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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Baichung sizzles in all-star match!

Mohun Bagan captain Baichung Bhutia sizzled on a starry night with a spectacular brace in the 'Goal 4 Africa' charity match between two all-star international teams at the Allianz Arena.
Playing for the 'Edu' team under the captaincy of Dutch star Clarence Seedorf in number 30 white jersey, Baichung scored in the 28th and 68th minutes, though for a lost cause as the Michael Ballack-led 'Cation' side won the match 9-6 at the Bayern Munich home ground late Saturday night.
The match, the first event of a two-year programme aimed at raising 90 million Euros and inspired by Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela's dream of 'Education for all – all for education', however, lost much of the sheen with several top international stars missing out of it.
Brazilian stars Kaka and Ronaldo, Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, England midfielder Steven Gerrard and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba did not turn up, nor were there Samuel Eto'o, Michael Essien, Emanuel Adebayor, Paolo Maldini and Andrea Shevchenko who were listed to play in the match.
Arsenal's Robin van Persie, AC Milan goalkeeper Nelson Dida, Dutch star Mark van Bommel, Italian World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso and Bayern Munich's Ze Roberto were the few big names besides Ballack and Seedorf.
Bayern coach and former German striker Jurgen Klinsmann and former Brazilian star Zico kicked off the match in the absence of all-time greats Pele and Michael Platini.
Playing alongside some of the best in the business, Baichung, who played the entire duration of the match, was in the thick of action as early as the fourth minute but his shot went straight to Dida. Another shot in the 24th minute from a one-to-one with Formula One legend Michael Schumacher produced the same result.
The Mohun Bagan and Indian captain, who came here from Portugal where his national team is undergoing a training-cum-exposure tour, was fouled by Gattuso in the 12th and 14th minutes and Seedorf missed from the resultant free kick from the latter.
In the 28th minute, Baichung made the scoreline 3-3 with a beauty of a goal. He coolly chested down a Nigel de Jong aerial pass from the left and blasted a first time left-footed half volley and Dida had no chance of stopping it.
Towards the half time, Baichung got a couple of chances but failed to find the target.
First in the 38th minute, he could not beat Dida after being fed by Schumacher and a minute later his right footer on the run from another fine pass from the German ballooned inches over the near post.
Three minutes after the changeover, Seedorf fed Baichung on the clear and the Mohun Bagan striker's right footer beat the substitute goalkeeper Kasey Keller but missed the upright by inches.
Baichung also initiated Schumacher's only goal of the match in the 64th minute with the Sikkimese Sniper sending a defence-splitting pass to Seedorf who set up the German to tap the ball into the net.
Four minutes later, Seedorf was alone with the opposition goalkeeper and the Dutch star, instead of scoring himself, sent a parallel pass to Baichung who had all the time in the world to just tap the ball into an empty net for his second goal. Report by: Sify News List of Players invited for the GOAL 4 AFRICA match and their respective Clubs: Clarence Seedorf (AC Mailand) Kaká (AC Mailand)
Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus Turin)
Steven Gerrard (FC Liverpool)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)
Adebayor (Arsenal)
Dida (AC Milan)
Maldini (AC Milan)
Gattuso (AC Milan)
Ronaldo (AC Milan)
Zé Roberto (FC Bayern)
Didier Drogba (FC Chelsea)
Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)
Robin van Persie (Arsenal London)
Andrea Shevchenko (FC Chelsea)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan)
Diego (Werder Bremen)
Samuel Etoó (FC Barcelona)
Benni Mc Carthy (Blackburn)
Christopher Veijeany Samba (Blackburn)
Michael Essien (FC Chelsea)
Tony Sylva (Lille)
Ronald Zubar (Marsiglia)
Shaun Bartlett (Kaizer Chiefs)
Kaizer Motaung jr. (Kaizer Chiefs)
Naldo (Werder Bremen)
Edgar Davids (Ajax Amsterdam)
Michael Ballack (FC Chelsea)

1 comment:

suresh said...

Thats bhaichung for Mohun bagan!!

MOHUN BAGAN ATHLETIC CLUB-The National club of India

A Short History:

MOHUN BAGAN AC-The National club of India, the oldest Club in Asia,
was established on 15th August 1889 when India was up in arms against her collonial head, England.

Eversince its establishment the Club had been winning a lot of local leagues and cups but the moment of greatness that surpasses all came in the year 1911 when Mohun Bagan AC became the first Indian club/team to defeat the foreigners in their own game of football.

On 29th of July 1911 Mohun Bagan won the IFA shield beating East Yorkshire 2-1. Eversince there has been no stopping!

The club has won and keeps on winning many a laurel for the country! It has made our Nation Proud!

According to FIFA rankings, in Asia, Mohun Bagan is the 16th biggest team to have an avg. home crowd of 19,888. According to World standards, Mohun Bagan has been ranked of 127 much ahead of other big clubs like Udinese(Italy), Benfica(Portugal) and Fulham(England) to mention a few.

It is however,not an easy task to consolidate the history of a club which is more than 117 years old*...(read more...)

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Stadium: Mohun Bagan ground
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