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Gostha Pal

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Full nameGostha Behari Pal
Date of birth20 August 1896
Place of birthFaridpore, Bengal Presidency, India
Date of death08 April 1976(age 79)
Place of deathKolkata, West Bengal, India
Playing positionDefender

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Gostha Behari Pal (August 20, 1896- April 8, 1976) (Bangla: গোষ্ঠ পাল) was an Indian professional football player. He was born in Bhojeswar, Faridpore, Bengal Presidency (currently located in Bangladesh). He moved to Kolkata when he was an infant and lived there till his very last days.

He started playing for Kumartuli A.C. aged 11, and joined Mohun Bagan at the age of 16. In 1921, Gostho Pal was honored with the captaincy of the Mohun Bagan football team, and he remained as the club captain for next 5 years. In 1924, he was also appointed as the captain of the Indian national football team.

Football fans around the country respected him and remember him with honour. The great defender, also known as the "Great Wall of China", is still remembered with awe as the barefooted man standing tall in the heart of the Mohun Bagan defence. He retired in 1935.

He was the first Indian footballer to be honoured with the Padma Shri, on April 27, 1962. (The second was Sailen Manna in 1970).

A statue was erected In his memory in 1984 on the Gostho Pal Sarani in Kolkata.

Mohun Bagan awarded him the Mohun Bagan Ratna posthumously, which is given to former greats of that club, in 2004. An archive was launched in his honour and named the Gostho Pal Archive, inside the Mohun Bagan club premises.

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