Amal Datta passes away

Posted on 11/07/16 by Kingfisher East Bengal


Former India footballer and coach Amal Datta passed away on Sunday evening. He was 86 and is survived by wife, son and daughter.


A midfielder, representing India at the 1954 Asian Games apart from playing & coaching for East Bengal. He later made a name for himself as a tactical genius as he pioneered professional coaching in India.


He had also gone to England for a one-year FA coaching course. He was always very enthusiastic about modern football.


Amal Datta played for East Bengal in 1953, 1955 & 1956. He won PK Nair Gold Cup and Durand Cup in 1956 during his stint with the club. He toured Europe and USSR with East Bengal Club as a player in 1953.


Amal Datta was the Technical Director of Indian team 1987 SAF Games which won the gold medal. He was also the Technical Director in the Nehru Cup in 1988.


Amal Datta coached East Bengal in 1963, 1964, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1992. During his coaching career with the club, East Bengal won CFL & IFA Shield – Twice; Durand Cup, Rovers Cup, Darjeeling Gold Cup, Sanjay Gandhi Gold Cup, Bordoloi Trophy, Airlines Trophy & ATP Shield for one time each.


East Bengal Club saddened with his passing away conveyed condolence to his family.


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