Subrata Pal is an illustrious Indian football Player. The 29 years old star hails from a suburb of Kolkata called Sodepur. Despite his humble beginnings, he has managed to reach the apex of success and glory as a professional Indian football player. As a teenager, Subrata worked as a knife-welder and today he boasts of the big brand name in him in the world of football. This sea-change in Subrata’s life could happen only because of his dedication and perseverance. From hardships to glory, his life is a great inspiration. It can be confidently stated that Subrata Pal is the best goalkeeper ever produced by India. Let’s have a look on some achievements of Subrata that corroborate the statement. The initial stage of Subrata’s career was rife with controversies. In the finals of the Federation Cup 2004, Subrata Pal collided with Cristiano Júnior, a striker of Dempo. Due to the colossal impact and the lack of appropriate medical facilities, Cristiano succumbed to his injuries. Still a teenager, this incident could have ruined his career and life, but for his mental equanimity and courage, he sailed through all the hardships to be the star he is today. It truly is a feat of extraordinary courage and will-power to achieve big in life.
Subrata Pal Is the Best Goalkeeper Ever Produced By India
Subrata Pal’s Career
Further in his career, in 2007, he was signed by a Kolkata based club called East Bengal. For the spectacular display of his shot-stopping abilities, he was declared as the best goalkeeper of 2007. Because of his outstanding performance, his team qualified for the subsequent year’s AFC Cup. Subrata made his appearance for 31 times in his career with East Bengal and was always the first choice as the goalkeeper of the team. During all this time Subrata had a keen desire of playing football in the foreign countries. His wish was fulfilled in 2014 when Subrata signed the Danish Superliga’s FC Vestsjælland. Thereby, Subrata Pal became the fourth footballer from India to play professional football abroad. He also became the first Indian goalkeeper to play abroad and the second Indian to connect to a high-profile European side. He has also played a considerable role in catapulting his Mumbai City FC club to semi-finals during the Indian Super League of 2015.
Subrata also possesses a prominent international career. He has played for India in all the age groups. He earned the nickname of ‘Indian Spider-Man’ by the Japanese Media after his breathtaking performance in the 2011’s AFC Asian Cup, in a match he played against South Korea. Another reminisced performance of Subrata Pal is his performance in the Pre-Olympic qualifiers with the under-23 team. He managed 3 saves in a penalty shootout against Myanmar during a very crucial juncture. After these glorious saves, India easily qualified for the Group Stage. His impeccable skills enabled India to reach the finals for the very first time for the 2007’s Nehru Cup. India faced Syria in the finals and won the tournament for the first time by defeating Syria with a margin of 1-0. His flawless performance against Syria made big headlines everywhere and earned him a tremendous glory. Another notable performance by Subrata was in 2008’s AFC Challenge Cup. His adroitness not only led his team to victory but also enabled it to secure a spot in the 2011’s AFC Asia Cup, for the first time in the last 24 years. Subrata meticulously performed three spectacular saves in the Nehru Cup 2009. He stopped the deciding shot on goal and thus helped India to take away the Cup. With such eminent achievements in his platter, Subrata Pal has shown his mettle over and over again. India feels pride in having produced a gem goalkeeper like Subrata Pal.