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Lallianzuala Chhangte Biography: Extraordinary Tale of Indian Football Sensation

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Delving into the vibrant tapestry of Indian football, we encounter the electrifying presence of Lallianzuala Chhangte, a prodigious talent and a maestro on the field. Hailing from the scenic northeast state of Mizoram, Chhangte has carved an indelible niche for himself in the realm of professional football, gracing the turf as a dynamic forward or winger for the prestigious Indian Super League club, Mumbai City, and wearing the national colors with pride as a vital member of the Indian football team.

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In the pulsating narrative of his career, a pinnacle moment emerged during the 2022–23 season, as Chhangte’s remarkable prowess and stellar performances garnered the admiration of peers and pundits alike, resulting in the coveted accolade of the AIFF Men’s Player of the Year for that year. This recognition stood as a testament to his dedication, skill, and unyielding spirit, marking him as a true luminary within the footballing fraternity of India.

Lallianzuala Chhangte Biography

Full Name Lallianzuala Chhangte
Date of Birth 8 June 1997 (age 26)
Place of Birth Lunglei, Mizoram, India
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Forward, Winger
Current Team Mumbai City
Number 7
Youth Career 2014–2016 – DSK Shivajians
Senior Career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 DSK Shivajians 17 (1)
2016 → NorthEast United (loan) 1 (0)
2017–2019 Delhi Dynamos 36 (8)
2019–2022 Chennaiyin 53 (12)
2022 → Mumbai City (loan) 7 (0)
2022– Mumbai City 22 (10
International Career
2015 India U19 4 (2)
2015–2019 India U23 9 (5)
2015– India 28 (7)

Youth Career

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  • Lallianzuala Chhangte started his youth career with DSK Shivajians and played for their under-18 team’s debut season in the 2014-15 I-League U19 season.
  • During the 2014-15 season, he finished as the top scorer in the league with 16 goals.
  • He represented India U19 in the 2015 Asia U18 Champions Trophy.
  • In March 2016, he trained at Liverpool’s youth academy after impressing the youth coaches at DSK’s LFC academy in India.

Lallianzuala Chhangte: Club Career

Mumbai City FC Lallianzuala Chhangte | KreedOn
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Lallianzuala Chhangte’s club career is a testament to his rapid rise in Indian football and his ability to make a significant impact on the field. From his early days with DSK Shivajians to his successful stints with Delhi Dynamos (now Odisha FC) and Chennaiyin FC, Chhangte’s journey through various clubs in the Indian Super League (ISL) showcases his talent and versatility.

Chhangte began his club career with DSK Shivajians, but it was during the 2014-15 I-League U19 season that he made a name for himself. Playing for Liverpool International Football Academy’s DSK Shivajians team, he emerged as the top scorer in the league, netting an impressive 16 goals. His stellar performances helped his team qualify for the final round, where they finished in the 7th position. This remarkable season earned him recognition and caught the attention of scouts and coaches.

Following his standout performances, Chhangte continued to develop his skills and was called up to represent the AIFF in the 2015 Asia U18 Champions Trophy. Although India U19 reached the semi-finals, they faced a tough challenge from Japan’s Kashima Antlers and narrowly missed out on the title.

Chhangte’s talent didn’t go unnoticed, and he was picked by NorthEast United FC for the 2016 Indian Super League season. While his time with the club was brief, it marked his professional debut. He made his presence felt as a substitute in a match against Mumbai City FC.


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Chhangte returned to DSK Shivajians for the 2016-17 I-League season. He showcased his ability once again, scoring his debut goal for the club in a match against Mumbai FC. His stint with DSK Shivajians saw him score a total of 11 goals during the season.

In 2017, Chhangte’s career took a significant turn as he was picked by Delhi Dynamos (now Odisha FC) for the 2017-18 Indian Super League season. He made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut match for the club against FC Pune City. Throughout the season, he continued to find the back of the net, ending the campaign with three goals. He remained with the club for the 2018-19 season, where he added more goals to his tally, becoming one of the top Indian goal-scorers of the season.

