Football – often known as the beautiful game. And this is for a reason. You can play the game almost anywhere with just a football at your feet, even play online fantasy football games.
We have seen kids playing on Indian streets with empty cans, bottles or even rocks. Since, the arrival of online football games in India, more and more football fans prefer participating in the game sitting in their living room.
Once you begin playing fantasy football leagues at 11wickets.com, you need to know about the football players who are the gem of the nation. India’s dream of participating at football world cup depends on the contribution of star Indian players.
Read on about Baichung Bhutia, the star of the Indian football team. And do not forget to include him in your fantasy premier league team next time.
Baichung Bhutia, the Sikkim sniper, as he called throughout his long two-decade career stood out amongst his peers. And he became the legendary footballer of modern India. He is the poster boy of Indian football Team all over the world. Born on December 15, 1976, in Tinkitam, a small village in south Sikkim, Bhutia was a top-class athlete as kid. And along with football also played Badminton and Basketball.
His parents got concerned with his obsession for soccer as he wasn’t paying enough attention to studies. But his Uncle Karma Bhutia kept encouraging him and helped him get a Scholarship at the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Sikkim. He impressed one and all with his abilities there and soon made it into the SAI centre in Gangtok. That was just the beginning, rest is just history.
Career of Baichung Bhutia
Baichung Bhutia started playing as a striker and caught the attention of everybody for the first time at the Subroto Cup 1992 held at Delhi, wherein he was bestowed upon the Best Player award. Bhaskar Ganguly, the former goalkeeper of the Indian Football team was especially impressed by his talent and supported him to move ahead to professional Football. On the field, Bhaichung continued to impress and made rapid strides.
In 1994, he top scorer in the Kolkata first division for East Bengal club with a healthy return of fourteen goals, also won the best player in the league awards. Baichung Bhutia got transferred from East Bengal to the ambitious JCT in 1995. With them he won the first ever National Football League in 1996-97, again winning the Golden Boot as he scored 14 goals in 20 appearances. He created history by becoming the youngest player to have ever scored for India by slotting home the winner against the Uzbeks. He was just 19 at that time.
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