Mohammedan S.C. (Kolkata)

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Mohammedan
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Full name Mohammedan Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Black Panthers
Founded 1891 as Jubilee Club
Ground Salt Lake Stadium
Kolkata, West Bengal
Ground Capacity 120,000
Chairman Jamil Manzar
Manager Sanjoy Sen
League I-League
2013 I-League 2nd Division, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Mohammedan Sporting Club, founded in 1891 at Kolkata, is one of the oldest and leading football clubs in India. The club currently plays in the I-League and premier division of CFL.

Mohammedan Sporting is one of the most popular football clubs in India with a support base in all parts of the country. Although its name and early history identifies it with Indian Muslims, the club is secular in practice and includes many Hindus and other religionists in its playing ranks and management.

History[edit]

Mohammedan SC vs Kingfisher East Bengal SC (Jan 18 2007)

The beginning[edit]

One of the features of Islamic Culture is to have faith in religion (Islam). Therefore, the Muslim community in Calcutta set up a new team to play football even before the setting up of Mohun Bagan A.C. or Aryans. They founded "Jubilee Club" in 1887 under the leadership of Nawbab Aminul Islam. Then this name was changed into "Crescent Club". Crescent club's name again changed into "Hamidia Club". Finally this "Hamidia Club" came to be known as "Mohamedan Sporting Club" in 1891.

1934-1940[edit]

After their establishment in 1891, Mohammedan Sporting Club first tasted success when the won the Calcutta Football League in 1934 and then went on to create history by becoming the first Indian club to win the Calcutta Football League continuously for 5 years from 1934 to 1938. Again the club won the league in 1940 and 1941 along with the IFA Shield Championship. It was also the first Indian team to break the monopoly of the British football teams in the Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in India, when they became champions in the year 1941.

1941-1967[edit]

Mohammedan Sporting Club has the distinction of winning the first Durand Cup. The Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament in India. MSC beat Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2-1. MSC also won the Rovers Cup in 1940. MSC won the IFA Shield in 1941 by beating "K.O.S.B" 2-0. Rashid and Sabu were goal scorers from MSC. In 1942 Mohammedan Sporting lifted IFA Shield for the third time after beating East Bengal 1-0 in the final. The winning goal came from Noor Mohammed (Senior).

The "Golden" players of this "Golden Era" of MSC were:- Osman, Goal Keeper, Jumma Khan (The Chinese Wall of Mohammedan Sporting Club) and Taj Mohammed in the back, Nasim, Noor Mohammed, Sabu, Mohiuddin, Masum, Aaqeel ali were first class players. Noor and Aaqeel were the best centre halfs in Calcuttta Football. And in the strike zone there were Rahamat, Rahim, and Rashid, Samad, Noor Mohammed (Junior), Abbas, Rashid (Junior), Rahim.

In 1956 MSC went on to win the "Rovers Cup" for the second time MSC beats MB 3-1 in the final. This Rovers Cup win paved the way again to get back those Golden Era. In 1957, MSC bagged the "Double" by winning both the League and IFA Shield. In the league, MSC defeated East Bengal by a point and defeated Railway Sports 3-0 in IFA Shield Final.

1961-present[edit]

The next success came after exactly 10 years later. Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Calcutta League in 1967 without losing a single match. They were the unbeaten champion and registered their 10th league title.

In 1971, MSC won the IFA Shield by defeating Tollygunge Agragami 2-0 in the final. MSC won that year's IFA Shield without conceding a goal.

In the 8th decade, the success came at the beginning. MSC won the Calcutta League in 1981 with a point clear from Mohun Bagan. MSC were the unbeaten champion in the 1981 league. This was the third time in the History of Mohammedan Sporting Club.

In 1983 Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Federation Cup for the first time by defeating Mohun Bagan 2-0 and also in 1983 Mohamedan Won Pearless trophy in Calcutta by Beating Mohun Bagan 3-1 in the tie-breaker. In 1983 Mohammedan also won the Rovers Cup by beating East Bengal 1-0 in Mumbai and became Runners up in the DCM trophy in Delhi. In the next year in 1984 MSC won the Federation Cup by defeating East Bengal 1-0.

After a long Trophy drought 2013-14 season Mohammedan Sporting won two giant title in Indian football, Durand Cup and IFA Shield. In the final of IFA Shield -2014 they beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Fc of Bangladesh 5-4 in penalty shootout.

They qualified to the 2013–14 I-League by being the runner-up in the 2013 I-League 2nd Division, but were again relegated to 2015 I-League 2nd Division, as they were placed last in the season..

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 21 June 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Sukhwinder Singh
2 India DF R Dhanarajan (captain)
3 India DF Warundeep Singh
4 India DF Sandeep Sangha
5 India MF Mehrajuddin Wadoo (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
6 India MF Anthony Soren
7 India FW Ajay Singh
8 Nigeria MF Penn Orji
9 Brazil FW Josimar
10 India MF Ishfaq Ahemed
11 India MF Khanthang Paite
12 India FW Ashim Biswas
13 India GK Ashok Singh
14 India MF Israil Gurung
15 India DF Collin Abranches
16 India DF Justin Stephen
17 Brazil DF Luciano Sabrosa
18 India DF Gagandeep Singh
19 India DF Rakesh Masih (on loan from Salgaocar)
20 India MF Samson Ramengmawia
No. Position Player
21 India GK Somnath Khara
22 India DF Phoolchand Hembram
23 India DF Dinesh Singh
24 India MF Jerry Zirsanga (vice-captain)
25 India DF Syed Nabi (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
26 India MF Basanta Singh
27 India MF Charan Rai
28 India DF Imran Khan
29 India GK Sharath Kuniyil
30 Japan FW Taro Hasegawa
31 India FW Ishfaq Ahemed
32 India DF Sukhdeb Murmu
33 India DF Nirmal Chettri (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
34 India DF Faizal Rehman
36 India FW Monirul Mondal
42 India MF Manish Maithani (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
49 India FW Wasim Raja (on loan from Peerless SC)
50 India GK Nasim Akhtar

Club officials[edit]

Current staff[edit]

As of 17 December 2013[1]

Name Position
Nigeria Fuja Tope Head coach
India Tapas Ghosh Goalkeeper Coach
Nigeria Fuja Tope Physical Trainer
India Bhaskar Sengupta Physio
India Subhajit Majumder Asst. Physio

Sponsors List[edit]

! Sponsors List ! Name | Main Sponsor |India EMTA Group | | Co-Sponsor |India Angel | | Kit Sponsor | United States Reebok | Other Sponsors | |}

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2013
1983, 1984
1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1957, 1967, 1981
1940, 2013 [2]
Winners (5): 1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1971, 2014
Runners-up (2): 1963, 1982
Winners (6): 1940, 1956, 1959, 1980, 1984, 1987
Winners (1): 1960

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mohammedansportingindia.com/coachingstf.html
  2. ^ "Mohammedan wins Durand Cup title.". Cover india Live. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.