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Full name East Bengal Football Club
Nickname(s) Red & Gold Brigade
Founded 1 August 1920; 97 years ago (1920-08-01)
Ground

Salt Lake Stadium

East Bengal Ground
Ground Capacity 80,000
Owner United Breweries Group
League I-League
4th
Website Club website
Current season

East Bengal Football Club is one of the esteemed club in India which plays the top tier leagues in Indian Football.East Bengal is managed by coach Bastob Roy.

East Bengal Football Club is a professional football club, based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It currently[when?] competes in the I-League, the top tier of Indian football. The club has won three National Football League (India) (later named as I-League) titles, eight Federation Cups, and three Indian Super Cups, among others. The club is the current holder of the Calcutta Football League.

The club has a long-standing rivalry with the other Kolkata club and Mohun Bagan,with whom it competes in the renowned Kolkata derby.East Bengal also shares a rivalry with Kolkata side Mohammedan SC.

History[edit]

1920-1930s[edit]

On 28 July 1920 Mohun Bagan were scheduled to play Jorabagan in the Coochbehar Cup.[1] Jorabagan sent out their starting eleven but with the notable exclusion of defender Sailesh Bose who was dropped from the squad for reasons not disclosed.[1] The vice-president of Jorabagan, Suresh Chandra Chaudhuri, asked for Bose to be included in the line-up but the club coaches did not listen.[1] Chaudhuri left the club due to this and along with Raja Manmatha Nath Chaudhuri, Ramesh Chandra Sen, and Aurobinda Ghosh, formed East Bengal on 1 August 1920; 97 years ago.[1]

The club then participated in their first tournament in the same month of their formation in the Hercules Cup which was a 7-a-side tournament.[1] East Bengal won the tournament. After the tournament the club became affiliated with the Indian Football Association. The club then entered league play in the IFA Second Division.[1] The club finished in third place in the first season in the Second Division.[1] East Bengal first ever clashed against Mohun Bagan on 8 August 1921 in Cooch Behar Cup semifinal match which ended in a goalless draw.

In 1924 the club won the Second Division to gain promotion to the IFA First Division after finishing in second place to Cameroons "B".[1] Due to Cameroons "A" being in the First Division already the "B" team could not gain promotion and thus East Bengal were next in line for promotion.[1] However more controversy arrose after it was found out that the IFA only allowed two Indian based clubs in the IFA First Division (back then the IFA was British organization) and during the governing body meeting the nine British clubs approved of allowing East Bengal. After this the IFA removed the Indian club limit rule.[1]

1940s–1970s[edit]

It took the club till 1942 to win their first IFA First Division title.[2] Then in 1943 the club won their first IFA Shield. The club then achieved the double in 1945 by winning both the Calcutta Football League and IFA Shield.[2] The club then went on to win the 1949 Rovers Cup and the Durand Cup in 1951. Within that time the club also won three straight IFA Shields (1949, 1950, 1951).[2] The club then partook in a tour to the Soviet Union and Romania in 1953, where they were heavily defeated by Soviet side by a margin of 13–1.[2] Again the club won Rovers Cup several times during this era (1962, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975) as well as Durand Cup in (1952, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1978). The club stunned everyone by winning the 1970 IFA Shield against Pas Club of Iran by 1–0. Later the club gained more respect by winning 1973 IFA Shield against Pyongyang City SC of North Korea[3] The club then grew their reputation after winning the Calcutta Football League for six straight years from 1970 to 1975.[3] It's on record, that throughout the 70s decade, East Bengal humiliated their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan, many a times, including a massive 5 - 0 humiliation of Mohun Bagan in the hands of East Bengal. Legends have it, that the Mohun Bagan players escaped from the fury of their fans and spent an entire month, hidden from public view.[citation needed]

1980s–1990s[edit]

Then in 1984 Mr. Dipak Das came into the club and revamped it. He brought in professionalism and turned the club into a professionally ran company.[3] The club won Federation Cup in 1980 and again in 1985. They also became the first Indian club to play in the newly redone Asian Club Championship in 1985–86.[3] The club then won their first treble in 1990 by winning the IFA Shield, Rovers Cup, and Durand Cup in one season.[3] The club also won the "Stafford Cup" (1986), "McDowell's Cup" (1995, 1997). In 1993, East Bengal FC won its first ever international title i.e. Wai Wai Cup in Nepal.[3] The club also won Federation Cup (India), IFA Shield, Calcutta Football League, Durand Cup and Rovers Cup, several times during this period. In 1996 the club became the founding members of the first nationwide football league in India, the National Football League.[4]

In 1998, "Das" signed with Vijay Mallya's United Breweries Group which then formed a new Private Limited Company called "United East Bengal Football Team Private Limited".[3] The club also renamed itself as Kingfisher East Bengal FC from then on.[3]

Recent history[edit]

