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Baichung Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia

Soccer has not yet completely ripened in the Indian sub-continent. The lone-identity of the Indian football team, the skipper Bhutia made his way to the International Award ceremony, Laureus World Sports Awards held at Abu Dhabi. To this event, came the dynamic-profiled sports veterans, game-makers and other significant strikers. This would include the ‘striker vulture’ Sir Bobby Charlton, Boris Becker and Patrick Vieira.

The penultimate event at the award function was the ‘charity football match’ that went on for sixty minutes. Sharing shoulders with the young budding soccer players, the old hand played with the French stars and our Indian lone-wolf. Bhutia belonged to Bobby’s team and contributed a goal, striking hard into the nets; the team won 500,000 Euros for the Laureus Foundation.

Among the celebrities who were watching from the stands when Bhutia played in the match were Caroline Wozniacki and German legend Boris Becker. The match also had Italy’s World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro making an appearance at the half time.

Recognized and respected together gives a wonderful pleasurable moment. It was the same experienced by Bhutia. He was elated and pumping with joy when Bobby enquired with regard to the Indian football team. The shaping up team, gracing for goals and glory, the Indian team is well in form. Bhutia answered the same to the veteran. Showing up at the Asian Cup the team went international, as it was next to the World Cup Football.

To the media he said, “We didn’t win any match but we can still be proud of our performance. We have to capitalize on the positives from what we managed at the Asian Cup”. The lesson is always you pick up something every time you fall down.

Bobby’s concern towards the growing strength of the Indian team made Bhutia’s hopes and determination stronger and focused. He made a comment that it was due to his persistent pain that the performance which was delivered was not fully fledged. Had the injury not been there, he would have made a difference certainly.

He reassured to bring laurels to the team with eminent victories.

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Bharathi Murali

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Hello folks! I am Bharathi Murali, 20, a Chemical Engineering student who always look at journalists or journalism students with a little jealousy in my eyes. I belong to Coimbatore now put up in Chennai. Besides writing, blogging I like traveling (on my bike), photography and silence. I have strong belief in philosophy. With regard to sports I just love watching them on TV when it comes to playing them I have tried to play most of the Indian sports with shallow knowledge in each. I am also a part of the University Basketball team and guess more than scoring I take care of defence better and well known for the fouls that I generally commit! I blog at www.thebhavachakra.blogspot.com. In one line I have always admired Bhagat Singh more than Gandhi, I support radicalism!

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