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Wanted: Plot for soccer school

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 16, 2009

Bhaichung with his choreographer Sonia at the news conference in Darjeeling on Monday.

Bhaichung with his choreographer Sonia at the news conference in Darjeeling on Monday.

Darjeeling, June 15: Bhaichung Bhutia needs a plot of 30 acres to start a football academy.

“I don’t want to start just another academy. I believe that 30 acres of land is needed for a football academy and if anyone provides me with that land, I will definitely start one,” the Indian captain said at a news conference here today.

Bhaichung did maintain that “three-four state” governments were showing interest but he refused to name any state of his choice.

This, however, does not mean that he is thinking of hanging his boots. “I will retire the day I start feeling that I don’t want to score or take to the field. This could happen in one month or it may not happen in the next 10 years,” he added.

Brushing aside any plans of launching a career in the entertainment industry, the ace footballer made it clear that the Darjeeling jig at the Gymkhana Club was his last of its kind anywhere. “I entered the (dance) competition just for an experience and that is it. The Darjeeling dance was the last of its kind for me. I am not dancing any more.”

Since the star footballer took part in a reality show contest aired by a satellite channel, his club, Mohun Bagan, had showcaused him for his absence. Bhaichung had, however, said that he had informed the club of his schedule and that the authorities were fully aware of his itinerary.

Bhaichung refused to comment on the recent fiasco with his club. “I will not take any questions on it until I sort out the issue in Calcutta,” he said.

He, however, said he was open to playing anywhere in the country — be it in Bengal or outside the state.

The Indian captain also refused to read much into Bengal’s 2-4 drubbing at the hands of Goa in the Santosh Trophy finals yesterday. Bengal has not been able to win their Santosh Trophy title for the past 10 years. “I still believe Bengal is a good team. In football these things happen and you don’t win when you want to win,” he said.

source: The Telegraph


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