Gurjinder Kumar

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Gurjinder Kumar
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Nawanshahr, Punjab, India
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
NorthEast United
Number 5
Youth career
2001–2007 Chandigarh FA
2007–2010 Tata FA
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2014 Pune 84 (5)
2014 Salgaocar 18 (0)
2015FC Pune City (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Salgaocar 28 (2)
2016–2017 Minerva Punjab 20 (0)
2017–2020 Mohun Bagan 40 (0)
2020— NorthEast United FC 7 (0)
National team
2011 India U23 2 (0)
2012– India 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14:00, 19 December 2020 (UTC)

Gurjinder Kumar (Punjabi : ਗੁਰਜਿੰਦਰ ਕੁਮਾਰ; born 10 October 1990) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a left back for NorthEast United in the Indian Super League. A right-footed player, he can also play as a midfielder and as a right back, which he played as during the 2013-14 Federation Cup. [1]

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Career

Early career

Born in Nawanshahr, Punjab, Gurjinder was born into a family of footballers. [2] At the age of 10, after his older brother died, he started to take football seriously and joined the Chandigarh Football Academy. [2] After spending seven years there Kumar moved to the famed Tata Football Academy where he joined the academy senior side. [2]

Pune

In 2010, Gurjinder signed his first professional contract with Pune of the I-League. [2] He scored his first professional goal during his first season at the club on 26 February 2011 against Viva Kerala in which his 11th-minute goal put Pune into an early 2–0 lead. [3] The club eventually managed to get into a 4–0 lead but then gave up four goals to draw the match 4–4. [3] After the 2010–11 season, he was named the Pune's best under-23 player at the club's annual awards ceremony. [2] Gurjinder was part of the team that played against the then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers on 7 October 2011, in a game that Blackburn won 3-0 [4] He then scored his second career goal the next season against Viva Kerala again, in a match Pune managed to win 3–1. [5] Kumar then went on to score his third goal of his career, and his second that season, only a month later on 21 December 2011 against Churchill Brothers in which his 84th-minute strike helped Pune finish the match 2–0 winners. [6] His fourth goal of his career, and last for the season, came on 18 January 2012 against Mumbai in which he found the net in the 90th minute to finish a 3–0 victory for Pune. [7] Then after the 2011–12 season, he was given the "Goal of the Year" award for his strike against Chirag United Kerala. [8] He won the Ashok Piramal Group "Young Player of the Year" award for 2012–13 season. [9]

Gurjinder did not score again until the 2013–14 season when his goal against Rangdajied United on 11 December 2013 to give Pune a 2–0 lead which they would eventually give up and lose 3–2. [10]

Salgaocar

Gurjinder Kumar signed for Salgaocar for the 2014-15 I-League and made his debut in the 2014-15 Indian Federation Cup, scoring 3 times in the group stages. [11]

FC Pune City

In July 2015 Kumar was drafted to play for FC Pune City in the 2015 Indian Super League. [12]

International

In June 2011 Kumar made his international debut for India at the under-23 level against Qatar U23 side for the 2012 Olympic qualifiers. [2] Then on 1 February 2012 Kumar was called up to the senior India side for a preparation camp for the upcoming 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. [13] He then made his senior international debut for India on 27 February 2012 against Azerbaijan in a friendly in which he started and played the full 90 minutes as India lost 0–3. [14]

Career statistics

Club career stats

As of 22 June 2015 [15]
ClubSeasonLeagueFederation CupDurand Cup AFC Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Pune 2010–11 I-League 2212020261
2011–12 I-League 2133000243
2012–13 I-League 2303020280
2013–14 I-League 181300070281
Salgaocar 2014–15 I-League 1805340273
Career total102615380701329

International stats

As of 24 December 2013 [16]
India national team
YearAppsGoals
201210
201340
Total50

Honours

Individual

Club

Mohun Bagan

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