Anil Gurung

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Anil Gurung
Personal information
Full name Anil Gurung
Date of birth (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Pokhara, Nepal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Manang Marshyangdi Club
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Sahara Club Pokhara 25 (12)
2004 Brigade Boys Club 27 (8)
2005 Three Star Club 24 (13)
2007 Manang Marshyangdi Club 0 (32)
2008 New Road Team 12 (8)
2009–2010 Shillong Lajong FC 4 (0)
2011– Manang Marshyangdi Club (32)
National team
U–19 Nepal 45 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 December 2015

Anil Gurung (Nepali: अनिल गुरुङ; born 17 September 1986) [1] who made headlines when he was selected for a trial for Chelsea reserve team and Woking F.C in England.[2] Sahara Club, Nepal and Sahara Football Club, UK jointly initiated the trial-selection process. Sahara Club (Pokhara), a local football Club in Pokhara, which has branches in the UK, had applied for Anil’s trial. In England, Gurung went through a four-month-long trial, where he put his footballing skills to the test. Chelsea F.C. took care of all his footballing expenses during the trial period.

He currently plays for Manang Marshyangdi Club and for his national side Nepal.

Early life[edit]

Anil Gurung was born to late Mr. Bil Bahadur Gurung and Mrs. Laxmi Kumari Gurung who is an inhabitant of Malepatan, Pokhara. He completed his school education from Barahi Secondary School, during then, he started playing football from the age of thirteen. He started his career from Sahara club, Pokhara in 2001. Anil's parents believed that sports can't help earn a living and urged him to join the army. Although his family opposed him, he kept playing.

Domestic career and achievements[edit]

In his domestic league, Anil previously played for Brigade Club, Three Star Club, New Road Team (NRT)[3][4] and Manang Marshyangdi Club. Anil proved himself in Nepali football by scoring 32 goals[5] and becoming the highest scorer in the 2009 edition of Martyrs Memorial A Division Football League for this achievement he won a Yamaha motorcycle . He won a cash prize of Rupees fifty thousand in one of the matches of the 10th edition of SAFF games for having an outstanding performance. In one of the matches in Itahari Gold Cup 2063 BS he was tagged as man of the match. In the 10th Buddha Subba Gold Cup, he was the highest scorer and was duly selected as the best player of the tournament. He was also chosen as best player during a match in the 2064 BS edition of Governor Gold Cup. He was selected as the best player in the yearly match organized by the Nepal Khel Khud Patrakar Manch. Likewise, in the yearly match held in Kaski district, he received a cash prize of Rs. 30,000. Thus, his career was bombarded with trophy and prizes. Due to his success, he is also regarded as one of the most successful and highly paid player of Nepal. Anil Scored first Head goal against Bangladesh on SAFF Championship held in Kathmandu August, 2013.

Chelsea trials[edit]

Anil Gurung is the player from Nepal UK jointly were engaged in lobbying for his selection for the trial phase. Anil, during a farewell Programme hosted by Sahara club, Pokhara said, "Opportunities don't come very often and I am going to the make the best of it." During the event, he expressed his love for football and a dream to popularise the name of the country by football.Before leaving, Anil Gurung said, “I am very happy to represent Nepal. I don’t mind if I am not selected there. It is my honor that I am called by them. I will try my best to show Nepalis' talents abroad. I also want to prove that Nepali players are capable of performing well if they are provided with opportunities”. Although he didn't find success in Chelsea and Woking, he was welcomed home as a hero.[2][6]

I-League and Shillong Lajong[edit]

Previously, Anil was called by Shillong Lajong FC but as he had to go UK for the trial, he refused to play for that club. On October 30, 2009, Anil signed a three-year contract with Indian I-League club Shillong Lajong FC for an amount of Nrs.6.3 million. Anil made his debut for Lajong in a scoreless draw against Salgoacar SC on 2 November 2009. His contract with Lajong made him the highest paid Nepali footballer.[7] Anil Gurung helped Lajong FC to garner a point when he scored the equalizer in the 90th minute of the match against Viva Kerala in their latest I league encounter. In the 3rd E.K. Nayanar Memorial Gold Cup he scored the only goal to send Shillong Lajong FC into the semifinal at the expense of Pune FC.

