Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coming of U-17 international Sanjeev Stalin

National team pic: AIFF

That amazing free kick goal against UAE on last Thursday from Sanjeev Stalin must have enthralled all those who watched the game. For the ignorant souls, the lads are playing in AFC U-16 Championship and they are placed in a difficult group along with UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. 

The boys went for the kill, took an early lead, ran out of steam in the closing stages, and gave away the match to the opponents. 

Have a look at Sanjeev’s incredible free kick - https://youtu.be/_4KElAv18ZY?t=108.

Sanjeev is from Bengaluru and was born in one of the footballing pockets of the Namma Garden City. Coming from an area that had rich football culture, Sanjeev was quite bright with the ball. Won great accolades for his footballing skills and he yearned to play for the National team. 

He joined an academy in Bengaluru, Roots Sports as one of their first scholarship student, and was there for two years. 

Sanjeev then moved to the Chandigarh Football Academy. It was in Goa last year, while playing for Chandigarh Academy, he impressed the national coach, and was included in the national team. 

Stalin is a key player in Nicolai Adam’s scheme of things. With a nail-biting 3-3 draw against Saudi Arabia, our eyes are set on the last group game against Iran on Wednesday. But most importantly how he shapes up for U-17 World Cup next year. 

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