Dhanpal Ganesh is an Indian footballer, hailing from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He plays as a defensive midfielder for Chennaiyin FC in the ISL. After graduating from Pune F.C. Academy, he joined the Pune Club team in 2011, making him a first to do so. In December 2011, he made his debut professionally for the club against the Churchill Brothers at the Fatorda Stadium, where he entered as a substitute for Othallo Tabia at the 94th minute.

In April 2012, he started the game for the club for the first time in I-League against Salgocar. Later that year, he joined India’s U-23 squad for the 2013 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers. His debut match was against Lebanon in which India won 5-2. For the 2012-13 I-League season, Dhanpal was on loan to Pailan Arrows and in August of 2012, he played his debut match for the club at the Durand Cup.

Later, in October 2013, he debuted at the League for the Arrows in a game against Mumbai. At the end of the loan period, he was back at the Pune club for the 2013-14 season. He appeared in 14 fixtures throughout the competition and was a starting line-up regular in the second half of the season. He also debuted in the AFC Champions League against Hanoi T&T for a qualifier.

In 2014, he bagged his first senior goal at the Durand Cup for Pune and won the match against the Churchill Brothers. In the same year, he played until the 88th minute from the start in his first ever derby against Bharat FC. In March 2015, he played his first senior match against Nepal as a substitute for Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Later the same year, ISL team, Chennaiyin FC bagged him for the 2015-16 season.

Though he remained benched that year and the following year (2016-17), he continued to play for them. His chance to be on the field finally arose in the 2017-18 season. In his debut ISL game, he put up an excellent performance that impressed the team’s head coach, John Gregory, who was all praises for the Chennaite after the match. His last-minute header that clinched the team a win over Bangalore caught the eye of Indian National team’s coach Stephan Constantine who offered him with an opportunity to be part of the National Team, making him the only footballer from Tamil Nadu.

He gives the credit for his current success to Chennaiyin FC head coach, who has always encouraged and supported him even if he made mistakes. A humble and down-to-earth person, Dhanpal loves his fans as much as they love him and sees them all as his friends.

Sinivasan Pandiyan

Sinivasan Pandiyan is an Indian footballer who primarily plays as a central midfielder. Hailing from the temple town Thanjavur, Pandiyan was interested in football from a young age, following the example of his brother, who is a footballer as well. Like his brother, he too joined Nobel Football Academy in Karaikudi, where, when he was 12-years old, former Indian international player Raman Vijayan spotted his talent while scouting for his academy. The veteran coached Pandiyan until he finished his schooling and moved to Chennai for college studies. In Chennai, he started his senior career when he joined Indian Bank and played for them for the 2015-16 season. For the following football season, he joined Viva Chennai club in the CFA Senior Division League. In 2017, Chennai-based I-League team Chennai City FC signed Pandiyan for the season. His debut match for them was a match against Gokulam Kerala, where he was on the field for all 90-minutes. Throughout the season, he showcased excellence in the midfield through a partnership with fellow midfielder Michael Soosairaj. While everyone appreciated Soosairaj's gameplay, it was rather obvious to all, that Padiyan's steadfast game gave the freedom to the former to shine. Though the club finished in 8th position, Pandiyan and the squad's performance garnered praises. Despite showcasing an outstanding performance in the league, he felt inexperienced in the beginning. In an interview, he confessed that he wasn't good enough player in the league at first and was overwhelmed by the level of the game. But with steadfast determination, he improved as the league progressed. Known for his silent operation in the midfield, he does his homework whenever he has time by observing what other midfielders do and analyzing how he can do it better. At the conclusion of the season, both Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC approached CCFC for a permanent transfer of Pandiyan to their teams, but Chennaiyin FC got the final deal. Earlier in the year, he signed the dotted line of a three-year contract with the two-time ISL Champions. With his eyes on gaining a spot in the Indian national squad, he was thrilled to be part of the Marina Machans as he feels he is competent enough to play at the ISL level. What further excites him is the fact that he can play with players like Dhanpal Ganesh and Nallappan Mohanraj, two players he has always admired. He is looking forward to the upcoming edition of the league to make a name for himself and capture the attention of Stephan Constantine, head coach of Indian National team. Currently, he is preparing for both the ISL and AFC cup with both on the horizon.

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