Vatta Parambath Sathyan

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Vatta Parambath Sathyan

Born: 29 April 1965

Died: 18 July 2006

  • He popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a former Indian professional footballer who played the centre back position.
  • He was the captain of the India national football team from 1991 to 1995.
  • He was named the 1995 All India Football Federation (AIFF) player of the year.
  • He was a key member of the Kerala Police Football team which won the Federation Cup twice, in 1989–90 and in 1990–91.
  • He went from the Kerala Police team to Kolkata in 1991, where he played for two seasons, one in Mohammedan Sporting Club and one in Mohun Bagan before returning to the Kerala Police again and then moving to Indian Bank in 1996.
  • He served first as a player from 1995 to 2001 and then as the team’s coach.
  • In 1991, he became the captain of the Indian team for the World Cup qualifiers in Beirut and Seoul.
  • He led the Indian team to a gold medal in the 1995 SAF Games in Chennai.
  •  He also led Kerala to the Santosh Trophy title in 1992.
  • Sathyan was the AIFF player of the year in 1995.
  • As a coach, he was an assistant to Stephen Constantine in 2002 when India toured South Korea.

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