The club then entered the 21st century in style winning the 2000–01 National Football League season.[5] Then they became the first club to win back to back titles after winning the 2002–03 and 2003–04 versions of the league and coming runners up in 2010–11 and 2011–12 in the I-League.[5] The club then went on to win the Federation Cup (India) again in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.[5] They also won the Indian Super Cup in 2006 and 2011.[5] The club had won another international trophy in 2003, ASEAN Club Championship, in Jakarta, Indonesia.[citation needed]

The club went in the semi-finals of the reputed AFC Cup in 2013 where they lost against Kuwait SC of Kuwait.[6]

The club is currently[when?] the CFL League holder with winning 8 consecutive titles (Indian football record).[citation needed]

Kolkata Derby[edit]

East Bengal and Mohun Bagan enjoys an on field rivalry. The first Kolkata derby match between these two team took place on 8 August 1921 in Cooch Behar cup semi final match which ended in a goalless draw.[citation needed] Since then 364 (official) derbies are played till now East Bengal having the upper hand with 127 wins while Mohun Bagan winning 118 and rest matches ended as a draw.[citation needed]

Crest[edit]

In 1930, India was swept over by Gandhi’s Satyagraha which had an effect on football. Indian clubs boycotted the ongoing Calcutta Football League midway through the season due to this. Amidst much confusion, Royal Regiment was declared winners in the first division. However, East Bengal was not allowed to be promoted to the First Division. Thousands of East Bengal fans and officials decided to hold a protest march at the East Bengal Ground. It was at this march that flaming torches were carried by the protestors. This gave the club officials the idea of a torch (known as 'Mashal' or 'মশাল' in Bengali) being the club emblem, which has stuck to this day.[7]

Colours[edit]

The colours of East Bengal FC are red and gold. So the home jersey consists of a red and gold jersey with black shorts while the colour of away jersey actually varies on every year.

The reason for these colours is because after the club was formed the founders debated over the choice of colours for the club jersey. They chose a red and golden colour shirt hanging impressively at the "Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co." departmental store at Chowringhee, Kolkata. These colours became permanently associated with the club.[1]

Stadiums[edit]

Historically, the club has used several stadiums at Kolkata, Howrah and Barasat, including the Eden Gardens, which has been reserved for cricket since Salt Lake Stadium opened in 1984.

Salt Lake Stadium[edit]

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, has got a capacity of 85,000 people. The stadium has three tiers.[8] The stadium includes a unique running track, long jump track, electronic scoreboard, natural turf, floodlighting arrangement, air conditioned VIP rest room and Conference Hall along with Medical Room & Doping Control Room.[8] 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

The Salt Lake Stadium hosts the home games of East Bengal in I-League and AFC Cup.

East Bengal Ground[edit]

The East Bengal Ground is another stadium in Kolkata, India. This stadium has natural grass turf. This stadium is associated with the club and is actually East Bengal F.C.'s home ground. The stadium lies on the Maidan (Kolkata) area on the northern side of Fort William and near to the Eden Gardens. Other features of the stadium are like elevator, commentary box, press box, etc. The club has got air conditioned dressing rooms for players, modern gymnasium, coffee shop and other advanced facilities. This stadium is currently used mostly for football matches of Calcutta Football League and is the home stadium of East Bengal in most of the Calcutta Football League matches. The stadium holds 23,500 people.[8]

Barasat Stadium[edit]

Barasat Stadium is also a stadium used by East Bengal club to play some of its regional matches, specially in case if the Salt Lake Stadium or East Bengal Ground cannot be used for any reason.

This stadium has artificial grass turf and comes with proper floodlights to support night matches too.

Kanchenjunga Stadium[edit]

Kanchenjunga Stadium, a multipurpose stadium based in Siliguri has been used several times to host football matches for East Bengal Club.[citation needed]

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

East Bengal is one of the most supported football clubs in Asia. Historically, East Bengal was supported by the migrant population from erstwhile Indian part of East Bengal, modern day Bangladesh. They are called refugees and working-class people. On the other hand, crosstown rivals Mohun Bagan were mainly supported by the native populace of current state West Bengal, who otherwise are also called as Ghoti. Though a large section of Bangals also support Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan fans are much more affluent in comparison to East Bengal fans.

Currently, the main ultras group of East Bengal is the East Bengal Ultras often referred by another name the Bangal Brigade.[9][10] This group was originally formed by a group of young boys and is now popular on every matchdays for their matchday activities and colorful display of tifos. They march to the stadium wearing the colors of East Bengal Club, carrying giant flags. They are the most vocal group in the ground and cheer their team as the 12th man.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 31 May 2018.[11]

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 Ubaid CK
2 India GK Mirshad Michu
40 India GK Rakshit Dagar
5 India GK Abhra Mondal
4 India DF Lalramchullova
12 India DF Kingshuk Debnath
13 India DF Mehtab Singh Sandhu
42 India DF Kamalpreet Singh
23 India DF Lalrozama Fanai
24 India DF Salam Ranjan Singh
25 India DF Samad Ali Mallick
28 India DF Koushik Sarkar
43 India DF Rahul Ghosh
6 Syria MF Mahmoud Amnah
10 Japan MF Katsumi Yusa
No. Position Player
30 India MF Brandon Vanlalremdika
17 India MF Laldanmawia Ralte
20 India MF Richard Costa
21 India MF Surabuddin Mollick
42 Senegal MF Kassim Aidara
35 India MF Yami Longvah
36 India MF Ginkaholen Haokip
38 India MF Prakash Sarkar
39 India MF Sanchayan Samaddar
9 India FW Bali Gagandeep
22 India FW Jobi Justin
31 India FW Vidya Sagar Singh
41 India FW Telem Suranjit Singh
37 India FW Tetepuia Lalchanhima

