All eyes were set on India's ace footballer Baichung Bhutia in his last face-off against Bayern Munich yesterday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Here's some trivia about this Indian striker who took the game to new heights:
>> Bhaiuchung was born in Tinkitam village, Namchi in Sikkim. He also represented his school
at badminton, basketball and athletics.
>> In 1993, at the age of 16, he left school to join the professional East Bengal Club in Calcutta.
>> He was the top scorer of the first-ever National Football League (now re-christened as I-League) in 1996. He scored 14 goals for JCT Mills team and was also selected as the Best Player of that Tournament.
>> Furthermore he became the 19th footballer to receive the Arjuna Award in 1999.
>> It was the same year when Bhaichung became the first Indian to play professional football in England.
>> On April 15, 2000, he scored his first goal in the English league in the game against Chesterfield.
>> He returned to India in 2002 and scored 12 goals as East Bengal won the league by four points from second-placed Dempo in the 2003-2004 season.
>> And in October 2010, he founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi.
>> Shortly after the Asian Cup in 2011, Bhaichung announced his retirement for India with a record of 43 goals in 107 appearances.
>> The Sikkim Government honoured him by naming the stadium in Namchi as Baichung Bhutia stadium.