Prasun Banerjee

Prasun Banerjee

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Prasun Banerjee Profile

  • Name:
  • Prasun Banerjee
  • Born:
  • April 6, 1955

Prasun Banerjee Biography

Prasun Banerjee is an Indian politician and parliamentarian and former star footballer, who was a member of national football team. For his contributions towards the field of Indian sports he has been honoured with Arjuna Award in 1979. His name is included in the Limca book of record for representing India in 100 football matches. He joined politics in 2010s, and got elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 2013 through a by-election thus becoming the first professional footballer to be a Member of Parliament. He got re-elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014 also and thus serving his second term as parliamentarian representing Trinamool Congress.


Prasun Banerjee was born in Kolkata, West Bengal on 6 April 1955. His elder brother P.K. Banerjee is also a former footballer who played in national team, and also served as a coach. Prasun graduated from University of Calcutta. As a member of Indian National Team, he played his debut match on 26 July 1974 vs Malaysia, in Merdeka Cup at Kuala Lumpur when Prasun came in as a substitute for Gautam Sarkar. From there on he represented India for more than 100 international matches, which itself is a national record.


He remained one of the top-rated players of Indian professional clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, and has also played outside. He was included as a Central Defensive Midfielder in All Time Best-XI team of Mohun Bagan Club, and he was only the second Indian to play for Asian All-star XI. He was active in the national team during 1974–1985 period and also captained the India national football team in international tournaments. Currently a member of parliament, he represents Howrah constituency of West Bengal, since 2013.

Published: February 27, 2019

Updated: February 27, 2019


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