The 33-year-old Subrata was the mainstay in goal at Jamshedpur FC over the past three seasons with 48 appearances in the ISL. Paul also has the distinction of playing in all six seasons of the ISL. Hailing from Sodepur in West Bengal, Paul goes by the moniker “Spiderman” which is a testament to his shot-stopping ability.
A product of the Tata Football Academy in Jamshedpur, Subrata signed his first professional contract with Mohun Bagan in 2004 before making his way to their rivals East Bengal in 2007. After a couple of seasons at the club, he played for a few more I-League sides – notably Pune FC and Prayag United.
In January of 2014, Paul moved to Danish 1st Division side FC Vestsjælland. However, he did not make any appearances for the first team and was confined to the reserves.
Mumbai City FC came calling later that year for the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. After a couple of seasons at the club which also included loan spells to I-League clubs Salgaocar FC and DSK Shivajians, Subrata transferred to Northeast United in 2016. A season later, he settled down at Jamshedpur FC from where he landed a move to ISL newcomers Hyderabad FC.
An Arjuna award recipient, Paul has been capped 67 times for the Indian National Team and is also the only goalkeeper to win the AIFF Player of the Year in 2009.
The name Hyderabad will always remain synonymous with Indian football’s history. Over the years, it has produced so many international stars and the club’s quest to revive glory days has personally appealed to me a lot.
Unfortunately, all these years we didn’t have a club from the city, and now that we have one, it didn’t take me long to decide on moving to Hyderabad FC and be a part of Indian football’s glory and history.
Coach Albert Roca is a seasoned campaigner and his inputs and coaching will surely help the club propel forward.
We will be starting from scratch and I have big personal targets set for myself and the club.Subrata Paul