Kaleemullah

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Kaleemullah Khan
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Personal information
Full name Kaleemullah Khan
Date of birth (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Chaman, Balochistan, Pakistan[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dordoi Bishkek
Number 9
Youth career
2006 Government High School Chaman[2]
2007–2008 Young Afghan[2]
2009–2010 Khan Research Laboratories
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Khan Research Laboratories 94 (72)
2014– Dordoi Bishkek 17 (18)
National team
2010–2015 Pakistan U23 7 (1)
2011– Pakistan 25 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:41, 22 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:47, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Kaleemullah Khan (Urdu: کلیم الله خان‎; born 20 September 1992[1]) is a Pakistani footballer who plays for Dordoi Bishkek and the Pakistan national team.[3] Khan plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles – as an attacking midfielder, second striker, centre forward and on either wing.[1] He has been praised for his positioning, team work and stamina, and has shown consistency in scoring and creating goals.

A product of KRL's youth system, he made his first-team breakthrough in the 2009 season; he played almost every game as the club won the league and cup double and qualified for the President's Cup. Khan scored 35 goals in all competitions[4] in the 2012 season as KRL won a historic double; the league title, cup and qualified for the President's Cup reaching the final in 2013, scoring 5 goals in the competition. Khan won his fourth league title with KRL in 2013 season and went on to sign for Dordoi in 2014, where he played a major role in helping the team win a treble; the league title, league cup and super cup, scoring 18 goals and receiving the award for the league's highest top goalscorer, and was also named as the Best Player of Kyrgyzstan League.[5]

Khan earned a call-up to the Pakistan national team in 2011. At the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification he scored his first international goal against Macau as Pakistan won the match 2–0.[6] In 2014, Khan was named captain of the national team.

Career[edit]

Khan Research Laboratories[edit]

Early years[edit]

Khan is a product of Khan Research Laboratories youth academy, starting his football career in the 2009 season. He made his debut on 27 July 2009 in a 3–0 win against Air Force, scoring his first goal in the 69th minute.[7] He finished 2009 season with 4 goals in all competitions. During the 2010 season, Khan was soon promoted to the first team by KRL manager Sajjad Mahmood. Khan took his chance and was an important player in KRL's Challenge Cup-winning squad of the 2010 season, scoring the second goal of the 4–0 win against Pakistan Navy in the cup final. Khan also made his debut AFC President's Cup on 10 May 2010 in a 2–1 win against Naga Corp from Cambodia, scoring both the goals in the continental club competition.

Khan won the Pakistan Premier League with Khan Research Laboratories in 2011 as KRL set a Pakistan Premier League record scoring the most points in a season in the Pakistan Premier League with 77 points.[3] Khan also won the Challenge Cup with KRL (1–0) against rivals K-Electric in 2011.

2012–13 season[edit]

During 2012 season, he became involved in the first-team under then manager Tariq Lutfi who replaced manager Sajjad Mahmood the previous season; Khan established himself as a key player – playing almost in every match and scored 31 times to make him the league's all-time record top goal scorer. The club clinched a historic double; winning the league title, the domestic cup and qualified for the AFC President's Cup[8] for the following season – finishing runners-up in the competition losing (1–0) to Turkmenistan's Balkan.[3][9] Khan finished as the second top goal scorer of the continental cup with 7 goals behind Mirlan Murzaev, scoring 5 goals in an 8–0 group stage win against Yeedzin following with goals in 1–0 victory over Dordoi Bishkek from Kyrgyzstan and a 2–0 win against Hilal Al-Quds from Palestine in the final group stage.[10][11]

Khan was awarded the player of the year award by Pakistan Football Federation and was declared the best player in the Pakistan Premier League for his performances domestically in the league and internationally at AFC President's Cup in 2013. In 2013 season, Khan won his fourth and last league title with the Rawalpindi side.[12]

