Sunil Chhetri retires: 7 Forgotten stars of Indian Football worth rediscovering


Chhetri to retire!

    Sunil Chhetri,skipper of the Indian football team, has declared that he will not be playing for the national team any longer following the June 6 FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier against Kuwait. The 39-year-old striker has been instrumental in elevating the nations standing in both national and international competitions as well as gaining attention for its national sport. Here are seven Indian footballers lost in memories

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Baichung Bhutia

    Often hailed as the torchbearer of Indian football, a Sikkimese football legend who led India to victories in the Nehru Cup and AFC Challenge Cup, securing their place in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. As the first Indian to sign with Bury FC in Europe, he made history. His advocacy for grassroots development earned him the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri, inspiring future footballers.

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Chuni Goswami

    Goswami was a talented forward who represented India at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He was known for his dribbling ability, vision, and goal-scoring prowess, and he later had a successful career in cricket as well.

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PK Banerjee

    A versatile player who represented India at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Banerjee was known for his skills as a forward and midfielder. He later became a highly successful coach, guiding the Indian national team to various achievements.

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Tulsidas Balaram

    Balaram was a prominent striker who represented India at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He was known for his goal-scoring prowess and played a significant role in Indias attacking lineup during the tournament.

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Samar Banerjee

    Banerjee was a goalkeeper who represented India at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was known for his agility, reflexes, and ability to make crucial saves during matches.

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Sailen Manna

    A legendary Indian footballer who captained the Indian football team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Manna was known for his exceptional defensive skills and leadership on the field.

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Fortunato Franco

    Franco was a skilled defender who represented India at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He was known for his solid defensive abilities, leadership on the field, and commitment to the game.

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