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Irungbam Surkumar Singh

Irungbam Surkumar Singh
Personal information
Full nameIrungbam Surkumar Singh
Date of birth21 March 1983(age 33)
Place of birthImphal, India
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)
Playing positionRight back
Club information
Current clubMohun Bagan AC

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Surkumar Singh (born 21 March 1983) passed out of the prestigious Tata Football Academy in 2000 and was signed on by East bengal FC and now he plays for Mohun Bagan AC club . He is an Indian footballer who plays as a defender for India.After impressing at under-16 level while playing for Manipur under-16 despite being only 13, Surkumar was roped in by Tata Football Academy. He spent four years in TFA and used to play as a center back. But after signing his first professional contract with East Bengal, he was turned into a right back by then-East Bengal coach Syed Nayemuddin. That change brought the best out of Surkumar as he played a key role in East Bengal’s first ever National League title.

He also made his international debut in 2001 in the historic 1-0 win over UAE in a 2002 World Cup qualifier. After just one season with the red and gold brigade, he joined Mahindra United. The Manipuri won the Durand Cup with the Mumbai based outfit but also tore his ligament there in a Mumbai League match. Surkumar returned to East Bengal for his second spell and won the treble with them in 2003 - ASEAN Cup, National Football League (NFL) and Kolkata Premier League.

Surkumar then joined Mahindra for the second time in his career and spent three successful seasons with the Mumbai club. The fullback won every major trophy with the Red Devils of India and was adjudged AIFF Player of the Year in 2006. He rejoined East Bengal for this third spell and won the Federation Cup in 2007.Then in 2009, for the first time in his career Surkumar signed for Mohun Bagan.

He won the Kolkata League with Mohun Bagan in his first season and will be an important player for them once he returns from international duty. For the national team, Surkumar has been a regular since the 2005 SAFF Cup triumph. The attacking right wingback has easily been India’s best player in that position in the last decade. Unlike very few fullbacks in the country, Surkumar also has the ability to score goals, especially from long range. He has four international goals to his name with the most recent one coming in the 3-6 defeat against Yemen in Pune

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