Extractions: HOME Free Newsletters Email Story Print Story ... Comment on Story Indiantelevision.com's Breaking News ESS ropes in Bhaichung Bhutia for football promotion Indiantelevision.com Team (7 May 2004 2:00 pm) MUMBAI: One of the sports where ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has a clear lead over the competition is football. The broadcaster has announced that it has signed on Indian football skipper Baichung Bhutia to promote the Uefa Euro 2004 Championship. Uefa Euro 2004 will showcase 31 matches from 12 June to 4 July 2004. ESS also announced that its coverage of the tournament will also feature Hindi commentary and analysis. Right now the production team is scouting for talent in this regard. Bhutia will provide analysis during the telecast of the matches. He will also be travelling with the ESS team for on-ground events aimed at increasing consumer and trade awareness and interest in the tournament. It may be recalled that a couple of years ago when Ten Sports aired the football World Cup it had Bhutia as a special guest in its studio.
Extractions: The contest which kicks off today on the channel will provide soccer crazy fans to win attractive prizes. Prizes include an all expenses paid trip for two to Dubai, where the winner gets a chance to meet Gary Stevens and Indian soccer star Baichung Bhutia. Soccer demi-god and England star David Beckham will also be promoting the contest, media reports say. Viewers also stand a chance to win 1,000 attractive prizes to be won in the form of TVs, watches, footballs, caps and T-shirts. If the viewer spots one of the lucky footballs during the contests on screen, he could win a prize by emailing or wiriting to the channel, including the details of which prize he spotted and the time at which the contest aired.
The Telegraph - Calcutta : Weekend soccer player baichung bhutia too, has been around for some time now. Yet hesbeen the face of soccer in India and abroad. bhutia, signed on by Percept to http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050212/asp/weekend/story_4348506.asp
Extractions: My Yahoo! ARCHIVES Since 1st March, 1999 THE TELEGRAPH About Us Advertise Feedback Contact Us ... Weekend The new Turks The growing popularity of stars like Narain Karthikeyan and Sania Mirza is proof that theres more to Indian sport than just cricket. Arundhati Basu reports NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN Has Sania Mirza ever belted a cherry-red ball towards the boundary? And is Narain Karthikeyan ever likely to get out from his F1 Jordan to send a cricket ball soaring over the pavilion? The answer is clearly: no. But, in a cricket-crazy nation, both Mirza and Karthikeyan are proving its possible to be a sporting hero or heroine even if youve never hit a century or scored a hat-trick. They belong to a new breed of non-cricketers attaining heroic status in the eyes of Indias younger generation. Nowadays sporting heroes are measured by their advertising endorsements. And Karthikeyan and Mirza are proving that their popularity can be turned into advertising megabucks. Though the figures havent been released, its clear that a handful of companies will be spending millions to keep Karthikeyan on the tracks.
Why India Isn't Good Enough baichung bhutia, it is worth considering, for all his sublime gifts, merited only a India will not be a world soccer power, not for another century. http://www.sportstaronnet.com/tss2520/25200400.htm
Extractions: Contents FOOTBALL/WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN ROHIT BRIJNATH "PHYSICS," said the speaker. Physics? we asked. What do Newton and gang have to do with football? The place was the Oberoi Grand Hotel. The time, a decade ago. The subject, why India isn't a footballing power. And the speaker, P. K. Banerjee, once player, then coach, always raconteur. Of course, 'physics' had nothing to do with it. With due deference to the enlightened and amusing PK, it was merely a case of mangled pronunciation. What he meant was "physique". Or rather the lack of it, which in his opinion was one of the primary reasons why India was unable to compete on the world stage. Just a handful and more kilometres away, in those days, at the Salt Lake Stadium, PK's theory was being vindicated, courtesy Chima Okerie. Okerie was not a great player by any measurement, maybe not even a very good one, but in India he was a star. Undoubtedly he had a striker's instinct for goal, but his speed arrived from muscular thighs, his ability to shrug off tackles and the close marking of his diminutive peers due to his powerful body. Some years later, in 1998, when I was researching the shift in most sports from subtlety to power, and how that leaves India at a disadvantage, I quoted George Blues, then technical director at FC Kochin, who said: "If I. M. Vijayan kicks the ball at 90mph, Ronaldo's would easily be 90mph."
