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Legendary Indian footballer P.K. Banerjee passes away:
P. K. Banerjee
Personal information
Full namePradip Kumar Banerjee
Date of birth(1936-06-23)23 June 1936[1][2]
Place of birthJalpaiguri, Bengal Presidency, British India
Date of death20 March 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 83)
Place of deathKolkata, West Bengal, India
Height5ft 8​12 in
Playing position(s)Striker
Youth career
1951Bihar
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1954Aryan F.C.
1955–1967Eastern Railway F.C.
National team
1955–1966India36[3](19)
Teams managed
1972–1981India[4]
1985India
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Pradip Kumar Banerjee (23 June 1936 – 20 March 2020) was an Indian football player and coach. He represented India in 36 official matches, wearing the captain’s armband in 6 of them, and scored 19 official goals for the country. He was one of the first recipients of Arjuna Award, when the awards were instituted in 1961. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1990 and was named Indian Footballer of the 20th century by IFFHS. In 2004, he was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA.
Banerjee passed away on 20 March 2020 at 12:40 p.m. after suffering from age-related issues, having been on life support at a Kolkata hospital since March 2. He also had an underlying history of Parkinson's disease, dementia and heart problems.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 International statistics
2.2 International goals
3 Managerial career
4 Death
5 Honours
5.1 India
5.2 Individual
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
Early life
Pradip Kumar Banerjee was born on 23 June 1936, in Jalpaiguri in Bengal Presidency (now West Bengal). He studied in Jalpaiguri Zilla School and completed his schooling from K.M.P.M. School in Jamshedpur.
Career
At the age of 15, Banerjee represented Bihar in Santosh Trophy, playing in the right wing. In 1954 he moved on to Kolkata and joined Aryan. Later he moved on to represent Eastern Railway.
He made his debut for the national team in the 1955 Quadrangular tournament in Dacca (presently Dhaka), East Pakistan (now capital of Bangladesh) at the age of 19.
He represented India in three Asian Games namely, the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, where India clinched the gold medal in football and then the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was part of the national team that played at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He captained India at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where he scored an equalizer against France in a 1-1 draw. He represented India thrice at the Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur, where India won a silver medal in 1959 and 1964 and a bronze medal in 1965. Recurring injuries forced him to drop out of the national team and subsequently to his retirement in 1967.
International statistics
FIFA "A" matches only
India national team
Year
Apps
Goals
1955
3
4
1956
4
2
1958
5
0
1959
5
1
1960
3
1
1961
3
1
1962
5
4
1964
8
1
1965
6
0
1966
3
0
Total
45
14
International goals
FIFA A international matches are listed.
Date
Venue
Opponent
Result
Competition
Goals
18 December 1955
Dacca, East Pakistan
 Ceylon
4–3
1955 Colombo Cup
2
22 December 1955
Dacca, East Pakistan
 Burma
2–1
1955 Colombo Cup
1
26 December 1955
Dacca, East Pakistan
 Pakistan
2–1
1955 Colombo Cup
1
12 December 1956
Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney
 Australia
7–1
International Friendly
2
8 September 1959
City Stadium, Penang
 South Korea
1–1
International Friendly
1
29 August 1960
Stadio Olimpico Comunale, Grosseto, Italy
 France
1–1
1960 Olympics
1
9 August 1961
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
 Malaya
2–1
1961 Merdeka Tournament
1
27 August 1962
Senayan Stadium, Jakarta
 Japan
2–0
1962 Asian Games
1
30 August 1962
Senayan Stadium, Jakarta
 Thailand
4–1
1962 Asian Games
2
4 September 1962
Senayan Stadium, Jakarta
 South Korea
2–1
1962 Asian Games
1
1 September 1964
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
 South Korea
2–1
1964 Merdeka Tournament
1
Managerial career
P. K. Banerjee's first stint at coaching came with the East Bengal Football Club. He guided Mohan Bagan Athletic Club to a historic feat, winning the IFA Shield, Rovers Cup and Durand Cup respectively to achieve their first-ever triple-crown triumph in one season. He became the national coach in 1972, starting with the qualifying matches of the 1972 Munich Olympics. He went on to coach the Indian Football Team till 1986. He joined the Tata Football Academy at Jamshedpur and served as its Technical Director from 1991 to 1997. He was awarded the player of the Millennium in 2005 by FIFA. He had also won the International Fair Play Award from the Olympic Committee, a feat that is yet to be repeated by any Indian footballer.
In 1999, Banerjee again took up the post of the technical director of the Indian Football team.
Death
Banerjee died on 20 March 2020 in a hospital in Kolkata. He was suffering from chest infection for a few weeks. He was survived by his two daughers Paula and Purna.
Honours
India
Asian Games Gold Medal — 1962 Asian Games
Merdeka Tournament Silver Medal — 1959, 1964
Bharat Nirman Awards — Lifetime Achievement 2011
Individual
Received Padma Shri in 1990
Received Arjuna Award in 1961.
Listed as Indian Footballer of 20th Century by IFFHS.
FIFA Order of Merit (Centennial), highest honour by FIFA in 2004
Banerjee is the only footballer from Asia who has been awarded the FAIR PLAY Award.
See also
Arjuna award recipients among Indian footballers
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