New Delhi: India’s great football player Fortunato Franco died at the age of 84 on Monday. He was part of the Indian Football Team at the Asian Games 1962 Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which captured the Gold Medal.
Cause of death not known
The All India Football Federation confirmed his death but did not give a reason for this. Fortunato Franco is survived by his wife, son and daughter. From 1960 to 1964, Franco, one of the best players of India’s middle-order, was part of the golden era of Indian football.
AIFF condoles the death of 1962 Asian Games gold medallist Fortunato Franco
– Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 10, 2021
Franco was part of Rome Olympics
Fortunato Franco was also part of the Indian Football Team at the 1960 Rome Olympics (Rome Olympics) but did not get a chance to play any match but he played in Jakarta (Jakarta) in 1962 Asian He was an important member of the Indian team in the Asian Games.
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Played 26 matches for India
Fortunato Franco played 26 matches for India. These include the 1962 Asian Cup in which India was the runners-up. He was also a member of the team that won the Silver and Bronze medals in the 1964 and 1965 respectively in the Merdeka Cup. However, he did his best in the final of the 1962 Asian Games when India defeated South Korea 2–1.
Praful Patel expressed grief
A resident of Goa, Franco played domestically for the Tata Football Club in Mumbai (Mumbai). AIFF President Praful Patel (Praful Patel), General Secretary Kushal Das and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) condoled his death. Patel said, “It is very sad to hear that there is no Franco. He was a member of the golden generation of Indian football who played a brilliant role in winning the gold medal in India in 1962”.
Saddened to hear that Mr. Fortunato Franco is no more. He was a member of the Indian Football’s golden generation who played a stellar role in helping India win the Gold Medal in 1962 Asian Games. His contribution to @IndianFootball can never be forgotten. I share the grief. pic.twitter.com/UqP9Gkdggf
– Praful Patel (@praful_patel) May 10, 2021
‘Franco has been an inspiration for many generations’
AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said in his statement, ‘He was a legendary footballer who has been an inspiration for many generations, our condolences to his family. We pray for the peace of his soul. The IOA expressed grief over the demise, saying, “The Indian Olympic Association mourns the passing away of the legendary footballer, former Olympian of the Indian team’s midpoint, and a 1962 Jakarta Asian Games gold medalist team member, Franco.”