Muhammad Kannayan Biography

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Profession: Footballer
Religion: Islam

Muhammad Kannayan with the 1956 Summer Olympics Indian football team

Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 2" (158 cm)
International DebutOlympic Games 1956 for India
ClubBengal Nagpur Railway FC
Jersey Number#7 (India)
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1932
Date of DeathBefore 2016

Some Lesser Known Facts About Muhammad Kannayan

  • Kannayan was regarded as one of the fastest wingers of his time.
  • Kannayan was part of the Indian football team that participated in the Summer Olympics of 1956 and secured 4th rank in the competition.
  • He played a vital role and helped India win over Australia in the quarterfinals of the 1956 Olympics; the score ended 4-2 in favour of India.

    India vs Australia's football match in Melbourne 1956 Olympics

    India vs Australia’s football match in Melbourne 1956 Olympics

  • Maidan, a Bollywood film released on 11 April 2024, is based on the life of an Indian football coach named Syed Abdul Rahim (portrayed by Ajay Devgn). The film highlights the achievements of the Indian national football team under his mentorship during the 1950s and early 1960s, an era often termed ‘the golden era of Indian football.’ Many Indian footballers, including Muhammad Kannayan, were part of these achievements.

    Maidaan film poster

    Maidaan film poster