East Bengal Ends Season On A High East Bengal s baichung bhutia is ecstatic after scoring against Indian Bank. As the events unfolded, soccer which brought the club three NFL titles in http://www.sportstaronnet.com/tss2725/stories/20040619002506400.htm
Extractions: East Bengal ends season on a high AMITABHA DAS SHARMA KINGFISHER East Bengal had every reason to celebrate an extraordinary season. The Kolkata giant had a string of successes, filling up its repository with a rich harvest of records. KINGFISHER East Bengal had every reason to celebrate an extraordinary season. The Kolkata giant had a string of successes, filling up its repository with a rich harvest of records. While the National team didn't do anything spectacular, the departing soccer season underlined the exploits of East Bengal, which contrived matchless feats in almost everything it participated in. On the flip side, all of East Bengal's splendour and dazzle in the season failed to hide the erosion creeping into the sport in the State. East Bengal's effort remained a secluded spot of brilliance in the general spectre of gloom surrounding the sport in Kolkata, which reflected in the banishment of the remaining teams of the city to the bottom of the NFL table.
Extractions: Islamic Games probables called for India soccer series By Rashid Ali Siddiqui KARACHI: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) have decided to call all the probables of the Islamic Solidarity Games for the three-match series against the touring Indian team at the short conditioning camp in Quetta. "The programme to invite the probables for the series and the camp are being given final shape. The probables will include 26 those who had attended the camp for the first Islamic Games while some other senior players may also be invited," disclosed Lt-Col (retd) Mujahidullah Khan, Director Technical, PFF, on Thursday from Lahore. He said since the series would start from the opening match in Quetta, the camp might be set up there. Pakistans chief coach Umar Farooq Tariq Lutfi, however, is unaware of any such development. Talking to The News, he said that though none of the PFF officials consulted him on the formation of the team, yet he had suggested inviting the Islamic Games probables for the Indian teams tour to Pakistan. "The decisions on the team and its preparations will be taken in two to three days and Lutfi may be retained as coach with some other coaches being appointed to assist him," the PFF spokesman said.
Rec.sport.soccer Player Of The Year 1999 soccer PLAYER OF THE YEAR vote is over. 31 days of voting have passed and 1 2 Francisco Javier Arce SE Palmeiras Paraguay 1 2 baichung bhutia Bury FC http://www.rsssf.com/rssbest/rsspoy99.html
Rec.sport.soccer Player Of The Year 2001 soccer PLAYER OF THE YEAR vote is over. 31 days of voting have passed and 1 1 Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal FC Netherlands 1 1 baichung bhutia Bury FC India http://www.rsssf.com/rssbest/rsspoy01.html
Extractions: The vote for the tenth annual REC.SPORT.SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR vote is over. 31 days of voting have passed and 144 votes were processed. Note, that this year, it has also been possible to vote through the World Wide Web. Welcome back next year - from the 1st of January to the 31st of January in 2003 for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Player Of the Year 2002! The contents of this article: 1. Previous Winners. 2. Rules. 3. Results. 4. Comments of the President of the RSSSF. 5. Name of voters. 6. Demographic analysis of the voters. 7. Final Word 2. RULES The rules of the Rec.Sport.Soccer Player Of the Year vote is a modification of the rules used by France Football for their Player of the Year award. 1. All valid votes have to submitted between the 1st of January at 00:00 MET (Mid European Time) and the 31st of January at midnight MET. 2. The vote, held each year, represents the calendar year which just ended at the time of the vote. 3. Each vote must be sent to the Vote-taker or co-votetakers. 4. The vote must be submitted on a form including the following information: Name of voter and his country of birth and country of residence. 5. The rest of vote should list five players in order. 6. No more than two players of the same nationality are allowed. 7. A player needs to have been active during the preceding calendar year to be eligible to vote for.
