the club was relegated in 1928. He stayed on till 1930.

Dulal Guha Thakurta

Forward. Played for East Bengal from 1927-1929, 1931-1937 and 1939-1941. He was captain of the Club in 1935 and 1936. He scored 24 goals for the Club. He played for Indians in 1928, 1933, 1934 amd 1936 vs Europeans.

Lakshminarayan

Inside Right. Played for East Bengal from 1935 to 1940. He scored 36 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1936. He played for Indians vs Europeans in 1936. He has also scored 6 goals for East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan in Calcutta Football League which is a record for the Derby Clashes in the League.

Murgesh

Centre Forward. Played for East Bengal from 1936 to 1939. He scored 33 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1937 and 1938. Along with Lakshminarayan formed a lethal striking force for the Club.

Somana

Centre Forward. Played for East Bengal from 1938 to 1943 and again in 1945. He scored 105 goals for the Club being their highest scorer from 1940 to 1943. He was the captain of the Club when it won the Calcutta Football League Championship for the first time in 1942.
He was also member of the Club team which won the I.F.A. Shield for the first time in 1943 and he had the distinction of scoring a goal in the final vs Police (East Bengal won 3-0). He was also member of the team in 1945 when the Club achieved the double for the first time. He played for Indians Vs Europeans in 1940 and 1941.

Sunil Ghosh

Inside Forward. Played for East Bengal in 1938 and from 1940 to 1948 being the Captain of the Club during 1944. He scored 97 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1944. He was member of the Club teams which registered its maiden triumph in Winning the League (1942), I.F.A. Shield (1943) and the Double (1945). He was selected to represent the Indians -vs- Europeans in 1942, 1943, 1945 and 1947. Along with Somana formed a lethal striking duo for the Club.

Pagsley

Center Forward. One of the finest Left Footed Forwards of East Bengal came from Burma. He was the highest scorer in the year 1945 with 21 Goals. His outstanding performance in 1945 helped the club to win 1st Div League and I.F.A. Shield. He also scored the only goal against Mohun Bagan in I.F.A. Shield Final in 1945. This was the year we won the 1st Div League and IFA Shield for the first time.
He also holds the record of scoring the maximum goals by an individual for East Bengal in a tournamement match when he scored 8 goals -vs- B.B.C.I.L. Railway in the First Round of Rovers Cup in 1945. East Bengal won 11-0 which is also the record for the highest margin of victory by the Club in any tournament so far. Overall he scored 47 goals for the Club having represented the same from 1942 to 1948.

Apparao

Right Inside. A play maker par excellence, he played for the club from 1941 - 1955 and he was the captain in 1946. He had an acute asthma problem but that could not deter his passion for the game. He overcame all problems by dint of his mental strength and rendered his best possible service to our club during his football career.
He used to be called 'Baba' (meaning father) by his co -players as he was a very caring and gentle person who carried himself with great dignity. Overall he scored 61 goals for the Club.

Paritosh Chakravarty

Full Back. Reputed for his tackle and sturdy clearances. Played for East Bengal from 1942 to 1949 (Eight years in a row) and was the Captain of the Club in 1945 when the Club achieved the first double of winning the League and I.F.A. Shield. He was also the member of the team when the Club recorded its maiden victories in League (1942) and I.F.A. Shield (1943).
He was also part of the team in 1949 when the Club won all the major tournamements of the country i.e. League, Shield and Rovers Cup (Durand Cup was not held). He played for Indians -vs- Europeans in 1942, 1943, 1945 and 1947. He was actively associated with Veterans Football after retirement.

S. Nayyar

Center Forward. Played for East Bengal in the years 1939, 1945 & 1946. In 1946 he scored 36 goals in the 1st Div League and made a record. It's a record, which remains unbroken till date. In 1939 he scored 3 goals, 1945 - 6 goals and in 1946 apart from Calcutta League he scored another 6 goals in I.F.A. Shield.

P.B.A. Saleh

Left-Out. He ends the list of the Pancha Pandav (Famous Five) of the Maidan. Venkatesh, Apparao, Dhanraj, Ahmed along with Salleh made the VADAS attack of East Bengal. Salleh played for our club from 1945 to 1953 and was the captain in 1950. He also represented Indian Football team in 1948 and 1952 Olympic games. He scored 55 goals for the Club.

