N.S. Manju

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Nanjangud Shivananju Manju
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Personal information
Date of birth (1987-05-09) 9 May 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Mysore, Karnataka, India[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Bengaluru FC
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 HAL
2004–2007 Mahindra United
2007–2010 Mohun Bagan
2011–2012 United Sikkim
2012 Pune (loan) 0 (0)
2013–2016 Bengaluru FC 3 (0)
National team
2006–2008 India U23
2005–2011 India 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 October 2013

Nanjangud Shivananju Manju(Kannada: ನಂಜನಗೂಡು ಶಿವನಂಜು ಮಂಜು) (born 9 May 1987) is an Indian professional footballer who played as a defender for Bengaluru FC in the I-League.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In his early career, Manju played for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited S.C., Mahindra United, and Mohun Bagan A.C. all in the National Football League and I-League.[2] Manju was nominated for the ‘Best Indian Player’ Award at the inaugural edition of the FPAI Awards Night in 2009.[3]

United Sikkim[edit]

On 18 February 2011 it was announced that Manju had signed with United Sikkim F.C. of the I-League 2nd Division along with national team teammate Renedy Singh.[4] The major decider in him going was the fact that the team was owned by his national teammate Baichung Bhutia.[4]

Pune FC (loan)[edit]

On 7 January 2012 it was confirmed that Manju had signed for I-League side Pune F.C. on loan for the remainder of the 2011–12 I-League season.[5]

Bengaluru FC[edit]

After not playing at all during the 2012–13 I-League season, Manju signed for new direct-entry I-League club Bengaluru FC for the 2013–14 season.[6] He made his debut for the club on 2 November 2013 against Mumbai F.C. at the Balewadi Sports Complex in which he played the full match as Bengaluru FC drew the match 2–2.[7]

International[edit]

After doing well in domestic league football, Manju earned a call-up to the India national football team.[3] Before playing for the seniors, Manju was captain of the India U23 team.[3] He also was a part of the Indian national squad who won the prestigious Nehru Cup in 2007 and 2009.[8]

He was a part of the squad that toured Barcelona as a preparatory camp for the Nehru Cup 2009,[9] but unfortunately got himself injured in the first match of the Nehru Cup 2009 vs Lebanon which ruled him out of the Nehru Cup 2009,[10] IFA Shield, Durand Cup as well as Federation Cup.[11]

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