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Monday, December 22, 2008

A Post Fed Cup victory Report!

The club authority has officially declare their disinclination towards playing in the IFA Shield. The coach and the club officials have decided to give the players some rest so that they can start afresh in the second half of the I League. Karim cited that CFL took much away from the players and the team suffered at the beginning of the First Leg of the I League and so he doesn't want to repeat the mistake. However, he clarified that, "We are not playing the IFA Shield not because it is of any less importance. We would have played, had the calender been more kind of the players." Not even a gap of fifteen days have been allowed between the Fed Cup an the IFA shield!
However, Bagan players and fans were all present at the club ground to hoist the club flag. Amongst others, Leaner Paes was present and to congratulate the Bagan players on winning the Federation Cup an to share the joy with the club of his childhood. He had come along before the Fed Cup kicked off, to wish Karim's boys for the tournament.

However, Karim while talking about his Fed Cup performance, praised Marcos Periera for rendering such invaluable service in the midfield and Karim said that had there been an award for the Man of the Tournament, Marcos would surely win it. Many had criticised Karim for signing the aged Marcos, but Karim maintained that he needed some one who could control the midfield and also be of strong physical build and Marcos was just it and he proved what he is capable of in the Fed Cup final against Dempo as he virtually busted the Dempo midfield single handed.

On Rakesh, he had previously state that Masih is an asset for the team and the young promising TFA recruit certainly live upto the coach's expectations as he controlled the midfield when he played in the midfield and then defended the Bagan fortress when Anand Vasan went out due to injury at the beginning of the derby match. He also defended quite well against Dempo in the final too. Karim has been laying stress on the unity of the team and his confidence in his young brigade along with his strategies have paid off so far for Bagan, as the Mariners bag the Calcutta Football League and the Federation Cup this season with still the half of the I league to go, in which Bagan are in the 2nd spot and as Karim said, with this team, he can only see moving forward.

A minute of silence for Sanjiv Jana! Amongst all the merry making, Bagan fans didnot forget to observe a minute's silence paying their respect to the departed Sanjiv Jana of Jaavpur, the young Bagan fan, who yesterday, before the match had started, fell from the second tier on the concrete below. Sanjiv was immeiately rushed to a nearby Nursing home and was kept on observation though his condition was critical. Club officials, Anjan Mitra, Swapan Sadhan Bose and Debashish Dutta and others visited the nursing home and provided a shoulder to the youth's family and as per sources, they even made a monetary payment to the family for the treatment, though sources claim, IFA also have contribute towards the treatment. However, the situation worsened an today morning, Sanjiv Bose passed away. The club president Swapan Sadhan Bose and Barreto dedicated the Fed Cup victory to Sanjiv and his family.

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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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