Laxmikant Kattimani is an Indian professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper. Born on 3rd May 1989 at Cansaulim, Goa; Kattimani currently plays in the Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa.
Kattimani’s goalkeeping stint started in a quite unusual way- taking up the custodian role at the request of a school friend.Soon his decision proved to be fruitful as he was picked up by the top-division club, Vasco SC in 2008.
Kattimani’s maiden I-League appearance came against Sporting Clube de Goa in January 2009 and managed to keep a clean-sheet.
Rise to Glory
Kattimani has been a stand-out performer since he started his ISL stint with FC Goa. He ranked third and second in the ‘Most Saves’ chart in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In the current season, he appeared in 12 matches and stands at fourth in the chart with 36 saves.
Kattimani was included in Indian squad for the 2009 Under-23 SAFF Championship, but remained the second choice custodian after Arindam Bhattyacharya. A year later, Kattimani was again the second choice in the 2010 Asian Games. However, In June 2011, Kattimani featured in the 2012 London Olympic football pre-qualifying round.
But he has failed to establish himself as a top-level goalkeeper in Indian senior team. He was called up in the side for the two-leg encounter against United Arab Emirate in the Asian Qualification of 2014 FIFA World Cup in July 2011 but spent both the matches on the bench. With his former Under-23 teammate, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has become a dependable custodian under the bar for the national side, it is unlikely for Kattimani to represent India at the senior level, unless something drastic happens.
Kattimani joined Dempo SC in 2009 following a year stint with Vasco SC. He won I-League twice with Dempo in 2009-10 and 2011-12. He joined newly emerged ISL side FC Goa on loan in 2014 and played only two matches for the Konkon side. AT the end of loan, Kattimani came back at Dempo to play the 2015-16 I-League second division and helped his side to get promoted to the I-League first division. In 2015, he returned to FC Goa and played 23 matches in next two ISL seasons.Kattimani was picked up I-League side, Mumbai FC, in December 2016. Kattimani was only one of the two players to be retained by Goa side for the 2017 ISL campaign.