Byomkesh Bose

Defender. Participated in 1952 Olympic games for India. He played his total football career in our club from 1948-1958. He was the captain of the club in 1951 the year we won the IFA Shield (third year in a row) and Durand Cup. It was also under his captaincy that East Bengal beat F.C.Gotheburg (Sweden) 1-0.

P. Venkatesh

Right Winger. The best Right Winger ever produced in India. Played for India in 1948 & 1952 Olympic games and played in our club from 1948-1953, 1956 and 1959. He was the captain in 1952. Overall he scored 81 goals for the Club being the highest scorer in 1953.

Taj Mohammed

Defender. This player from the newly formed country of Pakistan played for East Bengal for just a year in 1949 but what a display it was that that generation still remembers him with great admiration.

K.P. Dhanraj

Center Forward. Played from 1949 to 1953 and from 1957 to 1959. He was the highest scorer in 1st Div League in 1950 with 18 goals. He was famous on the Calcutta Maidans as a specialist header. He scored 126 goals for the Club being the highest scorer from 1949 to 1953.

Ahmed Khan

Left-in-side. The finest footballer ever born in India. He was called the Magician of Indian Football - a total snake charmer. Played in our club from 1949 - 1959 and was the captain in 1954. He was also a member of India Football team in 1948 and 1952 Olympic games. He was elected the best forward of the millennium of our club. He was an obsession with East Bengal fans.
Just mentioning his name to the generation that saw him in action still gets them into an animated reverie. At eighty he still rides his scooter on the streets of Bangalore. He scored 63 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1954.

Manilal Ghatak

Goalkeeper. Hailing from North Bengal, he joined the Club in 1949 and represented them continuously till 1955 (Seven years in a row). It was during this period the club struck a purple patch and played outstanding football. It was a Golden era for the Club during which it won the League (1949, 1950, 1952), I.F.A. Shield (1949, 1950, 1951), Rovers Cup (1949), D.C.M. Trophy (1950 and 1952) and Durand Cup (1951 and 1952). He was member of the Club team which toured Romania and Soviet Union in 1953.

S.Roy (Paltu)

Left Midfielder. Played for the club from 1950 - 1952 and represented Indian football team in 1952 Olympics. He was the mid-field support to the Pancha Pandavs.

Gokul

Right Half Back. Played in the club from 1950 - 1956 and captained the team in 1955. He was the Back support to the Pancha Pandavs. He was one of the most indispensable players of the team during his career.

Masood Fakri

Left-Out. Played for East Bengal from 1952 - 1954. He hailed from Pakistan and was the first sub-continent Footballer to play professional league in England for a couple of years from 1955. He toured USSR and Romania with East Bengal Club in 1953.

Kittu

Right Inside. The Vice-Captain of India Football team in 1956 Olympic games, he played for the east Bengal Club in 1955, 1956 and 1959 - 1960.

Sanat Sett

Goalkeeper. One of the best Goalkeepers of the country played for the club from 1957-1958 and 1967.

Moosa

Left Winger. A Pakistani National who played forthe Club from 1956 to 1958. He scored 50 goals for the Club being their highest scorer in 1956 and 1957. Though he was a left winger, he was a fine opportunist and scored a number of goals for the Club.
He scored a brilliant goal which enabled East Bengal to beat star studded Hyderabad Police 2-0 in the Durand Cup Final in 1956. During his tenure the Club won D.C.M. (1957) and I.F.A. Shield (1958).

Hassan

Right Half Back. A Pakistani National who also joined the Club along with Moosa in 1956. Although the latter left in 1959 Hassan stayed on till the end of 1960. A hard working Half Back he played a number of good games for the Club. One that stands out was his outstanding performance -vs- Mohun Bagan in the final of I.F.A. Shield in 1958 which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ram Bahadur

Left Midfielder. Played for the club from 1957 -1967. One of the finest midfielders the country has ever produced. He was the captain of the East Bengal team in 1960 and played for India in the 1960 Olympics. He was also a member of Indian Football team which won the Gold Medal in 1962 Asian Games(Jakarta). He was elected the best midfielder of the millennium of the East Bengal club.

