Mohun Bagan A.C.

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Mohun Bagan
Mohan Bagan FC Logo.svg
Full name Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
Nickname(s) The Mariners
Founded 1889 (1889)
Ground Salt Lake Stadium,
Kolkata, West Bengal
Ground Capacity 68,000
Owner United Breweries Group
Chairman Swapan Sadhan Bose
Manager Sanjoy Sen
League I-League
2014–15 I-League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club is an Indian football club based in Kolkata and defending national champions in 2014-15. They are the National Club of India and have the distinction of being one of the oldest football clubs in Asia, having been established in 1889.[1] [2] The football team has been successful since its establishment and maintained its status as one of India's most successful clubs, having won multiple trophies of national significance such as the Federation Cup, Rovers Cup, Durand Cup, IFA Shield, National Football League, I-League and the Calcutta Football League. Mohun Bagan were the first Indian team to defeat a European team, when they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment, 2-1 to lift the 1911 IFA Shield.[3]

Mohun Bagan has a long-standing rivalry with neighbours East Bengal, with whom they contest the Kolkata derby.


Further information: Football in Kolkata

During the late 1800s the Indian independence movement was well into its beginning and the widespread rebellion of the Indian nationalists fired the imagination of all the Indians in the country and to help the movement, Bhupendranath Basu, with the help of the Mitra Family, and the Sen Family founded Mohun Bagan under the name Mohun Bagan Sporting Club on 15 August 1889.[4] The club is said to have played their first ever game at the Mohun Bagan Villa against Eden Hindu hostel.[4] Right before the one year anniversary of the club professor F.J. Rhow asked whether the club had organized any rifle shooting or angling or other related activities and when the answer to that question was no it was suggested that the club be renamed from Sporting to Athletic. The officials agreed and the club was officially renamed as Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.[4] Then in 1891 the club relocated grounds to Shyampukur and then again they relocated, this time to Shyam Square.[4] Mohun Bagan played in their first ever tournament in their history in 1893 when they played in the Coochbehar Cup.[4]

Later, Mohun Bagan participated in various tournaments like Coochbehar Cup and the Trades Cup but were unsuccessful.[5] After the Calcutta Corporation opened the public square known as Shyam Square, the club was allotted space there along with Aryans and Baghbazar Club. Thus Shyam Square became the third ground for Mohun Bagan (1895–1900).[5]

Mohun Bagan won its first trophy in 1904 when they won Coochbehar Cup and then the club won it again in 1905.[6] In the same year Mohun Bagan reached the final of Gladstone Cup which was held in Chinsurah in which they defeated the reigning IFA Shield winners Dalhousie 6-1.[6] In 1906, Mohun Bagan registered more success when the club grabbed the Trades Cup, Gladstone Cup and Coochbehar Cup all in the same year.[6] Then in 1907 Mohun Bagan again won Trades Cup and then they completed the triple by winning it again in 1908.[6]

Mohun Bagan then created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield when they won it in 1911 against East Yorkshire Regiment by defeating them 2–1 despite the Mohun Bagan players playing in barefoot while East Yorkshire Regiment played with proper footballing equipment.[7][8]

  • A very fascinating popular song, composed by Karunanidhan Bandopadhyay was published in the September–October 1911 issue of Manasi. The first few lines of the song are:

"Jegeche aaj desher chele pathe loker bhir"
[The sons of the soil have awaken: the streets are crowded]
"Antopure futlo hasi banga-rupasir"
[The bengali women have broken out in smiles]
"Goal diyeche gorar gole bangalir aaj jeet"
[We've scored against the whites; it's a triumph of the Bengalis]
"Akash cheye uthche udhao unmadonar geet"
[The air is filled with song of rejoicing]
"Aajker ei bijoy bani bhulbe nako desh"
[The motherland will never forget today's victory]
"Sabbash sabbash Mohun Bagan khelecho bhai besh"
[Hail!Hail! Mohun Bagan you have played very well]


Mohun Bagan played their first match in first division of Calcutta Football League on May 15, 1915 against Calcutta Club.[10] Back then the Calcutta Football League was the number one football league in India. In 1937 Mohun Bagan played its first international match in against Englishton Corinthians of England.[10] In 1939 Mohun Bagan became the first ever Indian Calcutta Football League champion after a long awaiting 25 years.[10]

