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Monday, February 16, 2009

Bagan juggernaut make it 10 in a row! Perfect gift for Kareem!

It was Kareem Bencharifa, the Mohun Bagan coach's birthday and on his 41st birthday he could not have had a better present. Bagan getting three points from the Mohd. Sporting match and with that extending a feat that will be inscribed in golden letters in the history of I League- 10 straight wins in the I League and by doing that regained the number one spot on the league table which was taken away from them for about 15 mins before by Sporting Clube de Goa, who ended their match against Churchill Brother with a win and going on to 31 points. Bagan on the otherhand, moved to 33 points from the same number of matches.
The match started with Bagan enjoying the better portion of possession and also were making quite a few movements down the left flank, engineered by Ishfaq. Dipak was seen to taken a lesson or two from the earlier matches and seemed quite keen enough to move up and down the flank to help Ishfaq.Ishfaq made a few blistering runs down the flank and left the defenders spell-bound and Naseem Akhtar diving for the balls.
However the moment came when from a Odafe throw-in, Barreto received the ball and calmly laid it on for James, who advancing took a left footer on his stride- the ball glanced off Gurpreet Singh's thigh went straight into the Mohd. Sporting goal. After the goal, Bagan tried to maintain the pressure, but was found lackingin vigour and in ideas as Mohd. Sporting slowly clawed into the match. Though there were a few streaks of brilliance here and there from Barreto and Bhaichung, it was not enough to get another goal. Bagan also missed a lot of opportunities to score and thus the half ended 1-0 in Bagan's favour!
The second half, belonged to Mohd. Sporting. In the entire season, Bagan has not played a more awful second half. Waves of Mohd. Sporting attacks kept crashing at the Bagan goal, but the Bagan goalie, Sangram Mukherjee proved once again why even at his age, he can make young promising keepers sit at bay! Acrobatic as he was, he was brave. If James has scored the winner, then Sangra Mukherjee has defended that solitary goal to make it the winner!
Manju today was outstanding and he took much pressure at the back handling Okoro and Eugene and also cover up for Dipak Mondal, who it seemed was not entirely fit.
With this win, Bagan earn 33 points and are at the top of the league table and will play arch rivals East Bengal on the 22nd and will look forward to extend not only their winning streak against East Bengal, but also to make it 11 continuous wins in the I League!
On Behalf of the Millions of Mariners who stay outside India or Kolkata and even on behalf of those who live in the City of Joy, Mohun-Bagan. would like to Wish Kareem Bencharifa on his wonderful Birthday.
Photos: Soumyadeb Sinha

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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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