Manna,The Legendary Footballer Of IndiaThe All India Football Federation condoles the demise of former India Captain Sailendra Nath Manna. Manna who Captained India to the inaugural Asian Games Football Gold in Delhi in 1951 passed away on Monday (February 27) morning. He was 87 and is survived by his wife and daughter.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his condolences to Sailendra Nath Manna’s wife, daughter and all of Indian Football.
In a letter to the All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel, Blatter wrote: “On receiving the sad news of Sailendra Nath Manna’s passing, both personally and on behalf of the football family, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter and all of Indian football.”
“Whether as a player, captain or coach, Sailen Manna was an inspirational leader whose contribution to Indian football was justly recognised during his lifetime and will continue to live on in our memories. He will also be remembered for his 19 years service to his club Mohun Bagan, which is another reason to place him among true footballing greats, particularly in the modern age, where such royalty is becoming increasingly scarce,” he added.

Manna made his debut against France in the London Olympics in 1948. Four years later, he Captained India in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Besides being conferred the Padma Shri in 1971, he was also declared the AIFF Player of the Millennium in 2000. He stays the sole Asian to be named among the 10 best Captains in the World by the English FA in 1953. He represented India in 14 International Matches and was the first Indian footballer to Captain India in two back-to-back Asian Games.

He also Coached the Indian National Team in the 1961 and the 1968 Merdeka Cup.
Mr. Praful Patel, the President of the All India Football Federation in his message said: “It’s sad to hear that Sailen Manna, one of the Greatest Footballers is no more. His contribution to Indian Football will never be forgotten. I share the grief.”

Mr. Kushal Das, the General Secretary of the All India Football Federation said: “Sailen Manna will be alive in his achievements. He was a legendary footballer and someone who has been the inspiration of so many generations. May he rest in Peace.”

As a mark of respect, the AIFF Flag flew at half mast at the AIFF Headquarters — the Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi. The Indian National Football Team also wore black armbands in their International Friendly against Ajerbaijan and a minute’s silence was observed prior to the kick-off.

At the domestic level, Manna won the Calcutta Football League, the Durand Cup, the IFA Shield and the Rovers Cup with Mohun Bagan. He stays the most successful Captain for Bengal in the Santosh Trophy.

CAREER:
SAILENDRA NATH MANNA (DOB : 01.09.1924).

International Debut: July 31 vs France (London Olympics).

International Caps: Represented India in 14 International Matches.

International Tournaments:

Olympics — 1948, 1952 (Captain).

Asian Games — 1951(Captain), 1954 (Captain).

Quadrangular (Colombo Cup): 1952 (Captain), 1953 (Captain), 1954 (Captain).

International Laurels:

Gold Medal (1951-Asian Games)

Champion in Quadrangular Cup — 1952, 1953, 1954.

State-level:

Represented Bengal from 1944 to 1954 (There was no tournament in 1948).

Was Captain of Bengal from 1949 to 1954.

Won the Santosh Trophy  in 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953.

Club-level:

Played for Mohun Bagan from 1942 to 1960.

Captained Mohun Bagan from 1950 to 1955.

Trophies Won:

Calcutta Football League: 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960.

IFA Shield: 1947, 1954, 1956, 1960.

Durand Cup: 1953.

Rovers Cup: 1955.

AWARDS:

Padma Shri: 1971

AIFF Player-of-the-Milennium: 2000.