Keralaonline.com - Straight Talk baichung bhutia is Indias flagbearer once again in the World Cup qualifying A soccer match is like a boxing bout. We have to match eyeball to eyeball http://www.keralaonline.com/straighttalk/display.asp?cap=baichung.htm
TWF India Sports Its not been the best of times for Indian captain baichung bhutia. Chi Mingcity AugustSeptember, bhutia is yet to fully return to competitive soccer. http://www.twfindia.com/sportsDetail1_25.12.04.asp
Extractions: (Laughs) Madhuri has seen me for the last seven-eight years and has shared all my highs and lows on the soccer field. Honestly, nothing will change. If I play well in the New Year, it will be due to the sheer hard work I am putting to get back to competitive football. You missed the last couple of World Cup qualifiers and then the Durand and Federation Cups. Are you ready for the National League that starts mid-January? Like all knee injuries, mine was quite serious. I was careful not to aggravate it. And hence skipped a couple of tournaments. According to our club coach (Subhas Bhowmick), the NFL is the most important tournament for us and you will see me in full action. With six teams from Goa, how competitive will be this National League?
News the soccer system of the city too had moved to an unsafe plane when the champion Itsa big achievement for Indian football, said baichung bhutia, http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/july30/ss5.asp
Extractions: East Bengals historic win in the final of the ASEAN Club Championship has taken the city back to its glory days, when football ruled the heart and minds. Like the rickety stands that dot the boundaries of the Maidan, the soccer system of the city too had moved to an unsafe plane when the champion club seized the moment and showed a way out with their splendid triumph. Forty-one years after the Indian national team had notched its second gold medal success in the Asian Games, East Bengals win at the same venue generates a cause for celebration not just in Kolkata, but countrywide. Its not often that an Indian team brings a trophy home but more than that fact, its the manner in which the club went about its task that holds out hope for Indian football. Its a big achievement for Indian football, said Baichung Bhutia, the captain of the national team and East Bengals man with the golden boot. The countries from South East Asia had left us behind in recent times. A few years back, we even suffered defeats by five and seven-goal margins to these teams. From that point of view, our performance is very significant, added Bhutia, who led the way for the Indian champions.
The Hindu Business Line : It's Not Just Cricket As soccer, tennis, motor racing and other sports grow in popularity, UB s Papineni, who has a football autographed by baichung bhutia in his third floor http://www.blonnet.com/catalyst/2002/11/28/stories/2002112800020100.htm
Extractions: It's not just cricket Rina Chandran As soccer, tennis, motor racing and other sports grow in popularity, advertisers are realising that hitching their brands to them is a good way to be `with it'. IT was 37 degrees C in the shade at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, in Chennai, and Chepauk stadium was filled with 15,000 enthusiastic fans. Only, it wasn't a cricket match they had come to see, but the FIFA World Cup final, telecast live on the giant screen in the stadium. Football in cricket-crazy Chennai, that too on the hallowed grounds of Chepauk? Not a momentary lapse of reason but a sign of the times, industry experts say, and one which advertisers and networks are cashing in on. TEN Sports, which was launched in April this year and had the rights to the FIFA World Cup, has a line-up of WWE, golf, tennis, hockey and bowling. On ESPN-Star Sports, the English Premier League matches and Formula 1 races are a big draw. The Tata group, which signed on Narain Karthikeyan early this year, is also the title sponsor of the ATP Tennis Tournament; McDowell endorses two football clubs and recently sponsored an inter-club golf tournament. And a whole host of companies are revving up at the racetrack.
Extractions: Baichung Bhutia, India's ace footballer, kissing the `original replica' of the FIFA World Cup Champions Trophy in Kolkata on Friday. KOLKATA, April 26 IN its endeavour to cash in on the FIFA World Cup Soccer 2002 fever, blades major Gillette India Ltd on Friday enthralled football lovers in Kolkata, the Mecca of Indian soccer, by exhibiting the FIFA World Cup Champions Trophy here. Earlier, in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup Soccer 2002, Gillette had announced a promotion initiative christened `Win Rs 5 crore'. Contest winners from India will have to battle it out with Gillette and Duracell Cup of Joy contest winners from 50 countries worldwide for the prize money and for an opportunity to watch the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals live at Yokohama, Japan on June 30,2002.
