Bruno Coutinho

Bruno Coutinho is a prominent football player from Goa, and winner of the Arjuna Award in 2001, a national Indian award for excellence in sport.

Former Indian captain

Coutinho studied in Monte De Guirim, who was recognized by coach paul Raj,he played his 1st game against school rivals ST.Pilar,having scored 3 goals and wining Subroto Mukerjee Cup Football tournament u17.

Coutinho has also been a former Indian football captain. His much-watched career has spanned nearly a decade-and-half. He first played for India at a school tournament at Brunei in 1987. Joining the prominent Goan team Dempo SC in 1988, he moved to another prominent mining-linked Salgaocar team in 1987.

Dimunitive striker

Coutinho has been called a "dimunative striker". His international debut came in 1989-90, and his last match for India was in the Millennium Cup in 2001. Bruno is credited with helping Salgaocar win the Federation Cup in 1987, the Rovers Cup in 1989 and 1996, the Taca Goa in 1989 and the 1998 National Football League in India.

Representing, leading India

Among his other achievements are representing India in the President's Cup in 1989 in Dhaka, heading the Indian Under-23 team for the 1991 pre-Olympics, for the SAF Games in 1995 and 1996 and the Asia Cup in Malaysia.

Bruno Coutinho was the All India Football Federation player of the year when he played for Salgaocar Sports Club of Goa in the year 1996.

Transfers

In August 2002, it was reported that Coutinho - in one of the hottest football transfer in Goa - was moving from his traditional Salgaocar Sports Club to the Vasco Sports Club, also of Goa. In 2003, he turned coach.

Personal Life

married with 2 children brother is Jeronimo Coutinho who runs a sports bar in goa called J29 .

External links

* [http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030118/spr-trib.htm#3 End of road for Bruno Coutinho?]
* [http://www.the-aiff.com/awards.php Bruno AIFF award winner in 2002]
* [http://www.goasu-raj.org/gen/titBits/2.htm Politician pays tribute to Bruno Coutinho]
* [http://www.coutinho.org Bruno Coutinho's website 1]
* [http://www.coutinho.fr Bruno Coutinho's website 2]


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