Sunday, September 27, 2009
In India, where football (soccer) ranks second on the list of popular team sports, and all the fanfare is accorded to the cricketers, Bhaichung Bhutia is considered to be a torchbearer. He has taken Indian football to the international arena, where he has not only made a mark for himself, though on a much lower scale, he has also given the game of football a wider recognition & visibility thanks to his playing the game in all its seriousness and also sprinting leaps & bounds beyond the playing field, to become a well-known sports personality for the masses.
Bhaichung at a glance:
Age: 32 years
Height: 1.73 metres
National caps: 102
Club: East Bengal.
Debut, in Indian football scene: In 1993, as a sixteen yr old!
Sex appeal: Boyish looks, well endowed though.
Dreams of: Playing in 2011 Asia Cup.
Career best: Nehru Cup victory.
Career low: 6 month ban on skipping practice match
and stance on Tibet, skipped the prestigious Olympic torch relay
Extra skills: Dancing; won reality-show championship on satellite television.
Weakness: Not enough international exposure, the Barcelona pre-season experience notwithstanding.
Loves: To swim, also to flirt (though is happily married, and is a doting dad).