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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Bagan ease past Eastern Railway

Bagan today played their 4th round match against Eastern Railway at their club ground.
From the beginning ER tried to create pressure by flying in with few tackles and attacking the players' legs hoping to get the better off their counter part expecting them to be cautious about their upcoming Derby Match. But Bagan players kept the ball to themselves and within the 5th minute of the game, Rauf Khan sent in a beautiful inswinging dipper which committed the keeper but only to fox him as he went to a no-mans-land and Bagan ace Barreto directed a header towards the goal. Bagan 1-0 up in the 5th minute.
Bagan kept up the tempo and pressed on.
Bagan today seemed to play much better than any other match, the entire defense in thefirst half seemed like a mosquitoe net keeping the Railway men out and the midfield toiled efficiently like a well oiled machines with Rauf khan, the left back taking emense work load.
Soon after from a Dharamjit forward pass Lalam efficiently flicked a header towards Venkatesh who trappingg a chest high ball with his right foot inside the penlaty box, gaurding his marker, unleashed a blinder and his left footer finding the back of the net and the keeper motionless! Bagan 2-0.
Minutes later Lalam steamed down the left flank and after waiting with the ball for his teammates, sent in a grounder directed towards Venkatesh who played a slight touch to evade the defender and played a through ball to Barreto who calmly took a inswinger from outside the penalty box past the left side of the keeper. Bagan go 3-0 into the 2nd Half!
Second half saw a different Bagan as one after the other, Barreto, Lalam, Dharamjit were substituted by Isfaq, Jamir Ali and Sudesh respectively.
Bagan lacked that attacking force which had brought them 3 goals and so ER took advantage and attacked the Bagan goal. But the Bagan defence with Odafe, Siddique, Habibur and Rauf, soaked the pressure and foiled every attempt and in goal was Shilton Paul who was more than impressive and showed much class in collecting the ariel balls.
Siddique managed to receive a yellow card during the game and the score line could have been easily 5-0 as Bagan players(Lalam, Ishfaq) missed a couple of sitters.
Final score 3-0
Bagan play their next matc against East Bengal on the 17th at Salt Lake Stadium. Match starts at 5.30 pm.
Team Shilton Habibur Siddique Odafe Rauf Dharamjit(C)[Sudesh] Lalkamal Venkatesh James Barreto[Ishfaq] Lalawmpuia[Jamir Ali]

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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...)

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Location: Kolkata Maidan
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Symbol: Sail Boat

Stadium: Mohun Bagan ground
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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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Photos by: Soumyadeb Sinha
Photos by: Soumyadeb Sinha


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