Arnab Kumar Mondal is an Indian professional football player. He plays for ATK, which is an Indian Super League Club.
Born on 25 September 1989 in Behala, West Bengal, Mondal has been playing professional football for years now. He plays as a Centre Back and is quite an effective player for whichever side he plays.
Mondal grew up in Behala, a neighborhood in Kolkata, West Bengal. He grew up developing a keen interest in Football. At a very early age of 17, he joined Mohammedan Sporting, one of the oldest football clubs in India.
Mondal made his debut at the I-League Level for Prayag United. Due to his impressive performances in different tournaments, he was one of the 84 Indian players to play in the first edition of Indian Super League.
He made his debut in the 2014 Indian Super League for Atletico de Kolkata.
Also, he played for the India Under 23 side against Qatar Under 23 in a qualifier game for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Rise to glory
Mondal rose to prominence quickly in his career. In 2012, he left the Prayag United and joined East Bengal.
Soon, the club realised his potential when he scored the key goal in the 2012 Federation Cup Final against Dempo.
He had scored the equalising goal for the club and that led the team to lifting the cup. When he came back from injury in the 2013-14 season, he was widely considered one of the best players that the club had. He was even a part of the 2014 ATK side that won the Indian Super League against Kerala Blasters in the final at the DY Patil Stadium.
His major low points came when he was injured while playing for the Indian National team in the year 2012. Due to this injury, he missed the majority part of the second half of the season and East Bengal failed to win the title. Also, in the later half of the year of 2017, because of his inability to adapt to the changing times, he was dropped from the national side for the first time in the last three and a half years.
Because of the prominent player that he had become, he was declared the captain of the senior national team for the World Cup Qualifiers against Oman in 2015.