Tata Football Academy is one of the best football academies in India. The Jharkhand based club also collaborated with The La Liga giants Club Atletico Madrid to improve the standard of Indian football. Tata academy strives to promote football right from the grassroots level and provide young players with a platform where they can perform and improve. TFA has not disappointed when it comes to producing promising talents for The Blue Tigers. Here are the top 5 prospects that came from the country’s best academy
The winger is one of the fastest players in the country right now. The 24-year-old plays for JSW owned side Bengaluru FC where he has played 131 matches with 17 goals and 10 assists to his name and winning one I-League, one ISL, and one Hero Super Cup with the club.
The youngster joined Tata Football Academy in 2010 and went on to play several leagues with the academy team before earning a professional contract by The Bangalorean side in 2014. The Manipur born player has made 27 appearances for The National Team so far.
The former Indian National Team captain is one of the notable graduates from TFA. He has spent 6 years with them after signing his first professional contract with East Bengal FC in 1997.
The veteran was a dead ball specialist, was good with crossing, and was very quick with and without the ball.
Singh announced his retirement from international and domestic football in 2011 after featuring in 72 games and scoring 12 goals. The Manipuri played for big clubs like East Bengal FC, Mohun Bagan FC, Shillong Lajong FC, and Kerela Blasters. He last played for CSKA Sofia, where he became the first Indian to play for any Bulgarian club. He currently serves as Technical Director at Classic Football Academy.
The Arjuna Awardee goalkeeper graduated from Tata Academy in 2004 and joined West Bengal powerhouse club, Mohun Bagan. He only played a single match with the club due to clash on the pitch which resulted in the death of the opponent’s striker.
Subrata joined arch-rivals East Bengal in 2007 before moving on to play for big names like Mumbai City FC, Northeast United FC, and Jamshedpur FC. The 33-year-old plays between the sticks for Hyderabad FC. The shot-stopper has featured in 67 matches for The Blue Tigers. He became the first Indian to play for The Danish club, FC Vestsjaelland
One of the most versatile players to graduate from Tata Football Academy, Narayan Das is not your typical footballer with hell lots of tricks in his bag. Instead, he has an extra bit of spark that inspires and influences his teammates to perform at the highest level.
The 24-year-old defender mostly plays as left-back but is prolific at the center back position too. The West Bengal defender currently plays Odisha FC(earlier known as Delhi Dynamos) in The top tier Indian league. He has also made first-team appearances in clubs like Dempo FC, East Bengal FC, and Goa FC. Das has featured in 27 matches for The Blues
The Indian Team midfielder marshall joined Tata Academy in 2007 and graduated in 2010. The West Bengal player currently plays for ATK Mohun Bagan FC) where he has played 22 matches for The ISL team. The 27-year-old is the perfect fit at the defensive midfielder position with great presence of mind and superior capabilities. The Barrackpore born talisman has played 20 matches for the Indian National Team.