ATK Mohun Bagan FC

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ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan FC logo.svg
Full nameATK Mohun Bagan Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mariners
Short nameATKMB
Founded1 June 2020; 12 months ago (1 June 2020), as ATK Mohun Bagan FC
GroundSalt Lake Stadium
Mohun Bagan Ground
Capacity85,000
20,000
OwnerATK Mohun Bagan Pvt. Ltd.
ChairmanSanjiv Goenka
Head coachAntonio López Habas
LeagueIndian Super League
2020–21Indian Super League, 2nd of 11
Playoffs: Runners-up
WebsiteClub website
Current season

ATK Mohun Bagan FC is an Indian professional football club based in Kolkata, West Bengal. The club competes in Indian Super League, one of the top flights of Indian football. This entity was formed as part of a merger between the football section of multi-sport club Mohun Bagan and ATK FC. This club began to play from the 2020-21 season as ATK Mohun Bagan FC.[1]

The principal owner of ATK Mohun Bagan is RPSG Group chairman, Sanjiv Goenka. Former India cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Utsav Parekh also serve as the co-owners, along with Mohun Bagan AC. Former ATK coach Antonio López Habas is the current head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan. ATK Mohun Bagan continues to share fierce rivalry, known as the Kolkata Derby, with Mohun Bagan's long-time rivals SC East Bengal.[2] The first derby match was played on 8 August 1921.[3] It also continues the rivalry with another local club, Mohammedan SC. The Salt Lake Stadium serves as the club's home stadium, with a capacity of 85,000.

History[edit]

Mohun Bagan[edit]

Mohun Bagan were founded in 1889 as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club and are one of the oldest and most historic football clubs in India.[4]

The club's most notable achievement came on 29 July 1911 when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield final. Mohun Bagan's victory was the first time an all-Indian football club had won the IFA Shield and became a symbol of nationalism during the Indian independence movement.[5]

The club was a founding member of the , India's first domestic league, in 1996.[6] Since then, the club has gone on to win record five league titles, three National Football League (NFL) and two in the I-League, becoming tied for most successful club in Indian football.[7] Mohun Bagan have also won the most Federation Cup titles (14) and second most Calcutta Football League titles (30).[8][9]

ATK[edit]

ATK Football Club, founded on 7 May 2014 as Atlético de Kolkata, were a founding member of the Indian Super League.[10] The club was owned by a consortium consisting of RPSG Group founder Sanjiv Goenka, Harshavardhan Neotia, former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, Utsav Parekh, and Spanish football club Atlético Madrid.[11] The club would go on to win two of the first three Indian Super League finals in 2014 and 2016.[12] After three seasons, Atlético Madrid ended their partnership with the club and sold their ownership stake to Goenka.[13] The club was then rebranded as ATK.[13] In March 2020, ATK won their third and final championship, defeating Chennaiyin in the 2020 ISL final.[14]

ATK Mohun Bagan[edit]

Discussions to include Kolkata giants and I-League clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had been ongoing since 2018.[15] Discussions and rumors continued through 2019 before an announcement was made on 16 January 2020 that ATK owners RPSG Group bought an 80% stake in Mohun Bagan. As part of the purchase, it was announced that ATK would merge its brand with Mohun Bagan to create a merged entity for the 2020–21 Indian Super League season.[16][17] It was also announced that the merged club would launch on 1 June 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] The club's name was officially announced on 10 July 2020 as ATK Mohun Bagan.[19] It was also revealed that the club would retain the main colours of Mohun Bagan – Green and Maroon – and the club's new logo was also unveiled.[19]

Club culture[edit]

Colours and crest[edit]

At the team's official unveiling on 10 July 2020, it was announced that the club would use the traditional colours of Mohun Bagan – Green and Maroon – as their official colours.[20] It was also suggested by principle owner Sanjiv Goenka that ATK Mohun Bagan's secondary colours might be a mixture of both ATK and Mohun Bagan colours- white and red with green and maroon stripes.[21]

Though on 12 November at the official unveiling of the kits for the 2020-21 season, both the released kits followed the traditional colour schemes of Mohun Bagan- Green and Maroon striped Home kit and a White dominant Away kit- with a Champions tag below the club crest, in honour of the successful preceding season in respective leagues for both the clubs.[22]

The third kit of the team wasn't released until 29 December 2020 when the club fielded the team against Chennaiyin donning a Black and Grey striped jersey. The third kit was a resemblance of ATK's 2019–20 away colours.[23]

The Sailing Boat of Mohun Bagan was retained in the club's new logo.[24] The sailboat signifies Mohun Bagan's place of establishment: North Calcutta, on the banks of the Ganges. In fact the city was the capital during the later 19th century and a prime trade center of British India, and the main mode of transportation was through the waterways.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Back sponsor Chest sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2020-present Nivia SBOTOP[25] TV9 Bangla SRMB TMT, MP Birla Cement CESC Ltd,

TV9 Bangla

Ownership[edit]

The club is owned by a consortium known as ATK Mohun Bagan Private Limited.[26] RPSG Group founder Sanjiv Goenka is the principal owner of the organization while former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly and businessman Utsav Parekh are co-owners.[27] They own 80% of the shares, while Mohun Bagan Football Club Private Limited also acts a co-owner, owning 20% of the organization.[28] The club is registered with Indian Football Association, the governing body of state football.[29]