In 1943 Mohun Bagan again created history in Indian football by being the first team to implement an Insurance Scheme for the medical aid of the injured players.[10] Within one year a medical Board was also formed with some doctors. This year Mohun Bagan won the Calcutta Football League for the second time, gaining 39 points in 24 matches.[10] The club also grabbed the Trades Cup this year.[10] The next year Mohun Bagan won the league again.[10] In 1947 Mohun Bagan again won the IFA Shield.[11] Through that victory Mohun Bagan is the first Indian club to win IFA Shield after independence.[11] The club also won the Calcutta Football League again by defeating arch rival East Bengal.[11] Then in 1952 Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield yet again.[11] In 1954 the club grabbed the double crown of Calcutta for the first time after winning the IFA Shield and First Division Calcutta Football League and thus also becoming the first club ever to do this.[11] They would also go on to do this again in 1960.[11] In 1977 the club created the history by being the first ever Indian football club to do the triple crown (IFA Shield, Durand Cup, and Rovers Cup) in the same year.[11]

In 1977 Mohun Bagan played a friendly match against the famous North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos which featured Pelé.[12] The match, which took place at Eden Gardens, had a match attendance of 80,000.[12] The match ended 2-2 and a lot of the Bagan players got a lot of praise by the star packed Cosmos.[12]

Mohun Bagan then made it to the final of the first ever Federation Cup in 1977 only to lose out to Indian Telephone Industries 1–0.[13] Mohun Bagan then made the final of the tournament again in 1978 only to share the trophy with their rivals East Bengal.[13] In 1980 Mohun Bagan once again made it to the final of the Federation Cup against East Bengal and again ended up sharing the cup after ending the game 1–1.[13] However, the next year in 1981 Mohun Bagan finally won their first Federation Cup after beating Mohammedan 2–0.[13] Mohun Bagan then won the tournament again a year later after defeating Mafatlal Hills 1–0.[13] Mohun Bagan than continued their run in the Federation Cup after winning two consecutive Federation Cups in 1986 and 1987 after defeating rivals East Bengal 1–0 and then Salgaocar in 1987.[13] Mohun Bagan then went on to win three consecutive Federation Cups from 1992 to 1994 after they defeated East Bengal, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Salgaocar 2–0, 1–0, and 3–0 on penalties respectively.[13]

Mohun Bagan taking on Bayern Munich at the Salt Lake Stadium.

In 1998 Mohun Bagan won the triple by winning the IFA Shield, Federation Cup and the National Football League for the first time.[14] In 2007 Mohun Bagan won the Indian Super Cup by defeating Dempo S.C. by a score of 4-0.[15] Then one year later in 2008 Mohun Bagan players got the opportunity to play against German international, Oliver Kahn in his official testimonial for FC Bayern Munich.[15] Along with Kahn, stars like Ze Roberto and Mark van Bommel were present in the Bayern team.[15] The match was played on May 27, 2008 at Salt Lake Stadium.[15]

On December 29, 2012, Mohun Bagan were barred from competing in the I-League for 2 years after a decision was taken by the I League core committee. All their results in the I-League were declared cancelled. But within a few days, the ban was lifted for a fine of Rs. 2 Crore. The score tally of Mohun Bagan was re-set to zero,but Mohun Bagan performed well and were able to avoid relegation. In fact the performance in this phase was examplary and if the cancelled points were taken into account, Mohun Bagan would have finished amongst the first four or five. Among other decisions related to the contentious issue, no official from Mohun Bagan will be allowed to represent the club in AIFF or I-League meetings in the current calendar year. On 31 May, 2015 they claimed their first ever I-League title by drawing 1-1 with Bengaluru FC to not only end their 5-year major trophy drought but also winning the national league after 13. They last won the National Football League in 2001-02 season.


The Salt Lake Stadium which Mohun Bagan uses for most matches

Salt Lake : Yuba Bharati Kirangan The Salt Lake Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal. The stadium is the second largest non-auto racing stadium in the world and the largest in India. It is currently used for mainly football matches. The stadium was built in 1984 and holds 120,000 people and has three tiers

The stadium includes a unique running track, electronic scoreboard, artificial turf, floodlighting arrangement, air conditioned VIP rest room and Conference Hall along with Medical Room & Doping Control Room.[16] Other features of the stadium are boxes for TV along with several platforms for TV cameras, press boxes, air conditioned player's changing rooms.

