Former India Footballer & 'The Diamond Coach' Amal Dutta Passed Away

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Amal Dutta, the 'Diamond Coach' passed away yesterday. He (86 yrs) was bedridden for last 5/6 months. He represented India at 1954 Asian Games & started his coaching career in 1960s . He was the Pioneer of Professional Football Coaching in India.

During Mid 90s when I was a regular match-goer , as a blind fan of him I used to watch his movements along the side-lines from the gallery , rather than paying attention to the game. He introduced the ' Diamond System ' , a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, to Kolkata Maidan & Mohun Bagan clinched the Kolkata League that year (1997) by winning almost all the matches by 4 /5 / 6 goals. I saw even Mohun Bagan defenders scoring goals regularly in the league . He was also the Technical Director of Indian Football Team in Nehru Cup ( 1987).

Later, in 2007 ( he was 80 & a long-retired coach by then ) I met him outside a Theater Hall in Kolkata . He was alone & going to the parking area of the Hall (after the show was over) to get his Scooter . I waited for a few seconds & then rushed to my hero . I touched his feet , he gave me a hug. That memory is still alive in my heart.

We will miss you , Sir !


Amal Dutta


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Amal Dutta was much ahead than his time and never got the appreciation that he deserved. Rest in peace Sir...you will be in our heart.
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This is knowledge for me! May his Soul Rest in Peace!
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Its a big loss really. We heard he was not doing well for past few days. I still remember the football mania of mid 90's big matches, his innovative diamond formation, minute analysis of his strategies, PK's statements and Amal Dutta's befitting reply in the field.
RIP Amal Dutta.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Later, in 2007 ( he was 80 & a long-retired coach by then ) I met him outside a Theater Hall in Kolkata . He was alone & going to the parking area of the Hall (after the show was over) to get his Scooter . I waited for a few seconds & then rushed to my hero . I touched his feet , he gave me a hug. That memory is still alive in my heart.
Indeed a memory to be cherished.

A bad day for Indian football. RIP Amal Dutta!
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Add : Besides the Kolkata League Mohun Bagan also won the National Football League ( NFL ) of India in the same season , 1997-98. The biggest defeat that Dutta' s Bagan ( & also his ' diamond System' ) faced was against PK' s East Bengal ; a 4- 1 in favour of East Bengal with Baichung Bhutia ( his first season in East Bengal ) scoring a hat trict in Federation Cup Semifinal , '97.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Add : The biggest defeat that Dutta' s Bagan ( & also his ' diamond System' ) faced was against PK' s East Bengal ; a 4- 1 in favour of East Bengal with Baichung Bhutia ( his first season in East Bengal ) scoring a hat trict in Federation Cup Semifinal , '97.
I was one of miser fan who was there in Yuvabharati.
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Excellent reminisce, a fitting tribute to the rebel.

My first memory of the man was in about 1985 , I was a boy of 14 and still remember the thrill of watching the Kolkata Derby. My father was an East Bengal member , as I am today and what a team we had that year , Bhaskar , Monoranjan, Tarun, Alok, Balai, Krishanu , Bikash Panji, Sudip Chatterjee, Biswajit Bhattachrya and Jamshid Nasiri at his peak. Basically an unbeatable team on paper. But on the ground , much to our chagrin, Mohun Bagan squeezed a draw out of a game at which they came back from behind. As a teenager I was on the verge of tears as I watched from very close quarter how Amal Dutta celebrated the draw as victory. Now I can appreciate how passionate he was about the game and how astute in his strategy.
Afterwards I was fortunate to spend some evenings with him, alongside other football legends as I was professionally attached to an organisation which was engaged in promotion of football among youth. He was perhaps the most humorous and grounded person of the lot. Perhaps that's why he was forgotten during last few years. I still remember watching his personal collection of old videos, Hungary of the 50s, and many other European teams, along with his amazing technical analysis ; he was basically a fan of European style of the game, still remember his passionate recollection of his own hardships when he was studying the game in Europe.
A great loss, for all us football lovers.
Thanks to AG again for remembering the great man.
Respect
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