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
Baichung 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
Corporation Stadium ,
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
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
* 1 Early Life & Domestic Career
* 2 International career
* 2.1 International statistics
* 3 Kalo Harin
* 4 Acting career
* 5 Family
* 6 Other Activities
* 7 References
* 8 External links
EARLY LIFE "> Vijayan with
Bhaichung Bhutia in the inauguration
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
Baichung 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 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 Harin 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.
The film won the National Award and the John Abraham Award in 1999.
After retiring from football, Vijayan started his acting career. His
debut was through playing the lead role in the film
directed by Jayaraj . Later on, he went to act in around 15 films, all
* Akasthile Paravakal
* Bachelor Party
The Great Father
The Great Father
* Ben Johnson
He is married to Raji. The couple have three children. His daughter
Archana got married in . Vijayan became a grandfather on , when his
daughter gave birth to a baby girl.
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 (Indira) .
In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government
of India, appointed Vijayan as the national observer for football.
* ^ 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
* ^ "
Arjuna award 2003". The Hindu. 3 August 2003. Retrieved 16
* ^ A B "http://www.rediff.com/sports/1999/sep/28safsoc.htm".
rediff. 28 September 1999. Retrieved 16 October 2011. External link
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* ^ 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.
* ^ "About Us". boxersports.in.
* ^ "Vijayan\'s `football\' ready for launch". The Hindu. UNI. 14
* ^ "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.