Mohammedan S.C. (Kolkata)

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Mohammedan Sporting Club (India)
Mohammedan sc logo.png
Full name Mohammedan Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Black Panthers
Founded 1891 as Jubilee Club
Ground Salt Lake Stadium (and other venues)
Kolkata, West Bengal
Ground Capacity 68,000
League I-League 2nd Division
I-League I-League, 13th (relegated)
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.

History[edit]

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

The beginning[edit]

The club was founded as "Jubilee Club" in 1887 under the leadership of Nawab 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.


Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid took a very keen interest in the social and sporting life of Bengal. He was unanimously elected and was a very successful Hony. Secretary of the Mohammadan Sporting Club, Calcutta from the year 1925 to 1932 when he resigned owing to pressure of his official duties. During his secretary ship, His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Stanely Jackson, accepted the patronage of the Mohammadan Sporting Club.


In 1930, during the Football boycott, Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid success fully organized the Monsoon League. His services were highly appreciated by the President, Major R.B. Langden, M.C, O.B.E, and the Council of the Cricket Board of Control, for the excellent help rendered to the Board at all times. Khan Sahib Rashid successfully conducted for two years (1930-31) the Calcutta Football League as its Hony. Secretary.

In March 1935 he was again unanimously elected as Hony. General Secretary, Mohammadan Sporting Club, Calcutta. In October 1935 He organized and took the well known Muhammadan Sporting Club Football Team on a successful tour to Rangoon, Mandalay, Maymo, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Madras, Bangalore and Mysore.

A big public luncheon was given in his honour at the Great Eastern Hotel, presided over by the Honourable late Maharaja M.N. Roy of Santosh, when high tributes were paid by Sir Alfred Wetson, Honourable Khawaja Sir Nazimuddin and other leading men of Bengal for Khan Sahib’s excellent services to sports and social activities in Bengal.

Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid was the first Muslim to be elected on all the important sporting Associations in Bengal. i.e. the Bengal Hockey Association, The India Football Association, The Football League, Calcutta, the Cricket Board of Control Bengal and Assam, The Indian School Cricket Committee, The Indian School Sports Association and The Bengal Gymkhana. Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid also represented Bengal on All India Hockey and Cricket Boards of Control in India.

1934-1940[edit]

After their establishment in 1891, Mohammedan Sporting Club first tasted success when they 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).

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 25 March 2015

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

No. Position Player
India GK SK. Sadekuddin
India GK Naseem Akhtar
India GK Raju Ganguly
Nigeria DF Ugochukwu Godswill
India DF Sunil Kumar
India DF Sanjay Balmuchu
India DF Sandeep Sangha
India DF Jayabrata Dhar
India DF Sukdeb Murmu
India DF Mohan Sarkar
India MF IMRAN KHAN
No. Position Player
India MF BIJOY MANDI
India MF Phoolchand Hembram
India MF Rakesh Masih
India MF Bijendra Rai
India MF Basanta Singh
India MF Abhishek Aich
India FW Ashim Biswas (captain)
India FW Kivi Zhimomi
Nigeria FW Oluwaunmi Somide Adelaja
Nigeria FW Daniel Bedemi

Mohammedan SC U19[edit]

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

No. Position Player
India Ayon Roy
India Sanjoy Bhattacarjee
India Subhankar Adhikari
India Sumanta Malick
India Asif Hussain
India Shanu Bodhak
India Raja Rui Das
India Omeer Hussain
India Sk Suraj Ali
India Diptanu Das
India Muslim Molla
India Sanij Mallick
India Sujoy Mondal
India Shanu Bodhak

Club Officials[edit]

Current Staff[edit]

As of 18 February 2015[1]

Sponsors List[edit]

"As of 20 July 2014."
Sponsors List Sponsor's Name
Main Sponsor India
Co-Sponsor India
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. ^ Shukla, Abhishek (19 September 2013). "Mohammedan wins Durand Cup title.". Cover india Live. Retrieved 19 September 2013.