The Salt Lake Stadium hosts the home games of Mohun Bagan in I-League.

Mohun Bagan[edit]

The Mohun Bagan Ground

The Mohun Bagan Ground is another stadium in Kolkata, India. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Mohun Bagan in Calcutta Football League matches. The stadium holds 25,000 people. The stadium is currently undergoing modernisation with new bucket seats and other players and supporter friendly amenities being developed. This is the only club stadium in Kolkata which has flood lights in place to facilitate evening kickoffs[17]


Mohun Bagan have historically enjoyed the privilege of possessing the biggest fan base in India and one of the biggest, globally. The fans known as Mariners have the distinction of the highest attendance in I league matches. Currently, Mohun Bagan supporters run their own fan site for Mohun Bagan, known as Sabuj Maroon Swapno and Mohunbaganclub.


Sponsor's Type Sponsor's Name
Main Sponsor India McDowell
Co-Sponsor India Clegion
Kit Sponsor India FILA

First-team squad[edit]

As of 19 January 2015 [18]

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 Monotosh Ghosh
22 India GK Shilton Pal (C)
24 India GK Debjit Majumder
42 India GK Vinay Singh
2 India DF Pratik Chaudhari
4 India DF Kingshuk Debnath
5 India DF Dhanachandra Singh
12 India DF Pritam Kotal
18 India DF Sukhen Dey
46 India DF Deepak Devrani
21 India DF Anwar Ali
26 India DF Shouvik Ghosh
36 Nigeria DF Bello Razaq
39 India DF Suman Hazra
6 India MF Bikramjit Singh
8 India MF Lalkamal Bhowmick
10 Japan MF Katsumi Yusa
No. Position Player
11 India MF Denson Devadas
13 India MF Randeep Singh
17 India MF Ram Malik
20 India MF Ujjal Howladar
23 India MF Souvik Chakraborty
25 India MF Tirthankar Sarkar
27 India MF Adarsh Tamang
28 India MF Sehnaj Singh
30 India MF Pankaj Moula
34 India MF Manish Bhargav
37 India MF Prokash Roy
- India MF Aayushmaan Chaturvedi
7 India FW Jeje Lalpekhlua
14 India FW Chinadorai Sabeeth
15 India FW Balwant Singh
16 Haiti FW Sony Norde
43 Cameroon FW Pierre Boya

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 31 May 2015. [19]
Position Name
Chief Coach India Sanjoy Sen
Assistant Coach India Sankarlal Chakraborty
Goalkeeping Coach India Arpan Dey
Physical Trainer Brazil Djair Garcia
Physiotherapist India Abhinandan Chatterjee
Club Doctor India Dr. Protim Ray
Team Manager India Satyajit Chatterjee


For more details on this topic, see List of Mohun Bagan A.C. seasons.
Winners (1): 2014-15
Runners-up (1): 2008–09
Winners (3): 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
Runners-up (1): 2000–01
Winners (13): 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008
Runners-up (5): 1997, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2010
Winners (2): 2007, 2009
Runners-up (2): 1998, 1999
Winners (22): 1911, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2003
Runners-up (15): 1923, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1965, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006
Winners (16): 1953, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 2000
Runners-up (11): 1950, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2009
Winners (29): 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (14): 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Winners (14): 1955, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2000–2001
Runners-up (10): 1923, 1948, 1956, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1986, 1987
Winners (9): 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001
Winners (7): 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1996,2001
Winners (8): 1989, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012
  • Coochbehar Cup
Winners (17): 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1916, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1962, 1972
  • Trades Cup
Winners (12): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1938, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1965
  • Lakshmibilas Cup
Winners (7): 1909, 1910, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941
  • Gladstone Cup
Winners (4): 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911
  • Sait Nagjee Cup
Winners (2): 1978, 1981
  • DCM Trophy
Winners (1): 1997
  • Mcdowell's Cup
Winners (1): 1996
  • PNB Centenary Invitational Trophy
Winners (1): 1995
  • J.C. Guha Memorial Trophy
Winners (1): 1988
  • Shibdas Bhaduri Memorial Tournament
Winners (1): 1993



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  19. ^ "COACHING STAFF". Mohun Bagan AC. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
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