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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Karim working on Team combination!

As Bagan players spend their practicing at the Durgapur MBSFA ground preparing for the upcoming season, Karim Bencharifa, the Bagan coach is hard at work working the minute details to finalise a final combined team. Karim has been making the Bagan boys play some practice matches just to examine their strengths and weaknesses and their match temperament.
Bagan has by now played quite a few practice matches against not so insurmountable oppositions. Few days back Bagan played against MBSFA and registered a 3-1 win with the winning two goals coming just minutes before the end of the match. Today Bagan played out against Durgapur XI. Bagan won the match with 3-0 with Barreto, Lalampuia and Malsaumtulunga(Mama) scoring the three respectively. All the three came in the second half.
Karim informed reporters that the team is on its way of formation and within the next few practice matches, Karim would be able to select the starting 11 for Bagan this season.
Mohun Bagan, this year has signed a young squad with as many as 9 players playing for Bagan for the first time. So it will be a tough job for the coach and the players once the ball is set rolling. Will they be able to handle the pressure of football in Kolkata?
East Bengal on the other hand has signed few of the most experienced players this year. To name a few are Renedy Singh, NP Pradeep , Steven Dias along with already present Mehetab, Alvito, Meheraj, Nabi. Can the young brigade of Mohun Bagan inflict the same fate on East Bengal as it has been able to do consistently for the past 3 years or is this the year of revenge for East Bengal? We will just have to wait and see as the KPL starts in July!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pactice in fullswing under Karim! Bagan to leave for Conditioning Camp!

After almost a fortnight of practice under the new Moroccon coach Karim Bencharifa at the Club ground, Bagan will leave for a conditioning camp to Durgapur on Friday 20th. Rajesh Meshi, who received a national call will not attend the conditioning camp. However, practice was in fullswing today as it has been for over 2 weeks at the club ground.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Barreto signs for Bagan

Mohun Bagan’s Brazilian striker Jose Ramirez Barreto decided to stay with the club for another season. Besides Barreto, goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee, forwards P.C. Lalwmpuia and Rahul Kumar also withdrew at the IFA office.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

CFL 2007-08! Link to all matches...

First phase — Aug. 1: Mohun Bagan vs George Telegraph Aug. 5: Mohun Bagan vs Chirag Utd SC; Aug. 8: Mohun Bagan vs CPT; Aug. 11: Mohun Bagan vs Eastern Rlwy; Aug. 17: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan ; Aug. 21: Mohun Bagan vs Peerless; Aug. 26: Mohun Bagan vs Mohd. Sprtng.; Second phase — Sep. 26: Mohun Bagan vs George Telegraph Oct. 2 : Mohun Bagan vs Chirag United; Oct. 5: Mohun Bagan vs CPT; Oct. 28: Mohun Bagan vs Eastern Rlwy; Nov. 6: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal; Nov. 14: Mohun Bagan vs Peerless; Nov. 18: Mohun Bagan vs Mohd. Sprt;

Bhaichung Bhutia invited by Seedorf to play with Kaka, Drogba and other greats!

India’s football ace and Mohun Bagan skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will join stars of world football in an exhibition match next month to raise funds for African children. In a match to be played at Munich’s Allianz Arena on July 12, Bhutia will figure alongside the likes of Kaka, Fabio Cannavaro, Frank Lampard, Paolo Maldini, Robin van Persie, Gianluigi Buffon, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gennaro Gattuso, Steven Gerrard, Samuel Eto’, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien among others. The unique congregation of world football’s who’s who would be part of “Goal 4 Africa”, which will be kicked off by football legends Pele and Michael Platini. The invitation to Bhutia has come from the “Goal 4 Africa” ambassador and Dutch star Clarence Seedorf. The unique event has been inspired by Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela’s dream of “education for all — all for education”. As a tribute to Mandela, the match aims to raise 90 million Euros and will be held before the anti-apartheid hero’s 90th birthday, which falls on July 18. Celebrities from other walks of life, world leaders and corporate bigwigs will play along side the galaxy of football stars. The “Goal 4 Africa” global foundation aims to utilise the fund for education through sport and social development projects in Africa. The two-year programme will begin with the friendly tie on July 12 and conclude with the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Indian captain sounded exited about the prospect of playing alongside the world stars. “It’s an honour to be teamed up with top names of world football,” he told The Telegraph from Male. “It gives me great pleasure to join a cause for the children. I am looking forward to the match,” he added. “Football has given me a lot of honour but this is really something to cherish,” said Bhutia. Bhutia after coming to Bagan has seen some good things happen in his life... 1. Won the Nehru Cup 2. Was awarded the Padma Shree award 3. Won the Federation cup first time in his illustrious career. 4. and now this...playing along side Kaka, Drogba...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Karim: Want to win every trophy!

