Source: Dainik Bhaskar (05-Oct-2017)

Inspiring story of Sanjeev Stalin and Jeakson Singh, FIFA U-17 World Cup Indian team stars

About Jeakson Singh Thounaojam

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (born 21 June 2001) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Indian Arrows in the I-League on loan from Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. He scored India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament, by scoring against Colombia in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Career

Born in Manipur, Thounaojam was part of the Minerva Punjab youth team. After the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Thounaojam was selected to play for the Indian Arrows, an All India Football Federation owned team that would consist of India under-20 players to give them playing time, on loan from Minerva Punjab. He made his professional debut for the side in the Arrow’s first match of the season against Chennai City. He started and played 90 minutes as Indian Arrows won 3–0.

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About Sanjeev Stalin

Sanjeev Stalin (born 17 January 2001) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Indian Arrows in the I-League. Stalin was born to his father, Stalin, and mother Parameshwari, in Bangalore, Karnataka. His parents run a small garment shop and his mom is a Burmese Indians who emigrated back to India to help her nephew. At the age of 10 Stalin was spotted by Iranian coach Jamshid Nassiri who recommended that he should join a football academy.

Career

Stalin was part of the AIFF Elite Academy batch that was preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted in India. After the tournament, Stalin was selected to play for the Indian Arrows, an All India Football Federation-owned team that would consist of India under-20 players to give them playing time. He made his professional debut for the side in the Arrow’s first match of the season against Chennai City. He started and helped the team keep the cleansheet as Indian Arrows won 3–0.

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