Indian football legend Subhash Bhowmick passes away, pall of gloom over Kolkata Maidan

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Kolkata: Former Indian team star, veteran coach and Indian football legend Subhash Bhowmick breathed his last on Saturday. His death is a massive loss for Indian football and ended one of the most controversial, colourful and passionate characters ever to grace the ‘Beautiful Game’ in India. He was 71.

He breathed his last at a nursing home in the Ekbalpur area of Kolkata this morning. According to hospital sources, Subhash Bhowmick recently contracted coronavirus. Besides, he was suffering from kidney disease for a long time. Dialysis was going on for about three and a half months. 

Subhash Bhowmick had played for both Kolkata giants – East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. He was a member of the Indian football team that won bronze at the 1970 Asian Games. He also played in the Merdeka Cup. 

Apart from East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, he has coached several clubs in Goa. A shadow of gloom and mourning engulfed the famed Kolkata Maidan upon receiving the news of his death.

West Bengal Sports Minister Arup Biswas took the initiative for his treatment on Friday. Talking to the Indian Football Association (IFA) bosses, Arup Biswas had made arrangements to continue the further treatment of Subhash Bhowmick. 

Yesterday, a meeting was held over the future treatment of Subhash Bhowmick. He was being monitored to ascertain If he needed a kidney transplant.

But before that, Subhash Bhowmick crossed over to the land of stars. 

His son Arjun Bhowmick had expressed his wish to the West Bengal sports minister that the body of Subhash Bhowmick be taken once in front of his house in Alipore.

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It is noteworthy that Subhash Bhowmick achieved as much success as a coach as he did as a footballer. 

He coached the East Bengal team to the ASEAN Cup title in 2003. 

Former India team superstar and another Indian football legend Shyam Thapa expressed his grief over the death of Subhash Bhowmick. 

“When we played together in Kolkata, he was my junior, but we became good friends. We played together. We also played for the country together. We were also room partners. I have played abroad along with in Thailand, Bangkok and other places. I never saw him nervous. He gave confidence to everyone. But in the last two years, I have not been able to meeet him due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Shyam Thapa said.

first published:Jan. 22, 2022, 8:50 p.m.

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