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Bhaichung Bhutia Biography: The torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena, Bhaichung Bhutia set a unique landmark for every football aspirant in the cricket-loving nation. The Sikkimese Sniper is proudly considered the prominent epitome of the rise of football in India. Being kind and polite, Bhutia is regarded as one of the best sportsmen in India.

Bhaichung Bhutia is a former Indian footballer who represented the national side as the Striker. He bought a revolutionary change in India’s football journey by gaining a global reputation and appreciation. Bhutia devoted his wholehearted efforts to the development of football in India. His passion for sports and hunger for goals made him the Father figure of Indian Football.

Bhaichung Bhutia Biography – Football Career & Personal Life

Bhaichung Bhutia Family
Bhaichung Bhutia Family

Bhaichung Bhutia was born on 15th December 1976 at Tinkitam district in Sikkim state of Northeast India. Northeast India is considered to be the home of footballers and many stars have risen from the province. Bhaichung belonged to an agricultural family where both his parents were farmers but unfortunately, his father died when he was young.

Bhaichung’s family restricted him from pursuing a career in sports but the overwhelming support from his uncle Karma Bhatia helped him to succeed in his football career. Bhaichung’s uncle ran a football club where he joined in and nourished his football skills. Bhaichung always had that spark and passion for developing a career in football.

  • Age: 44 Years
  • Height: 5’8”
  • Weight: 66 kg
  • Alma Mater: St. Xaviers School, Pakyong, East Sikkim
  • Coach: Karma Bhatia, Bhaskar Ganguly

Bhaichung Bhutia Early Days

Bhaichung Bhutia Early Days
Bhaichung Bhutia Early Days

Bhaichung Bhutia started to play for his club and represented his school team. At the tender age of nine, he was awarded a football scholarship from the Sports Academy of India and attended the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok. Bhaichung was an all-rounder and he also represented his school team in badminton, basketball, and athletics.

Bhutia developed his skills at the training camp in Gangtok. He returned and represented the Boys Club at the Subroto Cup in 1992. His highly skillful performance helped him to earn the Best Player award. This brought him under notice by former Indian goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly who recruited him to his Calcutta Football Academy that truly transpired his life.

Bhaichung Bhutia Professional Debut

Bhaichung Bhutia Debut
Bhaichung Bhutia Debut

Bhaichung Bhutia’s tremendous success can be accredited to Bhaskar Ganguly who helped him to play in Calcutta’s club. Bhutia made his professional debut for the East Bengal Club in 1993. He made nine appearances in the league and scored four goals. His glittery performance caught the eyes of the most successful club of Bengal- Mohun Bagan.

Bhutia’s successful circuit at the domestic level helped him to achieve his dream of representing the Indian team. Bhutia made his debut against Thailand at the Nehru Cup on 10th March 1995. He displayed a high caliber and professionalism and was successful in becoming the youngest goal scorer for India against Uzbekistan at the age of 19.

Bhaichung Bhutia Club Career

Bhaichung Bhutia Club Career
Bhaichung Bhutia Club Career

Bhaichung Bhutia is a renowned club player in West Bengal. He made his debut for East Bengal and had been constantly switching sides with Mohun Bagan Club. Bhutia also represented other prominent clubs including JCT Mills, United Sikkim, and iconically two overseas football clubs that are based in the country of Malaysia.

Bhutia rose to glory in the late 1990s where he signed a professional contract with Manchester-based football club Bury. He became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club. Bhutia wasn’t successful in displaying a high-class performance for Bury as he scored only three goals in the 37 appearances for the club.

Bhutia returned to India and played for East Bengal. In a distinct stint for the footballer, he played for the Perak FA club of Malaysia after he was granted a loan by Mohun Bagan. He also represented the Selangor MK Land club and scored five goals in thirteen games. He had a successful tour to Malaysia and returned to his home soil.

Bhutia was then signed by the United Sikkim football club but made only three appearances owing to an injury. In his highly regarded club career, Bhutia scored 100 goals from 226 games. The majority of them remain for his prominent clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan where he scored 52 goals in 97 games and 25 goals in 56 games for the clubs respectively.

Bhaichung Bhutia International Career

Bhaichung Bhutia International Career
Bhaichung Bhutia International Career

Bhutia’s talent was recognized by the Indian team management and he was a consistent part of the team. After scoring a lone goal in his debut tournament, he went on to score his second one in the same tournament against Bangladesh in the finals. At the 2002 LG Cup Final, Bhutia aced the Indian team to a historical win by scoring two goals to win by 3-2.

