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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Douglas shines as Bagan derail Eastern Rail!

Bagan today emerged with 3 points convincingly against Eastern Rail and hold their two points lead against East Bengal in the league as they go into the Derby on the 6th of November.
Barreto was sitting out with two yellows cards but his absence was not felt thanks to some good play by Douglas. Odafe, who has already been pushed aside for the Derby giving way for Douglas and Barreto also gaurded the defense well along with Sanjeev Maria.
Lalam started with the pio, Sewram Gobin. From the start Mohun Bagan kept the pressure and forced the opposition's goalie on his toes who pulled out two stunners to deny Bagan the opening goal in the 21st minute. However soon enough Bagan drew first blood through a Dharamjit corner which was headed home by Douglas. The game mostly happened in the Eastern Rail's half and Douglas coming in handy as a blocker in the midfield. Just before the half Bagan went 2-0 ahead, courtesy a Venkatesh goal. The ball was floated in from the right flank which was efficiently back-headed by Gobin and Venkatesh finding himself in a 1:1 situation with the goalie chipped the ball in the net.
The second half did not see much goal mouth action but Douglas reigned supreme in the midfield with distributing well and snatching occasionally. He was later announced the Man of the match.
Ten minutes to full time, Tapan Maity, a talented youngster who had drawn attention during the Santosh trophy, was introduced in place of Venkatesh. Just seconds after he was fielded received a pass from Dharamjit and sent in an inch perfect through ball for Ayan, who had been brought in for Gobin, who netted the third for Bagan.
A couple of chances were missed by both Lalam and Dharamjit but did not cost them dear.
Bagan go into the Derby with a two point lead on the 6th of November.
Team: Shilton, Basfore[Subhasish], Maria, Odafe, Rahul, Dharamjit(C), Douglas, Venkatesh[Tapan], James, Gobin[Ayan], Lalawmpuia
Habibur out of action
Habibur Rahman Mondal will be out of action for indefinite period after last week he went unconscious a couple of times during the practice session.
He has been treated and it was reported that he suffers from a certain kind of nerve problem.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bagan to feature in Friend's Cup! Douglas to be released before NFL!

Mohun Bagan will fly off to Bangladesh along with Mohammedan SP. to play in the "Friend's Cup" which will oraganised in Bangladesh. The date has not yet been finalised, but it is reported that an official invitation had been sent to Mohun Bagan AC and that club Secretary Anjan Mitra has accepted it on the club's behalf.
Meanwhile, Bagan play their Round 11 game on the 28th of October against Railway F.C. Bagan will be missing the services of their Brazilian Ace, Jose Ramirez Barreto who will be out on account of two yellow cards and hence Lalam is most likely to start with Sewram Gobin. Today, however, Rauf Khan suffered from minor injury in the practice session.
Club treasurer, Debashish Dutta, today confirmed that except for Barreto, not a single foreigner has his place settled in the team. Douglas who has been brought back for the remainder of the CFL most probably will not feature for Mohun Bagan in the NFL along with Peter Odafe if they fail to perform. In which case, the search for not only the third foreigner, rather two foreigners is still on for Bagan.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Douglas to start practice from tommorow!

Douglas D' Silva who had dawned the Green and Maroon jersey last year wil be again seen in action for Bagan this season again. Earlier this season, Bagan had released Douglas who had gone to an Australian football club to give trial. However realisng the need of a central midfielder cum blocker in the side, Douglas had been contacted and has been prefrred because of his big pressence in the field and also his experience will stand in good stead for Bagan in the NFL. He has finally reached Kolkata after much speculation and tomorrow he is all set to start his practice. The Mariners now hope they can close the lock gate for their opponents.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Perriera cautioned!

Perriera was cautioned by the club officials for the team's poor performance of late. Perriera has not been threatened or given an ultimatum but warned. He has been asked to see to it that upliftment of the team's performance is sought immediately and although not stated expressly, one can come to the conclusion that if the brazillian fails, his career as a Bagan coach might meet an early end.
Perriera, however, when asked to comment on this incident, said that he will try his best to work for the betterment of the team.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Port hold Bagan 3-3!

