Player Profile: Souvik Chakrabarti

Souvik Chakrabarti, the Kolkata-born versatile footballer, is now playing at the century-old East Bengal club. The Bengali midfielder is known for his effective presence and skillful creativity in the centre of the park.

Career Highlights: Souvik Chakrabarti:

Souvik Chakrabarti has started his youth career at Mohun Bagan Club. In 2009, Souvik joined the Mohun Bagan senior team and spent three long years with them. During his three-year stint with Mohun Bagan, Souvik played 37 matches for the Mariners, in which he scored six goals.

Later in 2012, Souvik Chakrabarti joined that-time I-League side Air India and played a total of 24 games for them, in which he also scored two goals. Then Souvik joined Parag United (now known as United SC) in 2013 and played 22 matches for them.

On January 14, 2014, Souvik went back to his former club, Mohun Bagan, to play for his childhood club. Souvik has played a vital role in Mohun Bagan’s I-League winning season in 2014-15. With his magnificent performance, Souvik led the Mariners to the 2016 Indian Federation Cup final and helped them win the final against Aizawl FC.

Souvik Chakrabarti, who later became captain of the Mariners, next joined the Delhi-based ISL team Delhi Dynamos on loan. He spent three years with Delhi Dynamos, during which he played a total of 35 matches for the ISL side. During his time with the Delhi Dynamos, Souvik was also sent to A-League club the Central Coast Mariners for a week-long training camp.

Later in 2017, Souvik Chakrabarti joined fellow ISL side Jamshedpur FC through the ISL Players Draft process. He spent a season with the Men of Steel and played 18 matches for them. Then he switched to another ISL side, Mumbai City FC, and played 25 matches in two seasons for the Islanders.

In the very next season, Souvik joined Hyderabad FC and spent three seasons with the Nizams. His breakout season came in 2021–22, when Hyderabad won their maiden title under coach Manolo Marquez. Souvik’s overall performance, versatility, experience, and creativity have helped Hyderabad win their first ISL trophy.

Style of play and achievements:

Souvik Chakrabarti, who can also play as a right back, is an ideal modern-day box-to-box midfielder. The midfield maestro is comfortable on the ball when under pressure and is very strong in shielding his defense. He plays with a high work rate and has the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities and provide sharp crosses and effective long balls.

During his career, Souvik Chakrabarti won the Durand Cup with Air India in 2012. Later, with Mohun Bagan, he won the I-League in 2014–15 and the Federation Cup in 2015–16. Souvik also won the ISL title with Hyderabad FC in 2021–22.

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