Full name: Peter Ramaswamy Thangaraj
Nickname(s): The Lamp Post
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: December 24, 1935 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: November 24, 2008 in Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand, India
Affiliations: Madras Regimental Centre
Acknowledged as India's greatest ever goalkeeper, Thangaraj initially played as a centre-forward before switching positions. He played for India between 1954 and 1968 and was a member of the team that won the 1962 Asian Games title in Indonesia. In all, Thangaraj played in four Asian Games between 1954 and 1966 and was in the Indian team that finished second to Israel in the 1964 Asian Cup.
His club career took in periods with all three of the main Kolkata clubs, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting and he was also part of the Bengal provincial team that dominated the Santosh Trophy in the early sixties. He won an Arjuna Award, India's premier sporting honour, in 1968.
Thangaraj had a short career in coaching but then took up a position as sports officer for the Bokaro steel complex.
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|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Football||India||IND||Final Standings||4||1956-11-23||0||0||0|
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Football||India||IND||Quarter-Finals||Match #4||1||1956-12-01||IND 4, AUS 2||0|
|1960 Summer||24||Roma||Football||India||IND||Final Standings||13T||1960-08-26||0||0||0|
|1960 Summer||24||Roma||Football||India||IND||Group D||Match #1||2||1960-08-26||HUN 2, IND 1|
|1960 Summer||24||Roma||Football||India||IND||Group D||Match #4||1T||1960-08-29||IND 1, FRA 1||0||0||0|
|1960 Summer||24||Roma||Football||India||IND||Group D||Match #6||2||1960-09-01||PER 3, IND 1|