Chhangte’s international trials and experiences further shaped his career. He had trials with Viking FK, a Norwegian club, which showcased his ambition to play at a higher level. While the move didn’t materialize, it reflected his determination to push his boundaries.

In August 2019, Chhangte joined Chennaiyin FC, where he continued to make waves in the ISL. He played a pivotal role in the 2019-20 season, helping Chennaiyin FC reach the final, although they ultimately finished as runners-up. Chhangte scored seven goals during the season, establishing himself as one of the top Indian talents in the league.

The 2020-21 ISL season saw Chhangte maintain his consistency, contributing with crucial goals for Chennaiyin FC. His performances demonstrated his growth as a player and solidified his reputation as a dynamic forward in Indian football.

He had a loan spell with Mumbai City during the 2021-22 season. In 2022, he permanently joined Mumbai City FC. In the 2022-23 season he scored 18 goals and was the mainstay for the team. 

Summary

  • Lallianzuala Chhangte began his senior career with DSK Shivajians and made 17 appearances for the club during the 2016-17 I-League season.
  • He was loaned to NorthEast United FC for the 2016 Indian Super League season, where he made one appearance.
  • After the loan spell, he returned to DSK Shivajians for the 2016-17 I-League season.
  • In 2017-18, he was picked by Delhi Dynamos (now Odisha FC) in the Indian Super League draft for 27 lakh rupees.
  • Chhangte had stints with Delhi Dynamos in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 ISL seasons.
  • He went on trials with Norwegian club Viking FK but returned to India after failing to secure a permanent deal.
  • In 2019, he joined Chennaiyin FC from Delhi Dynamos on a two-year contract.
  • Chhangte had a successful spell at Chennaiyin FC and played for the club in various ISL seasons.

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Lallianzuala Chhangte: International Career

National team Year Apps Goals
India 2015 3 2
2018 3 1
2019 7 1
2021 2 0
2022 2 0
2023 11 3
Total 28 7
  • Lallianzuala Chhangte has represented the Indian national team in various age groups, including India U19 and India U23.
  • He made his debut for the senior India national team on 25 December 2015 against Sri Lanka in the SAFF Championship.
  • Chhangte scored his debut goal for the senior national team on 27 December 2015, scoring a brace against Nepal.
  • He has been a consistent performer for the national team and has scored several goals in international competitions.
  • Chhangte was included in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to his impressive form in the Indian Super League.

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Personal Life

Lallianzuala Chhangte | KreedOn
Source: The Quint
  • Lallianzuala Chhangte was born in Lunglei, Mizoram, India.
  • His father was a teacher, and he started playing football at a young age.
  • His brother, CVL Remtluanga, is also a footballer who plays for the reserve side of Odisha FC.
  • Chhangte has mentioned that his favorite footballers are Frank Lampard and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Playing Style

 Lallianzuala Chhangte |KreedOn
Source: The Bridge
  • Chhangte is known for his speed and has been nicknamed the ‘Mizo Flash’ due to his pace.
  • He is a versatile player capable of playing as a forward or winger.
  • Chhangte is known for his dribbling ability, positioning, and goal-scoring prowess.
  • His skills and vision on the pitch have made him an important player for the Indian national team.

Lallianzuala Chhangte: Career Statistics

Chhangte has played for various clubs in the Indian Super League (ISL), including DSK Shivajians, NorthEast United, Delhi Dynamos (Odisha FC), Chennaiyin FC, and Mumbai City FC.

  • He has also represented the Indian national team in international competitions.
  • His career statistics include appearances and goals scored for each club and the national team.

Honors

  • Chhangte has won several honors during his career, including the AIFF Men’s Player of the Year, Indian Super League Hero of the League, and Durand Cup Golden Boot, among others.
  • He has also been part of teams that achieved runner-up and third-place finishes in various competitions.

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