Indian Football "HALL OF FAME"
Name: SHABBIR ALI

Date of Birth: January 26, 1956
Place of Birth: Hyderabad - ANDHRA PRADESH

Playing position: Striker
Number of 'A' Internationals: 110
'A' Internationals Goals: 35

CAREER:
- Player:
> 19??-?? Abbas Union Football Club - Hyderabad
> 19??-?? Hyderabad Arsenal Club - Hyderabad
> 19??-?? Andhra Pradesh Special Police - Hyderabad
> 1972-7? Tata Sports Club - Mumbai
> 197?-?? East Bengal Club - Calcutta
> 19??-?? Mohammedan Sporting Club - Calcutta
> 19??-?? Dhaka Victoria Sports - Dhaka; BANGLADESH

- Coach:
> 1985-8?   Mohammedan Sporting Club - Calcutta
> 1991-92   Mohammedan Sporting Club - Calcutta
> 1992-93   Rajasthan Club - Calcutta
> 1993-95   Peerless SC - Calcutta
> 1995-96   Indian national team - Technical Director/ Coach
> 1997      Bengal Santosh Trophy Coach
> 1997-2000 Salgaocar SC - Goa
> 1999      Goa Santosh Trophy Coach
> 2000-01   Mahindra United - Mumbai
> 2001-02   Bhratri Sangha - Calcutta
> 2001      Bengal Santosh Trophy Coach
> 2002      Fransa FC - Goa
> 2002      Indian Telephone Industries - Bangalore
> 2003-04   Fransa FC - Goa
> 2004      Churchill Brothers SC - Goa
> 2005      Salgaocar SC - Goa
> 2007-__   Mohammedan Sporting Club - Calcutta

- Coaching certificates:
> Diploma in Football Coaching - National Institute of Sports, Patiala
> Trainer B licence - German Football Association (DFB) in 1990
> Trainer A licence - German Football Association (DFB) in 1994
> Olympic Solidarity Course (FIFA-IOC) 1996

MISC:
> 1972-74 represented Indian Youth Team
> 1974 captain of the Indian Youth Team, which was joint winner at the Asian Youth Cup
> 1974-84 Represented Indian national team
> 1981,1984 Indian team captain

a Write-up:
Football, it is said, is an easy game, difficult to master. And the most difficult task in football is to succeed both as a footballer and a coach. Shabbir Ali is perhaps the only the person in India other than PK Banerjee and Syed Nayeemuddin to excel in both the jobs. He is the only coach in India who has guided Salgoacar SC - Goa to win in almost all trophies in a year other than the Calcutta clubs.
As a footballer, Shabbir Ali had no match in the 70s and 80s. Arguably the finest opportunistic striker in his time, Shabbir was a prolific goal scorer both at the national and international level. He rose to fame at a very early age when he captained India to win the Asian Youth championships in Bangkok jointly with Iran in 1974, a performance which even earned praise from the then honourable Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi.
As a footballer, Shabbir Ali did not stop there. Actually this was only the beginning of a great career. At the senior level he developed into a sensational striker. After playing with Tatas in Bombay for a few years, Shabbir Ali was lured away by the top Calcutta club, East Bengal in the late seventies. He hit top form immediately. Later he joined Mohammedan Sporting and took the club to a great height before retiring from the same club in the mid-eighties.
At the international level, Shabbir Ali has achievements which very few can match. Having scored 35 goals in international matches, he still remains one of India's all-time top scorers, even ahead of celebrated names like Chuni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Inder Singh or Bhaichung Bhutia. In 1976 Merdeka international football tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Shabbir Ali scored a hattrick against Indonesia in the first 35 minutes. Only five footballers in India have an international hattrick to their credit, but none of them could score it as fast as Shabbir Ali did.
For 13 years between 1972 and 1984, Shabbir Ali was an automatic choice with the Indian team, be it Asian Youth, Asian Games, pre-Olympics, Asia Cup, Merdeka tournament, Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Cup, King's Cup or any other goodwill tour. He also captained India in Asian Youth, pre-Olympics, Nehru Cup, Merdeka and King's Cup tournaments.
After a glorious run as a footballer, Shabbir Ali hung up his boots in 1987 and then began another great chapter as a coach. He earned a first class diploma from the Sports Authority of India. Shabbir Ali added two more feathers to his cap when he successfully passed the German football association B License coach and also their four-week coaching course, which is equivalent to A License.
As a coach, Shabbir Ali proved to be a great success within a short period of time. Appointed the Technical Director of the Indian senior team, Shabbir Ali steered the team to the gold medal in the SAF championship in Chennai in 1995. It was a superb achievement considering the fact that India failed to win in the three previous SAF championships at Colombo, Islamabad and Dhaka. He remained the Technical Director till the pre-World Cup tournament in Qatar next year.
In the domestic level, success came to Shabbir Ali naturally. In the 1991-92 seasons, he made Mohammedan Sporting Club the Champion Club of India having won four tournaments and finished runners-up in two others. Next season, he took up the challenge of coaching a relatively smaller club when he accepted the assignment with Peerless Club. It took him only one season to promote the club to the Calcutta Super Division.
Between 1997 and 1999, Shabbir Ali coached top Goan outfit Salgaocar Club and established himself as India's best coach. Barring a few like PK Banerjee and Syed Nayeemuddin, no other coach in India could win so many titles in such a short span as Shabbir Ali did.
It started in 1998 when Salgaocar won the Goa Professional League under him and went on to win the Super Cup defeating the National League champions, Mohun Bagan. Next Salgaocar won the National League title, the only time a Goan team could win it till date. Shabbir Ali then took the team to Bombay and won the Rovers Cup. Thereafter, the team flew into Delhi to bag the Durand Cup beating both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and then tamed Mohun Bagan again in the Super Cup contest. No other teams in India have been given such a great run in Indian football in recent years. It was a hundred per cent result since Salgaocar participated in four major tournaments that season and won all of them. To say that Shabbir Ali's magical coaching did the trick would not be wrong.
Shabbir Ali has taken himself to a kind of height where it is difficult to say who is greater - footballer Shabbir Ali or the coach Shabbir Ali. But to fans and the followers of the game, Shabbir Ali remains a person, who has dedicated his life for the cause of football and would continue to work untiringly for the development of the game.

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