(Last Updated on : 06/01/2011)
"Whatever you do, never forget your culture and your religion. Keep up the faith it will help you a lot and hard work will always giude you to success. Be happy" ---Adrain`s message to the youth. Adrian D Souza is a field hockey goalkeeper of India. He had represented his native country India in the Men`s National Team, during the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 2004. He also made his debut in the international field with that tournament.
Adrian D Souza also at the 2004 Summer Olympics
represented his native country India, where they finished in seventh place. Adrian Albert D`souza also regarded as one of the most advanced and audacious goal-keepers of epoch times. With Adrian the festinating technique introduced to the hockey field. Under the captaincy of Adrian Albert D`souza the India Junior Hockey team participated in the Rabobank 2005 Junior Hockey World Cup (Under 21`s).
Adrian D Souza was born on March 24, 1984 in Mumbai
, Maharashtra. Adrian was born in Malad that is a western suburb in Mumbai, Maharashtra. From St Anne`s High School, Orlem, Malad, he has done his schooling. From his childhood, he has been always active in sports and also reckoned as a very good football player. To Adrian Albert D`souza, Hockey happened as an accident. Once the regular Goal-Keeper of the team did not report for a game at the time. Adrian has played as the goal-keeper in that game and since then he has never looked back. The Air-India Hockey Academy gave him his first break. He was just 16 year old then. It was undoubtedly a tender age. Soon after three years, Adrian was representing India at the Athens Olympics.
While on the field, Adrian always steps in wearing his lucky number 12 jersey. Adrian D Souza also played for the Maratha Warriors in the Premier Hockey League. He was included as a part of the Junior India team. Along with him, the Junior India team took part in the 6 Nation Junior Champions Challenge, which held at Gniezno,Poland in 2003. And Adrian Albert D`souza was bestowed as the Best Goal-keeper. At the 2004 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, adrain also represented the Senior India team, which held at Kuala Lumpur. He was also a part of the Junior India team that attain success in the 2004 Junior Asia Cup held in Karachi, Pakistan. Again in the tournament the Best Goal-Keeper award was conferred to him.
Adrian D Souza also delineated the Senior India team at a 4 Nation Tournament that took place in Japan.
The career graph of Adrian D Souza is like following:
Played for Senior India team at the 4 Nation Rabobank Trophy held at Amstelveen, Netherlands.
For the Indian Hockey Team took part in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
He was nominated to represent India in the 4 match (bilateral) Test series took place between India and Pakistan in Sep-Oct 2004 to be held in Pakistan. In that tournament he was awarded the Best Goal-Keeper for the Pakistan leg.
For the entire 8 Match Test series took place between India and Pakistan played in Oct`2004, Adrain was also awarded the Best Player of the Series.
Adrain Albert also represented India in the esteemed 6 Nation Champions Trophy Challenge that held in Lahore,Pakistan in December 2004.
He was voted for the prize of the Worlds Most Promising Young player Award for the year 2004 by the FIH
For the initiatory Premier Hockey League 2005, he was a part of the Maratha Warriors team.
He has also represented Junior India in the 6 Nation invitational tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 2005.
For the year of 2004, he was awarded India`s "Player of the Year" by the Indian Hockey year book.
At the 2004 during Rabo World Junior Hockey Championship, he served as the captain of the Junior Indian Hockey Team. The Championship was held at Rotterdam, Netherlands. In the tournament, India finished 4th place.
For best Indian Hockey player of the year for 2004, he was awarded the HISA ( Hero Indian Sports Academy ) award.
Adrain Albert D`souza also participated in the inaugural Super League. The league was organized by the Pakistan Hockey Federation. Adrain represented Baloch Lions and was awarded the 2nd Best Goal-Keeper award.
In December 2006, he participated in the Champions Trophy, which held in Chennai, India.
Adrain Albert D`souza also represented India in the 6 match bi-lateral series with Pakistan in February 2006 and the Commonwealth Games 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.
At the 17th Sultan Azlan Shah tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he delineated India. In that tournament India won a bronze medal.
Adrain Albert D`souza represented India at the FIH World Cup 2006 in Monchengladbach, Germany.
At the Doha Asian Games which was held in the year 2006 in Doha, Qatar, he represented India in that tournament.
He was selected to represent Maratha Warriors in the 2007 PHL.
With his magnificent performance Adrian D`Souza is always in the news headlines n since he has made his debut in the Olympics 2004. Adrain Albert D`souza is a humble, God-fearing, caring for the underneath privileged and always esteeming his parents and elders. These qualities make him a better, simple human being.