Inivalappil Mani Vijayan is a former professional Indian football player who was born on 25th April 1969 in Thrissur, Kerala. In the late nineties and early 2000s, Vijayan formed a successful attacking partnership with Bhaichung Bhutia for the Indian national team as he played in the striker position. In the year 1987, Vijayan started his football career playing for Kerala Police for 4 years after which he moved to Mohun Bagan for a year and returned back to Kerala police. He scored maximum goals for Kerala Police and just after 2 years, in 1989, he was selected for the Indian national football team and eventually became one of the best footballers for India.
In the year 1989, Vijayan made his international debut for the Indian national football team and represented India in a number of tournaments such as the Nehru Cup, SAFF Cup, SAF Games, pre-Olympics and pre-World Cup. Coming from a poor background, Vijayan had a passion for the game of football, and rose to glory at the age of 17 years, when the then DGP of Kerala noticed his brilliant performance and was selected for the Kerala Police football club. Vijayan was able to impress the national football fraternity very soon with his impeccable skills and highly aggressive style of playing as he delivered a brilliant performance for Kerala Police and became one of the most popular and highest earners of the Indian team. He scored a total of 240 goals in his entire club career. East Bengal club was the last club that Vijayan represented.
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