By Jagpreet Sandhu,New Delhi, December 31 :The countdown to the Audi Football Summit has begun as the respective squads for both the Indian national team and 22-times German champion FC Bayern Munchen were announced on Wednesday. Defender Philipp Lahm, the youngest German captain at the FIFA World Cup in 2010, will lead the star-studded 24-member FC Bayern Munchen squad in the Audi Football Summit to be held at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on January 10, 2012. It will be an intresting contest between India versus FC Bayern team . The exhibition match will be a farewell for the Indian football icon Baichung Bhutia.
FC Bayern Munchen boasts of some of the best talent in the world. Captain Lahm is a class apart in the defence, their forward attack comprises of the ‘Golden Boot’ winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Thomas Muller and star striker Mario Gomez, while the club has one of the strongest midfield in the business, led by Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian 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 the redoubtable Bhaichung 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.
FC Bayern Munchen:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Jörg Butt, Maximilian Riedmüller, Rouven Sattelmaier.
Defenders: Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng, Breno Borges, Diego Contento, Philipp Lahm, Daniel Van Buyten, Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza (Rafinha).
Midfielders: Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger,
Takashi Usami, Danijel Pranjic, Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.
Forwards: Mario Gomez, Thomas Müller, 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.