Tulsidas Balaram

Left Inside. One of the most skillful forwards of the country, he played for East Bengal from 1957 -1962. He played for India in 1956 and 1960 Olympics and was also a member of Gold Medal winning Indian Football team in 1962 Asiad. He was captain of the club in 1961. In the same year he was the highest scorer in the 1st Div league with 23 goals. He is an Arjuna Awardee.
He scored 102 goals for the Club being the highest scorer in 1959 and 1961.

B. Narayan

Inside Right.He possessed a strong right foot and showed fine opprtunism.He played for East Bengal from 1957 - 60 and scored 40 goals for the club. He had the unique distinction of scoring 4 goals against arch rivals Mohun Bagan all of which turned out to be winning goals including the one in the final of 1958 I.F.A Shield.
During his tenure he assisted the club to win DCM twice, Durand Cup (Joint) and I.F.A Shield once each. He represented India in 1959 Merdeka and Asia Cup Qualifiers at Ernakulam and was capped thrice.

D. Kannan

Center Forward. A sharp shooter and a fine opportunist played for the Club from 1959 to 1961. He scored 40 goals for the club being their highest scorer in 1960. During his tenure the club won D.C.M. (1960), Durand Cup (1960 - Joint), Calcutta Football League (1961) and I.F.A. Shield (1961 - Joint). While playing for the club he represented India in Rome Olympics (1960), Pre-Olympics (1959, 2960), Asia Cup Qualifiers (1959) and Merdeka (1959, 1961)

Aroon Ghosh

Stopper Back. Played for our club from 1960 - 1962. Legend goes that he got selected into the Indian Team for the 1960 Olympics having played his career's first 10 1st Div League matches for our club. He was one of the members of victorious Indian football team in 1962 Asian games.
Aroon Ghosh was one of the finest defenders India ever produced and should be the idol for the descendent stoppers in this country. He is an Arjuna Awardee and was the former Director of Tata Football Academy (1997-2003).

Sukumar Samajpati

Right Winger. He was called the speediest Right Winger during his career in the club from 1961 - 1966 and 1968. Captained the team in 1965. He was a scholar of Calcutta University and at present he is popular classical music singer of our State. He scored 46 goals for the Club. He represented India in the Pre-Olympics in 1963-64, Asia Cup in 1964 and Merdeka in 1961.

Chandan Banerjee

Stopper. Played for the club from 1963-1966 and was the Captain in 1966.

Ashim Moulik

Centre Forward. He played for East Bengal from 1963 to 1965 and again during 1967 and 1968. He was a fine sharp shooter and scored 95 goals for the Club being their highest scorer from 1963 to 1965. He scored the winning goal for East Bengal in their 1-0 win over Mohun Bagan in the replayed I.F.A. Shield Final in 1965.
In the Quarter Finals of the same tournament he scored a classic goal -vs- Hyderabad-XI when he smashed a forty yard volley into the roof of the net - a goal hailed by many critics as one of the best ever at the Calcutta Maidan. He was also the top scorer in the Calcutta Football League in 1964 with 20 goals. He was also the top scorer of the League in 1966 with 28 goals but representing Mohun Bagan. During his tenure the Club won I.F.A. Shield (1965), Rovers Cup (1967), Durand Cup (1967), Sait Nagjee Trophy (1968) and Bordoloi Trophy (1968). He represented India in the Merdeka Tournaments in 1964 and 1965. He scored three goals for India in International Matches.

Prasanta Sinha

Left Half. He was a member of the victorious Indian Football team in 1962 Asian games. He signed for our club in 1964 from Eastern Railway and played for us upto the end of his football career in 1971 and captained our team in 1967. He started his career as a left-inside and grew to become a very versatile player who could play almost any position.
People still remember his goal against the Tatabania Club of Hungary in the Mohun Bagan Platinum Jubilee Celebration in 1964. He was called 'The Gentleman Footballer' during those days. He also played for India in the Merdeka Tournament in 1964 and 1965.

Parimal Dey

Left Inside. He was an extremely skillful and popular player during his career from 1964 - 1970 and 1973. He was the captain of our team in 1968. In 1970 he was the only scorer in the IFA Shield final against Pas Club of Iran. Post Independence East Bengal became the first team to defeat a foreign side and become Shield Champions.
He scored 79 goals for the Club and was renowned for scoring goals from Free-kicks. He represented India in Merdeka and Asian Games in 1966.

