Subrata Pal Biography
Subrata Pal is an Indian footballer who was born on December 24, 1986 in Sodepur, West Bengal, India. One of the best goalkeepers India has ever had, he started playing in domestic leagues from the age of 18.
Pal managed to get signed to Mohun Bagan in 2004 at the age of 18. He was subsequently signed to many I-League teams over the years such as East Bengal, Pune, Prayag United, Rangdajied United, Salgaocar and DSK Shivajians.
He played in the Indian Super League for Mumbai City FC and was transferred to Jamshedpur for the 2017-18 season.
Subrata made his international debut in the Nehru Cup 2007, helping India beat Kyrgyzstan and Syria. He then played in the AFC Challenge Cup 2008, Nehru Cup 2009, AFC Asian Cup 2011 and World Cup 2014 and 2018 qualifiers.
In the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, he made more than 35 saves, earning him the name Spiderman.
At the age of 18, Pal was signed by Mohun Bagan. In 2007, he was signed by East Bengal.
In the Kolkata-based team, he made quite a name for himself and ended up appearing in 31 games representing the team.
In 2009, he got signed to Pune and in 2012, he got transferred to Prayag United.
At this point, he got signed to play in ISL. Despite I-League being against ISL, Rangdajied United signed him to them.
In 2014, Pal got signed to FC Vestsjælland to play in a domestic Danish league.
He represented Mumbai City FC in ISL in 2014 season. While Pal moved from Salgaocar to DSK Shivajians in the I-League, he was transferred to play for Jamshedpur in ISL in 2017-2018 season.
In March of 2015, he was named the captain of the Indian national football team. He played and captained remarkably by performing greatly in the World Cup qualifiers where Nepal lost to India 2-0.
In 2004, while playing against Dempo in the 2004 Federation Cup, he collided into a Brazilian player called Cristiano Junior causing an unfortunate heart stroke in the latter. The forward did not receive proper medical attention and was pronounced dead on arrival at Hosmat Hospital. Pal was suspended for two months.
In March of 2017, Pal tested positive in a doping test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
He refused to believe the outcome and claimed that he would prove his innocence by taking a ‘B’ sample test.
Pal is the fourth Indian player and first Indian goalkeeper to play professionally abroad. He received Arjuna Award in 2016.