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Saturday, June 7, 2008

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...

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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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