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Great I M Vijayan keeps motivating me, says Rahul

Apart from the former Indian captain, other players like Mohammed Rafi and NP Pradeep also hail from the hotspot of Kerala football and these veterans now play important roles in the development of youngsters.
Rahul KP(Twitter/Indian Football Team)
Rahul KP(Twitter/Indian Football Team)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 06:32 PM IST
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‘The moment Maradona saw it, he refused to cut it’: IM Vijayan narrates story of Diego’s visit to Kerala

One and a half decades of international football, with plenty of success, almost paled in comparison to the few minutes Vijayan got to spend with Maradona.
Argentine Socer legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop in private school in North 24 Parganas dist , India on december 12, 2017.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Argentine Socer legend Diego Maradona during a football workshop in private school in North 24 Parganas dist , India on december 12, 2017.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 04:35 PM IST
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East Bengal ‘Chap’ whose hattrick stunned Al Zawra’a and hand-held Bhutia, dead

It was Chap who hand-held Bhaichung Bhutia, literally, in his first East Bengal game. Stardom embraced Bhutia in the way it never did Chapman but the two along with Bruno Coutinho, Renedy Singh, IM Vijayan, Tajinder Kumar, Tushar Rakshit and Jo Paul Ancheri were an integral part of the India team in the 1990s.
A young Carlton Chapman in action during the 1993 Durand Cup quarter-final match between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting in New Delhi. - HT Photo.
A young Carlton Chapman in action during the 1993 Durand Cup quarter-final match between East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting in New Delhi. - HT Photo.
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 08:25 PM IST
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‘Get addicted to football, not drugs:’ Legendary IM Vijayan’s advice to youngsters

The former captain, in his message on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, said instead of seeking a quick solution through drugs, the youngsters should head to the football ground.
File photo of former Indian captain IM Vijayan.(AFP)
File photo of former Indian captain IM Vijayan.(AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2020 07:25 PM IST
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AIFF recommends IM Vijayan for Padma Shri

The 51-year-old former India striker, who scored 40 goals in 79 matches for India since making his debut in early 90s, was bestowed the Arjuna award in 2003. He was also awarded the Indian ‘Player of the Year’ in 1993, 1997 and 1999.
I.M. Vijayan (M) along with Subrata Pul (L) and Rahim Nabi (R) Indian Super League Grassroots Workshop in Kolkata, India.(Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)
I.M. Vijayan (M) along with Subrata Pul (L) and Rahim Nabi (R) Indian Super League Grassroots Workshop in Kolkata, India.(Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 17, 2020 04:45 PM IST
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Vijayan asks young footballers to idolise Chhetri, follow his work ethic

Vijayan, who turned 51 last month, lauded Chhetri for his longevity and urged the youngsters to idolise the 35-year-old’s work ethic.
Sunil Chhetri of India in action.(Getty Images)
Sunil Chhetri of India in action.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 11, 2020 04:05 PM IST
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India’s FIFA World Cup dream: Bhaichung Bhutia, IM Vijayan question lack of ‘football culture’

Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan believe that for India, who are currently ranked No.97 in the world rankings, need a strong “football culture” to ensure they play the FIFA World Cup regularly in the future.
India have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and stalwarts like IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia have blamed the lack of “football culture” for the poor development.(AP)
India have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and stalwarts like IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia have blamed the lack of “football culture” for the poor development.(AP)
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 01:07 PM IST
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