Santo Mitra

Left Back. The captain of the team in 1970, the year the club beat famous Pas Club of Iran in IFA Shield final. Played for the club from 1965 - 1973. He represented India in the Merdeka Tournament in 1968.

Peter Thangaraj

Goalkeeper. One of the best Goalkeepers of the country played for the club from 1965 - 1970 and was the captain in 1969. He was the member of Indian Football team in 1956 & 1960 Olympic games and the Gold medal winning Indian team in 1962 Asian games. An Arjuna Awardee, he was elected the best Goal Keeper of the Millennium of the club. He also played in Asian All Star Team in 1969.

Syed Nayeemuddin

Stopper. The Dronacharya Awardee (the highest honour for a coach in the country) in Indian Football is also an Arjuna Awardee. He was the Captain of Indian Football team in 1970 Asian games where India won the Bronze Medal. He played for the team from 1966-1967 and joined again in 1970 and coached the East Bengal team in the years 1990-1991, 1994-1995 and 2000.

Mohammed Habib

Striker. He was a schemer on the field who came to Calcutta from Hyderabad as a player of the club in 1966. Played till 1967 and joined again for periods from 1970-1974, 1980 and 1982. He was one of the most indispensable National players for several years.
He started his career as a Coach in Tata Football Academy and also was the Chief Coach of I. F. A. Football Academy at Haldia. He is an Arjuna Awardee.

Shyam Thapa

Striker. Famous for scoring acrobatic goals particularly from back volleys. He had the distinction of scoring a hattrick in his very first appearance for the club in the League -vs- Rajasthan in 1966. He also played for the club 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1984. He scored a number of brilliant goals for the club but one than stands out is the one -vs- Mohun Bagan in 1975 League.
In the same year he scored two goals in the club's historic 5-0 win over Mohun Bagan in the I.F.A. Shield Final. He was also the top scorer of Calcutta League in 1971 with 14 goals. During his tenure the club won a number of trophies. He was a member of the India's Bronze Medal Winning team in 1970 Asian Games and also played for the country in Merdeka (1970 and 1971). He was also the club's coach from 1985-1987.

Sudhir Karmakar

Defender. He was just 5 feet 4 inches tall but his brilliance in that position caused him to be named the best defender of Asia after the 1970 Asian games where India won the Bronze medal. Played for East Bengal Club from 1969 - 1976 and 1980-1981. He was the captain in 1972, the year we won all the major tournaments in India under his able captaincy.
His colleagues were proud to play along side him. He is an Arjuna Awardee. He was elected the best defender of the millennium of the club.

Subhas Bhowmick

Winger. Was most thrushy and powerful footballer (Forward) of the country. He was a good goal scorer, especially in International Football arena. A member of the Indian Football team in 1970 Asian games where India won the Bronze Medal. Played for the club in 1969, 1973-1975 & 1979. He was the highest scorer in the 1st Div League with 24 goals in 1973.
He was one of the most successful coaches of the East Bengal football team having coached them in five seasons. During his coaching stint the Club has won the prestigious ASEAN Cup in 2003 and the back to back NFL titles in 2002/03 & 2003/04 seasons. He also represented India in Merdeka Tournament and Pesta Sukan Tournament in 1971.

Samaresh Chowdhury (Pintu)

Midfielder. The finest midfielder of the 70s with a skill to be highly unpredictable on the field. His team mates and opponents could never know which way the pass would go. He played for the team from 1970-1975 and 1977-1978 and captained in 1974.
He was the only footballer in his days who played for the national team in the different international tournaments with a body weight, which was far less than the required weight for international matches. He was famous to his co-players for his ready wit.

Gautam Sarkar

Midfielder. A hard tackler he played for the club from 1972-1976 and again in 1984. He was captain of the club in 1976. He made an impressive debut in the club's crucial tie with Mohammedan Sporting in 1972 League tie and never looked back since. With Samaresh Chaudhuri he formed a fine partnership which served the club well in its purple patch from 1972-1975. He won a number of trophies for the club. He represented India in Asian Games and Merdeka in 1974.

