Sanju Pradhan is an Indian footballer who plays as a midfielder for East Bengal F.C. in the I-League for which he also captains and the India national football team. Pradhan was selected by the Sikkim football team at junior level. In 2006 Pradhan joined the Sports Academy of Sikkim after he and the other boys were sent there. Then in October 2006, after a great performance in the All India Governors Gold Cup Football Tournament for the Sports Academy of Sikkim, Pradhan was scouted by then Air India FC coach Bimal Ghosh and was offered a chance to join the current I-League team. fter spending two years at Air India FC Pradhan signed for East Bengal F.C. who also play in the I-League in 2008. Pradhan scored his first goal of his profile for the Red and Gold on 7 February 2009 against his old club now, Air India, in which he scored in the 81st to guarantee East Bengal a 3–1 victory over the Airmen. Pradhan then went on to score his second ever goal for East Bengal on 29 March 2010 against Salgaocar F.C. at the Fatorda Stadium which turned out to be East Bengal's only goal in another 1–4 loss. Pradhan then scored probably his most memorable goal on 6 February 2011 from the penalty spot against historic rivals of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan A.C. at the Salt Lake Stadium in front of 60,000 fans which led East Bengal to a 1–1 draw. Then in 2011 Pradhan was made captain of East Bengal. Pradhan then scored again for East Bengal on 30 April 2012 against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Salt Lake Stadium in which East Bengal won 3–0
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