Tamil Nadu football team

The Tamil Nadu football team is an Indian football team representing Tamil Nadu in the Santosh Trophy. They have appeared in the Santosh Trophy finals twice, in 1972–73 and 2012, and have never won. Tamil Nadu team reached Semi-finals of the Santosh Trophy in the year 2009[1][2], where they lost to the Goa football team. Prior to 1972, the team competed as 'Madras'.

Tamil Nadu Football Team
Full nameTamil Nadu Football Team
GroundJawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
OwnerTamilnadu Football Association
LeagueSantosh Trophy

Tamil Nadu Squad

The team selected for 2013 Santosh Trophy[3];

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Arun Pradeep (Customs)
GK Alex (AGORC)
GK Vignesh (FCI)
DF Sathish (Postal)
DF Hariharan (SAI)
DF Dinakaran (IT)
DF Naveen (AGORC)
DF Prasad (Arrows)
DF Nirmal (Customs)
MF Sudhakar (Customs)
No. Position Player
MF S. Karthik (Indian bank)
MF Sathish kumar (Customs)
MF Charles (Railways)
MF Vikram Vishwas Patil (Indian bank)
MF Stejin (AGORC)
FW Raegan Albarnas (IT)
FW Amiruddin (SAI)
FW David (ICF)
FW Azeem (Central Excise)
FW Jayakumar (Customs)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Orlando Rayan[4]
Head Coach D. Sekaran
Assistant Coach Unni (SAI)

Player history

Some of the former Tamil Nadu state football players are Samson Gunapandian, Simon Sundararaj[5], J. Krishnaswamy, Raman Vijayan, Syed Sabir Pasha, Kalia Kulothungan[6], Robin Charles Raja, V. Soundararajan, P.M. Radhakrishnan, P. Nageshwara Rao[7], M. Thangaraj[8], Gandhi (RBI), Edwin Ross (Winger), D'Cruz (ICF), Orlando Rayen, A.U. Celestine (Goal Keeper), P.V. Sriramulu, A. Satyanarayanan, Guna Singh, Koshy, Kumar, Thomas, Arumaiyanayagam, Thanikachalam, Chandran Jeypal, Dhanapathy, Gurunathan, Viswanathan, and Rajamanickam (Goal Keeper)[9].

Simon Sundararaj from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu scored the last Indian goal at the Olympics, in Rome in 1960[10].

Most of these former players were employees of State or Central government institutions. All India Football Federation and Tamilnadu Football Association were coordinating these players participation at the National level. In the past, to attend preparatory camps to get selected for the Indian national football team, it was difficult for these players to obtain leave from the institutions in which they were employed[11]. Some Tamil Nadu football players use their football talent and achievements to get jobs in Government institutions like Southern Railways, Indian Bank, and Chennai Customs[12].

The following is an incomplete list of Tamilnadu footballers.

References

  1. Football, DC. "The pain of 2009 in Santosh Trophy". Deccan Chronicle.
  2. Roy, Anshuman. "Goa oust TN, fans lose temper". The Telegraph.
  3. Correspondent, Special. "Tamil Nadu team for Santhosh Trophy". The Hindu.
  4. http://footballnewsindia.in/tamil-nadu-announces-santosh-trophy-squad/
  5. Frederick, Prince (April 2011). "Memories of Madras – Football's field day". The Hindu.
  6. Rayan, Stan. "Raw diamonds from the seashore".
  7. Chronicle, Deccan. "Players from yesteryear return to football's heyday".
  8. Thiagarajan, Shantha. "When Ooty had a 'dribbler par excellence'" (July 2018). The Times Of India.
  9. Metro Plus Chennai, The Hindu (26 September 2002). "Memories of a different era". The Hindu. The Hindu.
  10. RS, Prasad. "Meet the footballer who scored India's last Olympic goal". The Times of India.
  11. Week, Sports (1 September 1974). Who cares for the players?. Bombay: Khalid Ansari. p. 236.
  12. Hore, Abhishek. "Leading scorer Riju mulls EB option". Hindustan Times.
  13. Krishnaswamy, Karthik. "A happy homecoming for stars". The Hindu.
  14. Raghu, T.N. "Sudhakar will be TN's key man". Deccan Chronicle.


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