Mohammed Rafi (footballer)

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Mohammed Rafi
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Personal information
Full name Madambillath Mohammed Rafi
Date of birth (1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Trikaripur, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2004 hitachi trikaripur 156 (87)
2004–2005 SBT 28 (18)
2006–2010 Mahindra United 140 (43)
2010–2012 Churchill Brothers 60 (41)
2013 Mumbai Tigers 34 (14)
2013–2015 Mumbai 33 (13)
2014 Atletico de Kolkata (loan) 10 (1)
2015–2016 Kerala Blasters 25 (6)
2017- Chennaiyin 0 (0)
National team
2009– India 17 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:27, 14 February 2016 (UTC).

Mohammed Rafi (Malayalam:മുഹമ്മദ് റഫി) (born 24 May 1982) is an Indian professional footballer from Trikaripur in Kasaragod district of Kerala state, who currently plays for Chennaiyin FC as a striker in the Indian Super League.


Mohammed Rafi came through the ranks of SBT which had distinction of fielding not only all-Indian but also all-Malayali squad. SBT was promoted to first division of National Football League in 2004 and in that season he scored 4 goals and came into limelight. Unfortunately, SBT got relegated but he was roped in by Mahindra United for the next season.

In 09-10 I-league, he finished the season with record 14 goals, which is best ever for an Indian striker, he was also adjudged Mahindra United's player of the year.[1]

Rafi’s example was followed by his younger brothers Mohammad Shafi, who played for Viva Kerala FC and Mohammad Razi, with KSEB.[2]


On 24 November 2013 it was announced that Rafi has signed for Mumbai on loan from IMG Reliance with three other players Khelemba Singh, N.P. Pradeep and Peter Costa.[3] He made his debut on 2 December 2013 against East Bengal F.C. at the Balewadi Sports Complex in which he played the whole match as Mumbai won the match 3-2.[4]

DSK Shivajians[edit]

After having a good season with Kerala Blasters in the 2015 Indian Super League season, Rafi joined DSK Shivajians, which gained a place in the league through bidding a direct entry slot, for the 2015-16 I-League season.

Indian Super League[edit]

Rafi played for Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural season. The team owned by Sourav Ganguly and Atletico de Madrid in Indian Super League (ISL).[5]

Rafi was signed by Kerala Blasters FC for the second season of Indian Super League. He scored on his debut, the second goal of the match against North East United and also set up Sanchez Watt's goal.[6]

He won ISL Emerging Player of the Match award against NorthEast United FC in 2015 Indian Super League.

He was again signed by Kerala Blasters FC for the Third Season of Indian Super League (ISL), which is expected to kick start on 1 October 2016.

Mohammed Rafi became the third Indian to score a goal in the ISL final 2016, following Mohammed Rafique for Atletico de Kolkata in 2014, and Thongkhosiem Haokip for FC Goa in 2015


Rafi also represented India number of times and scored a goal against Kuwait but India lost that match 1-9.[7]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2010 Al-Wahda Stadium, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E  Kuwait 1–7 1-9 Friendly


Atlético de Kolkata



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