Amal Dutta, Indian football player and manager, Died at 86


Amal Dutta was born in 1930, West Bengal, India and died on July 10, 2016.

He was a football coach in India.

During the 1950s, Amal played in midfield for East Bengal.

Dutta had also represented India in the 1954 Asian Games at Manila.

Following his retirement as a player, Amal went to England for a one-year FA coaching course, where he was taught by the renowned Walter Winterbottom.

Upon his return to India, Dutta’s first major assignment was to coach Railways in 1960 for the Santosh trophy.

Amal’s first major assignment with a big club was in 1963 with East Bengal midway through the Calcutta league.

He went on as a coach with East Bengal in 1964 but after a year, Amal took the first of several bold steps in his chequered career.

Dutta quit the security of his job in the Indian Railways and opted to become a full-time football coach, the first-ever in India and a feat for which he has received little recognition.

During the early 1960s, Dutta retired from the Indian Railways to become a full-time coach, a bold step in the amateur football scene of that time in India.

Which he is now recognised as the first professional coach in India.

During his long coaching career, he was associated with premier football clubs of India, and also became coach of India.

Now Amal Dutta is renowned for his bold and innovative tactics and formation.

Amal Dutta passed away at 86 years old.