The legend of the game
Former Indian national team footballer and country’s first professional ‘diamond’ football coach, Amal Dutta, breathed his last on Sunday evening at his Kolkata residence. The 86-year-old remained bedridden for almost six due to age-related problems. He even stopped eating during the last few months.
The pioneer of the diamond formation
A legendary midfielder of his time, Amal Dutta represented India at the 1954 Asian Games. He played for both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. But his stint as a professional coach will be remembered by all. He won almost all major trophies in Indian football and served as the technical director of Indian national team in late eighties. When he was in charge of Mohun Bagan, he was the pioneer of Bagan’s Diamond formation — 4-1-2-1-2 — that gameplay that brought Mohun Bagan immense success during the late 1990s. The country lost another big name in the fraternity of Indian football.
The Logical Indian hugely appreciates the contribution made by Amal Dutta to the beautiful game in India. We call upon the football fraternity to take forward the great work done by Amal Dutta.