Bhaichung Bhutia Height, Weight, Age, Affairs, Wife, Biography & More

Baichung Bhutia


Real NameBhaichung Bhutia
NicknameSikkimese Sniper
ProfessionIndian Footballer
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weightin Kilograms- 67 kg
in Pounds- 147 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutProfessional- 1993 for East-Bengal FC
International- On 10 March 1995 against Thailand
Jersey Number15
Position Centre-Forward
MentorKarma Bhutia (His Uncle)
Karma Bhutia
Records (main ones)/Achievements• In the 1996-97 season, playing for the JCT FC, Bhutia was the top goal-scorer.
• In 1996, he was named Indian Player of the Year.
• In 1997, playing for East Bengal FC, Bhutia scored his first hat-trick against Mohun Bagan.
• Playing for East Bengal in the 2005-06 season, he was awarded the "Player of the National Football League" by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Career Turning PointIn 1997, when he scored a hat-trick against Mohun Bagan
Personal Life
Date of Birth15 December 1976
Age (as in 2016) 40 Years
Birth PlaceTinkitam, Sikkim, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signSagittarius
HometownTinkitam, Sikkim
SchoolSt. Xaviers School, Pakyong, East Sikkim
CollegeNot Known
Educational QualificationsNot Known
FamilyFather- Dorji Dorma
Mother- Sonam Topden
Brothers- Bom Bom Bhutia, Chewang Bhutia
Sister- Cali
HobbiesPlaying Basketball, Dancing
Favourite Things
Favourite Football ClubBarcelona FC, Arsenal
Girls, Family & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
WifeMadhuri Tipnis (m. 2004–2015)
Baichung Bhutia and wife Madhuri Tipnis
ChildrenSon- Ugen
Daughters- Keisha and one other
Bhutia with his children
Money Factor
Net Worth16 Crore INR

Bhaichung Bhutia


Some Lesser Known Facts About Bhaichung Bhutia

  • Does Bhaichung Bhutia smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Bhaichung Bhutia drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • At the age of 14, he joined the Boys Club in Gangtok where his uncle Karma Bhutia was the chief coach.
  • Bhutia received football training at Sikkim’s Tashi Namgyal Academy before a stint at SAI Gangtok. He was given the best player in the 1992 Subroto Cup.  Former India goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly noticed his talent and helped him make the transition to Calcutta football.Bhaskar Ganguly
  • At the age of 16, he signed for East Bengal FC, his first professional club.
  • Bhaichung has won almost every domestic trophy with East Bengal including the NFL title (National Football League) in 2003-04.
  • In the summer of 1999, he became the second Indian player after Mohammed Salim to play in European Club as he was signed by English third division outfit Bury FC.Mohammad Salim
  • On 15 April 2000, he became a first Asian Player to score a goal in English professional game.
  • Bhutia is most capped Indian player to play in International games.
  • Under his captaincy, India carried off the LG Cup in Vietnam in 2002, South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championships thrice, two Nehru Cup titles (in 2007 and 2009) and the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup which assured them a place in the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar.
  • Inivalappil Mani Vijayan (or I.M. Vijayan) three-time Indian Player of the Year, described Bhutia as “God’s gift to Indian football”.I. M. Vijayan
  • Bhutia received Arjuna Award in 1999. Bhutia is one of five footballers to be awarded the prestigious ‘Padma Shree’ and the only player to win it during his playing career.
  • On 30 December 2004, Bhutia settled down with his long-time girlfriend Madhuri Tipnis in his native village of Tinkitam.
  • Bhutia and Madhuri have one son and two daughters. Bhutia wants his son to be a Tennis Player.
  • In 2008, Bhutia was solicited to run with the Olympic torch in India, but he refused to carry the torch to show support for the Tibetan independence movement. “I sympathize with the Tibetan cause. I’m against violence but I thought I should stand by the Tibetan people in their fight,” Bhutia said. He was the first Indian player to refuse to carry the Olympic torch.
  • Bhutia is versatile in nature, he took part and won the dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Ja’ in 2009.

  • In 2009, Bhutia had a fall-out with Mohun Bagan. On 18 May 2009, Bhutia announced that he would quit Mohun Bagan, due to the questioning of his footballing commitment by the club’s officials. He was suspended for the next six month in 2009 by Mohun Bagan.  Bhutia was quoted saying “It is just a ploy to keep me at Mohun Bagan for another season. But I will not play for them anymore.”
  • On 28 October 2010, he started Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi in partnership with Carlos Queiroz and Nike.
  • In 2011, Bhutia was trapped in the Sikkim earthquake. Although he was not injured, his United Sikkim offices were completely destroyed. Later he was accompanied by several Bollywood actors like Neha Dhupia and Rahul Bose to raise money for earthquake victims.