India play Bayern in Bhutia's farewell game
NEW DELHI: Baichung Bhutia will get to lead Team India for one last time on January 10 when they take on FC Bayern Munich in an international friendly.
The friendly has now been officially billed as Bhutia's farewell match.
Bhutia said he was excited to be playing against one of the leading clubs in the world.
"It's an honour to be leading the Indian team for one last time against Bayern Munich. But my biggest challenge will be to get fully fit before Jan 10. It's a great chance for the Indian players as well to play against such world-class players. I have played in the Federation Cup but I still have to get into shape for such a big match. There couldn't have been a better way for my farewell," said Bhutia.
"We saw 1,25,000 people for Oliver Kahn's farewell match in Kolkata and with a stadium like the Nehru stadium in Delhi, it is a challenge for Delhi to outdo Kolkata," said Michael Perschke, head of Audi India and the moving spirit behind getting Bayern Munich more involved with football in India.
All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das talked about the great opportunity for Indian football and fans to get a taste of the best of world football. "I promise you we will have the best Indian team fielded for this farewell match," he said.
The proceeds of the match will go towards the development of football in the Northeast and the earthquake victims of Sikkim.
Bayern's hunt for youthful hopes begins
NEW DELHI: FC Bayern Munich scouts kept a watchful eye as some of the capital's best talent turned up to stake their place on the flight to Germany to participate in the FC Bayern Youth Cup, scheduled to be held days after the Champions League final at in May, 2012.
The first leg in the hunt for the best under-16 footballers in India kicked off by Adidas, Audi and FC Bayern Munchen at the Nehru stadium on Saturday received a resounding response with over 600 boys turning up for the event.
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The quality, though, was not good enough to impress senior Bayern scout Werner Kern, a former Bayern Munich assistant coach.
Werner advocated the need for schools and clubs to take the initiative and give young kids quality training at a young age.