Mehtab Hossain is a professional footballer who hails from West Bengal in India. Born on the 5th of September 1985, in Kolkata, Hossain is a defensive midfielder. He currently plays for Mohun Bagan in the Hero I-League.
Mehtab started his career with Tollygunge Agragami in 2001. He initially played as an attacking midfielder. From 2003-2007, he represented ONGC and the bengal giants Mohun Bagan. All this while, the midfielder was growing his stature and improving his game with each passing match.
Mehtab first represent India back in 2005. Though he was not contributing much in the scoresheet, he was delivering strong and consistent performances in the field. He did not get scared to make strong tackles and won the ball on more occasions than not. He went on to play 29 matches for India and scored two goals.
Rise to Glory
Mehtab is known as the 'Claude Makelele of Indian football’ for his ferocious tackling and commitment on the field. He is regarded as one of the kingpins in Indian football.
The midfielder had a good period with East Bengal from 2007-2017. During this time, he got a lot of games under his belt and played a key role in the team’s success as they won the Federations cup three times.
Former mentor Trevor Morgan showed appreciation to the player by choosing him as his first pick in the 2014 ISL domestic player draft. He played for the Kerala Blasters since the inaugural edition of the league. He helped the team reach the finals on two occasions.
Hossain had a torrid period in 2006 and 2007. He was dropped from the team for quite a while and the injuries added to his woes. A ligament tear and a groin injury almost made him give up football. He was being criticized for not delivering good performances. Mehtab fought hard during this period and came back stronger.
Mehtab retired from international duty in the year 2015 after being dropped from the 26-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers.
The 32-year old player is currently with the Jamshedpur FC who acquired his services in the 2017-18 players draft.