Bhaichung Bhutia was named the captain of India’s football team for the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in 2005. Bhutia led the side with an example by scoring the most number of goals for India. In the final against Bangladesh, Bhutia scored a goal apiece as India won the championship after many years.

Bhaichung starred the Indian attack in many global events including Asian Football Cup and SAFF. Bhutia led India to the final at the SAFF Championship 2008 where India lost to the Maldives by 0-1. Bhaichung continued his stellar form in upcoming international fixtures of the Indian football team.

Bhaichung Bhutia helped India to win the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and emerged as the most valuable player for India by scoring three precious goals. He was named the Man of the Tournament even after missing out on the finals. Bhutia reached the milestone of his international career by scoring his 100th goal at the Nehru Cup.

Bhutia is a striker with high accuracy and precision. He had a successful football career where he scored 40 goals in 104 matches. He announced his international retirement in 2011 and played his last club match for the United Sikkim in 2015. His farewell was organized in January 2012 at a match against Bayern Munich.

Bhaichung Bhutia Wife

Madhuri Tipnis

Bhaichung Bhutia Wife
Bhaichung Bhutia Wife

Bhaichung Bhutia married Madhuri Tipnis on 30th December 2004. Madhuri is a hotel professional based in Sikkim. The couple was blessed with two children, both of them being daughters. The elder one is named Keisha and the younger one is Ugen. Unfortunately, Bhaichung and his wife Madhuri parted ways and filed for divorce in 2015, 11 years after their unfruitful marriage.

Bhaichung Bhutia Net Worth

17 Crore INR

Bhaichung Bhutia Net Worth
Bhaichung Bhutia Net Worth

The estimated net worth of India’s golden football player Bhaichung Bhutia is Rs. 17 crores. Bhutia has earned a stagnant part of his income through his professional career for football clubs East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, and the Indian international team. Bhutia also earns through various brand endorsements and ambassadors of foundations.

Bhutia owns a luxurious house in his hometown in Sikkim. He has earned everything from scratch and has successfully bought a few premium wheels including Audi and BMW.

Bhaichung Bhutia Controversies

Bhaichung Bhutia Controversies
Bhaichung Bhutia Controversies

The popular football star has been in agony for several controversies in his life. A few of them are:

  1. Bhaichung Bhutia stirred a major controversy after he opposed the construction of a 300-bed hospital in Sikkim. This agitated the citizens and protests were launched against him.
  2. Bhutia has constantly switched his football club from East Bengal to Mohun Bagan and vice versa that has sparked a controversy in his professional career.
  3. Bhaichung Bhutia and his wife Madhuri had a spat before officially putting an end to their marriage in 2015.

Bhaichung Bhutia Managerial Career

Bhaichung Bhutia Managerial Career
Bhaichung Bhutia Managerial Career

Bhaichung Bhutia was appointed the manager of the United Sikkim club after he was injured and didn’t return to the football field. He had a good time with the football club and was then appointed as the manager of Sikkim’s football club in 2018.

Bhaichung Bhutia Politics

Bhaichung Bhutia Politics
Bhaichung Bhutia Politics

Bhaichung Bhutia had a keen internet in politics and contested several elections from Sikkim and West Bengal but failed to achieve success. He contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections in 2016 from the Siliguri constituency from a Trinamool Congress ticket. He stood second in the battle. Before that, he contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from the Darjeeling constituency and had also lost at elections in Sikkim Assembly.

Bhaichung Bhutia Records

Bhaichung Bhutia Records
Bhaichung Bhutia Records
  1. Youngest Player to score an international goal for India.
  2. Top Goal Scorer for JCT FC at the 1996-97 Bengal football cup.
  3. First hattrick of goals by an Indian footballer against Mohun Bagan for East Bengal in 1997.

Bhaichung Bhutia Awards & Achievements

Bhaichung Bhutia Awards
Bhaichung Bhutia Awards
  1. Arjuna Award 1998
  2. Padma Shri 2008
  3. Banga Bhushan 2014
  4. Indian Player of the Year 1996
  5. Player of the National Football League 2005

Bhaichung Bhutia Facts

Bhaichung Bhutia Facts
Bhaichung Bhutia Facts
  • Bhaichung loves the football clubs Arsenal and Barcelona.
  • His favorite footballer is Lionel Messi.
  • Bhutia was trapped in the Sikkim earthquake in 2011.
  • He started the Bhaichung Bhutia football school in Delhi in 2010.
  • He established his political party named Hamro Sikkim Party in view of General Elections in 2018.

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