Mohun Bagan’s Moroccan coach Karim Bencherifa on Monday declared that his target would be to make the green-and-maroon brigade champions in every tournament they play. The 40-year old former Churchill Brothers coach, who started his assignment with the city giants on Monday, was addressing a news conference after his maiden training session at the club ground. “I am honoured to be Bagan’s coach… The national club of India… The club has a separate identity. I feel proud,” was Karim’s answer when asked why he chose Mohun Bagan. “I am a professional and I look at the job as a package. It’s about a team, a squad, the quality of a club and the monetary package. But the craze for football in Calcutta has brought me here,” he said. “I want to win every trophy… But a coach is not a robot, he is a human being… I have some plans,” Karim said. Talking about the squad that was announced on the day with Bhaichung Bhutia still the captain, Karim said: “It is a well balanced squad and we have a strong bench — the most important thing in a long season.” On his plans to handle the two superstars in the team — Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto and Bhaichung Bhutia — the coach, who plans to host a nine-day residential camp at Durgapur, said: “They are assets for any team. “Players like them are an added advantage. I am here to ease relations between seniors and juniors….” Source: The Telegraph

Monday, June 2, 2008

Karim visits Bagan tent! Bhaichung retain the Captain's band for Bagan!

The Club's new coach Karim Bencharifa who signed for Bagan for record Rs 60,00,000 for the season came back from Morocco and Visited the Bagan tent today morning amidst a thronging crowd which was already present give him a warm welcome.
Karim intends on beginning his practice from the next week. Even though he will miss the National players he is still confident to make through with the new players. When asked about his goal in Bagan, he replied, for him I League is the most important thing in India and his ultimate goal has to be the I league and the CFL is however important only in Calcutta.
"TuTu" Bose, the club president declared that Bhaichung would remain as the Captain of the Green and Maroon squad and also declared the team list for the Bagan's upcoming season. There are more freshers into the side rather than experienced campaigners excpet for Bhaichung, Barreto upfront and Sangram under the bar.
The team list for the Season 2008-09:
Goal Keepers
Sangram,Shiltaun,Chirodeep(TFA),Raju Ekka(Air India)
Rakesh masih(TFA), Karan Atwal(TFA), Anad Vasan(Indian Bank), Peter Odafe, Deepak Mondal,N.S.Manju
Side Backs
Navin Kumar(TFA), Mohanraj, Habibur ,Rino Antao(TFA),Suman Bose(U-19. MBSFA)
Kartick Kisku(Peerless),James Singh,Tulunga(Salgaokar),Henry Gangte(TFA), Lalkamal(Vice captain),Tapan Maity,Jr. James Singh(Viva Kerala),Rahul Kumar Souvik Chakraborty(Under-19,MBSFA), Sanjoy Boro(U-19,MBSFA), LalRamluaha(TFA)
Isfaque, Lalam Puia, Bhaichung Bhutia(Captain), Branco(TFA), Jose Ramirez Barreto, Malsumzuala(MBSFA)
Coach-Karim Bencharifa(Churchill)
Asst coach-Satyajit
GK coach-Hemanta Dora

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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