Arindam Bhattacharya is an Indian footballer who plays as a Goalkeeper for Churchill Brothers S.C. and India. He is the third choice keeper for India national football team. Bhattacharya started his footballing career during the 2008-09 I-League season with Churchill Brothers S.C. of the I-League. During his first season with the club he helped them win theI-League championship. He was adjudged as the best keeper in I-League after his remarkable performances in helping Churchill Brothers S.C. win the 2008-09 I-League and sooner that year he was called up by Bob Houghton to the India first team.
Nine men Bharat FC claim 2-0 win over Salgaocar FC for first ever I-League triumph
Nine-men Bharat FC got past Goan giants Salgaocar FC with ease at the Balewadi Stadium in a I-League Round 7 game on Sunday evening. The game ended 2-0 in favour of the debutantes, and they collect their first three points from a game this season.Subhash Singh drew the first blood for Bharat FC in the 23rd minute, following an assist from Kris Bright. The ball was delivered by Lester Fernandes from the corner, and Bright's stinger came off rival keeper Subrata Pal. On the rebound, Subhash made no errors in slotting the ball home comfortably.Off to additional time in the first 45 minutes, and Kris Bright doubled the lead for his side following a spot kick, earned after a foul by custodian Subrata on him inside the box. Bright made no mistake in sinking the penalty in.Bharat FC substitute midfielder Vignesh Gunashekar and then defender Ravanan Dharmaraj collected two yellows each and were asked to leave the field during the second session.Salgaocar had their chance to pull a goal back in the dying minutes, but Douhou Pierre missed the penalty. Arindam Bhattacharya stayed still and caught the ball – which came straight at him – comfortably, signifying that it was just not the Goan outfit's day.Bharat FC now move into the 10th spot with five points ahead of Sporting Goa, while Salgaocar FC remain put in 6th position.(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)http://arunfoot.blogspot.com/
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Arindam Bhattacharya: Goalkeeping is not all about shot-stopping
He's tall, dark and handsome. Arindam Bhattacharya, when reminded, smiles. "I play Football and will play Football," is all what he says.
As Arindam walks past, Indian national team's Goalkeeping Coach Marcus Pacheco comments, "Look at his height. International Goalkeepers stay that tall. He looks a Goalkeeper and is a Goalkeeper." Pacheco smiles; and so do all.
"When he first burst onto the scene, his height had struck me. He had just played for India U-19 then. Months later when he was named in the National squad, I discovered his talent. He was full of energy, willing to learn and motivate himself," Pacheco adds.
"He was then touted to be one of the best Indian Goalkeepers and he stays on track. In between, injuries hit him hard. He needs to play and gather more match experience. That would help him complete the Course what we are expecting from him."
More than being a shot stopper and an equally good distributor, Arindam's first struggle wasn't on the Football Field. Instead, it was at Home. "All my relatives are very good in Academics. Most of them are Software Engineers. My Dad was working for a Multinational organisation and my elder brother, a Chef. Taking up Football as a career was a sort of taboo in our family."
"But Oliver Kahn had inspired me and I was a sort of rebel. Convincing all was difficult. But it all fell into place once I joined the Tata Football Academy and thereafter went ahead to don the U-19 Indian Team colours."
For the record, Arindam makes a comeback to the National squad after the Nehru Cup. "I was in the Preparatory Camp in Bangalore prior to the Nehru Cup but was nursing my knee," he recollects. "In fact, the shoulder injury hit me hard as I missed the Bus to the Asian Cup. I had dived to gather a ball and fell badly. I couldn't play for six-seven months and in the process missed the entire season."
"I have been part of National Teams but the training process under Koevermans-Sir has impressed me a lot," he pronounces. "Moreover, at the National Camp, you get to train under a Goalkeeping Coach which may not always be the case with the Clubs. Goalkeeping is always a specialised subject," he quips.
How is a Goalkeeper's training different from the rest?
"A Goalkeeper Coach will guide you about your positioning, outing. When you train day in and day out with a Goalkeeping Coach, he follows a certain routine. He will make you stretch as you dive for the Balls. He understands more than any as to how much a Goalkeeper ought to stretch," Arindam explains. "The others use their legs, we use our hands."
"But modern-day Goalkeeping is not all about shot stopping. Distribution is nowadays an integral part our profession. Modern Football is all about building up from the back. I enjoy it a lot. In fact, it’s my plus point."
"The two back to back Friendlies stay very significant. The squad has been practicing hard. We have been unlucky in some previous matches. Let Lady Luck be on our side," Arindam urged.(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)
VIDEOs: Arindam Bhattacharya on Football & Friends
India and Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya in the two videos below talks about his friends, the club, national team and things of the football field on the YouTube channel of Mohun Bagan AC!