Sushil Bhattacharya

Sushil Bhattacharya
Personal information
Date of birth 1924
Place of birth Bagdogra, India
Date of death 18 July 2015 (aged 90)
Place of death Kolkata, India
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Town Club
Vidyasagar College
Sporting Union
1945–1949 East Bengal
Eastern Railway
1951East Bengal (loan)
Teams managed
East Bengal
India women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sushil Bhattacharya (1924 – 18 July 2015) was an Indian football player and coach. He was the first manager of the India women's national football team.

Playing career

Born in Bagdogra, Bhattacharya began his playing career with Town Club in Baharampur, representing them in the IFA Shield.[1] He then played for Vidyasagar College and Sporting Union, before signing for East Bengal in 1945.[1] With East Bengal he won the Calcutta League and IFA Shield, and earned a call-up to the national team in 1946.[1] He moved to Eastern Railway in 1949, returning briefly to East Bengal on loan in 1951, for the Durand Cup.[1]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Bhattacharya began his coaching career with Eastern Railway, as an assistant coach.[1] He later became the first-ever professional coach of East Bengal.[1] He won the IFA Shield and Calcutta League with East Bengal in 1961.[2] In 1975 he came the first-ever manager of the Bengal women's team, and the first-ever manager of the newly formed India women's national football team.[1][2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Atanu Mitra (19 July 2015). "egendary Indian coach Sushil Bhattacharya passes away". Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. 1 2 Arunava Chaudhuri (21 July 2015). "India's first women's football national team coach Sushil Bhattacharya passed away". Sports Keeda. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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