Dordoi Bishkek[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Kaleemullah signed for FC Dordoi Bishkek in 2014, who was soon joined by his former club and Pakistan national team players Muhammad Adil and Saddam Hussain, by former Pakistan coach Zaviša Milosavljević, after his performances in AFC President's Cup 2013 on an initial five-month contract,[13] wearing the Number 9 shirt.[14] After impressing during this five-month stint, Khan extended his contract by signing a new two-year contract with Dordoi in July 2014.[15]

He played a major role in helping the team win a treble; the league title, league cup and super cup, finishing as top goal scorer, scoring 18 goals in 17 appearances in the league with 3 goals out of 3 appearances in the domestic league cup.[5] Khan's remarkable form and greater goals to appearance ratio for Dordoi Bishkek in the Shoro Top League as well as Kyrgyzstan Cup and Kyrgyzstan Super Cup in 2014 edition earned him the best player award in the league by the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic.[16] In total, Kaleemullah finished with 21 goals in 21 matches in the 2014 season for his new club in all competitions.

2015 season[edit]

Khan made his AFC Cup debut on 9 February 2015 in a 1–0 defeat against Turkmenistan side Ahal in the preliminary round.[17] In an interview with Express Tribune, Khan revealed that he has received letters from Þróttur Reykjavík from Iceland and Chongqing Lifan from China stating that 'they want him to train with the teams for at least a week'.[18] In May, Khan went on trial with United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic for their 2015 season campaign.[19]

International career[edit]

Khan represented Pakistan at various youth levels, starting with the under-23s in 2010. He was called up to the under-23 team for the 2010 Asian Games making his debut in a 6–0 group stage defeat against Thailand. He earned seven caps for the under-23s and scored one goal, the first in a 2–0 thrashing of arch-rivals India. Whilst with the under-23 team, Kaleemullah also represented Pakistan in the Asian Games and South Asian Games.

The following year, Khan's regular appearances for KRL's first team caused Pakistan national team manager Zaviša Milosavljević to publicly consider him for a call-up, Khan was named in the squad for a friendly against Palestine.[1] With less opportunity to try out new players, and with the national team facing crucial qualifiers for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup, Milosavljević felt that Khan was needed at the national level.

He was called in the senior squad for its next get-together, a training session in Lahore in March. Khan earned his first senior cap for Pakistan in a 0–0 draw against Palestine on 4 March 2011 prior to the qualifiers.[1] He made his debut in this game as a substitute at the Punjab Stadium, his home stadium. He was named in the squad for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification matches against India, Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei later the same month.

2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers[edit]

At the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification he scored his first international goal against Macau as Pakistan won the match 2–0 on 21 March 2013.

2018 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Kaleemullah was also called up for the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup against Yemen and played in legs of the matches which were played at neutral venues in March 2015, due to security concerns in their respective countries. Pakistan could not beat the strong Yemen national team and lost 3–1 away in Qatar, and drew 0-0 at the home leg in Bahrain. Pakistan ended up getting knocked out of the World Cup Qualifiers on an aggregate score of 3–1.

Style of play[edit]

Khan's role can be described as an attacking all-rounder, a player able to play in a variety of forward positions. As he came through the youth system, he was seen primarily as a midfielder, but since breaking into the first-team he has been used in more forward roles. Both Dordoi Bishkek and the Pakistan national team usually play a 4-2-3-1 formation, and Khan is most often part of the three attacking midfield behind the central striker. He can play in any of the attacking midfield roles but usually plays in the centre for Dordoi Bishkek and on the right or left for Pakistan. He has been used as an out-and-out striker on occasion.

