of Birth: 15-07-1981
Playing Position: Midfield
Shivalkar must have been a true pathbreaker! At the age of
18 he realized that he can make a career as a football player,
what next? Looking for greener pastures, he packed his bags,
and left for Mumbai because that-time-Pune had very little
to offer him as a football player.
things are changing, academies are floated, corporates are
venturing into the football arena. After a long season, Paresh's
back in his home town, Pune. He's seen regularly at the Bharati
Vidyapeeth Educational Campus ground, Katraj where the I-League
Division 2, Pune phase is going on (March 26 thru April 13,
2008). While covering the ongoing tournament, Paresh was kind
enough to share his thoughts with IndianFootball.Com's Subhajyoti
Banerjee - his experience, pain, and off-course gain he got
while playing the game of football.
IndianFootball.Com's Pune Correspondent Subhajyoti Banerjee
met Paresh Shivalkar
and talked to him about his past, present
Till 12th strandard, I never took the game seriously. Playing
football at that time was like those regular-mundane extra-curricular
activities, where you just play it like any other games. I
started playing for Sky Hawks at the local league, this was
my first introduction to serious football. In Sky Hawks, I
played under the tutelage of Vivek sir (Vivek Nagul is now
the assistant coach of Pune Football Club). He envisioned
the potential in me, encouraged me to take the sports seriously.
I was selected for the under-19 and -21 national trials by
Maharashtra, however, couldn't make it to the final squad.
It is very difficult to get noticed if you hail from cities
like Pune. But, I never got disheartened, took it in my stride,
and concentrated on my game. I was fortunate to have Vivek
sir behind me, but again he was new and had limitations.
I moved to Mumbai, and signed for a second division team,
Gulf Oil. While playing for Gulf Oil in the Mumbai Division
Football League (MDFA), I got noticed by Air India coach,
Bimal Ghosh, he was pretty impressed, and eventually signed
me for Air India for the next two seasons. In the 2005 season,
I joined Churchill Brothers. Next season, I returned to Air
India for good, I was offered a job and captaincy, and stuck
for another season.
In the 2008/09 season, I will be donning Mahindra United colours.
I always wanted to play for Mahindra United, they are a very
Also, I had offers from all the top clubs, including Mohun
Bagan and East Bengal. I do have plans to venture out of Maharashtra.
I know football is a big time craze in Calcutta and I want
to try out my luck there, provided I get a good package.
Football in Pune...
Out here there is lack of professionalism. Football is not
taken seriously, parents don't want their children to take
up football. However, now things are changing for good! Perhaps
looking at me, many parents would advice their kids to take
football as a career (/chuckles/).
I would like to continue the good work. My ambition is to
represent the Indian national team at the international level.
I narrowly missed it at the junior level, but I dream to play
for India. Hopefully, my stint with Mahindra United should
give me a platform to showcase my talent.
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the very best, and I really appreciate you good work!
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