Extractions: in India , for his debut tournament, he led the U-23s to lift the country's first trophy of any significance in 40 years, followed by silver medals for the senior national side in the SAF and Afro-Asian Games, along with victories over opponents such as Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Uzbekistan, and an U-18s' cup final triumph over Brazilian club Botafogo Stephen holding the LG cup aloft in Nepal , he first guided the national team to an unprecedented silver medal in the 1999 South Asian Games, earning him the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Baahu, the highest honour the country can bestow on a foreigner. He then led the U-16s to the finals of the 2000 Asian Youth Championship, the first time any national team in the country had qualified for the finals of any competition;
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Extractions: IndianFootball.Com feature: articles on Indian football More Bhaichungs are needed to facilitate the transition - PK Banerjee Does football need to get more suburban? - Gordon D'Costa Hope springs eternal for BMFC - Bikash Mohapatra When footballer turned saviour - Prachi Pinglay Head hunter - Camilo Fernandes Any New Tricks, Vijayan? - Sunil Warrier The All India Football Federation Has Done Precious Little For The Beautiful Game, Potentially The Country's No. 1 Sport - Arup Chatterjee Soccer helps tsunami victims to forget - N Ananthanarayanan Football losing out in Doon - Raju Gusain Indian football scores a new goal... in cyberspace - Frederick Noronha Meet Khalid Jamil, God's own midfielder - Nilanjan Datta Looking for a new life - Jaydeep Basu Underdogs Excel in Euro 2004 - Novy Kapadia India's footballers find a new pitch in cyberspace - Frederick Noronha The Wright Stuff? - Sandeep Dwivedi Time stands still for Indian soccer - N. Ananthanarayanan Fans remain the real stars of Asian football - Cubby Leong Yi Chiang How Green was my Bagan - Nilanjan Datta The future lies in the hands of the Indians - Nilanjan Datta Remembering football's little master - Arup Chatterjee Evergreen man of Indian soccer - Siddharth Saxena The job has just begun - PK Banerjee Indian football gets hot in winter - Jaydeep Basu Soccer seduces cricket-crazy India - Adam Mynott 'How could you do it?'
Extractions: People of Bengal are sports crazy and the craziness is most apparent in Calcutta. Though Indians have a long way to go to make a mark in the world sports scene, the fan following for different sports is tremendous. The most popular games are football and cricket. The top football clubs of India are based in Calcutta. Thousands watch soccer matches in the maidan club grounds of the big three - Mohun Bagan East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting . The Calcutta Football Club was founded in 1872. Mohan Bagan was founded in 1889 and they won the Indian Football Association (IFA) shield in 1911 by defeating a British team. Gostha Pal ( 1896-1976 ) is one of the legends of Indian football. The 1942 and 1952 Olympic teams were formed mainly with Calcutta players. In 1962, India led by Calcutta footballer Chuni Goswami won the gold medal in the Asian Games football. Other football legends of this period include P.K. Bannerjee, S. Nayemuddin, Arun Ghosh and Sailen Manna Baichung Bhutia originally from Sikkim has captained Bengal and played for East Bengal. He is one of India's young icons. Today, although Bengal and Calcutta teams win several Indian football tournaments, India itself is ranked below a hundred countries. Pictures: 1) The Mohan Bagan team which created history by winning the IFA shield in 1911. 2) Gostha Pal 3) Chuni Goswami 4) P K Bannerjee. All pictures from
Extractions: Soccer Fans Network Forums Other Regions Asian Soccer PDA View Full Version : Soccer Experts Anyone? Urgent help required.... 02-01-2004, 06:23 AM hie ppl! i am a guy from Mumbai, India and an absolute soccer fanatic. i tried writing an article for a magazine and it got featured.... now i am planning to write a few more so need some precious views and suggestions.... and where can i find better ones than this forum! so plz do the honours...... India? Soccer? Sounds weird doesn't it? Well East Bengal stunned the Asian football circuit by reaching the Asean Cup finals and added a (rare) feather to India's hat by clinching a memorable victory which will be remembered for a long time. It is a pity that the world's most popular sport is played with enthusiasm in only sparse places in a vast country like India. The reason? There are many. People in India are absolutely head-over-heels crazy over that one game - Cricket. Naturally there is support and backing up only for youngsters exhibiting talent in cricket. Due to this, football and other sports are ignored and people remain unaware of the soccer scene in the world. India has produced world-class footballers in the form of Baichung Bhutia, I M Vijayan and Joe Paul Ancheri so there is no doubt there is good football in the blood of Indians. It is requisite that football be promoted to the distant corners of India. Currently, the game is relished only in areas like Bengal, Goa and Kerala. Lets hope the king of all sports will be spread in the various regions of our country and one day we will indeed find India battling it out with the giants like Brazil and Argentina.