Mohammed Akbar

Striker . He strong shooting prowess and was a good header. He played for the club from 1972-74 and again in 1982. Overall he scored 91 goals for the club. He was the top scorer in the Kolkata League in 1972 with 18 goals and again in 1974 with 12 goals. He scored 2 goals in the final of 1973 Rovers Cup in the club's 3-2 triumph over Tata Sports. He also scored 2 goals in the IFA Shield final in 1973 when East Bengal defeated Pyongyang City Club (South Korea) 3-1. During his tenure the club won the Kolkata League (Four times), IFA Shield (Thrice), Rovers Cup (Twice-once joint), Durand Cup (Twice-once joint), DCM (Twice), Bordoloi Trophy (Twice). He is also the younger brother of Mohammed Habib.

Tarun Bose

Goalkeeper. A very acrobatic goalkeeper who played for the club in 1975,1976,1978 and 1979. He was the club's goalkeeper in their 5-0 triumph over Mohun Bagan in IFA Shield final in 1975. During his tenure the club won the IFA Shield (Twice-Once joint), Kolkata League, Durand Cup, Bordoloi Trophy. He represented India in the 1972 Pre Olympics at Rangoon and was capped three times.

Shyamal Ghosh

Defender. The most dependable defender of our team from 1973-1979 captained our team in 1977. Under his captaincy the team won the Calcutta 1st Div League without losing any point in this year for the second time, the 1st being in 1975. He was the Coach of the East Bengal team from 1992-1994.

Surajit Sengupta

Right Winger. The finest Right Winger of the club after P.Venkatesh. He was an artist with the ball, a terror for any defender of the country during his days due to his speed and skill. He was a born natural footballer. Played for our club from 1974-1979 and Captained in 1978. He was highest scorer in 1974 with 12 goals. He represented India in the Asian Games and Merdeka Tournament.

Bhaskar Ganguly

Goalkeeper. The Captain of Indian Football team in 1982 Asian games held at New Delhi. He served in Indian team in several International football tournaments with great success during his career in the club from 1976-1989 and again from 1991-1992, captained the team in 1984.
He is one of the best Goalkeepers India has ever produced but is yet to receive any government recognition like an Arjuna Award, etc.

Monoranjan Bhattacharya

Defender. A born natural defender, he was one of the most powerful and skillful players India ever had. During his playing career he was a very respected footballer in the football fraternity of the country. He represented the National Team in all the tournaments right from 1978 to 1989.

He set the record of playing a continuous fourteen years for the club from 1977-1990, left for two seasons and joined us again in 1993 - his last season on the Maidan. He was the Captain of the East Bengal team in 1981. He is also a qualified AFC Coach. He was the Coach of the team from 1996 - 1998 and again in 2000-2001 and under his coaching the club won the National Football League for the first time in 2000-2001 and the KBL Federation Cup. He is also yet to get any Government recognition like Arjuna Award etc. after his honest service to the national team for so many years. One recalls his outstanding performance for India against Argentina in the Nehru Cup Tournament in Kolkata.

Shabbir Ali

Striker. Played for East Bengal in 1978 and 1979. A fine striker who excelled in headers. He scored 34 goals for the Club many of them with headers including the one vs Mohun Bagan in the 1979 Kolkata League. He won the Golden Boot jointly with Manas Bhattacharya in 1979 Kolkata League with 23 goals.
He represented India from 1974-1984 in the following tournaments - Merdeka (1974,78,81), Asian Games (1982),Pre Olympics (1980,84), Asian Cup (1984) ,Kings Cup (1981), Marah Halim Cup (1975), Nehru Cup (1982,84). He is also a successful coach both in the club and state level. He won the Lifetime Dhyan Chand Award for his coaching.

Majid Baskar

Attacking Midfielder. He is a true legend of the Calcutta Maidan-by far the best foreign footballer who ever played for any club in India. He was a World Cupper for Iran having played in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Majid played for East Bengal Club from 1980 to 1981.

Jamshed Nasiri

Striker. An Iranian footballer who came to play for the club with Majid Baskar in 1980 -1981 and again came back as a matured player in 1985. He became the highest scorer in that very year with 17 goals in 1st Div. League. His goal against archrivals Mohun Bagan made East Bengal champions of the Federation Cup in 1985 in Bangalore.
It was thus that East Bengal became the champion club of India and qualified for the Asian Club Championship as the representatives of India.

Tarun Dey

Defender. Played in the club from 1982-1994 and 1997, captained the East Bengal team in 1986. He represented the National team in the different International tournaments for a long period. He is a qualified AFC Coach. He is at present the Coach of the junior team.

