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Monday, March 3, 2008

Bhutia's brace sets Bagan up with Santos in the Semis!

Mohun Bagan today needed just a draw against Dhaka Mohammedan SC to reach the Semis of the 113 IFA shield, but they had other plans as they ensured a fight with Santos in the semis with a convincing victory over their Bangladeshi opponent today at the Barasat Stadium. Dhaka Mohd. SC needing nothing less than a victory stepped on the gas from the beginning and managed to draw first blood when from a seemingly offside position, a Mohd. SC forward scored. But Bagan, undoubtedly the better team now pressurized its opponent and the DMSC defence had a tough time handling the famous Ba-Bha duo and soon Bhaichung proved too hot to handle as a low cross from the left off Rahul Kumar, was met by a flying Bhaichung, who side volleyed the ball into the net. Bagan equalized. Minutes later, a floater from Barreto, inside the penalty box, saw Bhaichung Bhutia chasing in with 3 defenders hot on his heels and seeing the keeper advancing, Bhaichung flung himself up in the air and lofted the ball over the keeper from an acute and thus putting Bagan 2-1 up before the end of the 1st half. With the beginning of the second half, Bagan kept up the tempo and created a whole lot of chances as they were doing the 1st half. Gobin who replaced Barreto in the 60th minute, was tripped inside the box and won a penalty, and Bhutia eyeing his hattrick, quite unlike him, went for the kick after a long time and did no justice to his name, as he shot it widen and missed the golden opportunity to bag the third. However, Bagan still kept on the pressure and even substitute Gobin came close to scoring on a number of opportunities. But it was Ishfaq, in the dying moments of the game, who put in the 3rd and his 4th goal for Bagan this season. Mohun Bagan meet Santos FC in the Semis. Santos FC is a South African club team. They are the group champions of their group winning against Mahindra United 2-0 and sharing points with East Bengal in a 1-1 draw.

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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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