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Date of Birth : 25-04-1969
Place of Birth : Thrissur - KERALA
Playing Position : Striker
Nationality : Indian
Height:    177.5 cm (5 feet 11 inch)    
Weight:  69 kg
Number of 'A' Internationals:  79
'A' Internationals Goals:   39
- 1987-1991, Kerala Police - Kerala
- 1991-1992, Mohun Bagan AC - Calcutta
- 1992-1993, Kerala Police - Kerala
- 1993-1994, Mohun Bagan AC - Calcutta
- 1994-1997, JCT
- 1997-1998, FC Kochin - Kerala
- 1998-1999, Mohun Bagan AC - Calcutta
- 1999-2001, FC Kochin - Kerala
- 2001-2002, East Bengal Club - Calcutta
- 2002-2004, JCT
- 2004-2005, Churchill Brothers SC - Goa
- 2005-2006, East Bengal Club - Calcutta
- Scored the fastest ever International goal against Bhutan at the SAF Games' 1999, (Scoring after just 12 seconds from the start of the game)
- Shot his first Malayalam film in 2000
- Started his own football academy in his home town of Thrissur
- 2003 Afro-Asian Games: top scorer with 4 goals
- 2003 Arjuna Award (when Vijayan was with JCT)
- 1992,1997, 2000 Indian 'Player of the Year'
Inivalappil Mani Vijayan is one of the leading Indian football players of modern times. Vijayan started out to play for the Kerala Police and rose to become one of the top names in domestic football. Vijayan played for JCT first from the year 1994 to 1997 (during this period JCT won everything what Indian domestic football had to offer including Inaugural National Football League & Federation Cup) and again from year 2002 to 2004. During his tenure with JCT he got prestigious Arjuna Award. A highly aggressive player, he eventually became the highest earner in Indian club football as well as a regular in the India team. Amongst his achievements in the game Vijayan was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1992, 1997 and 1999. He also represented the victorious Indian team in the 1999 South Asian Football Federation Cup and scored the fastest international goal 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's talents attracted interest from clubs in Malaysia and Thailand, although he spent his entire career in India until retirement. Since retiring Vijayan has set a football academy to train young players in his home town. He is also a member of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
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