On Pipe Line[edit]

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

No. Position Player
21 India MF Lalrindika Ralte

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Coach India Bastob Roy
Physical Trainer India Rudra Pratim Roy
Technical Director India Subhash Bhowmick
Assistant Coach India Ranjan Chowdhury
Club Doctor India Dr. Shantiranjan Dasgupta
Team Media Officer India Gautam Roy
Team Observer ---

Continental record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1985–86 Asian Club Championship Qualifiers Bangladesh Abahani Krira Chakra 1–0 1st
Sri Lanka Saunders SC 1–0
Pakistan PIA FC 2–0
Nepal New Road Team 7–0
Maldives Club Valencia 9–0
Group A Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2–1 3rd
Indonesia Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian 0-2
1991-92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Bangladesh Abahani KC 0–0 1-0 1–0
Quarter Final Japan Nissan 0–4 1-3 1–7
Quarter-finals Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 2–2 1-3 4–5
1998-99 Asian Club Championship First round China Dalian Wanda 0–0 0-6 0–6
2003 ASEAN Club Championship Group stage Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 0–1 2nd
Philippines Philippine Army 6–0
Quarter Finals Indonesia Persita Tangerang 2–1
Semi Final Indonesia Petrokimia Putra 1–1 (p 7-6)
Final Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3–1 Champions
2004 AFC Cup Group E Singapore Geylang United 1–1 3-2 1st
Malaysia Negeri Sembilan 4–2 1-2
Maldives Island FC 3–0 2-1
Quarter Finals Syria Al-Jaish (Damascus) 0–0 0-3 0–3
2005 AFC Cup Group A Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Dhaka 0–0 1-0 3rd
Turkmenistan Nebitçi Balkanabat 3–2 2-3
Jordan Al-Faisaly (Amman) 0–1 0-5
2008 AFC Cup Group B Lebanon Safa 0–0 0-1 3rd
Yemen Al-Ahli San‘a’ 1–0 0-1
Jordan Al-Wahdat 2–4 2-0
2010 AFC Cup Group D Syria Al-Ittihad 1–4 1-2 3rd
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 0-3 0–4
Kuwait Al-Qadsia 2–3 1-4
2011 AFC Cup Group H Thailand Chonburi 4–4 0-4 4th
Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 1–1 1-4
Hong Kong South China 3–3 0-1
2012 AFC Cup Group B Yemen Al-Oruba 0–1 1-4 4th
Kuwait Kazma 1–2 0-3
Iraq Arbil 0–2 0-2
2013 AFC Cup Group H Malaysia Selangor 1–0 2–2 1st
Vietnam Sài Gòn Xuân Thành 4–1 0–0
Singapore Tampines Rovers 2–1 4-2
Round of 16 Myanmar Yangon United F.C. 5-1
Quarter Final Indonesia Semen Padang 1–0 1–1 2–1
Semi Final Kuwait Kuwait SC 0–3 2-4 2–7
2015 AFC Cup Group F Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 0–1 1-4 3rd
Hong Kong Kitchee 1–1 2–2
Singapore Balestier Khalsa 3–0 1-2

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Source:[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Champions (1): 2003

National[edit]

Champions (3): 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04
Champions (8): 1978, 1980, 1985, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Champions (3): 1997, 2006, 2011
Champions (39): 1942, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Champions (28): 1943, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975,1976, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012
Champions (16): 1951, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1972,1978, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004
Champions (10): 1949, 1962, 1967, 1969,1972. 1973, 1975, 1980, 1990, 1994

Official sponsors[edit]

The club's current sponsors' list-

Types Names
Main
Kit Sponsor PERF
Co Sponsors Kingfisher Premium and Shyam Steel

References[edit]

[12]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "THE RISE OF EAST BENGAL CLUB". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1940S TO 1960S". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "1970S TO 1990S". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/india97.html#nfl1 1996–97 NFL India
  5. ^ a b c d "CONTINUING THE LEGACY". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ India, Press Trust. "East Bengal FC's AFC Cup final hopes dashed after 3-0 defeat to Kuwait SC". sports.ndtv.com. NDTV. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  7. ^ 1930s: The Dark Decade
  8. ^ a b c "SALT LAKE STADIUM". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "I-League 2017: Brace yourself for the East Bengal Ultras". www.sportskeeda.com. sportskeeda. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: The amazing transformation of Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium". www.sportskeeda.com. sportskeeda. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Senior Team". East Bengal Football Club. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  12. ^ East Bengal Team List. "East Bengal Team"

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