Manisha Kalyan is an Indian football player. In August 2022, she made headlines after becoming the first Indian female footballer to participate in the UEFA European Women’s Champions League.
Manisha Kalyan was born on Tuesday, 27 November 2001.age 20 years; by 2021) in village Mugoval, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. Many sources claim that she belongs to Haryana. After completing her schooling at Sant Attar Singh Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Manisha did her higher education at Mehr Chand Mahajan (MCM) DAV College for Women in Chandigarh.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: dark brown
parents and siblings
His father Narinder Pal is a businessman. His mother Rajkumari Pal is a housewife. His elder sister Sonam Pal is a security guard.
She is unmarried.
Manisha Kalyan’s football journey started when she was thirteen years old. According to Manisha, she was spotted playing football by her physical education (PE) teacher Brahmjit Singh, who encouraged her to pursue a career in football. Talking about the event, Brahmjit Singh said during an interview,
Manisha’s footwork was excellent. I convinced the principal to meet his parents. Her father was happy to hear about her talent and allowed me to train her. ,
After Brahmjit Singh convinced Manisha’s parents, she started practicing football and represented her school’s football team in several regional and state level tournaments in Punjab. While pursuing his education, he played the Urja Cup, where he represented the Border Security Force (BSF) team. After the tournament, a BSF official noticed her performance and asked her if she was interested in playing for Mumbai-based Kankre Football Club. Talking about the incident she said,
When I played the Orza Cup for Border Security Force, an official asked me if I could play for Canakre FC in Mumbai in the Indian Women’s League (IWL). I said, first I need my family’s permission.”
In 2017, Manisha Kalyan joined Madurai-based Sethu Football Club, where she participated in the 2018 Indian Women’s League (IWL) and was instrumental in securing the club’s victory in the tournament. In the same year, he was included in the under-17 Indian national football team. In July 2018, Manisha Kalyan represented India in the BRICS Cup, which was held in South Africa. During the tournament, Kerala-based Gokulam FC noted his performance during the match against the Chinese team. In 2018, after the BRICS Cup, Manisha Kalyan was drafted by Gokulam FC. Later, in the same year, she played for the Indian Under-18 team and represented India in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship. There the Indian team defeated Bhutan by a margin of 4-0. In 2019, she represented Gokulam FC in the Indian Women’s League (IWL), where she scored a total of three goals throughout the tournament. In October 2018, she represented India in the Under-19 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Championship, where she scored a hat-trick against Pakistan. In the tournament, India defeated Pakistan by a goal difference of 18–0. In 2021, Manisha Kalyan represented India in football matches against UAE, Bahrain and Jordan.
In November 2021, he represented India in the International Football Tournament in Manaus. There the Indian team was defeated by Brazil by a margin of 6-1. In the match against Brazil, Manisha managed to score a goal. During an interview after the match, Manisha said,
South Americans were a little taller, that’s all. When it comes to fitness, strength and stamina, we can match anyone. Earlier we thought we were physically weak but now we are much better and not afraid of any team. In terms of skills, I think we are a bit lacking in fundamentals like first touch, miss-pass, but we are all working on it together and feeling confident.”
In 2022, she represented Gokulam FC in the Indian Women’s League (IWL) and won an award. In 2022, Manisha Kalyan left Gokulam FC and joined Cyprus-based Apollon Ladies FC. She became one of four Indian women’s football players drafted by an international football club.
On 22 August 2022, she became the first Indian footballer to play in the UEFA European Women’s Champions League.
- In 2021, Manisha Kalyan was awarded the Women’s Footballer of the Year award by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
- In 2022, Manisha Kalyan won the Hero of the League award in the Indian Women’s League (IWL). This award was given to him by Hero MotoCorp.
Facts / Trivia
- Before adopting football as a professional sport, Manisha Kalyan practiced sprinting and basketball. She also said that her PE teacher Brahmjit Singh had convinced her to play football after seeing her playing football with boys of her age. He talked about this in an interview and said,
I was into sprinting and basketball. After practice I used to play football with the boys. One day, my coach saw me kicking the ball and asked if I wanted to play football. I said yes.”
- According to Manisha’s father, when Manisha told her parents that she wanted to pursue a career in football, her father doubted her decision as he had not heard of any girl’s football team in India. He also claimed that his decision to play football did not go down well with the villagers and neighbors also started gossiping about Manisha. Talking about this his father said,
When she said she wanted to play football, I said that there is no women’s football team in our village. She said that she would play alone. People started talking, and I said: ‘No worries’. Boys and girls have equal rights. Manisha had gone to remote villages for tournaments with boys’ teams. Ten boys and one girl.”
- According to Manisha, he once pretended to be a boy to participate in a boys’ football tournament. She was caught when she loosened the towel wrapped around her body. Talking about the incident, Manisha said,
I once wrapped a towel around myself to be a boy, I was kicked out, but no one made a point, instead, they praised me. ,
- When Manisha Kalyan was in 9th standard, her father met with an accident which left half of her body paralyzed. The family had to spend about eight lakh rupees on his treatment. During an interview, his elder sister said that the family had to sell their land for Narinder’s treatment, and hence they could not do much for Manisha. He said,
We couldn’t spend much for that. He didn’t even have a proper football kit. He understood this and helped the family as much as he could. We couldn’t even have a special sports diet for her, she survived on home-cooked food. ,
- According to Manisha Kalyan, she used to cycle 2.5 miles daily from her village to her football coaching academy.
- Manisha’s elder sister said in an interview that during the financial crisis, Manisha Kalyan’s coach Brahmjit Singh and her village’s wealthy businessman Teja Singh, who lived in the United Kingdom (UK), helped the family. He said,
She wore worn-out boots for a long time, saying Brahmjit Singh [her coach] Bought it, and it’s a lucky charm. At other times, Teja Singh, a businessman from the United Kingdom in the village, was of great help to those in need. ,