Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bhutia Retires

Bhutia Retires

Arjuna Award and Padma Sri Awardee Baichung Bhutia has announced his retirement from inter-national football but he would continue to play for his club (Sikkim United). He scored 42 goals in 107 international appearances spread over 16 years. He made his debut as a substitute in the 1995 Nehru Cup in Calcutta. He was the most valuable player in 2008 AFC Challenge Cup held in Delhi. When he signed up to play for the English club Bury F.C. in 1999 he became the first Indian footballer to play professional football in Europe. He is also India’s most capped player, and in the 2009 Nehru Cup he received his100th International cap.
Bhutia was the first Indian Athlete to boycott the Olympic torch relay in support of the Tibetan independence movement.

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