Anjan Bista

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Anjan Bista
Personal information
Full name Anjan Bista
Date of birth (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 21)[1]
Place of birth Hetauda, Nepal[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Manang Marshyangdi Club
Youth career
2011–14 ANFA Academy
2016– Marbella FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–16 APF Club 4 (1)
2018– Manang Marshyangdi Club 3 (1)
National team
2013–14 Nepal U-17 5 (3)
2015– Nepal U-20 4 (3)
2016– Nepal U-23 5 (3)
2014– Nepal 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Anjan Bista (Nepali: अञ्जन, born 15 May 1998) is a footballer from Nepal. He made his first appearance for the Nepal national football team on 31 October 2014.[3][4] He has also played numerous times under the Nepalese u-17 team, including at the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship.

International career[edit]

U-17 career[edit]

Bista has been a regular for the Nepalese junior Gurkhas. During the 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship semi-finals Bista scored a free-kick in a 5–1 win over Bangladesh.[5] During the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification Bista scored in a 2–0 victory over Bahrain, ending a six-year-long winning drought for the Nepali u-17 side.[6] In the next game Bista scored the equalizing goal as Nepal came from 2–0 down to tie Iraq 2–2.[7][8] Playing in the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship Bista started as Nepal scored a late equalizer to tie the match 1-1 against defending champions Uzbekistan.[9] Bista was excellent in the next game against Kuwait, it was his early pressure that forced an own goal in the third minute, as well as it was Bista who was fouled in the box for the captain Bimal Magar to score the winning penalty.[10][11][12]

U-20 career[edit]

In preparation for the 2015 SAFF U-19 Championship and the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship qualification campaign, Bista played in several friendlies in which he scored a hat trick against a senior Nepal Army Club earning a 4-2 victory.[13] On the second match of the 2015 SAFF U-19 Championship, Bista converted a crucial penalty kick against Bangladesh. To which, the match was won 2:1.[14] In the same tournament, Bista also scored a brace against Afghanistan in the semi-finals to register a 3:2 victory for Nepal sending the team into the finals.[15] Nepal went on to win the final defeating India on penalty kicks.

Senior career[edit]

Bista made his international debut for Nepal on 31 October 2014 coming on for Sandip Rai in the 61st minute in an eventual 3–0 loss against the Philippines.[3][4]

On 6 March 2015, Bista was selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) senior team (Nepal) 2-leg match against India. He was as one of the main player when Nepalese team won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh and Gold medal in SAG Games[16]

Club career[edit]

During the 12th edition of the Aaha Rara Gold cup, playing for the ANFA Academy Bista score the opening goal in the 17th minute to put his team 1–0 up against Nepal Police Club in Pokhara. However Ranjan Bista scored the equalizer in the 35th minute and the Police Club went on to win on a penalty shootout.[17]

Nepal APF[edit]

Bista joined Nepal APF for the upcoming 2015 Nepal National League. He scored his first goal for the club in the second round in a 4-1 win over Morang XI. Anjan's brother Ranjan Bista scored two goals in the same match.[18]

Marbella United FC, Spain[edit]

On 28 March 2016, Bista scored the only goal to defeat Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie U-19 Academy 1–0.[19] Anjan Bista showed brilliant performance during a match against ASC 09 Dortmund.[20]

Personal life[edit]

After the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship it was announced that Bista had plans to turn to singing.[21] Soon after a video of Bista singing popular a Dashain song was released. "This is a new taste for [me]. I really enjoy singing." said Bista afterwards thanking Kaarlrekha productions.[22]

International career[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nepal's goal tally first.[23]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2019 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei  Chinese Taipei 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 2–0


Nepal U-16[edit]

Nepal U-19[edit]

Nepal U-23[edit]

Nepal National Team[edit]


APF Club
  • Nepal National Game (Football)
    • 2016
Manang Marsyangdi Club


  • NSJF Sports Award 2016 Youth Player of the Year[24][25]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Prolific Nepal U17 Striker Anjan Karki Dreams To Play For Nepal National Team!". 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Friendly Nepal vs Philippines - Live Updates and Streaming Info". Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Nepal vs Philippines: Live Commentary". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ Dinesh Thapa. "SAFF U-16 Championship: Nepal thrash Bangladesh to reach final". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Anjan, Ananta score as Nepal ease to victory". Himalayan Times. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Anjan Bista, Gharti Magar score as Nepal level 2–2 against Iraq". 27 September 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Anjan Bista, Gharti Magar score as Nepal level 2-2 against Iraq". Yeti Times. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ Wilson Gurung (8 September 2014). "AFC U-16 Championship 2014: Kiran Sunar Shines As Nepal Stops Defending Champions Uzbekistan". Easy Nepal. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ "AFC U-16 Championship: Nepal regains lead against Kuwait (Live Update)". My Republica. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ "AFC U-16 Championship 2014: Nepal Defeats Kuwait". Texas Nepal. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Gharti Magar's spot-kick helps Nepal beat Kuwait in AFC U-16 C'ship". 10 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Anjan Bista Scores A Hattrick As Nepal U19 Thrashes Nepal Police In A Friendly Match". Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  14. ^ "1st SAFF U19 Championship: Nepal U19 Beats Bangladesh U19 To Enter Semis As A Group Winner". Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  15. ^ "Nepal books place in final". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  16. ^ "Final squad for qualifer [sic] against India announced". ANFA. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Armed Police register difficult win over ANFA Academy in the opener". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  18. ^ "RedBull National League: APF Thrash Morang XI To Register First Win". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Nepal International Anjan Bista Scores A Goal For Marbella United FC Against NEC Nijmegen". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Nepal U-16 Striker Anjan Bista Turns Singer!". 30 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Listen How Nepal U-16 Striker Anjan Bista Sings A Dashin Song For Nepalese Football Fans - VIDEO". 2 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Bista, Anjan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  24. ^ "NSJF Sports Awards 2072". GoalNepal. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Football dominates Sports Awards". Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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