A certainly a goal feast! But unlike last time, which was a wash out for Port, today they gave the Mohun Bagan players a run for their money and enforced an unpredictable score.
Port Trust went ahead with Henry scoring the 1st goal within 10 mins.
Then Lalampuia put in an equaliser and then added another one two his tally. Bagan went 2-1 up with a brace from Lalam. Then Barreto netted a ball and the score board read 3-1.
Then came Port's moment of brilliance as their Henry again scored and the score line read 3-2 on the 74th minute.
And then on the 92nd minute Port put in the 3rd and snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat.
They snatched a point from Bagan. Not that this 0one point was imperative for Port but this loss of 2 points for Bagan may cost dear as East Bengal are hot on their heals.

Bagan's tie against Port Trust

Today Bagan meet Calcutta Port Trust. Bagan are on 23 points from 9 matches. CPT will not be that big a challange, but a challange non the less to bring home 3 points. Last time these two teams met, the crowd witnessed an avalanche of goals, 7 to be precise...all in favour of Bagan. -Report of the 1st leg
What remains to be watched is how Periera and his boys play. After this match there wil be only one match in between the Bagan and the Big match.
The match was first scheduled to be played in Howrah Stadium, however owing some latest development, the match will be held in Salt Lake Stadium.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bagan extend lead atop the league table! Douglas to join Mohun Bagan!

Mohun Bagan today met Chirag Utd Sports Club in the Salt Lake Stadium. It was more of a one sided match with Bagan having the upper hand and the score line says it all, 3-0.
Today Bagan midfield seemed a much better unit today compared to the other matches and the team played a much more composed game. Shilton was trusted with the goal keeping gloves and leaving out one or two tense moments, he did not face any tough challenges. Once he was beaten when he charged a Chirag striker and grasped air as the striker moving clear off him sent in a lob into goal but Odafe, the tall defender did his best to pull out a goal line save with a header ensuring a good day at the office for Mohun Bagan.
Bagan got their first goal through a 24th minute strike from Barreto. A Lalkamal corner was fisted by the Goalie only to find Odafe whose towering figure went up and headed a ball to Barreto who headed it home.
The score was doubled in the 34th minute with Barreto providing a touch to the ball, sent in by Venkatesh, to deceive the Chirag goalie as the ball found it way into the net.
The 3rd goal came in the 2nd Half from a counter attack. Lalakamal surged forward and forwarded the ball to and unchallanged Lalam, who pushed a well executed right footer to the left of the advancing keeper.
Sewram Gobin, the Mauritius born player of Indian origin, made his debut today for Mohun Bagan as he came in as a substitute. He made two penetrating runs but failed to deliver the final pass to the Ishfaq, who himself came in as a substitution.
Bagan have scored 28 goals from just 9 matches with an average of 3.1 goals per match. Barreto is till now the leading scorer in the League.
Team:Shilton, Habibur, James, Siddique, Odafe, Lalkamal, Venkatesh(Rahul Kumar), Anit(Gobin), Dharamjit(Ishfaq), Barreto, Lalampuia
Douglas to join Mohun Bagan!
Douglas D' Silva will join the Bagan side as the 3rd foreigner and play in the remainder of the CFL and probably also for NFL. Douglas is supposed to come to India on the 8th of October and thereafter sign for his last year's club team. Douglas had featured for Mohun Bagan last year in the AFC matches and in the NFL.

Today Bagan face Chirag Utd!

Bagan today play their 2nd match of the 2nd leg against Chirag Utd. In the 1st leg the match ended with 7 goals, with Bagan scoring 4.
At the moment, Mohun Bagan is leading the League table and wil want to stay that way and bring 3 points home.
Chirag are a good side and this match is certainly a challenge for Periera and boys.
The match starts off at 2.45pm at the Salt Lake Stadium.

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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