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Friday, July 27, 2007

Team returns! Gafari in NFL!

Today morning the team bus from Durgapur pulled up at the club gate and slowly Bagan players emerged in a energetic mood though the weather had done its part to dampen the spirits! The team returned today from Durgapar where it had gone for a two week long pre-season camp.
The Bagan coach, on being asked about the condition of the team, said that the players are 40 percent conditioned and he has not yet worked on any combinations or as such with the team. He also assured the Bagan fans that they will see Barreto in action from the very first match.
Though the coach assured Barreto's pressence from the first match, speaking to him personally, he confided that he is not 100 percent fit and might take him two to three matches to get into shape, thus he would preffer a two-match delay in his appearance.
On being asked about Bhutia's success in the international circuit with 4 goals in 3 matches in the ongoing Indian's tour of Portugal, both Coach and Barreto seemed elated. To quote Barreto, "Bhutia has always been a good is good for football and good for us."
The coach however on a more comic tone remarked, "He(Bhutia) shouldn't score all his goals there...he will get plenty of opportunities here."
On another developement, club officials got in contact with Gafari and asked him to come to India to have a talk with the Bagan officials. At first he had been selected for the CFL but with the coming of Odafe and Barreto, Gafari might play in the NFL.

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MOHUN BAGAN ATHLETIC CLUB-The National club of India

A Short History:

MOHUN BAGAN AC-The National club of India, the oldest Club in Asia,
was established on 15th August 1889 when India was up in arms against her collonial head, England.

Eversince its establishment the Club had been winning a lot of local leagues and cups but the moment of greatness that surpasses all came in the year 1911 when Mohun Bagan AC became the first Indian club/team to defeat the foreigners in their own game of football.

On 29th of July 1911 Mohun Bagan won the IFA shield beating East Yorkshire 2-1. Eversince there has been no stopping!

The club has won and keeps on winning many a laurel for the country! It has made our Nation Proud!

According to FIFA rankings, in Asia, Mohun Bagan is the 16th biggest team to have an avg. home crowd of 19,888. According to World standards, Mohun Bagan has been ranked of 127 much ahead of other big clubs like Udinese(Italy), Benfica(Portugal) and Fulham(England) to mention a few.

It is however,not an easy task to consolidate the history of a club which is more than 117 years old*...(read more...)

*For Further Info:Please visit The Offical site of MAC: History section please open in a New Window

Location: Kolkata Maidan
Green and Maroon
Symbol: Sail Boat

Stadium: Mohun Bagan ground
Yuva Bharati Krirangan

MOHUN BAGAN AC- It's not just a club, it is an institution, a religion, a passion. LIVE IT...DIE FOR IT...

A Pictorial trip of the Mohun Bagan Ground!

Satellite Imagery of our Club Ground!*
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Images of Yuva Bharati Krirangan*
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Photos by: Soumyadeb Sinha
Photos by: Soumyadeb Sinha


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