Aloke Mukherjee

Defender. Hard tackler who also had a fine interception. Played for the club from 1982 to 1985 during which the club won the following trophies - Calcutta League, Durand Cup (Joint), IFA Shield (Twice), Federation Cup, DCM Trophy and Sait Nagjee Trophy. He scored two goals for the club including a brilliant goal against Penarol Club in 1985 IFA Shield. He represented India in Nehru Cup- 1982 to 1985, Merdeka - 1982,1986, Asian Games - 1982,1986, Pre Olympics - 1983, Great Wall Cup - 1984, Pre World Cup -1985 and SAF Games - 1985. He was the coach of the Club in AFC Cup 2008.

Sudip Chatterjee

Defender/Midfielder. He was the most complete Indian footballer since the days of T. Balaram and Yusuf Khan and as a Midfielder, he was considered among the finest in Indian football. He played for the club from 1984-87 and 1990. Overall he scored 14 goals for the club including one in the 1990 Durand Cup Final vs Mahindra & Mahindra. Chatterjee was the first player who made the central midfielder's role famous in the eighties. He started off as a stopper, but switched over as a central midfielder under Amal Datta while playing for East Bengal in 1984. Former India coach Ciric Milovan also utilised him in this position and he rose to become one of India's greatest midfielders. Since then, till he left the game in 1990-91, Chatterjee ruled the midfield for his country, State and club with great aplomb. During his stay with East Bengal, he was adjudged the ‘Player of the Year’ by the AIFF in 1986. In 1994, Chatterjee got the "Player of the Decade" award.
At the International level he has represented India in Nehru Cup - 1983,1985(Capt), 1988 (Capt),1989; Asian Games - 1982,1986 (Capt); Pre Olympics – 1983; Pre World Cup - 1985 (Capt); Merdeka - 1986 (Capt); Asia Cup 1988 (Capt); Presidents Cup - 1982 and SAF Games - 1985 (Capt) and 1987 (Capt). He died an untimely death in September 2006 suffering a cardiac arrest after a piece of guava choked his respiratory tract.

Krishanu Dey

Striker/Attacking Midfielder. He was called the Indian Maradona due to his strong left foot skills and height. He played for East Bengal from 1985 - 1991 and 1994. He was the Captain of the team in 1989. He donned the Indian colours for several years and scored a hatrick in the Merdeka Football Tournament in Malaysia (1986).
He was much loved on the Calcutta Maidans for his sweet nature and gentlemanly behavior. He was the Chief Coach of the club's junior team till his sad demise in the month of March 2003.

Bikash Panji

Midfielder. In the modern football system he was a very talented and speedy midfielder and got the distinction of scoring goals in crucial matches (including International matches) from the midfield position. He was indispensable as a player to the Club and national team during his playing career.
He played for our club from 1985-1991 and 1994. He captained the team in 1988 and 1991. Presently he is the assistant coach of the club's senior football team.

Emeka Ezeugo

Striker / Midfielder. The World Cup footballer, who played for Nigeria in the 1994 World Cup (USA) played for the East Bengal club in 1986. He played a very good season for East Bengal. In fact he came to India to study and joined the club after he showed his skills for the University team. Much younger when the club had him but always ambitious and left for Europe to join Danish side Lyngby BK and really prospered and eventually selected for the Nigerian squad for 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Cheema Okerie

Striker. Nigerian Footballer, who dominated the Calcutta soccer scene with his lethal goal scoring ability played for the Club to 1987 to 1990. During 1987 he was the highest scorer in the Calcutta Football League with 26 goals. He again played for the Club in the National Football Championship in the year 1996-1997. He had also played in England and Norway.

John Devine

Defender. The versatile Republic of Ireland international defender Devine was an Arsenal player and also played for Arsenal in the 1980 FA Cup final. He moved to Norwich City in August 1983 and then moving to Stoke City in November 1985, he played in Norway, then for Shamrock Rovers and for East Bengal in 1987. He played in the Kolkata League, Sikkim Gold Cup, Rovers Cup and I.F.A Shield. During his tenure the club won the Kolkata League.

