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Inivalappil Mani Vijayan (born 25 April 1969) is a former professional Indian football player. Playing in the striker position, he formed a successful attacking partnership with Bhaichung Bhutia
Bhaichung Bhutia
for the Indian national team in the late nineties and early 2000s. Vijayan was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999,[1] the first player to win the award multiple times.[2] He was also awarded the Arjuna award
Arjuna award
in 2003.[3] Vijayan started out as a seller of soda in the Thrissur
Thrissur
Municipal Corporation Stadium, Kerala
Kerala
earning 10 paise (0.02 Cents) a bottle. Eventually he was chosen to play for the Kerala
Kerala
Police club and rose to become one of the top names in domestic football. A highly aggressive player, he eventually became the highest earner in Indian club football as well as a regular in the India team. He scored one of the fastest ever international goals in a match against Bhutan in the 1999 SAF Games, when he managed to do the same in 12 seconds.[4] Faster international goals on record include ones by Davide Gualtieri in 8 seconds and Hakan Şükür
Hakan Şükür
in 11 seconds. Vijayan's talents attracted interest from clubs in Malaysia
Malaysia
and Thailand, although he spent his entire career in India until retirement. By the end of his career he had scored 40 international goals in 79 matches for India.[5] Since retiring from international football Vijayan has set up a football academy to train young players in his home town.Since a short gap presently he is playing for Kerala
Kerala
Police. He was the captain of indian team from 2000 to 2004

Contents

1 Early Life & Domestic Career 2 International career

2.1 International statistics

3 Kalo Hiran 4 Acting career 5 Family 6 Other Activities 7 References 8 External links

Early Life & Domestic Career[edit] Vijayan was born on 25 April 1969 at Thrissur
Thrissur
City, Kerala. He began his life in a gravely poor environment, and had to sell soda bottles in the Thrissur
Thrissur
Municipal Corporation Stadium for helping his family. He studied in Church Mission Society High School, Thrissur
Thrissur
(CMSHSS, Thrissur). He had a passion for the game of football, and somehow caught the eye of the then DGP of Kerala, M.K. Joseph who got him selected for the Kerala
Kerala
Police football club at the age of 17 years. Vijayan delivered brilliant performance for Kerala
Kerala
Police at Quilon Nationals 1987, and was able to impress the national football fraternity very soon with his impeccable skills and highly aggressive style of playing. He continued to play for Kerala
Kerala
Police until the year 1991, when he switched to Mohun Bagan He came back to Kerala Police in 1992 and the next year switched back to Mohun Bagan. The very next year in 1994 he joined JCT Mills Fagwara, and stayed with them for 3 years till 1997, when he left JCT to join FC Kochin. After spending a one year tenure with the club, he again moved to Mohun Bagan in 1998 and came back to FC Kochin
FC Kochin
in 1999. Vijayan left FC Cochin in 2001 and joined East Bengal Club, which he left in 2002 to join JCT Mills Phagwara once again. After finishing a two-year stint with the club, he left JCT in 2004 and joined Churchill Brothers S.C. He left the club after one year and moved to East Bengal Club in 2005, which was his last professional football club as an active football player. He left East Bengal in the year 2006.

Vijayan with Bhaichung Bhutia
Bhaichung Bhutia
in the inauguration ceremony of Palakkad Noorani Football stadium

International career[edit] Shri I.M. Vijayan made his debut in international football in the year 1989 and played in a number of tournaments such as Nehru Cup, pre-Olympics, pre-World Cup, SAAF Cup and SAF Games. Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia
Bhaichung Bhutia
formed one of the deadliest forward lines the Indian Football team had ever seen, and helped the team score various vital goals in international tournaments. Vijayan was part of the victorious Indian team in the 1999 South Asian Football Federation Cup
South Asian Football Federation Cup
and scored one of the fastest international goals in history during the tournament, hitting the net against Bhutan after only 12 seconds.[4] He also finished top scorer in the Afro-Asian Games event held in India in 2003 with four goals. Vijayan formally retired from international football after the Afro-Asian Games of 2003.[1] International statistics[edit] [5]

India national team

Year Apps Goals

1992 2 5

1993 18 8

1995 3 2

1996 3 0

1997 9 8

1998 7 1

1999 13 10

2000 1 0

2001 11 3

2003 12 6

Total 79 43

FIFA
FIFA
statistics

Year Apps Goals

1992 2 2

1993 17 6

1995 3 2

1996 3 0

1997 7 6

1998 6 1

1999 13 10

2000 1 0

2001 10 3

2003 8 2

Total 70 32

Kalo Hiran[edit] A biographical film, titled Kalo Hiran and directed by Cherian Joseph, was released in 1998. The title translates as black buck and is a reference to Vijayan's popular nickname during his playing days.[6] Acting career[edit] After retiring from football, Vijayan started his acting career. His debut was through playing the lead role in the film Shantham, directed by Jayaraj. Later on, he went to act in around 15 films, in Malayalam & Tamil.

Shantham Thimiru.....Tamil Film Asuravithu Bachelor Party Quotation Shyaamam Mahasamudram Kisan Gethu Akasthile Paravakal Komban......Tamil Film The Great Father Mattancherry Ben Johnson

Family[edit] He is married to Raji.[7] The couple have three children.[citation needed] Other Activities[edit] After retirement from active football, Vijayan concentrated his attention upon his Football School that he had opened in Thrissur. In 2010 Vijayan formally took over a coaching job with Southern Samity, a premier division side in the Calcutta Football League.[6] In 2004, he started a sports equipment company named "Boxer Sports Goods Company (BSGC)" in Thrissur.[8][9] He was also a member of the now defunct National Congress (Indira).[10] In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Vijayan as the national observer for football.[11] References[edit]

^ a b "A down to earth footballer". Sportstar. 22 November 2003. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  ^ "AIFF award 2008". Top news.in. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  ^ " Arjuna award
Arjuna award
2003". The Hindu. 3 August 2003. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  ^ a b "http://www.rediff.com/sports/1999/sep/28safsoc.htm". rediff. 28 September 1999. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  External link in title= (help) ^ a b "Invalappil Mani Vijayan - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 July 2016.  ^ a b "Vijayan begins coaching career". Rediffnews. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2013.  ^ "About Us". boxersports.in.  ^ "Vijayan's `football' ready for launch". The Hindu. UNI. 14 July 2004.  ^ "A new role for Vijayan". The Hindu. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  ^ "Government designates 12 Olympians as National Observers". The Indian Express. PTI. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 

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