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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bagan boys on Zidane date

Mohun Bagan juniors set up a date with soccer legend Zinedine Zidane in Paris in September when they won the inaugural Yakult Danone Nations Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium on Saturday. On a pitch where their seniors had won 15 Durand Cup titles, the Under-12 Mohun Bagan boys, coached by Amiyo Ghosh, defeated Sikkim Football Academy 3-2 via the tie-breaker. The 20 minutes of stipulated time ended 1-1 after the Calcutta side was pushed to a corner by their rivals. As per the tournament rules, the champions of the Indian leg will travel to the French capital in September to play in the world finals. Zidane, the brand ambassador of the tournament, will be present during the finals. Mohun Bagan juniors, who were last-minute entrants after Mumbai FC withdrew from the tournament, dazzled throughout the meet except the final. In the semi-final, they outplayed Delhi’s Hindustan Football Academy 4-0 with goals from Subhrojit Das (2), Subhendu Narain Das and Anubrata Maity. While all the matches were of 15 minutes duration, the final was of 20 minutes, separated by a five-minute break. Bagan took the lead through Anubrata Maity before Bibek Bhutia equalised for the Sikkim side. The hero of the day, however, was goalkeeper Saikat Das. A great fan of Oliver Khan, the custodian from Kalyani made three spectacular saves in the shootout to give Mohun Bagan the title. In the tie-breaker, Maity, Subhendu Narain Das and Tarun Sarkar scored for the winners while Sonam Lepcha and Karma Dorji Lepcha struck for Sikkim. “It is a great win,” said coach Ghosh later. “We had only three days to practice before coming here. Yet we outplayed all the teams.” The players will be felicitated at a function in Calcutta on July 29, said a senior Bagan official.

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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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