Julian Camino

Midfielder. He is an Argentine National team player who won two league titles with Estudiantes de La Plata and was part of the Argentina squad for Copa America 1983. The Argentine International played for East Bengal in 1988. He played for the Club in Kolkata League, Federation Cup, Sikkim Gold Cup, DCM and Rovers Cup. Overall he played in 20 matches and scored one goal in Rovers Cup. During his tenure the club won the Kolkata League.
Since August 2011 he is a member of the coaching squad of the Argentina National Football team as field assistant to Alejandro Sabella.

Kuljit Singh

Striker. He played for the Club from 1989-1992 being the Captain in the year 1992. He scored may crucial goal for East Bengal particularly the most vital one was the winning goal against Mahindra and Mahindra in the Durand Cup Final in 1990 which helped the Club to achieve the triple crown that year. He represented India in International Football.

Steven Alan Prindiville

Defender. England 'B' International. He played for Leicester City in 1987-88. Played for East Bengal in 1991. He represented the club in Durand Cup, Asian Cup Winners Cup, Rovers Cup and I.F.A Shield. He played 16 matches and scored 2 goals for the club vs Army XI in I.F.A Shield & Mahindra United. He assisted the club to win the Durand Cup and I.F.A Shield. He later played for Doncaster Rovers.

Ilyas Pasha

Defender. A fine side back who excelled in overlapping attacks. Played for the club from 1990 to 1998. He was the captain of the club in 1993. He scored two goals for the club including one against Mohun Bagan from a penalty in the dying moments in 1996 Calcutta League. During his captaincy the club defeated Al Zawra (Iraq) 6-2 at Kolkata in the Asian Cup Winners Cup and also won the first trophy on foreign soil - Wai Wai Cup in Kathmandu. He also assisted the club to win Calcutta League (five times), IFA Shield (five times), Federation Cup, Durand Cup (Thrice), Rovers Cup (Twice) and Bordoloi Trophy (once)

Mohammad Monem Munna

Defender. Bangladeshi International. Tough defender who was a good tackler and header. He played for Bangladesh national team for 11 years from 1986 to 1997. Munna was one of the finest footballers Bangladesh have ever produced and besides leading his country and Abahani, he played with distinction for East Bengal in the Calcutta Football League in the 1990s. In the year of 1991 & 1993, he played for Club and East Bengal became champions on both occasions. He scored two goals for the club. Under his stewardship Bangladesh won the 4-nation Tiger Trophy in Myanmar in 1995, the first-ever international triumph for his country. Bangladesh also became runners-up in 1995 SAF games, under his captaincy.
Munna earned National Sports Council Award of Bangladesh. He died an untimely death in 2005 at the age of 39 after a kidney ailment.

Tushar Rakshit

Midfielder. He played for the club from 1991-2004. As a player has represented East Bengal continuously for fourteen seasons. He was the captain in 1995. He was a very skillfull midfielder and scored 19 goals for the club including two in the Durand Cup final-1991 and Federation Cup final 1996(July) both of which the club won. He holds the record of winning the Kolkata League maximum of 9 times for the club. He represented India in the 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok and scored a goal.

Sammy Pamzo Omollo

Central Defender. Kenyan International. A cool defender who excelled in headers and tackles. One of the finest foreign defenders ever played in India. He played for East Bengal for two seasons in 1996-97. He scored four goals for the club including the winning goal vs Verdy Kawasaki a J League team in the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1997 at Kolkata.
Omollo made several appearances for the Kenya national football team, including five FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He played for Kenya at the 1992 African Cup of Nations finals. After he retired as a player, Omollo became a manager and led Mahakama to the Kenyan Premier League. He was appointed manager of Tusker F.C. in late 2010.

Emmanuel Opoku

Attacking Midfielder. A National player of Ghana, played for East Bengal from 1998 to 1999. He was a very talented player and was next only to Majid Baskar as a foreign player who played in India.

Suley Musah

Defender. Suley Musah was arguably one the best foreign defender played in India. An outstanding player who started as a wing back for the club and then switched over to central defence and midfield. He was the captain of the club in 2003, the year in which the club won ASEAN Cup, National Football League and Kolkata League. He also holds the record of the longest association with the club as a foreigner. He scored 41 goals for the club. During his tenure the club won the National Football League (Thrice), Kolkata League (Six times), IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Mcdowell Trophy and Airlines Gold Cup.

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