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Monday, March 23, 2009

Bagan edge past Chirag to keep title hopes afloat

Mohun Bagan having five more matches to end their I League campaign are faced with the task of winning all the five matches just to be in the contention for the title, but still, to win the I League they have to pray that Churchill SC who are heading the table with just two matches left, do something really silly and may be give Bagan a sneak at the League title.
Bagan today were faced with the Chirag challenge and overcame Subrata Bhattacharya's boys, but United SC boys did not go down with out a fight.
From the minute the game started, Chirag were clear with their intention of not conceding a goal with eleven Chirag players defending in their own half, giving Barreto and Bhaichung no place to move. Bagan were compelled to play with the aerial ball but to no avail. Barreto and Bhaichung seemed ineffective upfront and the forest of legs inside the Chirag penalty box made life miserable for the Bagan forwards. Chirag did come out with some counter-attacks but Dipak and Manju were up to the task.
However, at the stroke of the half time, the inevitable happened. Chirag'splan of crowding the penalty box failed themselves as from a corner, Bhaichung headed a ball goal wards, and Chirag defender Arnab managed to put out his leg and push the ball in the back of his own net. Bagan went into the lemon break being a goal in front.
The second half had no surprises as Bagan kept trying to penetrate the Chirag wall, but failed and Chirag kept building their attacks by trying to catch Bagan on the break. Midway into the second half, Tulunga was virtually ineffective on the right flank, and was he was in urgent need of substitution, but Karim waited on on his options. Mohunraj kept chipping in with his blunders and giving Chirag chances to equalise, but Dipak and Sangram were upto the task. However, in the 75th minute, Chirag equalised through Snehahish, who was let in by Habibur and his left footer beat the diving Sangram.
Barely five minutes from regulation time, Bagan earned a free kick on the right flank. Marcos sent in a beautiful in swinging ball, which was met precisely by Bhaichung and sent in.
Again in the dying moments, from a ball from the right, Bhaichung headed in another goal, but was disallowed due to an apparent foul, which was never committed.

Team: Sangram, Habibur, Dipak, Manju, Mohanraj, Tulunga, Masih, Marcos, Ishfaq, Barreto, Baichung

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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...)

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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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