A renowned midfielder, a promising coach, all you can find in Shanta Kumar, a former Indian International.
The 45- year old hails from Bangalore. He also played for Top Clubs like Mohun Bagan and Dempo SC. He switched towards coaching after ending his playing career.
Shanta Kumar`s love for football comes from his father (Late Mr. M Arjunan), a former national football player who played as defender in Binny Mills Club. However, during his father`s time, Binny mills was battling with constant strikes resulting in uncertainity of employment which forced him to look out for other opportunities and finally got in TTK (T. T. Krishnamachari) as an employee.
It was through great hardship that Mr. Arjunan brought his family feeding 5 children as the single bread winner. Shanta Kumar recalls the days as teenager who had no jersey or football kit to wear or enough money to buy any one of them. His Cousin brother, Mr. Ram Mohan, who is also the founder of Southern Blues Team, he calls him as “Angel” for sponsoring him with the all these requirements.
He started his football career in 1981 from Veteran Coaching Camp in Austin Town in Bangalore under the guidance of Mr. Kannian (Ex-Olympian), Mr. S Raman (Ex-Olympian) and Mr. Shiva Prasad (Ex-Army Service man) who were responsible in nurturing his career. In a Span of 17 years (1982 – 1999) as a football player he had experience of playing in all the major tournaments like Santosh Trophy, Federation Cup, Rovers Cup, Nehru Cup etc.
Apparently, he had some bitter memories like of 1996-97 when having been selected for Goa to play in Santosh Trophy was not considered eligible for the simple reason that he was not the local resident of Goa.
Shanta Kumar took charge of Gangtok Himalayan SC as the head coach before the first I-League second Division campaign (2015-16).
Before coming to Gangtok, he previously coached the Karnataka State Football team and Karnataka police team.
Kumar Received his AFC “A” coaching license earlier in 2015 and took up Gangtok Himalayan SC as his first professional coaching assignments.
This was his first visit to Sikkim as a coach. In past, he used to come as a Mohan Bagun player in the 1990s during the Governor`s Gold Football tournament.
Representations/Playing Experience :
|1982||Represented Sub Junior State Team of Karnataka (Through Open Selection) in Santosh Trophy.|
|Played for GOANS, “C” Division Club.|
|1983||Represented Sub Junior State (Karnataka) in Santosh Trophy, lost to Kerala in Quarter finals.|
|Played for Southern Blues “B” Division Club.|
|1984||Represented Sub Junior India, Bangkok (9th Youth Asian Games).|
|Played for ITI (Juniors).|
|1985-87||Played for ITI (Seniors).|
|1987||Played Santhosh Trophy as the youngest player in the tournament for Karnataka.|
|1988||Joined Mahindra & Mahinda (M&M) , Mumbai.|
|1988-1990||Played for Mahindra & Mahinda (M&M).|
|1989||Played for India against Russian Team which came to India to play exhibition matches; 2 matches were played and both ended in a draw.|
|Played Santosh Trophy at Guwahati for Maharashtra State.|
|1990||Captained Junior Indian Team.|
|Played in Russia Indo-Russian Relationship Exhibition Match; 3 matches played:|
|1) Lost 1-0 to Russia in Moscow|
|2) Won by 1-0 to Russia in Kiev|
|3) Draw at 0-0 in Minsk|
|Santosh Trophy at GOA for Maharashtra State.|
|Represented Senior India (Super Soccer Exhibition Match) against PSV EINDOVEAN (Holland), played two matches, first match was lost and Second was a draw.|
|Winner of Nizam Gold Cup, Hyderabad against BSF.|
|Part of Squad of Nehru Cup (Senior India) at Thiruvananthapuram.|
|Was awarded “Best Player” in Durand Cup while playing for Mahindra & Mahindra. They lost to East Bengal in the Finals.|
|Champions of Nizam Gold Cup at Hyderabad against BSF while playing for Mahindra & Mahindra.|
|1991||Represented Maharashtra State at Santosh Trophy for the last time at Palakkad. Maharashtra team were the winners and became champions after 27 years. Shanta Kumar scored goals in Pre Quarter finals, Quarter finals, Semi Finals. In Final scored one goal against Kerala and won by 1-0 the Santosh Trophy.|
|Switched to Mohan Bagan.|
|1992||Represented Mohammedan Sporting, Calcutta.|
|Team came as Runners in Calcutta League after 19 years.|
|Also the same year were Runners at Durand Cup and Stafford Cup.|
|In Federation Cup Mohammedan Sporting lost to JCT Mills Patiala in Semi Finals. As per Shanta Kumar, JCT won because of the talent of all the best Indian football players like IM Vijayan, Baichung Bhutia, Charlton Chapman, Jo Paul Anchari, Tejinder Singh etc.|
|Champions of Sait Nagjee All India Football tournament by defeating Titanium in the finals.|
|1993||Represented Senior India in Nehru Gold Cup at Madras.|
|Represented State of Bengal in Santosh Trophy held at Orissa and were the champions by defeating Kerala.|
|1994||Winner of National Games at Mumbai.|
|Won Santosh Trophy defeating Punjab.|
|1995||Played for Bangladesh Wari Club in Bangladesh Federation Cup, came 3rd place. Dhaka Moh. Sporting were the Ist and Abahani Krida Chakra 2nd. He was the only Indian to play in Wari Club.|
|Champions of Santosh Trophy held at Madras.|
|1996||Played for Dempo Sports Club, Goa and represented Goa.|
|First I- league was started in the name of Philip I- League. JCT Mills (winners) East Bengal (Runners) & Dempo (3rd).|
|Runners up in Federation Cup at Kolkata, lost to East Bengal.|
|Scissor Gold Cup Winners, (Best Player).|
|1996-97||Selected to Play for Santosh Trophy for Goa but was not considered as the rules said that only locals from Goa could be allowed.|
|1998||Joined again (Mahindra & Mahindra), Mumbai.|
|1999||Returned back to Bangalore and played for CIL in Bangalore Super Division League.|
|2000||Completed one-year coaching diploma from National Institute of Sports (NIS) in 1st class at Kolkata.|
|2001-2004||Coached Karnataka State Police Team.|
|Under his coaching Karnataka State Police Team became All India Police Champion at Kolkata.|
|Karnataka State Police Team came 3rd in Bangalore Super Division League.|
|2005||Coached National Junior College Bangalore as Head Football Coach.|
|2006-2008||Coached Vidyashilp Academy as Head Coach of Football Team.|
|2009||Served as Assistant Coach for Under 23 State Team of Karnataka.|
|2009-2012||Coached Acharya Institute of Technology Bangalore as Head Coach.|
|2013-2014||Returned back to Vidyashilp Academy as Head Coach.|
|2015||Head Coach of Gangtok Himalayan Sporting Club (GHSP).|