Adil Ahmed Khan is a professional footballer from Goa, India. Born on 7th July 1988, he’s also known as ‘David Luiz’ of India because of his curly hair.
Currently playing as a midfielder, the player is equally adept in a central defender’s role.
Adil currently plays for FC Pune City, after enjoying a stellar 2017-18 ISL season with the Stallions, who made the ISL semis for the first time in the four-year history of the competition.
Adil is a product of Sesa Football Academy, which famous for churning out umpteen talented players.
Joining the youth team in 2003, Adil trained with them for 5 years before he got his first breakthrough for Sporting Clube de Goa in 2008.
He played the role of a rotational player, comfortable both as back and centre midfield, first in the second division of the I- League and later in the top division. In 74 appearances for the team, Adil scored 12 goals.
Following his professional debut in India’s I-league for Sporting Clube de Goa, it was time for Adil to rise to the bigger platform.
Having represented India in the U23 format in 2011, Adil broke into the senior team in 2012 in a match against Azerbaijan.
However, he failed to capitalize on the opportunities presented to him. Failing to impress the selectors, Adil only played 3 international matches thereafter.
Rise to glory
Adil’s footballing journey has been no less of a rollercoaster ride.
Moving from Sporting Clube de Goa in a dream transfer to Mohun Bagan in 2013, Adil failed in rising to the occasion and only played 6 matches in the 2013-14 season.
He then joined Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural season of ISL in 2014, where he again could not live up to the expectations and played only 7 matches for the team.
His next move was to the newly formed Bharat FC but a ligament injury in 2015 brought his footballing career to a sudden halt.
The story after is comeback is a stark contrast. From representing top clubs in the league, Adil went on to play for Lonestar Kashmir in the 2015-2016, a second division football club.
He kept his head down and worked hard, and was noticed by Churchill Brothers in 2016. He proved his versatility at the club, where he played as a centre back and completed a fairly successful season. Adil started almost all of the games and the team finished 6th on the table.
Impressive performance in the last season of the I-league led to his transfer to FC Pune City in the ongoing (2017-2018) season of the ISL. Adil was among the star performers of the season.