Full NamePradip Kumar Banerjee
BornOctober 15, 1936
Height5 ft 8 in (1.76 m)
Pradip Kumar Banerjee was born on 23 June 1936 in Jalpaiguri, Bengal Presidency, British India.
He is a former Indian footballer and football coach. He played as a Striker. He has scored 65 goals in his entire career.
At the age of 15, playing on the right wing, Banerjee represented Bihar in Santosh Trophy.
In 1954 he joined the Aryan club of the Kolkata state in India. Later he represented Eastern Railway of India.
He represented India in three Asian Games - 1958 in Tokyo, 1962 in Jakarta, where India won the gold medal, and 1966 in Bangkok.
At the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne he was a part of the national team.
Recurring injuries forced him to drop out of the national team and subsequently to his retirement in 1967.
He debuted in the Indian national team with the Quadrangular tournament of 1955 held in Dacca (now Dhaka), East Pakistan (now the capital of Bangladesh) as a 19 year old.
Frequent injuries were his real battle which ultimately led him to leave the national team.
He was captain of Indian national team at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where he scored an equalizer against France in a 1-1 draw.
Frequent injuries forced him to leave the national team and and also retire in 1967. He started coaching football teams and his first team was the East Bengal Football Club.
He guided Mohan Bagan to a historic win of the IFA Shield, Rovers Cup and Durand Cup respectively to achieve their first-ever triple-crown triumph in one season.
In 1972, he became the Indian national coach with the 1972 Munich Olympics qualifying matches being guided by him. He continued to coach the Indian Football Team till 1986.
When the Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961, he was one of the first recipients of the award. In 1990, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri.
He has been named Indian Footballer of the 20th century by FIFA. He has been awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA, in 2004.