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edited February 2012 in Indian Football Players
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  • ajmalajmal 1185 Points
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  • AdminAdmin 240 Points
    UTTAM RAI
    Year : 1996 - 2011
    Place of Birth : Sikkim
    Position : Striker
    Team Played for : India U-16

    Uttam Rai is another striker from Sikkim, and like someone else he was also discovered at the Subroto Cup. The comparison will be obvious but there are some two decades between that Uttam needs to run and survive if he is to be mentioned in the same breath as Sikkim’s favourite son, Bhaichung Bhutia.
    Uttam smiles. “I have met him. He is a Great Player.”
    Team India’s striker in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in Tashkent -- the boy who scored five in India’s match against Krygyzstan, like any other guy of his age dreams of playing abroad. “If I get a chance, I want to play outside my country,” he quips. The very next moment, his wall-pass will catch you a bit on the wrong foot. “But how will I get a chance? There are not many Agents in India and Agents who are based elsewhere do not come to India to watch us play?” he stares at me.
    At the IMG Academy in Florida, Uttam was declared the ‘Player of the Year,’ among all categories earlier this year. Coach Bitan Singh, who was based in Florida along with Uttam and others informs, “He scored more than 100 goals in the last Calendar Year. His mastery is never in doubt.”
    You turn to Uttam. He’s Praying at the moment – a long Prayer prior to having his lunch. The others in the table wait for him. And when they discover, they are being watched, they too start praying – but only till Uttam has finished.
    “My mother taught me to Pray to the Almighty. I Thank Him for the Food that he is providing me. There are so many poor people who don’t get to eat two meals in a day,” Uttam confesses.
    His team-mates wait for a chance to tease him. “No 9 from India – very Good Player,” and it goes on in chorus. The story goes that Players from FK Lokomotiv’s first team congratulated the Indian contingent after their 7-0 win against Krygyzstan and had uttered the same line. Uttam’s team-mates have been carrying on from there.
    ‘You wear No. 9 at the moment. But don’t you dream of wearing the No. 10 someday?’ I enquire.
    “Jersey numbers don’t matter as long as I score goals; as long as Daniel (Lalhlimpuia) scores goals (Daniel wears the No. 10); as long as we score goals. Give me any Jersey Number – I am comfortable. Numbers don’t create a player; goals create a player,” the Fernando Torres fan completes at one breath. His maturity is bound to strike you.
    Uttam has started to juggle the ball by then. And he went on and on, that too seated on the ground. And as I look in amazement, his team-mates begin in chorus – ‘No. 9 from India – very good player.’ Uttam stops; gets up and runs after them – and the chase goes on.
    Uttam will have to run for long – after all he is chasing a Big Name in Indian Football. Bhaichung will be the happiest if Uttam lasts the distance.

