Indian Super League franchise Hyderabad FC have signed former India international goalkeeper Subrata Pal from rivals Jamshedpur FC.
33 year old Sodepur-born Subrata Pal is a product of the Tata Football Academy, who went on to play for Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal Club before playing for Pune FC, Prayag United FC, Rangdajied United FC, FC Vestsjælland (Denmark), Mumbai City FC, Salgaocar FC, NorthEast United FC, DSK Shivajians FC and then from 2017 for Jamshedpur FC.
Arjuna Awardee Subrata Pal said, “The name Hyderabad will always remain synonymous with Indian football’s history. Over the years, it has produced so many international stars and the club’s quest to revive glory days has personally appealed to me a lot. Unfortunately, all these years we didn’t have a club from the city, and now that we have one, it didn’t take me long to decide on moving to Hyderabad FC and be a part of Indian football’s glory and history. Hyderabad’s love and passion for football is folklore and I look forward playing in front of these amazing supporters.”
“Every season is a new one and we look forward to putting up a great show for Hyderabad FC. Coach Albert Roca is a seasoned campaigner and his inputs and coaching will surely help the club propel forward. I can assure that we will make every team sweat that extra bit when they play us. We will be starting from scratch and I have big personal targets set for myself and the club. Reviving glory days of the city’s footballing culture is one of the targets, as much as establishing Hyderabad FC as one of the best football clubs in the country,” he added.
New Hyderabad FC head coach Albert Roca said, “Subrata is one of the most experienced players in the ISL and has played at the highest level in the country for over a decade. He’s among the best goalkeepers in the country and there’s no doubt that he will bring in quality into our squad along with his leadership which will help a lot of youngsters in our team. He has been an integral part of the national team setup over many years, so we’re very happy to have him on board.”
— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) June 4, 2020