Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1963
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Kishorganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Subimal Goswami commonly known by his nickname Chuni Goswami is an Indian international footballer and first class cricketer. He was born on the 15th of January 1938 at Kishoreganj, Bengal. He received his education at Thrithopati Institution and Kumar Asutosh Institution, Kolkata. Chuni learned the basics of Football from his school coach, Sibdas Banerjee and joined Junior Mohun Bagan Club in the year 1946 at the age of just 8 years. He played there till the year 1954 when he moved to Senior Mohun Bagan Club and continued playing for the club till the year 1968. During his tenure at Mohun Bagan, Goswami served the club as its Captain for 5 times. In the 1950s and 60s, India did well in the international stage riding on the skills of Goswami. In the year 1956, Chuni Goswami made his debut in the International Football against the Chinese Olympic team. India's victory in the game was 0-1. Further he also represented India in the international level in 50 matches. They included the Olympics, Asia Cup Merdeka Cup and Asian Games. He led India to the Asian Games Gold in 1962 held at Jakarta and Silver in the 1964 held in Israel which adds to his achievements. In the year 1962-63 Chuni Goswami made his International cricket debut in the Ranji Trophy. Being the captain of the Bengal team he has led the team to its final rounds twice in the Ranji Trophy. He was a Right Handed Batsman and a Right Arm Medium Pacer. He has to his credit 46 matches scoring 1592 runs and taking 47 wickets. In honour of his services to the game, Chuni Goswami was bestowed with many prestigious awards. He won the Best Striker Award of Asia in 1963, The Arjuna Award in 1963, the Padma Shri 1983, the Padmashree in 1983 and the Mohun Bagan Ratna in 2005.