THE DIAMOND ERA ENDS : AMAL DUTTA PASSES AWAY
10.07.2016 : The legendary football coach Amal Dutta is no more. The "Diamond Coach" left for for his ultimate destination after a prolonged illness. He was bed ridden since last three months, but finally lost the race today, at around 8.10 pm at the age of 87 at his residence in Baguihati.
The passing away of Amal Dutta is a great loss for Kolkata maidan as well as in Indian football.Amal Dutta can be reckoned as a philosopher of Indian football had a long list of students and followers. Amal Dutta was in the dugout in many important matches in India and abroad for different football clubs and country.
AMAL DUTTA : A SHORT PROFILE ( Scroll Down)
AS A COACH : TEAMS MANAGED
East Bengal ( 1963-64, 1976-77, 1982-1984, 1992)
Mohun Bagan ( 1969-70, 1985-86-87,89,91, 97-98, 2004-2005)
Mohammedan Sporting (1980)
Calcutta Port Trust (2007-2008)
Tollygunj Agragami (1975,1998-1999,2001)
United Sporting Club (2008-2011)
Churchill Brothers (2000)
Santosh Trophy - Railway 1960, Orissa 1967 and 1980.
AMAL DUTTA'S CONTRIBUTION : TROPHIES WON
EAST BENGAL :
Calcutta Football League: 1977 ( ALL WIN RECORD) ), 1982.
IFA Shield: 1976 (Joint-winners), 1984.
Durand Cup: 1982 (Joint-winners).
Rovers Cup: 1975-76.
Darjeeling Gold Cup: 1982 (Joint-winners).
Sanjay Gandhi Gold Cup: 1984.
Bordoloi Trophy: 1992.
Airlines Trophy: 1992.
ATP Shield: 1992.
MOHUN BAGAN :
Calcutta Football League: 1969, 1986, 1997, 2005.
IFA Shield: 1969, 1987, 1989, 1998.
Rovers Cup: 1970, 1985, 1991.
Durand Cup: 1985, 1986.
Federation Cup: 1986, 1987, 1998.
DCM Trophy: 1997.
Dr. H. K. Mookherjee Shield: 1969.
Nehru Trophy (Madras): 1970
Sikkim Gold Cup: 1985, 1986, 1989.
SSS Trophy: 1987.
Airlines Trophy: 1989, 2005.
Independence Day Cup: 1997.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB :
Rovers Cup (Joint winners): 1980.
DCM Trophy: 1980.
Sikkim Gold Cup: 1980.
Amal Dutta, played as a midfielder against Pakistan in the Quadrangular Tournament in Rangoon and was a member of Indian squad for 1954 Asian Games in Manila. Amal Dutta was an important member of Indian squad in 1954 Quadrangular Tournament which held in Calcutta. He was a player of East Bengal Club from 1953 to 1956 (A self goal by him in 1955 CFL 2nd leg, as EastBengal lost 0-2 against Mohun Bagan). Amal Dutta played IFA Shield Final for East Bengal against Indian Cultural League in 1953 . He represented AIFF XI to USSR in the year 1955.
Amal Dutta went to England for a one-year FA coaching course in 1959. His first major coaching assignment was Santosh trophy for Railways team in the year 1960.
In 1963 he joined as coach of East Bengal midway in the Kolkata league.East Bengal lost against the arch rival Mohun Bagan in the first leg by a margin of 3-0 but came back strongly in the second leg under Amal Duuta's coaching and crashed Mohun Bagan by a brace.The goals scored by Noor and Ashim Moulik. He remained as coach with East Bengal in 1964 but in 1965 he quit from the services of Railways to become a full time football coach.
Amal Dutta joined Mohun Bagan as coach in the season of 1969-70. As the coach of Mohun Bagan he introduced the 4-2-4 formation in the country for the first time and became famous by his new style in India.
In the year 1987 he was the coach of Gold winneing Indian team which won the SAF Cup. He introduced a new 4-4-2 formation in Indian Football in the competetion. In January 1988 as a Technical Director of the Indian team,along with coach Syed Naimuddin in Neheru Cup at Siliguri, he imposed 4-4-2 formation for the first time. But ,after the conclusion of Nehru Cup, Amal Dutta was dropped from the Indian coaching squad for the Asia Cup qualifying Group league matches at Doha.
He returned to club coaching and joined Mohun Bagan in the year 1991. Mohun Bagan won Rovers Cup in Mumbai, beating Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 in the final and runners-up in DCM football tournament in Delhi, losing 0-1 to Iranian champions Pas Club.
In the year 1997 as coach of Mohun Bagan Amal Dutta created his tactical innovation of ‘Diamond system’ in Indian Football which was basically a 3-4-3 formation using a three back system. In 1997 Federation Cup semifinal ,in a derby clash between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan attracted a record crowd of 131,000 at the Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata.
Amal Dutta was a renowned football writer and critic. He wrote a numerous books about football which can be a real asset to the football lovers. His book "Football Khetle Hale", were one of the famous sports book in Bengali language. Amal Duuta was famous for his cultural activities as a student.He was the champion in Tabla(Musical Instrument) during his association with Calcutta University as a student.
The last right of Amal Dutta will be performed tomorrow afternoon under the supervision of Government of West Bengal. He will kept at Rabindra Sadan auditorium from 11 am to 1 pm where the football lovers can pay their last respect to the legendary footballer and coach. The Diamond coach will visit East Bengal and Mohun Bagan for the last time before he reaches the Nimtala burning ghat at North Kolkata.
10.07.2016 : Shillong Lajong FC Youngsters were crowned Champions of the 8th Bodousa Cup 2016 after winning 2-0 against Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) SC on Sunday in Tinsukia, Assam. The Lajong youngsters remained undefeated throughout this tournament and conceded only two goals. The team coached by Alison Kharsyntiew played with Great Spirit and won the hearts of many in Assam.
The Reds who started the match as favourites after defeating defending Champions Oil India FC in the Semi Finals, played a good game today and pressed forward right from kick off. They threatened their opponent’s goal on many occasions and enjoyed majority of the possession. ASEB SC had quite a few chances to trouble Lajong’s keeper but were lacking a clinical finisher. Their players worked hard to upset the Reds but the Lajong’s defence stood strong. Lajong’s attacking play paid off when Milan Basumatary found the net in the 42nd minute. They scored the second goal in the 46th minute of the first half through Sheen Sohktung.
In the second half, the Lajong players were brimming with confidence and kept on adding immense pressure on ASEB. There were good chances for both teams to score in the second half but unfortunately there were no goals scored and thus the match ended 2-0 in favour of the Reds from Shillong.
The Man of the Match today was Milan Basumatary. He also won the Man of the Tournament and the highest goal scorer award with 11 goals. The best goalkeeper was also awarded to Lajong’s player; Nithovalie.
Lajong’s line up for today’s match: Nithovalie (GK), Sandeep Singh, Meban Wahlang, Allen Nongbri, Khlainbor Khongsit, Kagaly, Hardy Nongbri, Lalmangaisanga, Redeem Tlang, Sheen Sohktung, Milan Basumatary...Subs: Frolicson Dkhar, Chiranjeet Gogoi, Joe Zoherliana, Tridev Boro, Loyangamba Meitei, Sana Ningombam.