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He is from India, and is I guess the best player in India. He played for Bury in England a couple of years ago, and is among the few people to have ever played in England (Rehman from Pakistan is among the other ones). He plays currently in India.

And I was wondering what you guys make out his career so far and how big a talent he really is?

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I am playing a game as East Bengal in FM2006, and he is a stellar player, you I decided to do some research. The reason he doesn't look Asian is because he is from Sikkim, a region of India in the Himalayas between Nepal and Bhutan, bordered on the north by China and south by West Bengal, and Sikkimese have more East Asian-looking features. He was born in Sikkim and is Indian by birth.

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And here is some info about him:


Born: 15-12-1976 in Namchi, Sikkim
Height: 170 cms (5 feet 8 inch)
Weight: 65 kg (most proberbly higher now)
Played for: 1987-90 Tashi Namgyal Academy - Sikkim
1990-93 SAI Centre - Gangtok
1993-95 East Bengal Club - Calcutta
1995-97 JCT Mills - Phagwara
1997-99 East Bengal Club - Calcutta
1999-2002 Bury FC (England)
2002-03 Mohun Bagan AC - Calcutta
2003 East Bengal Club - Calcutta
2003 Perak FC (Malaysia) - on loan from August to October
2003 East Bengal Club - Calcutta

Playing Currently for: East Bengal Club - Calcutta
Playing position: Striker
Indian International since 1995
International A matches: 52
International A goals: 35


• best player of the 1992 Subroto Cup
• youngest goal scorer for India in 1995 (match-winner vs Uzbekistan at the Nehru Cup)
• best player of the Calcutta Super Division 1995
• top scorer of the Calcutta Super Division 1995
• "1996 Indian Player of the Year"
• top scorer of the first National Football League 1996/97
• best player of the first National Football League
• top scorer of the SAFF Cup 1999
• best player of the SAFF Cup 1999
• voted "Asian Player of the month" for the month of May 1999 and October 2002
• first Indian player to be transferred to a European professional club
• received Sikkim State Award 1999
• received the Arjuna Award 1999
• first Asian-born player to score a goal in the professional english game (April 15, 2000)
• top scorer of the first Asean Club Championship 2003 in Indonesia


• Since his early days Baichung's football ambitions have been promoted by his family.
• Baichung Bhutia first came to the forefront at the 1992 Subroto Cup in New Delhi.
• In 1993 Baichung was signed on by Calcutta giants East Bengal, after his showings in the Subroto Cup and for the National U-16 team in the Asian U-16 Cup Qualifiers.
• In 1995 Baichung along with a roast of other indian top stars went to the Punjabi club JCT Mills in the small town of Phagwara and had two very successful seasons with them, among other things winning the first-ever Indian National Football League title, being also the league's top scorer.
• In 1997 Baichung returned to Calcutta and to East Bengal. By this time Baichung had become one of India's top players and in the 1998/99 season he was even East Bengal's captain, one of the youngest ever at 21. In this time his desire to play professionally in Europe had grown but it was still a dream.
• In March 1999 Baichung had an unsuccessful trial with english Premiership club Aston Villa. This was later followed up by a three month rigorous training stint in Sweden, with AIK Solna. In summer 1999 Baichung had unsuccessul trials at 1.Division clubs Fulham FC and West Bromwich Albion, before going for a trial at 2.Division club Bury FC. Baichung signed a three year contract with Bury FC and after the havoc of getting the UK work permit, Baichung had his debut in early October 1999 against Cardiff City in a second Division League match.
• In his second match to start for Bury FC on April 15, 2000, Baichung became the first Asian-born player to score a goal in the english professional game.
• In 2002 Baichung returned to India after three years with english side Bury FC. He signed a new contract with NFL champions Mohun Bagan AC from Calcutta.
• In 2003 Baichung signed for his former club and city-rivals East Bengal after a year full of injuries at Mohun Bagan.


had offers to play in the North American "Major League Soccer", in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Belgium and Greece

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Some recent rumours about him:

Indian Idol Looking To Move

The star of Indian football Baichung Bhutia wants to play his club football overseas and may move to the United Arab Emirates.

"Bhutia has told me that he would like to move out of India once again. He said that he would be thrilled if he had an offer from one of the clubs right here in the UAE," the player’s agent Navneet Sharma of Total Sports Asia told Gulf News.

The East Bengal player has foreign experience after spending a year with English professional side Bury FC.

"I will be meeting up with officials from the UAE Football Association and local clubs to see if there can be a possibility," said Sharma who also mentioned that Bhutia had attracted interest from Indonesian and Greek outfits.

"I am sure Indian fans will be keen to see their star playing right here."
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