E21 : Mohammed Salim - The 'bare-footed Footballer'

A Century Of Stories

Jan 1 2024 • 9 mins

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In this episode, Kunal Vijayakar recounts the extraordinary tale of Mohammad Salim, the barefooted Indian footballer who left an indelible mark on the global football stage.

Salim's story took an unprecedented twist when he embarked on a journey to Glasgow, catching the attention of Celtic FC's manager, Willie Malay. Playing barefoot, Salim astounded everyone during his trial, becoming the first player from the Indian subcontinent to play for a European club. His magical performances and mesmerizing dribbles earned him accolades and a dedicated fan following in Scotland.

Join us as we delve into the thrilling saga of Salim's journey from Calcutta to Glasgow and back, defying expectations and adding an unexpected chapter to the world of football.

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