Krishna Pal (Footballer) Age, Death, Biography

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Hometown: Kolkata
Height: 5’ 8”
Death Date: 14/10/2009

Krishna Pal with the 1956 Summer Olympics Indian football team

Full nameKrishna Chandra Pal
Other nameKrishna Kumar Pal
NicknameKesto (also spelt as Keshto)
Profession Footballer (Striker)
Famous forBeing a member of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics Indian football team
Physical Stats & More
Height5' 8" (173 cm)
Domestic/State Team• Juger Pratik
• Mohun Bagan Super Giant
• Bhawanipore Football Club
• Sporting Union
Playing positionCentre forward
Award & Honour• Cash award of Rs 1 lakh 63 thousand by Football Players Association (FPA) in 2008
• Honoured by Dr. M.S. Gill (the-Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports) in 2009
Personal Life
Date of BirthSource 1: Year, 1931
Source 2: Year, 1934
BirthplaceKolkata, West Bengal, India (Then-Bengal, British India)
Date of Death14 October 2009
Place of DeathSSKM Hospital, Kolkata
Age (at the time of death)Source 1: 78 Years
Source 2: 75 Years
Death CauseAlzheimer’s disease
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Unmarried

Some Lesser Known Facts About Krishna Pal

  • Krishna Pal played for India in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

    Indian football squad of 1956 Melbourne Olympics

    Indian football squad of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

  • In April 2024, a Bollywood film ‘Maidaan’ was released which featured Ajay Devgn as Syed Abdul Rahim, the coach of the Indian football team which qualified for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
  • He also represented India in the Asian Games.
  • Pal helped Mahun Bagan win the 1954 Calcutta League by scoring 9 goals in the league. He later helped the team win the 1955 Rover’s Cup.
  • He remained loyal to Mohun Bagan till his retirement. He was once given a blank cheque by Bagha Shome to play for Railways and once by J.C.Guha to play for East Bengal but he refused on both occasions.
  • He remained a bachelor throughout his life.
  • He was famous for scoring many goals with headers due to which he was popularly known as Mohun Bagan’s forehead.
  • He died on 14 October 2009 due to Alzheimer’s disease.

    A photo of Krishna Pal (in red) taken few days before his death

    A photo of Krishna Pal (in red) taken a few days before his death