On May 23, 2020, Former Tamil Nadu Footballer and coach R.Shanmugam passed away at the age of 77 due to age-related illness in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN). He was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1943.
i.About Shanmugam: He had obtained diplomas in football coaching from the National Institute of Sports in 1975-76 and the Brazilian Football Academy in 1995.
ii.Shanmugam had attended the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) Coca-Cola coaching course in 1978 & 1991 and the Olympic solidarity course in 1996.
iii.He had represented the Burmese junior and senior national teams in 1966-67. Shanmugam played for Indian Railways in the Santosh Trophy in 1969 & Tamil Nadu (TN) in the Jalandhar nationals in 1970 and in Chennai in 1971.
iv.Shanmugam also played for Mohun Bagan Athletic Club in 1968 and ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in the Chennai Football Association (CFA) League from 1969 to 1977.
v.Coach: He also had coached ICF, TN and Indian Railways in the Santosh trophy & also served as selector for Tamil Nadu and Railways.
vi.He served as the President of the Football Coaches Association in Chennai.
About Tamil Nadu (TN):
State Tree– Palm tree.
State Fruit– Jackfruit.
State Sport– Kabaddi.