Saturday, May 23, 2015


I.M.Vijayan is a former Indian Footballer who earned accolades as a brilliant player and a top scorer.
I.M.Vijayan (Inivalappil Mani Vijayan) was born on 25th April 1969 at Thrissur in Kerala and his childhood days were in a gravely poor condition.He had the passion for football from the childhood days and loved to watch matches held at Thrissur Municipal Stadium and used to sell soda to the spectators.He started to play football in local clubs and earned appreciation as a skilled player very soon.
He was spotted by the then DGP of Kerala  M.K.Joseph and selected him to Kerala Police Football Club

 at an young age.He continued to play for Kerala Police for four years up to 1991.He delivered brilliant performance in the Quilon Nationals 1987.He could impress the masses by his unique style of playing.His playing position used to be as a striker.
He joined Mohan Bagan, Calcutta and played for one year and came back to Kerala Police in 1992.Next year went back to Mohan Bagan and in 1994 joined JCT Mills Phagwara and stayed with them for three years.
He then joined FC Kochin, went back to Mohan Bagan and came back again to FC Kochin in 1999.
He left FC Kochin in 2001 and joined East Bengal Club, left in 2002 and joined JCT mills.He left after 2 year contract and joined Churchill Brothers S.C.He left the club after one year and moved to East Bengal club in 2005 and left East Bengal Club in 2006.
I.M.Vijayan had his debut International tournament in the year 1989 and played in a number of International tournaments such as Nehru Cup,Pre-Olympics,Pre-World Cup,SAAF Cup and SAF Games,He was part of the victorious Indian team in the 1999 South Asian Football Federation Cup.He retired from Int'l football aftr th Afro-Asian Games of 2003.He was the top scorer in the tournament with 4 goals.
Vijayan and Baichung Bhutia comprised one of the deadliest forward lines and used to help the team score vital goals.
I.M.Vijayan has been honored as the Best Footballer of the year in 1993,1997 and in 1999.He is recipient of Arjuna Award also.
He is appreciated for the achievement of the fastest ever Int'l goal in 1999 SAF games and as the  Top scorer in the 2003 Afro Asian Games.
He has opened a Football School in Thrissur to train young talents.
He also has  started a sports equipment company in Thrissur.
I.M.Vijayan acted  in the main role of a Malayalam  Film 'Shantham' in the year 2001       which was directed by Jayaraj.The film won National award as the Best film of that year.He acted along with Seema Biswas,M.G.Shashi,Kalamandalam Gopi,K.P.A.C.Lalitha,Madampu Kunjikuttan etc in that film.
He acted in another Malayalam film 'Aakasathile Paravakal' along with Kalabhavan Mani.He has also acted in Tamil films like 'Thimiru' 'Komban' etc. 
He is married to Raji and they have three children.  

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