Major Teams:East Bengal Club, India
- First Indian to play professional football in England. Led the national football team to title triumph at the LG Cup in Vietnam in 2002. Led East Bengal club to LG Asian Club Cup football championship victory in Jakarta in 2003.
Bhutia caught the attention of everybody for the first time at the Subroto Cup 1992 held at Delhi, wherein he was bestowed upon the Best Player award. Bhaskar Ganguly, the former goalkeeper of the Indian Football team was specially impressed by Baichung s talent and supported him to move ahead to professional Football. At the age of 16 years, Bhutia joined East Bengal, a reputed Football club from Calcutta (now Kolkata), and further went ahead to join a yet another well known Football club, JCT Mills, Phagwara in the year 1995. The same year, JCT was able to win the National Football League after Bhutia joined them, and scored the maximum number of goals in the League for JCT. Baichung was bestowed upon the Indian Player of the Year 1996 award.