Bhaichung Bhutia

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Bhaichung Bhutia

Born: 15 December 1976

  • He is a retired Indian footballer who played as a striker.
  • He is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena.
  • He is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football.
  • Three-time Indian Player of the Year I. M. Vijayan described him as “God’s gift to Indian football”.
  • He became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club and only the second to play professionally in Europe, after Mohammed Salim.
  • He has also won many awards, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.
  • Bhutia, who has a football stadium named after him in honour of his contribution to Indian football (first player to have such honour while he is still playing).
  • In October 2010, he founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi in partnership with football by Carlos Queiroz and Nike.

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