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Bhutia backs France, Germany or Spain to lift World Cup

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former Baichung is backing reigning champions and former champions and to lift the beginning on June 14 in

But could be the dark horse, he thinks.

"Surprise, for me, it could be It is one thing that I feel they have the talent. Big names like France, are the favourites to win it, but teams like (can spring a surprise)," told reporters here today.

The 'Sikkimese Sniper' was speaking after official broadcasters Sony Pictures Networks launched a promotional campaign, "Meri Doosri Country", ahead of the mega event.

also said that hosts could go past the Group stage while are also capable of lifting the Cup.

"They will go past the group stages - the Russians would do well. They have the players to take them to the pre-quarters. is always a team that is a favourite to win, but again, is a tournament where you can have a great league (stage) and then one bad match and you are out of the tournament," he said.

Asked about his favourite memory, Bhutia said it was Argentine legend Diego Maradona's stupendous goal, beating a host of defenders with the ball seemingly tied to his shoelaces against England in in Mexico, a game that beamed live in too.

"I have never been to a World Cup. My first experience -- as a kid you don't remember much -- but I remember Maradona's goal against England and Maradona lifting that World Cup in ...that can't beat any (other) World Cup (memory)," he signed off.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 18:50 IST