Shankar Sampingiraj

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Shankar Sampingiraj
Personal information
Full name Shankar Sampingiraj[1]
Date of birth (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, India
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bengaluru FC
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 HAL
2011–2013 Pailan Arrows 0 (0)
2013 DSK Shivajians (loan) 6 (1)
2013– Bengaluru FC 19 (2)
2015 Kerala Blasters (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2015– India U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:12, 2 March 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:57, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Shankar Sampingiraj (born 14 December 1994) is an Indian professional footballer who currently plays primarily as a defensive midfielder for Bengaluru FC in the I-League.



Born in Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, | staying_place = {[New Baiyappanahalli]}, Indiranagar, Sampingiraj started his professional career with HAL, then of I-League during the 2010–11 season.[1] However, during a match against Pune the very same season, Sampingiraj suffered a ligament tear which was not properly diagnosed by his club, but was noticed and dealt with at the camp for the Indian national youth team,[2] eventually leading to surgery on his right knee and missing substantial game time.[2]

Pailan Arrows and DSK Shivajians[edit]

Sampingiraj signed for the Pailan Arrows then of I-League for the 2011-12 I-League season.[1] Shankar was loaned out to DSK Shivajians of the I-League 2nd Division for the 2013 I-League 2nd Division.,[3] playing all six of DSK's group stage games, scoring once against Kohima Komets, but couldn't help his team reach the final round.[4]

Bengaluru FC[edit]

In July 2013 it was announced that Sampingiraj had signed with new direct-entry I-League side Bengaluru FC.[5] However, the All India Football Federation stopped Sampingiraj from joining the team as they said that he was still contracted with them to play for Pailan Arrows.[6] Then, on 13 December 2013, it was announced than Sampingiraj had eventually signed with Bengaluru FC but on loan from IMG-Reliance for the rest of the season.[7]

Sampingiraj scored his first goal for Bengaluru FC in an AFC Cup game on 24 February 2015, against Maziya of the Maldives in a 2-1 away, in added-time.[8] Shankar scored his first goal in the I-League for Bengaluru on 3 April 2015, heading in a free-kick into the box from Eugeneson Lyngdoh in a 3-3 draw with Royal Wahingdoh.[9] He signed a 3-year contract with Bengaluru at the end of the season; this deal will take keep him with the club until the end of the 2017-18 I-League season.[10]

Kerala Blasters (loan)[edit]

In July 2015, Sampingiraj was drafted to play for Kerala Blasters FC in the 2015 Indian Super League.[11] On 13 August 2013, Bengaluru FC, his parent club, confirmed a 3-week training stint for Shankar with Italian 3rd division side Unione Sportiva Cremonese, prior to the 2015 ISL.[12][13]


Sampingiraj made his Indian U23 debut against Uzbekistan U23 on 27 March 2015 in a 2016 AFC U-23 qualifier in the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Bangladesh.[14] Shankar started and was sent-off against Syria U23 in the second match of the qualifiers in a 4-0 loss.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 March 2016[16]
Club Season League Federation Cup Durand Cup AFC Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bengaluru FC 2013–14 I-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 I-League 13 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 17 3
2015–16 I-League 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Kerala Blasters (loan) 2015 Indian Super League 3 0 3 0
Career total 23 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 27 3