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  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 18px; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); height: 40px; width: 550px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; "><a href="http://blog.imgacademies.com/2012/01/31/getting-to-know-india’s-and-img-academies-own-karan-padmukamar-and-abhilash-eranna/&quot; rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to From India to Bradenton: Karan Padmakumar and Abhilash Eranna look to reach their dreams" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">From India to Bradenton: Karan Padmakumar and Abhilash Eranna look to reach their dreams</a></h3></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><br></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">With recent spotlight on India’s 7’1” 14 year old basketball prodigy <a href="http://blog.imgacademies.com/2011/12/28/img-basketball-academys-singh-featured-in-espn-magazine/"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">Satnam Singh</a>, we have taken time to show that India’s youth are excelling in the game of soccer as well. Karan Padmukamar and Abhilash Eranna are not only both natives of India but they are also both elite competitors at <a href="http://www.imgacademies.com/soccer-academy/"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">IMG Soccer Academy.</a> Padmakumar is a part of the U-15 club at IMG Academies, where he is coached by<a href="http://www.imgacademies.com/soccer-academy/coaches/tonio-paternostro/"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">Tonio Paternostro</a>. “Coach Tonio is a great coach, he truly sees all of the little things that other coaches oversee or don’t bother with. Even though I still have much to learn, he has already taken my game to another level” Padmukamar states. Eranna is on the U-17 squad at IMG Academies where he is coached under <a href="http://www.imgacademies.com/soccer-academy/coaches/oscar-pisano/"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">Oscar Pisano</a>. “Coach Oscar is truly amazing; he has such an immense amount of love and passion for the game of soccer. This passion excites me on a daily basis” Eranna states.  The two college soccer hopefuls took some time out of their busy schedules to sit down and discuss their plans for the future, what it is like being thousands of miles away from their families, and how star struck they are that 3 elite MLS teams and one Swedish Club (Malmo) are at <a href="http://www.imgacademies.com/"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">IMG Academies</a>.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; "></strong></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">Padmukamar and Eranna on…</strong></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">…hearing about IMG Academies</strong></p><blockquote style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 10px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 20px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; "></strong>“I heard about it from my personal soccer coach in India. We were searching for an academy for me to train at and it came down to either IMG or another academy in France. The main reason I chose IMG was because they had a school program set in place, and that was extremely important for me and my family.”-Said Padmakumar.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">“My former coach used to play college soccer at Clark University and told me that there is an academy in Florida. I went online and looked at IMG’s website and I truly fell in love and decided that this was the place for me.”- Said Eranna.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">…being so far from home</strong></p><blockquote style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 10px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 20px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; "></strong>“It is definitely tough at first being in a whole new environment, yet our busy, nonstop schedules truly help. Being on the go almost every day keeps my mind off things.”-Said Padmakumar.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">“I miss my family a lot; it was a challenge leaving them in early October when I arrived here. Yet, everyone at IMG has been extremely welcoming. A lot of people are in similar situations as me, far away from home, so we can all kind of relate in many ways.”-Said Eranna.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">…their overall IMG Academies experience</strong></p><blockquote style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 10px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 20px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">“IMG prepares us in so many ways. One particular area that is essential for me is the physical side of things. IMG has all of the facilities at hand for us to grow physically and mentally. In India the physical side of the game is not focused on as much, but since being at IMG I have been able to become much stronger and more physical. At IMG they give you a step by step plan for you to follow from your first year through  graduation. It makes things much easier. It makes becoming successful possible.”-Said Padmakumar</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">“IMG is truly preparing me for my future. I want to play college soccer and hopefully professional and IMG is taking my game to the next level. With the amazing coaches like coach Oscar and the equipment and facilities available, I definitely made the right decision coming here.”- Said Eranna.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">…thoughts on the Professional Clubs being at IMG Academies</strong></p><blockquote style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 30px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 10px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 20px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; border-left-width: 5px; border-left-style: solid; border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; "></strong>“It truly is great exposure for IMG. In India, since soccer is on such a smaller scale, I am able to meet the pros after almost every game. Yet here, since the clubs are so prestigious it is extremely rare for me to be able to meet with or even watch them play up close. A perfect example of this was when I got to meet <a href="http://www.soundersfc.com/Team/Players/Steve-Zakuani.aspx"; style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; color: rgb(0, 102, 163); ">Steve Zakuani</a> (Seattle Sounders Forward, #1 overall pick in MLS Super Draft in 2009). It gives us hope; they used to be in our shoes and now look at them. Makes us think that could be us some day. It is truly motivating”. –Said Padmakumar</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">“Even though my favorite team, Liverpool, isn’t here, it is still pretty amazing. It is great exposure for IMG and for us as students. We get to learn and watch from some of the world’s best soccer players, where else can you do that. It is such an amazing opportunity that we all need to enjoy.”-Said Eranna.</p></blockquote>
  • Wait, is Eranna at the Academy separate from the rest because I thought the India U16s train in the India practice jerseys. If Eranna is at IMG on his own with the black and white kids than that is amazing. Maybe he can go into the MLS draft and if really good make the Generation Adidas squad which is the best 20 college players in the US on one team (these college players must be under-20 unless they are a rookie in MLS.) and then play with the GA Team abroad in Europe (almost like Brandan Fernandes and his academy in Europe, only GA is better).
  • AdminAdmin 240 Points
    arsenalfan wrote:
    Wait, is Eranna at the Academy separate from the rest because I thought the India U16s train in the India practice jerseys. If Eranna is at IMG on his own with the black and white kids than that is amazing. Maybe he can go into the MLS draft and if really good make the Generation Adidas squad which is the best 20 college players in the US on one team (these college players must be under-20 unless they are a rookie in MLS.) and then play with the GA Team abroad in Europe (almost like Brandan Fernandes and his academy in Europe, only GA is better).

    <br><div><br></div><div>From the report, it looks like Abhilash and Karan are independent trainees in IMG, who are not with India u16 team</div>
  • usaindiausaindia 1671 Points
    i think they are independent ,even there are tennis players
  • Ya, it seems that way and if you think about it, if they say that they want to play college soccer then how could they be on the u16s because the u16s go back to India and after that join either a foreign academy or I-League. I doubt any of the u16s will come back for college soccer.<div><br></div><div>As for these two though, this is great. I hope they get into MLS.</div>
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    Both the players are independent trainees.<div><br></div><div>Abhilash joined in November,2011</div><div><br></div><div>they have a different coach that u16 indian team</div>
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