Khan has been praised for his maturity, pace, technique, awareness and positioning. He has been compared with Lionel Messi due to his goal scoring record by the local media in Pakistan.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Khan was born in Chaman, Balochistan and is a graduate of Government High School Chaman.[2] He is the cousin of former Pakistan national team captain and highest goal-scorer Muhammad Essa Khan.[2] Khan became the first Pakistani footballer to sign for an international football management agency, KoraStars Sports Agency, in 2015.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 May 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pakistan League Challenge Cup Asia1 Other2 Total
Khan Research Laboratories Pakistan Premier League 2009 3 1 4 [21]
Pakistan Premier League 2010 8 1 3 2 11 [22]
Pakistan Premier League 2011 12 1 13 [23]
Pakistan Premier League 2012 31 6 0 3 0 31 [24]
Pakistan Premier League 2013 18 4 8 6 7 33 [25]
Total 94 72 11 12 9 134 92
Kyrgyzstan League Kyrgyzstan Cup Asia1 Other2 Total
Dordoi Bishkek Shoro Top League 2014 17 18 3 3 0 0 1 0 21 21 [5]
Shoro Top League 2015 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 [5]
Total 17 18 3 3 1 0 4 0 25 21
Career total 111 90 27 14 13 9 4 0 155 113

International[edit]

As of 24 March 2015[26]
National team Year Apps Goals
Pakistan 2011 8 0
2012 1 0
2013 13 3
2014 1 1
2015 2 0
Total 25 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table list Pakistan's goal tally first.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Khan Research Laboratories[27]
Dordoi Bishkek

Country[edit]

Pakistan

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Record for most Pakistan Premier League goals in a 30-game season: 31 goals
  • Record for most hat-tricks scored in the Pakistan Premier League in one season: 7 (2012)
  • Record for most goals scored by a Pakistani footballer in Asian competitions (club football): 9 goals
  • Dordoi Bishkek Record Goalscorer: 18 goals (5th in Ranking)[5]
  • First Pakistani football player to be a top scorer for any foreign league outside Pakistan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kaleemullah at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ a b c d e "KRL's 'Messi' sets sights on further glory". Dawn News. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kaleem Ullah". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ PPL Table 2012 season, Retrieved on 25 March 2015
  5. ^ a b c d e Калимулла - в ТОП-5 бомбардиров «Дордоя» за всю историю (in Russian). FC Dordoi Bishkek. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Pakistan vs Macau Report
  7. ^ PPL League Table 2009 season, Retrieved on March 24, 2015
  8. ^ "Schedule and Results, 2013 AFC President's Cup" The-AFC.com. Retrieved July 12th 2013.
  9. ^ "Match summary." The-AFC.com.
  10. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2013 AFC President's Cup Group Stage". AFC.com. 
  11. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2013 AFC President's Cup Final Stage". AFC.com. 
  12. ^ KRL aim for unprecedented PPFL hat-trick, Retrieved on March 28, 2015
  13. ^ Raheel, Natasha (29 June 2014). "Kaleemullah ‘satisfied’ with FC Dordoi progress". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dordoy (Bishkek)". flk. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Natasha Raheel (15 July 2014). "Kaleemullah signs two-year contract with FC Dordoi". tribune.com.p. tribune. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kaleemulla luchshij igrok topligi po versii flk" (in Russian). fc-dordoi.kg. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  17. ^ FC Ahal vs Dordoi Bishkek Match Report, Retrieved on 25 March 2015
  18. ^ After Kyrgyzstan, Kaleem approached by clubs in Iceland, China, Retrieved on 25 March 2015
  19. ^ Pakistani soccer star is trying out with Republic FC, Retrieved on 15 May 2015
  20. ^ KoraStars snaps up Pakistan international Kaleemullah Khan
  21. ^ "Khan, Kaleemullah". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Stats 2010 season". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "Stats 2011 season". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Stats 2012 season". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Stats 2013 season". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Kaleemullah Khan – National Football Teams". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "K. Khan". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  28. ^ KRL become Pakistan football champion
  29. ^ "KRL again becomes the champion of 9th PPFL-2012". http://theolympicssports.com. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Калимулла - лучший бомбардир ТОП-Лиги!" (in Russian). fc-dordoi.kg. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Zesh Rehman
Pakistan captain
2014–present
Incumbent