Former Indian Footballer Chuni Goswami Hospitalised

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Kolkata: Legendary footballer and former Indian player Chuni Goswami has been admitted to hospital on Tuesday with a respiratory problem.

As a striker, he played 50 international matches representing India. As a first class cricketer, he played Ranji Trophy for Bengal. Chuni Goswami holds the distinction of playing for a single club, Mohun Bagan, throughout his club career despite numerous offers.

Goswami joined the Mohun Bagan Junior Team in 1946 at the age of 8 years. He was a part of the Junior squad up to 1954 and then graduated to the Mohun Bagan senior team. He continued playing for Mohun Bagan till his retirement in 1968. During his stay with the club, he captained the club in 5 seasons from 1960 to 1964.

He made his international debut for India in 1956 during the team’s 1-0 victory over the Chinese Olympic team. He went on to play for India in 50 international matches including in Olympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup. He captained India to the Asian Games Gold Medal in 1962 and a Silver in the 1964 Asia Cup in Tel Aviv and in the Merdeka Cup.