Manisha Kalyan becomes the first Indian to play in UEFA Women’s Champions League

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Striker Manisha Kalyan became the first Indian footballer to play in the UEFA Women's Champions League, making her debut for Apollo Ladies FC at the European club tournament in Cyprus.


  • Kalyan replaced Cyprus’ Marilena Georgiou in the 60th minute at the Makareio Stadium, as Apollon Ladies FC beat Latvian top flight club SFK Rīga 3-0 in their UWCL opener on 18 August.
  • 20-year-old Manisha Kalyan became the fourth Indian female footballer to sign for an overseas club when she signed a multi-year contract with Cyprus' top division winners Apollon Ladies.

  • Kalyan has performed impressively for the national team and the Gokulam Kerala team in the Indian Women's League (IWL).

  • Manisha won the 'Player of the Season' title in the last season of the Indian Women's Football (IWL) League. Manisha scored 14 goals in that tournament.

  • Kalyan was recently awarded the AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

  • Kalyan shot to fame last year by scoring a goal in an international friendly match against former World Cup runners-up Brazil.

UEFA Women's Champions League :

  • It is an international women's association football competition.

  • It consists of the top club teams from countries affiliated to the European governing body UEFA.

  • The competition was first played in 2001–02 as the UEFA Women's Cup.

  • Lyon is the most successful club in this league competition's history. It has won the title eight times, including five consecutive titles from 2016 to 2020. 

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