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 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, the first
player to win the award multiple times. He was also awarded the
Arjuna award in 2003.
Vijayan started out as a seller of soda in the
Kerala earning 10 paise (0.02 Cents) a bottle.
Eventually he was chosen to play for the
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.
Faster international goals on record include ones by Davide Gualtieri
in 8 seconds and
Hakan Şükür in 11 seconds. Vijayan's talents
attracted interest from clubs in
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. 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 Police. He was the
captain of indian team from 2000 to 2004
1 Early Life & Domestic Career
2 International career
2.1 International statistics
3 Kalo Hiran
4 Acting career
6 Other Activities
8 External links
Early Life & Domestic Career
Vijayan was born on 25 April 1969 at
Thrissur City, Kerala. He began
his life in a gravely poor environment, and had to sell soda bottles
Thrissur Municipal Corporation Stadium for helping his family.
He studied in Church Mission Society High School,
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 Police football club at the age of 17 years.
Vijayan delivered brilliant performance for
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 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 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.
Bhaichung Bhutia in the inauguration ceremony of Palakkad
Noorani Football stadium
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 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.
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.
India national team
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.
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
The Great Father
He is married to Raji. The couple have three children.[citation
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.
In 2004, he started a sports equipment company named "Boxer Sports
Goods Company (BSGC)" in Thrissur.
He was also a member of the now defunct National Congress
In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of
India, appointed Vijayan as the national observer for football.
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RSSSF. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
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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
^ "A new role for Vijayan". The Hindu. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 16
^ "Government designates 12 Olympians as National Observers". The
Indian Express. PTI. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
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