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Friday, July 4, 2008

IFA's mistake almost cost Bagan dear!

The AIFF will organize a U-12 Football Tournament in Delhi in an attempt to popularize football in India amongst the upcoming generation. In an effort to make this Tournament a success AIFF invited each team from a number of States. From Bengal, Mohun Bagan's Junior team was invited. AIFF accordingly had sent the letter of invitation to IFA office on the 6th of June,2008 to forward the same to Mohun Bagan tent. The letter however found a resting place in the IFA office and never made its way to the Bagan tent till on 1st of July. Bagan officials however made contact with AIFF immediately about their intentions of joining the tournament but they were denied as AIFF informed that they had already managed 12 teams from across India by then since no response had come from Mohun Bagan. At this the Bagan officials pursued the matter and tried to convince that it was IFA's mistake and that if denied the Bagan junior team would be deprived off their rightful place in the tournament. The Tournament officials however assured that if any teams would back out then Bagan may get preference.
However, after much discussion and persuasion, it has been decided today evening that the Mohun Bagan's junior(Nursery team) will feature in the Tournament as the 13th team.

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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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