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  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9490 Points
    Nabab da interview:

  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India26945 Points
    edited May 2020
    @Deb_Ban: Absolutely brilliant interview...loved it!

    What I knew was his immense passion for his club and his dedication for developing football at the grassroots. In this interview I could get an idea of his razor-sharp mind, particularly in his analysis about the ills plaguing Bengal and Indian football at present. Forthright though his opinions were, they never seemed to be tendentious and propagandistic. While he does criticize the AIFF, the ISL and East Bengal and Mohun Bagan for their many lapses, he also does not spare the other clubs too for their failures in taking at least some imitative in getting Indian football out of the rut, hamstrung though they were by financial resources. As he said, more often than money it is dedication and vision as well as getting together the right sort of people and keep them working throughout the year that is necessary for the survival of the sports.

    Would love to translate the whole interview if IFNers would allow me...the problem is that even in this lockdown I am getting very little spare time after taking online classes and being engaged in a number of college duties
  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9490 Points
    Please do it. You will render a great service to the cause of Indian football.

    There is a part 2 of the interview as well. Unfortunately, I am not being able to upload the link. You may please search it in YouTube.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India26945 Points

    Nabab Bhattacharjee blasts against Federation 🔥 Part - 2 ⚽

  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India26945 Points

    Nabab-da Interview--Part-1 (translated into English) 

    Question: Ever since the beginning of football administration, it can be said that you have been running a club almost singlehandedly, Chirag, Prayag and now United Sports…

    Answer: Chirag or Prayag both were our sponsors, title sponsors. The club was United Sports Club. First Chirag was the sponsor, and then Prayag came in as the sponsor…

    Question: Could you tell us about your experiences in running the club?

    Answer: The club is a very old club, it was established in 1927. The club was called Eveready Association. When we took over the club, it used to play in the fifth division. Our secretary, Alokesh Kundu, was associated with Bhatrisangha club. He left Bhatrisangha club and took over this club. We became fifth Division champion and were promoted to the Fourth Division, later became Fourth Div. champ and were promoted to the Third Division. We were stuck in the Third Division for one year. The next year we were promoted to the Second Division. Then I think there was the First Division B group, the A Group and then Premier…no, then there used to the Super Division. Once, there was a decision that the first nine teams of the Super Division would be playing in the Premier Division. Since we were in the top nine, we stayed in the Premier League…a long history.

    Question: Could you tell us a bit more about your experience about playing in the I-League? From this position, you got a chance to play in the I-league and formed such an excellent team…  

    Answer: Playing in the I-league in those days was very different from playing in the I-league today. Playing even in the I-league Second division was very tough. First, there was the question of funds, we arranged the funds. Then there was the need of a good coach. We selected Amal Dutta as our coach: Amal-da was our coach for a long time. I could not avail of the services of two coaches, Bengali coaches, P.K. Banerjee and Subhash Bhowmick in my tenure. I was talking about this with Subhas-da last night. I still harbour a desire appoint him as a coach, in any one of our clubs, at the senior or junior level. He has got a good eye (for talent). He has a dash of arrogance in him; of course, a bit of attitude is not bad…The year we qualified for the I-league, we had two strikers, Theo and Francis. Amal-da was our coach then. Amal-da had conducted the practice, but could not travel with the club because of illness. Anjan Nath, our assistant coach, travelled with the team. We had a striker, Theodore Sunday Wrobeh, a Liberian player who now lives in America. After leaving United, he played for Mohammedan Sporting and made them League runners. He was an excellent player. That team had Sasthi Dulay, Gouranga Biswas and a host of other upcoming Bengali boys, which can rarely be found nowadays. It had a lot of talented Bengali boys and good foreigners. We invested lot of time and effort in this team and it ultimately qualified for the I-League.

    Question: Yan law has appreciated you and said that we need more people like Nabab Sir in India

    Answer: I have known Yan for a long time…ever since he played for India. Yan’s father is an extremely decent man. He loves sports, theirs is a sports family. I feel extremely happy that he is now coaching in the I-League and achieving so much success. He will be more successful…his football knowledge is very good and he always tried to stay updated which is one of the prerequisites of a good coach nowadays. He will only get better with time.

    Question: When your team played in the I-league, you had a lot of Bengali players. Even after that, a number of Bengali players have emerged in Bengal under your guidance or your team’s guidance.

    Answer: I would not say under my guidance…Now there are three formats of the I-League: Under13, Under15 and Under18. What happened was I am associated with a district club, Shyamnagar Tarun Sangha. We had a Nursery league. The problem was where would we accommodate those boys who performed well in this Nursery League. You must remember that this was the period when our club was in top form with the likes of Carlos Hernandez and Ranti Martins playing for our team. It was a matter of concern that these budding players were being recruited by different other clubs. We noted that while playing in different styles and under different systems, many of these talents got lost or could not fructify. We then took over another Fifth Division club called Pathachakra. There was no process of regular payment those days. If you won the game, you got a sum of Rs. 200 and a meal of mutton/chicken curry. What we did was we kept the best team among these young kids together, thus ensuring that they got a platform, the same coaching pattern and the same culture. Over time Pathachakra was promoted to Premier Division. We also provided opportunity to some other players…those who had suffered injury, were undergoing rehab and only got fit in the later stages of the league. We used to tell them to play, say, the last 5 teams for the match: in the process, they got a fair amount of match practice. Ultimately Pathachakra reached Premier Division…even now they play in the Premier Division B. Today those who qualify from Under18 play for Pathachakra…players who are 18, 19 and 20 play for Pathachakra. Those who are better play for United. In the meantime, if there is some offer from some other club, so much the better for the player. We hand them over to these clubs. Monotosh Chaklader was recruited to East Bengal and Provat Lakra was recruited by NEUFC by this process. Not only are they good players, they both have excellent character. Hopefully they will be successful in future.

    (to be Contd.)

  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 9490 Points
    United SC is going to tie up with an Italian club Pescara FC for grassroot development. International Manager Falcao Mario Ferri of their academy visited Kalyani to check United SC infrastructure.
    Nabab Bhattacharya said they plan to send promising youngsters to Italy for further development. An agreement is to be signed soon.
  • again i opnended this thread after 9 years :D 

    The club was called Eveready Association

    that's a good name. its a battery company name right? but sounds good. 

  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India26945 Points
    @Deb_Ban: Thanks for posting this. I had read about this yesterday and wanted to post it in the morning, but you have beaten me to it :)

    Giving jersey to Mario at Kalyani Stadium


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