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Harmanjot Singh Khabra (born 18 December 1988 in Punjab) is an Indian footballer who plays as a defender for Bengaluru in the Indian Super League.

Harmanjot Khabra
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Khabra in 2013 for East Bengal.
Personal information
Full name Harmanjot Singh Khabra
Date of birth (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Punjab, India
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back/Center Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bengaluru
Number 10
Youth career
Tata Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Sporting Goa 61 (11)
2009–2016 East Bengal 62 (4)
2014–2015Chennaiyin (loan) 28 (0)
2016–2017 Chennaiyin 6 (0)
2017Bengaluru (loan) 14 (1)
2017– Bengaluru 36 (0)
National team
2002–2004 India U16 4 (0)
2007–2008 India U19 3 (0)
2011– India 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2019

CareerEdit

Harmanjot Khabra has been a very promising player with his youth career at the Tata Football Academy and then being transferred to Clubs like Sporting Clube de Goa, East Bengal and Chennaiyin FC. He has played 5 times the Federation Cup finals, 5 times in the AFC Cup and also played the 2013 AFC Cup Semi-finals as Vice-Captain of East Bengal.

Sporting GoaEdit

After spending his youth career at the Tata Football Academy[1] Khabra joined Sporting Clube de Goa in the I-League for which he scored two goals in his debut match while playing the IFA Shield against Army XI in 2006. In 2006 Khabra again scored in the Federation Cup finals which was the only goal for Sporting Clube de Goa against Mohan Bagan. In the same year 2006 Durand Cup Khabra was awarded the promising player award. He scored one goal for on 15 November 2008 against East Bengal which would turn out to be Sporting's only goal of the game as the club lost 3–1 on the day.[2] Khabra made a total of 24 assists while playing for Sporting Goa.

East BengalEdit

On 30 April 2009 it was announced that Khabra had signed with fellow I-League side East Bengal.[1] On 10 November 2012 Khabra scored his first league goal for East Bengal against Air India in which he also scored a second goal as East Bengal won 3–0, he was awarded man .[3] On 9 December 2012 Khabra became the hero of the East Bengal Club by scoring a sensational goal through header in the 43rd minute in the local derby against Mohan Bagan, unfortunately the match was abandoned though East Bengal was leading by 3-0 in front of 100,000 audience.[4] Khabra became East Bengal's vice captain and said after this appointment that he is targeting to score more goals regularly and hopes that it will help him to earn a place in Indian Football Team.[5] On 8 July 2014, he was appointed as the new captain of the club.[6] Khabra has made a total of 39 assists as of 10 September 2014 for East Bengal. On 15 December 2013 Khabra was awarded as Man of the Match while playing against Bengaluru FC as Captain for East Bengal in the I-League fixture.[7]

Chennaiyin FCEdit

On 22 July 2014 Khabra joined the Indian Super League in the Domestic Player draft after being loaned from East Bengal and was the first pick in the 2014 ISL Inaugural Domestic Draft by Chennaiyin FC. He plays for Chennaiyin with Jersey Number 18 along with football legends such as Marco Materazzi, Elano, Mikael Silvestre, Bernard Mendy in the same team.[8] On 21 October 2014 while playing against Kerala Blasters Khabra made the most important assist for Bernard Mendy and Mendy scored a fantastic bicycle kick goal out of this assist.[9] On 29 October 2014 while playing against Mumbai City FC Khabra again created a good assist for Stiven Mendoza through a long ball and Chennaiyin won this game by 5-1, where Elano scored twice.[10]

International careerEdit

In 2004 Khabra was included to play for the India U16 in Japan and he played for India U-16 against Iran, Malaysia and Kuwait. Then in 2006 he was included in the India U19 team to play for the country against China, Bangladesh and Myanmar in Myanmar. In 2011, he got his first call for the India. Khabra made a assist for Sushil Kumar to score the goal in a friendly game against Qatar in 2011.[11]

HonorsEdit

ClubEdit

Chennaiyin FCEdit

East BengalEdit

Bengaluru Fc

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "East Bengal Snap Subhash Singh And Harmanjot Khabra". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Easy for East Bengal". Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Air India 0-3 East Bengal – Toothless Airmen floored by Trevor Morgan's clinical unit". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ "It's just not soccer unit". Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ George, Joseph. "Harmanjot Khabra – "I Have To Prove Many Things In Indian Football"". The Hard Tackle. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  6. ^ "EB to kick off training today". The Times of India. 8 July 2014.
  7. ^ "I-League: East Bengal strike twice to down Bengaluru FC". CNN IBN Live. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC Midfielder Player Profile: Harmanjot Khabra unit". Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Indian Super League: Bernard Mendy Magic Wins it for Chennaiyin FC Against Kerala Blasters". NDTV. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Chennaiyin FC destroys Mumbai". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Indian National Team: Armando Colaco's Boys Stun Higher Ranked Qatar In A Practice Match unit".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mehtab Hossain
Kingfisher East Bengal captain
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Arnab Mondal