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Jo Paul Ancheri
(born 2 August 1975) is a leading India
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n football player and was the former Indian Football team
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Captain. He was named the AIFF Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation
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in 1994 and 2001.
Ancheri started his professional career in 1992 by playing for SBT
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. He went on to play for many leading football clubs including Mohun Bagan, JCT Football Club, FC Cochin
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, and East Bengal. He is a versatile player who can play in any position including defender
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, defensive midfielder, midfielder
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, and striker.