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Monday, December 22, 2008

Mohun Bagan may not play IFA Shield!

After beating Dempo and winning the Fed Cup, Karim Bencharifa confessed in a press conference that he didnot have his eyes on the IFA shield. In fact, Bagan may altogether abstain from playing the tournament, because he said, "Our primary objective is to win the National League. Obviously there is nothing more important in India than winning the I League and since we are in a favourable position, we donot want to miss on the bigger opportunities" and by giving too much importance on the IFA shield, which though a national tournament of late, Karim doesnot want his team to give any slip ups in the I League.
He pointed out that, before the I League started, he had given much stress on the CFL and that had led to injury, fatigues to the key players at the beginning of the I League and the result was apparent in the first 5 matches of the I League.
Karim also said that his boys have been working real hard and for the Fed Cup, where they had to play 5 matches in a span of 9 days, they poured their heart out and its time to give them back something what they have earned, a good night's sleep and some rest.
However, the decision to drop from the IFA Shield has not yet been finalised as pointed out by Karim and the club officials and the coach in a meeting today will decide on the issue

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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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