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.