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Shanmugham Venkatesh is one of the best midfielder in the Indian football team. He was born in Bangalore, India. He started his career of footbal by playing for ADE ( Aeronautical Development Establishment) club in the year 1996. In 1997, he played for ITI ( Indian Telephone Industries) club, where he was coached by the veteran coach Krishnaji Rao. Venkatesh has represented India in many international games. He was also awarded the "Player of the year" by the All India football Federation and also became the first player from Bangalore to receive this award. In 2004, he became the captain of the Indian football team for the World Cup qualifying match against Singapore. Under his captaincy, the Indian football team also won the 2005 SAFF Cup which was held in Karachi.
Clubs He played
- ADE ( Aeronautical Development Establishment) Sports club in 1996.
- ITI ( Indian Telephone Industries) Sports club in 1996-97.
- SALGOACARS Sports Club from the year 1997 - 2000.
- Mahindra United from the 2000 - 2002 and 2003 - 2007.
- East Bengal in 2002- 2003.
- Mohun Began in 2007.
- Currently playing for Pune Fc.
- In 2001, Best Player of the National League.
- In 2003,2006, Best Player by AIFF National League.
- In 2003-2004, "Best Midfielder of the year" by Mahindra United.
- In 2004-05, Player of the Year by All India Football Federation.
- In 2004, Best Player of the Year by Hero Indian Sports Academy.
- In 2005, Most Valuable Player of the Tournament by Mahindra United.
- In 2005, Ekalavya Award by Karnataka State Government.