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Baichung Bhutia became the first Indian Footballer to conferred AFC Hall of Fame Award

Dec 1, 2014 11:10 IST

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia became the first Indian Footballer to be conferred with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Hall of Fame Award. The award was conferred on 30 November 2014 by FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Philippines.

The AFC organized the award ceremony for the first time to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Apart from Baichung, nine other legendary Players from Asia were also honoured.

Baichung has played 107 matches for India and scored 42 goals.

About Baichung Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia is an Indian footballer of Sikkimese – Bhutia descent. He plays as a striker. Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena.

He is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football. He became three-time Indian Player of the Year.

He became the first Indian to boycott the Olympic torch relay in support of the Tibetan independence movement.

In October 2010, he founded Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi in partnership with football by Carlos Queiroz and Nike. In August 2011, Bhutia announced his retirement from international football.

His Honours

• Arjuna Award for football in 1998
• Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2008
• Banga Bhushan award in 2014

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