Bijendra Rai

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Bijendra Rai
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-06-08) 8 June 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Jorethang, Sikkim, India
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
IMG RELIANCE
Youth career
2010 Nang Kiew Rat
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2011 Royal Wahingdoh
2011–2012 Pailan Arrows 4 (0)
2012–2013 Mohun Bagan 0 (0)
2014–2015 Mohammedan S.C. 0 (0)
2016– Gangtok Himalayan SC 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 India U16 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bijendra Rai (born 8 June 1992) is an Indian footballer who currently plays in IMG RELIANCE.

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Early career

He was born in Jorethang, South Sikkim district. His father and elder brother were footballers. His father used to play football locally but his brother played for a club in Darjeeling.

He joined Gangtok State Sports Academy in 2006 and stayed there till 2009. The tag line of the Academy was "Search for more Baichung." he took the name of few coaches who had helped me a lot while in the Academy. They are Hongunorden Lepcha, Suresh Mukhia, and Suren Chhetri.

While in the Academy, he got the chance to play for the Sikkim U-16 team. [1]

Career

In 2010, he went to Shillong and joined Nang-Kiew-Rat where he played as a striker in the local league.

In the next season, he joined Royal Wahingdoh F.C. where he played for 4 months. He played in the 2011 I-League 2nd Division. They reached the 2nd phase but could not qualify for the I-league.

He scored 5 goals in that tournament. His best match was against Ar-Hima FC. In that match, though he scored 2 goals, they lost the 3-2. They trounced Southern Samity 6-1, where he scored 1 goal.

Pailan Arrows

The 2011-12 football year got off to a good start for Rai as he made his debut for Pailan Arrows in the 2011 Indian Federation Cup against Mumbai. [2] He then made his I-League debut against HAL SC on 2 November 2011. [3]

Eagles

On 5 December 2013 it was announced that Bijendra has signed up with Eagles F.C. of Kerala on loan for 2013-14 season along with Nadong Bhutia, Avinabo Bag, Jagroop Singh, Bisheshwor Singh, Biswajit Saha, Ramandeep Singh and Govin Singh. Moreover, IMG-Reliance, the organisers of the proposed IPL-style football tournament Indian Super League, and Eagles F.C. will facilitate a two to six week training stint for the eight players with UK based Reading F.C. Academy. [4]

International

In 2007, Coach Collin Toal gave him a chance for the 1st time in the U-16 Indian team, when we went to play in Saudi Arabia for the AFC qualifying Round. Later on, they went for exposure trips to Germany and England.

In the Gangtok Academy, he used to play as a striker, but in the Indian team, he played for the first time as a right winger.

He scored his first goal for U-16 Indian team against Sri Lanka. He scored the goal within 20 seconds. He placed the ball inside goal from Lalrindika's cross.

Later, he also got a chance in the U-19 Indian team for an exposure trip to Malaysia and for a tournament in Dubai, but he missed the tour due to injury at the last moment.

Career statistics

Club

Statistics accurate as of 29 December 2011

ClubSeasonLeagueCup AFC Total
AppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssistsAppsGoalsAssists
Pailan Arrows 2011–12 400200600
Career total400200000600

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References

  1. "Interview of Bijendra Rai". Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. "Mumbai FC vs Pailan Arrows Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  3. "Pailan Arrows 1-1 HAL – Hamza Wins A Point For The Away Side". goal.com. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  4. "Eight IMG-R players to join Kerala football club Eagles FC" . Retrieved 6 December 2013.