Mohammed Rafi (footballer)

Mohammed Rafi (born 24 May 1982, Trikaripur, Kasargod) is an Indian former professional footballer who last played for Kerala Blasters as a striker in Indian Super League.

Mohammed Rafi
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Rafi in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 41)
Place of birth Kasaragod, Kerala, India
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 SBT 20 (12)
2006–2010 Mahindra United 130 (107)
2010–2012 Churchill Brothers 48 (26)
2013 Mumbai Tigers 10 (3)
2013–2015 Mumbai 40 (22)
2014Atletico de Kolkata (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016 Kerala Blasters 22 (6)
2017–2019 Chennaiyin 32 (2)
2019–2020 Kerala Blasters 7 (0)
International career
2009–2011 India 27 (11)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 04:20, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 November 2014


Mohammed Rafi came through the ranks of SBT which had distinction of fielding not only all-Indian but also all-Malayali squad. SBT was promoted to first division of National Football League in 2004 and in that season he scored 4 goals and came into limelight. Unfortunately, SBT got relegated but he was roped in by Mahindra United for the next season.

In 09-10 I-league, he finished the season with record 14 goals, which is best ever for an Indian striker, he was also adjudged Mahindra United's player of the year.[1]

Rafi's example was followed by his younger brothers Mohammad Shafi, who played for Viva Kerala FC and Mohammad Razi, with KSEB.[2]


On 24 November 2013 it was announced that Rafi has signed for Mumbai on loan from IMG Reliance with three other players Khelemba Singh, N.P. Pradeep and Peter Costa.[3] He made his debut on 2 December 2013 against East Bengal F.C. at the Balewadi Sports Complex in which he played the whole match as Mumbai won the match 3-2.[4]

DSK ShivajiansEdit

After having a good season with Kerala Blasters in the 2015 Indian Super League season, Rafi joined DSK Shivajians, which gained a place in the league through bidding a direct entry slot, for the 2015-16 I-League season.

Indian Super LeagueEdit

Rafi played for Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural season. The team owned by Sourav Ganguly and Atletico de Madrid in Indian Super League (ISL).[5]

Rafi was signed by Kerala Blasters FC for the second season of Indian Super League. He scored on his debut, the second goal of the match against North East United and also set up Sanchez Watt's goal.[6]

He won ISL Emerging Player of the Match award against NorthEast United FC in 2015 Indian Super League.

He was again signed by Kerala Blasters FC for the Third Season of Indian Super League (ISL), which is expected to kick start on 1 October 2016.

Mohammed Rafi became the third Indian to score a goal in the ISL final 2016, following Mohammed Rafique for Atletico de Kolkata in 2014, and Thongkhosiem Haokip for FC Goa in 2015.

In ISL 2017 rafi is playing for Chennaiyin FC(ISL 2015 champions). He scored goal in his first match against North East united on 23 November 2017. In the 2018-19 season, he played 8 games for Chennaiyin without scoring a league goal. He also played 6 games and scored 3 goals in the AFC Cup.

In the 2019-20 season, he rejoined Kerala Blasters.[7] On 4 October 2020, the club officially announced the departure of the veteran from the club.[8]


Rafi also represented India number of times and scored a goal against Kuwait but India lost that match 1-9.[9]

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2010 Al-Wahda Stadium, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E   Kuwait 1–7 1-9 Friendly



Atlético de Kolkata

Kerala Blasters

Chennaiyin FC



  1. ^ "I League: Rafi is Mahindra United's Player Of The Season - Kerala football news". Archived from the original on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Rafi makes soccer pay | Deccan Chronicle". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Mumbai FC sign four IMG-Reliance contracted players on loan". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Mumbai vs. East Bengal 3-2". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  5. ^ "ISL - Indian Super League - Atlético de Kolkata". Archived from the original on 20 September 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ "ISL - Indian Super League - Kerala Blasters FC". Archived from the original on 20 September 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Mohammed Rafi returns to Kerala Blasters". The Times of India. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Kerala Blasters FC Official Instagram Account". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Indian football team suffer humiliating 1-9 defeat to Kuwait - Zee News". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ ":::: The Aiff ::::". Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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