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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bagan held after going twice in front!

Bagan pulled of a better performance against Churchill Brothers in their round 6 match in the ongoing ONGC I League but could not earn the deserved 3 points. Churchill has been a force to reckon with in this League so far with their ace striker Odafa, who scored a hat trick against East Bengal last just two days ago. Bagan with their suspicious defense had a tough job in their hands holding Odafe from putting holes in their net as before the match Odafa, the Churchill skipper had vowed to score two hat tricks against the two Kolkata clubs.
With Bagan's luck favouring the opponents in every match with balls hitting the post, Bagan went out against all odds.
This was however the acid test for the Bagan coach Perriera who was given a silent ultimatum. There were a few changes in the Bagan team, Vekatesh came in and Lalkamal started from the beginning and Douglas to much relief was replaced by Peter Odafe.
Bagan defence did quite well in the first half to contain the Churchill infiltrations towards the Bagan goal. Bagan played a defensive half.
In the second half however, Bagan drew first blood through Dharamjit nudged in a fumbled ball from the Churchill goalie. 47th minute, Bagan 1-0 up.
Soon enough, the Bagan side-back Mohunraj conceded the second yellow card of the match and was sent out reducing a lean and undependable Bagan defense one man short.
Churchill put up the tempo and equalised i through Odafa in the 67th minute.
Barely a minute had passed after this equaliser and Barreto sets up Bhaichung who making no mistake put Bagan in front for the second time.
As sheer bad luck may it seem or a bad defence, Bagan conceded the second goal and it was all to play for in the 71st minute.
After this what followed was a long wait for the long whistle and though both the teams tried their best, Bagan with 10 men on pitch clearly did not have the upper hand.
However, the match ended 2-2 and Bagan shared their points with Churchill.
Team:Sangram, Habibur[Ayan], Odafe, Manju, Mohanraj, Lalkamal, Bobo, Venkatesh[Siddique], Dharamjit[Rauf], Baichung, Barreto

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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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