Stadiums[edit]

Salt Lake Stadium[edit]

ATK Mohun Bagan will be playing matches at the Salt Lake Stadium, located in the Kolkata suburb of Bidhannagar in West Bengal.[30] A multi-purpose stadium, the stadium is mainly used to host football matches. The stadium was the home stadium for both ATK and Mohun Bagan.[31]

Mohun Bagan Ground[edit]

The stadium is owned by Mohun Bagan who currently use the stadium as a training ground. ATK Mohun Bagan management have a plan to renovate the stadium in near future so that they can use this stadium for their home matches in Indian Super League. This ground is mainly used for Calcutta Football League matches. The stadium has galleries on three sides and a rampart on the fourth side. The north side, a contemporary gallery of the stadium, having bucket seats installed, is for the members.[32]

Rivalries[edit]

ATK Mohun Bagan's biggest rivalry is with city rivals SC East Bengal and is popularly known as the Kolkata Derby.

Kolkata Derby[edit]

The Kolkata Derby
The Kolkata Derby

Kolkata Derby or the Boro Match is a football match between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The two clubs currently meet at least twice a year, twice in Indian Super League (ISL).

Till 19 February 2021, 373 matches have been played between the two teams (355 competitive matches and 18 exhibition games) out of which ATK Mohun Bagan FC (previously Mohun Bagan FC) has won 122 matches and SC East Bengal have won 129 times[33] (including all competitive matches and exhibition games) and rest of the matches ended in draws.[34]

The first match between the sides was played on 8 August 1921 in the Coochbehar Cup and the semifinal match ended in a 0–0 draw. Mohun Bagan won the replayed semifinal 3–0. The first ever derby goal was scored in that match by Rabi Ganguly and the other two goals were scored by Poltu Dasgupta and Abhilash Ghosh.

The first encounter in ISL was on 27 November 2020 at Tilak Maidan in Goa, where ATK Mohun Bagan FC beat SC East Bengal by a margin of 2–0.[35] Roy Krishna and Manvir Singh were the goal-scorers for ATK Mohun Bagan.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 15 June 2021[36]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK India IND Amrinder Singh
2 DF India IND Sumit Rathi
5 DF India IND Sandesh Jhingan (3rd captain[a])
6 FW India IND Manvir Singh
8 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Carl McHugh
9 FW Australia AUS David Williams
10 MF Spain ESP Edu García (4th captain[a])
12 GK India IND Avilash Paul
15 DF India IND Subhasish Bose
17 MF India IND Pronay Halder
18 MF India IND Sk. Sahil
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Spain ESP Javi Hernández
20 DF India IND Pritam Kotal (captain[a])
21 FW Fiji FIJ Roy Krishna (2nd captain[a])
24 DF India IND Salam Singh
29 GK India IND Arindam Bhattacharya (5th captain[a])
30 MF India IND Ningomba Engson Singh
31 GK India IND Arsh Anwer Shaikh
33 DF India IND Prabir Das
42 MF India IND Lenny Rodrigues
44 DF Spain ESP Tiri
  1. ^ a b c d e Coach Habas announced five players will be given the captain's armband in rotation.

[37]

Other Players under Contract[edit]

As of 27 March 2021[38]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW India IND Jobby Justin (Unavailable due to injury)
23 MF India IND Michael Soosairaj (Unavailable due to injury)
DF India IND Deepak Tangri
DF England ENG John Johnson
MF India IND Kiyan Nassiri
FW India IND Liston Colaco

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Australia AUS Brad Inman (to Western United till 30 June 2022)
FW India IND Md. Fardin Ali Molla (to Mohammedan SC till 30 June 2021)

Current board members[edit]

Office Name
Chairman Sanjiv Goenka[39]
Directors Utsav Parekh[39]
Gautam Roy[39]
Sanjeev Mehra[39]
Srinjoy Bose[39]
Debasish Dutta[39]
Sourav Ganguly[39]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Spain Antonio López Habas[40]
Assistant coach Spain Manuel Cascallana[41]
India Sanjoy Sen[42]
Goalkeeping coach Spain Ángel Pindado[43]

Statistics and records[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

As of March 2021
Season Indian Super League Super Cup CFL Premier Division A Asian Club Competitions Notes
Regular season Playoffs
2020–21 2nd of 11 Runners-up Cancelled Cancelled AFC Cup Group Stage [a][b][c]
2021–22 [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] Preseason AFC Cup Qualifying Play-offs
  1. ^ While Mohun Bagan was a direct entrant in AFC Cup Group Stage, ATK was to play in AFC Cup Qualifying Play-offs. However after the merger ATK Mohun Bagan earned the AFC Cup Group Stage spot.
  2. ^ Super Cup was cancelled due to a busy schedule of Indian football team.
  3. ^ CFL was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in India.

Head coaches record[edit]

As of March 2021
Name Nationality From To P W D L Win% Honours
Antonio López Habas  Spain 1 June 2020 Present 23 13 5 5 056.52

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

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