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Monday, April 28, 2008

Mohun Bagan Plan An U-17 International Tournament!

Mohun Bagan Academy is planning an International Football Festival for the U-17 this year and have roped in the services of Wizcraft event management for the same. Mohun Bagan being the only club to have its own residential academy in place took inspiration from the words of Indian national team coach Bob Houghton and technical director Colin Toal. The spokeswoman for Mohun Bagan Academy Ms. Sohini Chaubey said, “In a meeting held earlier this year, Bob Houghton and Colin Toal expressed their desire for the academies to have more competitive games in a year. Apart from the Nike – Manchester United Cup there isn’t really much happening. So, we decided to have a tournament of our own but it’s still in the planning stages.” The Kolkata champion club’s academy currently has approximately 45 kids of U-17 and U-19 age group. This year the Academy does plan to recruit U-15 too. “They (kids) are our future and we certainly can’t judge them by playing amongst themselves. They need exposure,” Sohini adds. The event is likely to take place in September or October in Kolkata with plans to have five Indian and foreign teams respectively. “We shall see to it that the event is attractive and a lot of exciting clubs participate. We’ve got to establish the event and then look for some good European names to join in. “We thank Mohun Bagan for realizing the potential in developing the younger lot by setting up its own academy,” said Nigel Empson from Wizcraft. Mohun Bagan are seriously looking to develop this tournament into an annual affair and thus, draw interest from some of the best clubs in the world. “We do have a plan. Probably in five years, we hope the tournament draws enough attention nationally and internationally,” signs off Sohini. Source:

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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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