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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

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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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