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Rise of Kings will be a turning point for Bangladesh football: Subrata

  • DM Simanto from Kolkata
  • 24 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Indian football legend Subrata Bhattacharya, who was also a defender of Mohun Bagan, has been closely monitoring the domestic football in Bangladesh, said on Monday that the rise of Bashundhara Kings will be a turning point for Bangladeshi football infrastructure.

The 69-year-old legend made this comment while talking to The Daily Sun Reporter DM Simanto during an AFC Cup match in Kolkata where Bashundhara Kings are representing Bangladesh on this prestigious international football stage in the Asian region.

“I believe there are still many hidden talents in Bangladesh. The clubs like Bashundhara Kings can bring them forward,” Subrata said, who served the Indian national football team from 1976 to 1988 and Mohun Bagan from 1974 to 1990.

“Corporate or franchise clubs play special roles in football nowadays. We’ve seen Brazil and English football. Once everyone believed that football lost its glamour due to the corporate companies, it is not true. But of course, these clubs should keep the right person in the right positions. They should have responsibilities like forming teams or selecting players to the former and experienced players,” he said.

Subrata played for 17 years in Mohun Bagan, he became the captain of this traditional club in 1977; under his leadership, Mohun Bagan won the triple-crown that season. Subrata also coached Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Kolkata Mohammedan. He won the Indian National Football League two times as a coach of Mohun Bagan. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in Football in 2019.