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C. V. Pappachan

C V Pappachan
Date of birth (1965-05-20) 20 May 1965 (age 50)
Place of birthThrissur, India

C. V. Pappachan (born 20 May 1965) is a former Indian football player from Thrissur, Kerala. He captained India in a couple of tournaments.[1]


Born in Parappur in Thrissur district, Pappachan turned professional in 1982 and played as a striker. Prior to being recurited for Kerala Police team by the then DGP M. K. Joseph, he played as striker representing Sree Kerala Varma college and Calicut University and played in an international university tournament in Japan. He played for Kerala Police team during 1982-1998 and for FC Kochin during 1998-99. Pappachan captained Kerala Police team and Kerala State team and represented India in many tournaments including the 1987 Calicut Nehru Cup International Football Tournament and the 1991 Thiruvananthapuram Nehru Cup. He scored the lone goal for India when they met Hungary 1991 edition of Nehru Cup. Pappachan played in the Indian senior B National Team at the Sri Lanka Independence Cup in 1998. He represented Kerala in the Santosh Trophy tournament eight times. He has also played in many national and international tournaments. Currently, he is Assistant Commandant at the Kerala Police Academy.

Games and tournaments

In a career spanning over a decade, Pappachan has played for several clubs and represented Calicut University, his home state Kerala, and India.

University level
  • 1983, 1984 : Calicut University
  • 1985 : Indian Universities Team
Club level
Santosh Trophy
  • From 1986 to 1996 Played eight times for Kerala State
  • 1986 : Jabalpur (semifinal)
  • 1987 : Calcutta (semifinal)
  • 1988 : Kollam (runnerup)
  • 1989 : Guwahati (runnerup)
  • 1992 : Coimbatore (champion)
  • 1993 : Kochi (Champion)
  • 1995 : Cuttack (runnerup)
  • 1996 : Goa Captain (semifinal)
National Games
Indian team


Pappachan made his debut as a Panchari Melam performer at a function in the Thekkinkad Maidan on 31 August 2009. Speaker of Kerala legislative assembly K. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the function. He is now a trained percussionist. As a footballer, his legs once made the vigorous moves in the play field to entertain his fans, it is now his hands on the chenda that thrill the spectators.


  • 1989 : Durant Cup, Delhi, Best Player
  • 1993 : Federation Cup, Best Player
  • 1993 : Oktopalas Award, Thrissur
  • 1994 : Best Player Award from Kerala Government, Price money of One lakh rupees
  • 1996 : Jimmy George Award
  • 1996 : T. Aboobekker Award, Kozhikode
  • 1997 : Kerala Football Association Best Player Award (G. V. Raja)
  • 2009 : E.C. Bharathan Memorial Trophy, Kozhikode.


  1. ^ Kumar Mukherjee (2002). The story of football. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India. ISBN 978-81-230-0782-3. 

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