Return to Manang Marshyandi Club[edit]

The relegation of Shillong Lajong FC led the need for Anil Gurung to find top tier football. He terminated the contract with the Indian outfit.[8] It was revealed that he had joined the former club Manang Marshyandi Club for an undisclosed fee assumed to make him the highest paid player in Nepal.[9] The club cited the need for such contract as the player is highly rated[10] and can gain interest of several foreign league clubs. He endured a sweet return assisting and scoring in the first match against Friends Club.[11] He scored on his second match against Machindra F.C. and another in fourth start against koilapani Polestar. He then scored only at the end games of the season, a hat-trick against his former club Brigade Boys and the final match against Nepal Police Club. It was just an average performance by his standard to get runners-up medal.

2012-13 (2069 B.S.) Season[edit]

The Season started brightly for Anil Gurung after being named captain for Manang Marshyandi. He led them to glory in Ncell Cup and Safal Cup. They are also in good position in the league.


In the opening match of the 2014–15 Martyr's Memorial A-Division League Gurung captained his side and scored the third goal in MMC's 3-0 victory over Far Western FC.[12][13]

International career[edit]

Gurung made his international debut against Oman in a world cup qualifier that Nepal lost 2-0 on 8 October 2007 at Muscat. He has won 43 caps and has 9 goals to his name. Anil became the first Nepalese player to score goal in home ground in world-cup qualifying match.[14]

Style of Play[edit]

He is generally deployed as supporting striker with another player in the 4-4-2 formation but can act as play maker (He wears the No-10 Shirt in national team) in 3-4-3 or 4-5-1 formation just behind the lone striker. He is the preferred penalty taker.

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League Cup Cup (Fifa Recognized) Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Brigade Boys Club 2003 12 8 6 8 5 4 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Three Star Club 2004 ? 13 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Manang Marshyangdi Club 2005 ? 32 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
New Road Team 2007 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Shillong Lajong FC 2010 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Manang Marshyangdi Club 2011 12 7 4 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Career Total ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?


National team Season Apps Goals Assists
2064 B.S.(2008–09) ? 1 ?
2065 B.S.(2008–09) ? 0 ?
2066 B.S.(2009–10) ? 3 ?
2067 B.S.(2010–11) ? 1 ?
2068 B.S.(2011–12) 2 2 ?
Total ? 7 ?

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nepal's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2008 Pokhara Rangasala, Pokhara  Pakistan
2. 15 October 2008 MBPJ Stadium, Petaling Jaya  Afghanistan
2008 Merdeka Tournament
3. 29 November 2009 Mohammedan Sporting Club, Kolkata  Bhutan
4. 10 December 2009 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka  Afghanistan
2009 SAFF Championship
5. 10 December 2009 Bangabandhu National Stadiu, Dhaka  Afghanistan
2009 SAFF Championship
6. 19 March 2011 Pokhara Rangasala, Pokhara  Bhutan
7. 29 June 2011 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  Timor-Leste
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
8. 2 July 2011 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  Timor-Leste
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
9. 31 August 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  Bangladesh
2013 SAFF Championship
10. 5 September 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  India
2013 SAFF Championship


  • In the year 2063, he participated in the competition Sahid Smarak League from Manang Marshayandi Club and was able to bag a grand prize of Rs 1,00,000 for the highest goal scorer of the tournament.[15]


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  2. ^ a b " -". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "ANIL GURUNG BACK TO N.R.T.". Cricket and Football in Nepalese blood. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ " - News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "I-League: Lajong Sign Nepal's Star Striker Anil Gurung". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  8. ^ [3] Archived June 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ " - A Division League: LH MMC Snaps Anil Gurung". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  10. ^ " - News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  11. ^ " - A Divison [sic] League: Good Home Coming For Anil Gurung!". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "MMC Beats Far Weastern FC In The Opener Of RedBull National League". 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Far MMC Skipper Anil Gurung: My Boys Wow, Finally RedBull National League Kicks Off!". 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Under strength Nepal still good for East Timor". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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