United Sikkim Football Club (USFC), an idea started in one of India’s smallest states by the country’s biggest football icon, was launched where Bhaichung Bhutia still insists lies the heart of Indian football.
Co-owned by singer Shankar ‘De Ghumake’ Mahadevan and a multi-national company, USFC is only the second club from the Northeast after Shillong Lajong FC to have been named after the place of it origin.
“The name is inspired by Sikkim but it has players from all over India. We want it to be an example for other football clubs in the near future. Ultimately, the facilities will not only cater to the team but to the whole of Sikkim as well. But our first target is to qualify for the I-League’s first division next season,” said Bhutia at a ceremony here on Tuesday.Cricketer Rohan Gavaskar is on the Pune FC board but Bhutia is the first Indian footballer to co-own a club.