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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bagan prepare for Fed Cup, Gafari as third foreigner!

Bagan after their goalless against Mohd. Sp. in the CFL, have now diverted their attention towards Federation Cup 2007, which will be held in Ludhiana. The 2nd leg of the CFL will again begin from the month of November in between giving in space for the Fed Cup and the IFA shield. Bagan play their opener on the 6th of September against ONGC, Mumbai and winning which they will face the winner between Air India and Viva Kerala on the 9th and then they have a chance of meeting East Bengal or JCT in the semis on the 11th of September.
Bagan coach today confirmed that Gafari has been selected as Bagan's third foreigner in Fed Cup after weighing him with Emeka. Gafari before the begining of the season had signed for Bagan and it was highly likely that he would be signed unless a great turn of events. Gafari has played in the Indian National League before for Dempo and is an attacking midfielder. It is however a known fact that the Bagan coach has been in search for a blocker in the midfiled in order to check the countless attacks made by the opposition when Bagan is attacking. A few are speculating that Gafari might be used a blocker in the midfield.
Sibram Gobin, a player of Indian origin playing in Mauritius has also signed for Bagan. He will be available for Bagan in the Fed Cup. He has been brought to India on the initiative of the team. He is also an attacking midfielder.
With the return of Bhaichung Bhutia and Manju who have been busy for the Nehru Cup and their inclusion along with Gafari and Gobin would act as a breath of fresh air for Bagan in the Fed Cup.
Bagan go into the Fed Cup as the defending champions as they won the 2006 Fed Cup, Kolkata beating Sporting Clube de Goa in penalties after finishing 1-1 in regulation time. Bagan won 3-1 in penalties.

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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
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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