Santosh Kashyap - India's Free-Kick specialist

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Santosh Kashyap is a former Indian footballer born on 12th June 1966. During his days as a footballer, Kashyap is known for his dangerous free-kick and, was one of the best the Indian Squad ever had. This Delhite is currently one of the best managers in the Indian football circuit. He is an AFC pro license holder and has previously coached some of the finest Indian football clubs in the past such as Mahindra United, Air India, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar, Rangdajied United, and Royal Wahingdoh.

After his footballing days, Kashyap went into coaching, and his first coaching experience was with the U-19 squad of Mahindra United. In the period of his last season, he guided the team to the Super Division title in the Mumbai Football League. Kashyap is very well known for his ability to spot and nurture young talents. His big deal was when he signed for the I-League side, Air India. He had a win percentage of just 26.92 per cent, and then he moved to Mohun Bagan and resigned after two games.

He then had a short tenure with clubs like Rangdajied United FC, Royal Wahingdoh FC, Salgaocar FC, Mumbai FC, and Aizawl FC. In the year 2015, he had spent one season at the North East United as an assistant coach. Santosh had a glorious season with Royal Wahingdoh FC as the side finished third in one of the most entertaining I-League season, 2014-15. Under his leadership, the way how the Royals played the games was sensational, and that’s how the team grabbed headlines throughout the season.

Santosh carries the skills of spotting young talents, and it’s a quality he derived from the time he spent at one of India’s finest youth academies, Mahindra United. He is truly a student of the game and undoubtedly a strong brick in the coaching wall of Indian Football. The hard-core fans of Indian football will remember Santosh for his contribution of rooting out India’s brightest football stars: Jackichand Singh and Seityasen Singh.

From being a former India and Mahindra United football player to a turned coach with the experience of over 36 years in Indian Football, it has been a roller coaster ride for one of the finest coaches to foster young talents.

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