Bhutia: 4-1 Kolkata derby win my favourite East Bengal memory
Bhaichung Bhutia holds the record for most goals scored in East Bengal’s history.
Kolkata giant East Bengal celebrated its centenary on Saturday. Sportstar held a webinar on Saturday to discuss the club’s legacy and the current challenges it faces.
In conversation were Bhaichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh, two legendary Red and Gold players, All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das and Dr. Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta, a long-standing club official.
Speaking about his earliest memory of the club, Renedy said, “I got to know about East Bengal when I was 11-years-old playing all-India U12 tournament in Kolkata. We saw the players training, and P. K. Banerjee was the coach then. After our match, so many people saw East Bengal training and I got to know how big they were.”
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Renedy started his professional career at East Bengal in 1996, playing there for four years before returning for a second stint in 2008.
“The demand while playing in Kolkata is high. Fans are waiting for 3 hours just to abuse you so you don't want to be on the losing side,” he said, recalling what it was to play for the club. “At the same time, if we win the match you feel like the best player in the world. That's what the fans make you feel like. Positive pressure!”
While Bhaichung holds the record for most goals scored in the club’s history, he has also crossed the Kolkata divide ...
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