Recapping Bhaichung's kick-ass performance

Jan 11, 2012, 08:01 IST | Special Features

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.

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