Thulukhanamm Shanmugam born June 19, 1920 to December 14, 2012, 11pm, respiratory problem
A widower Shanmugam has left with two sons and daughters eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several football fans.
Shanmugam started his career with Sullivan Police as inspector, later he served during the reign of Governor Mohanlal Sukadia and Dharma Veer as a pilot officer.
Shanmugam was conferred with state Dasara award. Goa government awarded him during his stint as coach there.
Shanmugam made debut for his country on March 7, 1951 against Afghanistan in the semifinal of Asian Games in New Delhi. He played against Yugoslavia in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Other than that, Shanmugam represented his state Mysore in Santosh Trophy from 1944 thru 1954.
Also tasted success as Karnataka’ coach when he lifted Santosh Trophy in 1968-67 at Cuttack. He went to Japan to complete coaches’ course along with PK Banerjee and Jarnail Singh.
Shanmugam had a decade-long association with Goa, he coached Salgaonkar SC for several years and won national-level championship. He is instrumental in identifying Shanmugan Venkatesh, he took Venkatesh to Goa, and later Venkatesh went on representing India.
Karnataka Sports Minister Appachu Ranjan, State and District football association office bearers visited his house to pay last tribute.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) condole the demise, Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF said, “Shanmugam will be alive in his achievements. He was a legendary footballer and someone who has been the inspiration of so many generations. May he rest in peace.”
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