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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Buchanan witness Mohun Bagan - East Bengal rivalry wrath!

Last weekend John Buchanan got a taste of Mohun Bagan- East Bengal's bitter age-old rivalry when the veteran coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, on a trip to city, witnessed a scuffle between the two sides at a CAB First Division League match.Players and officials of both the teams including Bengal players Manoj Tiwary and Ritam Kundu exchanged blows during a match at the Eden Gardens in front of Buchanan who had gone to the stadium to see performance of both sides. Buchanan is on a six-day visit to the city for the IPL team's talent search programme that starts from today. Trouble began when East Bengal&aposs Ritam Porel (20) was bowled by Bagan's Ritam Kundu in the 73rd over. Porel, taking his own time to walk out, got a mouthful from Bagan skipper Tiwary. As Porel hurled back, a mayhem followed as officials and supporters of the two teams rushed to the ground and a brawl ensued. There was pushing and shoving as the area in front of the dressing room turned into a virtual battlefield. The former Aussie coach was apparently not pleased with the happenings but refused to comment on the incident. Trying to play down the incident, CAB Joint Secretary Arun Mitra said,"I have cautioned Tiwary and Porel and the matter is being sorted out." For the on-field umpires, Aditya Mukherjee and Supriyo Sarkar, however, none of the players"did cross the limit"as they made it clear the issue will not figure in their reports. East Bengal posted 310 for six in 85 overs with Saunak Das scoring 83. Mohun Bagan on the next day posted 280 for six wickets and the match was a draw. However, the following day saw the continuation of drama as with the match drawing to a close, East Bengal officials and supporters pounced on thier Mohun Bagan counterparts. East Bengal officials and supporters entered the Bagan dressing room.

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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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