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1962 Asian Games gold medal winning goalkeeper Prodyut Burman no more!

1962-asian-games-football-goldFormer India international goalkeeper Prodyut Burman, who was a member of the gold winning Indian football team at the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games, died at a state-run hospital in Kolkata on Saturday. Burman was 81 and leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter.

In recent years Prodyut Burman had been suffering from the Parkinsons disease and therefore spent considerable time in hospital in recent months.

Described as a ‘very safe Goalkeeper’ by all, Burman made his International debut against South Korea at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. He played all the matches till the semifinals but was dropped from the Starting XI in favour of the late Peter Thangaraj in the final as India went on to win the Gold Medal despite team mates wanting him to be in the Starting XI.

Burman started his top level career with Eastern Railway SC in the Calcutta Football League and went on to win the 1958 CFL title with before later in his career playing for Mohun Bagan AC.

AIFF President, Mr. Praful Patel in his message said, “It is sad to hear that Mr. Prodyut Burman is no more. His contribution to Indian Football will never be forgotten. I share the grief.”

My condolences to Prodyut Burman’s family, friends and former team mates!

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