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Thousands watch Bhutia boys clash with soccer greats in scenic Sikkim
The mood for the evening gala was set by the Kolkata band with Scorpion guitarist, as the football greats clashed with United Sikkim Football Club on Sunday at Paljor stadium. The match was organised to put the state back on the tourism map after the deadly September earthquake.

SUPER SUNDAY was twice as good for soccer fans in Sikkim as greats of yesteryears took on Bhaichung Bhutia and boys in an exhibition match at Paljor Stadium here yesterday (Sunday).

The event, an initiative of Bhaichung Bhutia with the support of the state government witnessed soccer legends like Ruud Gullit, legendary Scorpion guitarist Rudolf Schenkar, actors Rahul Bose and Neha Dhupia who thrilled thousands of spectators. Bhaichung who co-owns United Sikkim Football Club (USFC) defeated the Super Star XI side 7-4, which boasted of World Cuppers like Christian Karembu, World Motorbike Champion Tim Tranker.

The event started with Kolkata-based band 'Under Ground Authority' and rock outfit, 'Still Waters' from Sikkim, jamming with the Scorpion guitarist, belting out numbers like 'Rock You Like a Hurricane', which set the mood for the gala evening.

USFC struck first with two goals in the seventh and 19th minute by striker Daniel. Thoi found the net in the 12th, Beiko in the 35th, Thupden six minutes later, MD Lepcha in the 57th and Bhupendra Khewa in the 70th minute.

Goals for the 'Super Star XI' came from Marcel Oerlemans who scored thrice, in the 30th, 64th and 68th minutes, and Sushi Singh hit the net in the 32nd minute.

Today’s star studded match was organized in an attempt to put Sikkim back on the world tourism map after the September 18 earthquake killed around 100 people. The event organized by a UK-based event management firm had state legislative assembly speaker, KT Gyaltsen as the chief guest accompanied by sports minister NK Pradhan and other state government officials.

As thousands flocked to the stadium, Rock Band ‘Underground Authority’ of India’s Got Talent fame presented some rock and fusion number which was later joined by Scorpions’ band bass Guitarist Rudolf Schenker, and Chote Ustad finalist Prakriti Giri entertained the crowd with western and Indian music.

Bollywood actor, Rahul Bose told media: It was dream to play with Ruud Gullit, which I never expected earlier that one day I would be the team member of his team to play in such a beautiful place. September 18 was the worse day to everyone and such type of natural disasters happen, so we need to come out with new concept of development, it is a tribute to the Bhaichung and the people of Sikkim.”

Former Indian National player Shyam Thapa said today’s match was a wonderful experience and an opportunity for the young footballers to observe and understand soccer tactics from football greats.

Today’s match was originally scheduled to be played in Kolkata but it was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The state government had provided logistic support to the event with a hope that it would put Sikkim back on the world tourism.

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