Anwar Ali initially began as a right-back at the Rurka Kalan Academy in Jalandhar before his coach recognized his dominance in aerial battles and shifted him to the heart of defence. The rest is history as he made a successful transition to his new position and became a pillar of strength for the national team.
Ali kicked off his senior career with Punjab Police, then switched to JCT where he made a bright start by bagging the Most-Promising-Player award in Durand Cup 2006. Ali has plied his trade with some of the country’s leading clubs like Dempo and Mohun Bagan. His dominant performances in JCT colours got him a call-up from then national coach Bob Houghton and the sturdy Punjabi formed a solid partnership with Manipuri Gouramangi Singh in the centre of the defence that propelled India on a winning spree in the late noughties. He will be a familiar figure to Delhi audiences thanks to his past exploits with JCT and the Blue Tigers. He was ever present for Delhi Dynamos FC in Hero ISL 2014 and also made a handful of appearances for the Lions in 2015. Ali will have to rediscover his form if he wants to cement a spot in Mumbai City FC’s starting line-up for Hero ISL 2016.
- Winner, I-League, (Dempo), 2009-10.
- Winner, AFC Challenge Cup (2008) and Nehru Cup (2009), with India
- Helped India to qualify for the prestigious Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar