|Full name||Jewel Raja Shaikh|
|Date of birth||19 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Budge Budge, West Bengal, India|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jewel Raja Shaikh born (born January 19, 1989 in Budge Budge) is an Indian professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Dempo in the I-League, he plays as a midfielder in central midfield.
Born in Budge Budge, Kolkata, but central midfield was the not position Jewel used to play in when he started playing the game. It was his father who advised him to play in that position with a family reason behind it. Jewel used to be a winger when he started playing. Usually he would play on the right but he had the experience of playing on both flanks. But once his elder brother became a striker, his father wanted him to play central midfield so that one day when he and his brother play in the same team he would provide the pass and his brother would score the goals.” The elder brother in question is striker Tarif Ahmed, who had also appeared for the India national football team and holds the distinction of scoring against Iraq in an Olympic qualifier in 2006. Jewel has one other older brother who also used to play football but stopped after suffering an injury. “His family has worked really hard to make sure that first Tarif and then he become professional footballers. Even his other older brother could have become a professional player and his younger brother is also learning the game. “The support from his parents has been immense and because of their blessings Tarif and he have been able to realize our dream.”
Jewel though quickly points out that initially he had a keen interest in cricket and wanted to become a cricketer. But as he grew up he realized that he had a better chance as a footballer and so chose the beautiful game. “He used to have a lot of passion for cricket and wanted to be a cricketer. But by the time he was 12-13 years old he started to realize that is it very difficult to play in the Indian national football team and the domestic circuit wasn’t really that big. There was no IPL also that time so he shifted focus to football and told myself that he have to play the sport professionally.” Jewel started learning the beautiful game at the Pujali Athletic Club which is situated in his locality. He furthered polished his skills at SAI’s Eastern Center in Kolkata and then was selected to be a part of IFA’s Haldia Academy. He then appeared for Bengal Under-19 and then India national under-19 football team despite only being 16 and soon joined ONGC in 2007. Despite being at the same club as his brother Tarif, Jewel couldn’t make a single appearance for the Mumbai based club as he was off for national duty for the major part of his tenure there. He however continued his progress with age group teams of India and was offered a contract by Dempo in 2008. “Unfortunately he couldn’t get any chance of playing for ONGC as he would be with the India national under-19 football team side for most of the year. Luckily Dempo offered him a contract and he didn’t have to think twice about it.” But it has been difficult for Jewel to be a regular in the talented Dempo side and only made his I-League debut in a substitute appearance against Churchill Brothers.
On July 25, 2011 it was announced that Jewel Raja would sign for Mohun Bagan in the I-League. On October 23, 2011 Raja got an assist for Bagan's 2nd goal against his former club Pailan Arrows. He then scored his first goal for Bagan in the clubs 5-1 victory over Mumbai F.C. on November 6, 2011. On 1 February 2013 against ONGC F.C., Tolgay Özbey's pass fell to Jewel and he made no mistake to make it 2-0 on 63rd minute. Mohun Bagan eventually won it 3-1, which has been their 1st win since they were brought back.
On 30 May 2013 it was announced that Jewel Raja has rejoined Dempo after spending two seasons with Mohun Bagan. He first joined Dempo back in 2008 after impressing for India’s age-group teams, but despite spending two years there, he couldn’t establish himself as a regular. He made his professional debut for Dempo in the I-League on 22 September 2013 against Shillong Lajong at the Duler Stadium; in which he played the match till 65th minute before he was being replaced by Joy Ferrao; as Dempo lost the match 0–3.
Jewel scored his first goal for the Indian U-23 against Singapore at the 2010 Asian games. On February 23, 2011 Shaikh played his second game for the Indian U-23 against Myanmar. He also made his debut and scored his first goal for the India national football team in India's 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei on March 21, 2011 after coming on as a substitute .
|1||21 March 2011||Petaling Jaya Stadium, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia||Chinese Taipei||3–0||3–0||2012 AFC Challenge Cup|
|2||2 March 2013||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar||Chinese Taipei||1–0||2–1||2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier|
|3||4 March 2013||Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar||Guam||3–0||4–0||2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier|
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- "Mumbai FC 1-5 Mohun Bagan – The Mariners Take Their Revenge By Putting Five Past The Hapless Mumbaikars". Goal.com. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
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