Subrata Paul to be the first Indian goalkeeper to play in Europe

Subrata Paul, the 26 year old Indian National Goalkeeper, has signed a 6 month contract with Danish Superliga team, FC Vestsjaelland. Subrata Paul is presently contracted to Indian Super League under IMG-Reliance, the marketing partner of AIFF. Subrata has to be loaned out by his current employer in order to finalise this deal.
“It has always been a dream to play in Europe and I am delighted that a top club has offered me the chance,” Paul to the Hindustan Times.

If the deal is through, Subrata Paul will be the fourth Indian to play in Europe after Md. Salim, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri. Md. Salim played for Celtic in 1936. Bhaichung Bhutia played for Bury FC from 1999-2002 and Chhetri appeared for Sporting Lisbon B in 2012.

Paul completed his youth training from Tata Football Academy (TFA) and later on became one of the finest goalkeepers of India. He has made 67 appearance for the national team. His reflex and agility has never gone unnoticed by the club scouts. He is one of the very few Indian players who has played both for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and went on to win almost all the domestic tournaments.

Subrata Paul’s prospective club FC Vestsjaelland was formed in 2008 and this season they gained promotion to top tier of Danish Football.