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Baichung Bhutia hangs up his boots from international football
Baichung Bhutia has decided to hang up his boots after being regularly injured, and feels, it is the right time for him to quit international football. The player from Sikkim has had an illustrious..

BAICHUNG BHUTIA, one of the best players that India has produced declared his international retirement today at the All India Football Federation headquarters in New Delhi. He enjoyed a good run in the national colours, after he made his debut for India while playing against Thailand in 1995 at Kolkata.

The player, who has born in Sikkim won laurels from all the former players of the country. He has been regularly injured in the recent past, so he decided to take up this decision of retirement. Initially, he had thought that he would retire from the game after the AFC Challenge Cup, 2008, but he did not as India won the title and gave them an automatic entry for the Asia cup, which he did not want to miss. But unfortunately, he could not play in the tournament for a longer duration, in fact, he played just for 15 minutes.

Former players like IM Vijayan want the player to take up a role in the AIFF and Baichung also does not mind joining the organisation. At present, he has been playing a major role for his team, United Sikkim, and would still be playing for the team in the domestic tournaments.

He has played for several clubs in India such as JCT, Mohan Bagan, and East Bengal. He has been a terrific striker for all these teams. In total, he has scored around more than 220 goals at the club level. He has played for foreign clubs like Bury FC from England and a Malaysian club, Perak FC. He has played more than 100 matches for India all over the globe and has managed to score around 42 goals. He considers the diving header he scored against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2005 to be his best goal.  

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