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Bayern stars to grace Bhutia farewell match

Friday, December 30, 2011

/ Published by Simon L Infimate
New Delhi, Dec 29 (Agencies): Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger headline a star-studded Bayern Munich side that will take on India at the Audi Football Summit. The countdown to the highly-anticipated match has begun as the respective squads for both the Indian national team and 22-time German Bundesliga champions Bayern were announced.

German captain Lahm will lead the star-studded 24-man squad for the Bavarian out at the Audi Football Summit, which is to be held at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on January 10, 2012.

The exhibition match, , titled “Audi Football Summit”, is a farewell for the Indian football icon Baichung Bhutia. Bayern boast some of the best talent in the world, with Lahm a class apart in the defence, while their attack comprises of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller and star striker Mario Gomez.

The Bundesliga outfit also have one of the strongest midfield in the business, led by Ribery, Robben and Schweinsteiger.
Meanwhile, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) National coach Savio Medeira named a 23-member Indian squad for the Audi Football Summit, led by Bhutia. The members of the Indian squad have been asked to report for the camp in Delhi on January 7, 2012.

However, missing in action will be Indian star striker and AIFF Player of the Year for 2011, Sunil Chhetri, who is recuperating from an injury. Bhutia, looking forward to the occasions, said it was an honour to play his farewell match against a team like Bayern. “Playing my final India match against Bayern Munich is a great honour, but also a tough finale for me. Bayern are one of the best teams in the world and I rate them better than Germany,” Bhutia said.

Bayern Munich
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Hans-Jorg Butt, Maximilian Riedmuller, Rouven Sattelmaier.
Defenders: Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Breno, Diego Contento, Philipp Lahm, Daniel van Buyten, Rafinha.
Midfielders: Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Takashi Usami, Danijel Pranjic, Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.
Forwards: Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Nils Petersen, Ivica Olic.
Coach: Jupp Heynckes

Indian national team
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Subhasish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Felix (Churchill Brothers).
Defenders: Jaspal Singh (Salgaocar), Sameer Naik (Dempo SC), Gouramangi Singh (Churchill Brothers), Govin Singh (United Sikkim Football Club), Nirmal Chhetri (Kingfisher East Bengal), Syed Rahim Nabi (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Adil Khan (Sporting Clube de Goa), Gurjinder Singh (Pune FC).
Midfielders: Reisangmi Vashum (Kingfisher East Bengal), Jewel Raja Shaikh (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Climax Lawrence (Dempo SC), Rakesh Masih (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Baldeep Singh (Pune FC), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers), Rocus Lamare (Salgaocar).
Forwards: Jeje Lalpeklua (Pune FC), Bhaichung Bhutia, Sushil Singh (United Sikkim Football Club), CS Sabeeth (Pailan Arrows).
Coach: Savio Medeira.
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