Sandip Nandy is an Indian professional footballer who plays for the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League and has represented the Indian national football team. He was born on 15th January 1975, hailing from the town of Bardhaman in West Bengal, India. He plays as a goalkeeper.
An immensely experienced custodian, he has played for some of the top clubs of India like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers etc. The veteran not only brings a necessary injection of experience to the squad, but also acts as a senior figure for the younger players.
He started out with Mohun Bagan making his senior debut comparatively late, as a 24 year old in the 1999-2000 season. After a successful two years with Mohun Bagan, he moved to the Tollygunge Agragami, before eventually joining rivals East Bengal.
He made his debut for the Indian national team in the year 2004, when he was called up after he put in a number of impressive performances for East Bengal. However, he failed to guarantee a starting place for himself and was used occasionally. 2006 was a great year for him as he was capped 6 times in that year.
Rise to Glory
He had a scintillating debut season with Mohun Bagan in 1999 as they won the National Football League. However, he truly rose to his zenith while playing for East Bengal, as he won two National Football League titles with them, and an ASEAN Club Championship in 2003 where he was adjudged as the best goalkeeper.
He again had a resurgence in the 2012-13 season, when he recalled to the national setup after a gap of five year.
The veteran has donned the gloves for several clubs in India and is still regarded highly for his ability. He has played for the rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in two different stints. He appeared for Mohun Bagan in 1999-2001 and then from 2013-14. He played for East Bengal from 2002 to 2004 and then from 2010 to 2012. He appeared as a starter for the both the clubs during this period.
He has also played for clubs like Tollygunge Agragami, Mahindra United, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers, Mumbai F.C. and Southern Samity. He had a disappointing spell with the latter where he felt he was mistreated by the head coach Hemanto Dora who also happened to be his idol. He has appeared for the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. He first played for them in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 editions of ISL where he gathered 18 appearances. He was again re-signed for the 2017-18 edition, getting the chance to work under Rene Meulensteen.
He had a difficult spell with Southern Samity in 2017 where he felt he was mistreated by the head coach and terminated his contract with the club.
He has won the National Football League thrice, twice with East Bengal and once with Mohun Bagan. He has also won the ASEAN Club Championship with East Bengal where he won the Best Goalkeeper Award.