Baichung Bhutia is a former Indian professional Footballer and a very good striker of his team. He is an inspiration and a torchbearer of Indian future in football in the international arena.
Having such a good game and perfect shooting skills he is also known as the Sikkimese sniper. He was addressed as a God gift to Indian football by I.M Vijayan ( 3 times Indian Player of the years).
|Date of Birth
|15 December 1976
|Tintikam, Sikkim, INDIA
|5 Feet 8 Inches
|Son- Uzen kalzung bhutia
Daughter- Samara Bhutia and Keisha Bhutia
Baichung Bhutia Family
Talking about his early age he was born in sikkim on 15 December 1996 he was born in an Agricultural family.
He started his education in St. Xavier’s School, Pakyong in East Sikkim, since childhood he was very interested in sports and football, at the age of 9 he also got a football scholarship from SAI to attend Tanishi Namgyal academy in Gangtok.
|Bom Bom Bhutia and Chewang Bhutia
Baichung Bhutia Career
Baichung Bhutia started his career by playing in East Bengal club. He became the first Indian footballer to be signed in the European club and was the second after Mohammad Salim to play professionally in Europe after he joined English club bury in the year 1999.
Later on, He had a short spell in Malaysian football club PERAK FA, Also he played for JCT mills in which they won the league once during their tenure, later he also played for Mohun Bagan in which they failed to win the league once during his two spells as native in India.
His career of international footballing honours by his trophies like Nehru cup, LG cup, 3 times AFC challenge cup, SAFF championship.
He made his name as India’s most capped player by making 82 international caps to his name.
After Jerry Zirsanga he is also India’s second-youngest player to make an international goal against Uzbekistan at the age of 18 years 90 days on the year 1995 while playing for Nehru cup.
Debut in Football Career
During his early age, he played for several schools, clubs of Gangtok boys club which was managed by karma.
By his impressive and outstanding performance, he won the best player award in 1992 whole playing Subroto club, this victory also bought him to the notice of Football establishment.
After seeing his talent Bhaskar Ganguly former Indian goalkeeper made his transition to Calcutta Football.
At the age of 16th, he decided to leave the school to join East Bengal Fc, Kolkata. After 2 years playing in East Bengal FC, he transferred to JCT Mills in phagwara which won the Indian national football League in 1996-97 season.
Bhutia was the top goalscorer in the league and was chosen to make his international debut in the Nehru Cup. In the year 1996, he was named the Indian player of the year.
In the year 1997, he returned to the East Bengal FC. He scored the first hat trick in the local derby match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. When he registered 1 in East Bengal 4-1 victory in the year 1997 Federation cup semi-final.
Baichung Bhutia Achievements
He became the Indian team captain in the year 1998-89 session due to which East Bengal Fc managed to be Second behind Salgaocar in the league.
He also becomes the 19th footballer to achieve Arjuna Award in the year 1999, which is given by the government of India to the athletes having great and outstanding achievements.
Off the field, he is also known for winning the reality television programme Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa a dance reality show which caused controversy with his then present club Mohun Bagan, and for being the first Indian athlete to boycott the Olympic torch relay in support of the Tibetan independence movement.
He is also having a football stadium named after him in honour of his contribution to Indian football (the first player to have such honour while he is still playing), has also won many awards, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri. Which is given from the Indian government for his outstanding achievements
In the year 2010 October, in Delhi in partnership with football by Carlos Queiroz and Nike he founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools.
In the year 2011 August, Bhutia announced his retirement from international football. His farewell match was with the India national team on 10 January 2012 against Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
|Favourite Football Club
|Arsenal and Barcelona
|Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho
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