Bhaichung turns 36 on Saturday

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 11:04 hrs

Former Indian soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia turned 36 years on Saturday.

Bhutia is presently one of the owners and chairman of the United Sikkim Football Club.

He has played as the striker with the United Sikkim Football Club before he announced his retirement in August 2011.

His farewell match was with the India national team on Jan 10, 2012 against Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.

Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena and is often nicknamed as the ´Sikkimese Sniper´ because of his shooting skills in football.

The player has started his career with team East Bengal Club and had four spells at I-League football.

He has also played for JCT Mills, which won the league once during his tenure; and Mohun Bagan, which failed to win the league once during his two spells, in his native India.

His international footballing honours include winning the Nehru Cup, LG Cup, SAFF Championship three times and the AFC Challenge Cup.

Off the field, he shook his legs and won a television dance reality show, ´Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa´.

The Sikkimese player was the first to have a football stadium named after him, in honour of his contribution to Indian football, while he was still playing.

Bhutia has also won many awards, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.

The player founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi, in Oct 2012, in partnership with football by Carlos Queiroz and Nike.

Bhutia is married to Madhuri Tipnis.

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