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2011 AFC Asian Cup Indian playing XI: Where are they now?

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The senior Indian football team recently qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after their 4-1 thumping over Macau in the qualifiers. This will be the fourth time the 'Blue Tigers' will participate in the elite competition. It was in 2011 when the Climax Lawrence-led Indian team featured in the tournament the last time. It was a very painful outing for them as they crashed out in the group stages itself by virtue of heavy defeats against Australia, South Korea and Bahrain. Only one of the 11 players who started in those games is still playing for the National Team.

Let us have a look whether the fab 11 are playing (or retired) in the present day:

#11 Subrata Pal

AFC Asian Cup - India v Australia
Subrata Pal in action during the 2011AFC Asian Cup - India v Australia

Subrata Paul is the first Indian goalkeeper to sign for a foreign club, when he was roped in by Danish side FC Vestsjaelland in 2014. Unfortunately, he never made a start in the main team and soon made the long flight back to India.

He came into prominence during his Mohun Bagan days and got a break in 2007 when he was included in the National side for the first time. Since then, he was a mainstay at the bars for the ‘Blue Tigers.’

After playing for as many as 10 Indian clubs since 2014, he has finally settled in Jamshedpur FC and will feature in this years' Indian Super League. Hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in Asia during his playing days, Pal's service to Indian football is comparable only to few others from the country. 

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