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Monday, March 16, 2009

Karim not looking for a miracle agianst Al Wedhat!

Bagan coach today reaffirmed his statement that AFC Cup 2009 is not his "priority", rather the I League is more important and he'd like to perform well in the remaining 6 matches of the I League and if possible win the league than ruining Bagan's chances of the League by giving stress on the AFC Cup. He also made clear that Bagan, has no doubt been placed in a tough group with all the three other teams hailing from countries which are ranked much better than India. In fact, today he placed Al Wedhat above Al Karameh and said it will be a tough match, even though at home. The boys did show surprise me in Syria by playing very well, but "Our opponents are not only physically strong, they are technically sound too", was Karim's reply to what are his chances in the AFC at the fag end of the season. He also laid stress that he is trying to keep fresh his key players, alot of new faces will feature in the Bagan squad in the AFC Cup. He may even rest Manju tomorrow. Marcos, who had picked up a slight injury, has been declared fit and if the coach feels, he may be fielded. Nothing was known about Bhaichung's pressence tomorrow, whether he will play or not, but sources claim, he may finally be in the starting 11, owing to the absence of Barreto, though both Bhaichung and Barreto were present in the practice session.
Mohun Bagan had a light training session at the Howrah Stadium today and then the visiting team, Al Wedhat spent some time on the pitch.
Al Wedhat had drawn their first match against Kuwait SC and incdentally they had also missed a penalty in that match in the 71st minute. The Al Wedhat coach claimed that he had seen Bagan's Al Karameh match and he thinks Bagan is a good side with professinal players who have potential and hope that tomorrow the two teams display some good football for the spectators to enjoy. Al Wedhat squad has 6 Jordan international players, but the team which had come to India has only two of them.
Last year they had defeated East Bengal in the group stage both at home and away matches and they boasted that this time they have an even better side.

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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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