I-League: Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya rejoins Churchill Brothers
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya has rejoined Churchill Brothers for a second spell, Sportskeeda can confirm.
Arindam spent five years at Churchill Brothers in his first spell between 2007 and 2012, winning the I-League in 2008-09. He was adjudged the I-League’s best goalkeeper that season and also won the Durand Cup and IFA Shield with the Red Machines besides playing in the AFC Cup.
He joined Mohun Bagan last season but injuries and the club’s problems both on and off the pitch made it difficult for Arindam to become a regular there. Hence after one campaign in Kolkata, the custodian is back to the club that made him one of the best goalkeepers in the country.
Arindam was part of the Indian senior national team setup in the lead up to the 2011 Asian Cup but was unfortunate to miss out from the final squad due to injury.
He was the star of the India U-23 team that won the SAFF Cup in 2009 and now aims to make a return to the senior national team by having an equally better second spell with the two-time I-League champions. Arindam will also be reuniting with new Churchill Brothers technical director Sukhwinder Singh, who was in charge of India U-23 at the 2009 SAFF Championship.
Churchill Brothers had released experienced goalkeepers Sandip Nandy and Felix D’Souza after the end of last season so the addition of Arindam will be vital and the Bengal-born custodian is expected to feature in their Goa League opener against Dempo later today.