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Mohun Bagan A.C.
মোহন বাগান এ. সি.
Mohun Bagan Logo.png
Full name Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Sabooj-Maroon Brigade, Mariners
Founded 15 August 1889; 126 years ago (1889-08-15) (as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club)
Ground Salt Lake Stadium,
Mohun Bagan Ground
Ground Capacity

68,000 (Salt Lake Stadium)

22,000 (Mohun Bagan Ground)
Chairman Swapan Sadhan Bose
Manager Sanjoy Sen
League I-League
2015–16 Yet to Start
Website Club home page
Current season
Active departments of Mohun Bagan A.C.
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Football (Men's) Cricket (Men's) Hockey (Men's)
Tennis pictogram.svg
Tennis (Men's)

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club (English pronunciation: /mohon begən/) (Bengali : মোহন বাগান) is a professional football club based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Established in 1889, it is the oldest football clubs in Asia. It currently competes in the I-League the top-tier of Indian football pyramid & AFC Cup.

In 1911 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win a major title, when they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment, 2-1 to lift the IFA Shield. With 13 Federation Cup titles and 4 National League/I-League titles, Mohun Bagan is the most successful club in India in major national tournaments. The football team has also won Rovers Cup, Durand Cup, IFA Shield and the Calcutta Football League. In 1989, during the club's centenary year, the Government of India issued a postage stamp to commemorate the 1911 victory of the team.[1][2] Mohun Bagan has played a vital part in contributing numerous players to the Indian national football team, especially in India's famous triumphs in 1951 and 1962 Asian Games.


Mohun Bagan was established in 1889 and won its first trophy in 1904 when they won Coochbehar Cup.[3] In 1905 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.

IFA Shield Winning Team of 1911

In 1911 Mohun Bagan created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after defeating East Yorkshire Regiment 2–1. Most Mohun Bagan players played barefeet while East Yorkshire Regiment played with proper footballing equipment.[4][5]

Mohun Bagan played their first match in first division of Calcutta Football League on May 15, 1915 against Calcutta Club.[6] In 1939 Mohun Bagan won their first ever Calcutta Football League title.

In 1947 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after independence.[7] In 1954 the Green & Maroons became the first club to clinch the double crown of Calcutta after winning the IFA Shield and Calcutta Football League. In 1977 the club created the history by being the first ever Indian football club to win the triple crown (IFA Shield, Durand Cup, and Rovers Cup) in the same year.[7]

In 1977 Mohun Bagan played a friendly match against the famous North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos which featured Pelé.[8] The match, which took place at Eden Gardens, had a match attendance of 80,000 and ended in a 2-2 draw.

In 1981 Mohun Bagan won their first standalone Federation Cup title after beating Mohammedan 2–0.[9]

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

In 1998 Mohun Bagan won the treble by winning the IFA Shield, Federation Cup and the National Football League for the first time.[10] In 2007 Mohun Bagan won their first Indian Super Cup by defeating Dempo S.C. by a score of 4-0.[11] 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.[11] Along with Kahn, stars like Ze Roberto were present in the Bayern team.[11] The match was played on May 27, 2008 at Salt Lake Stadium.

On 31 May 2015, they claimed their fourth I-League title after a 1-1 draw with Bengaluru FC.


The colours of Mohun Bagan AC have always been green and maroon. In recent times they have also included white stripes. It is from their history of the colour of their kits that they are also known as Sabooj Maroon Brigade ("Green and Maroon Brigade")

The current home jersey has green and white stripes on light maroon jersey. The shorts are white with stripes of maroon and green. The socks have white bands on maroon.

The current away jersey comprises green and maroon vertical lines on a white kit. The shorts are same as the home kit. The socks are all white.


The Salt Lake Stadium which Mohun Bagan uses for most matches

Salt Lake : Yuba Bharati Krirangan[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 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.[12] 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 22,000 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. But the floodlights are defective since so many years and are no more in use.[13]

Barasat Stadium[edit]

Barasat Stadium

Mohun Bagan also plays a few of its matches in this stadium if the other two stadiums are not ready for match. This stadium isn't that much prolific but has got flood lights to support play in low light.

This stadium hosts Mohun Bagan's most of IFA Shield matches.



In 2007, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to have its own mascot. The name of its mascot is "Baggu". [14]



The Mariners[edit]

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. There are several fan clubs dedicated to Mohun Bagan in different parts of India.

As per official statistics, Mohun Bagan had the highest average attendance in 2013-14 season. AIFF reported an average home crowd of 17,068,[15] In the 2014-15 I-League season, their vocal support in away matches in Pune, Mumbai as well as Bangalore was a phenomenon previously unseen in Indian football. The Economic Times, a leading Indian newspaper, reported that the club had an average attendance of over 35,000 in their home matches, possibly an I-League record. Over 21,000 attended the league decider between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC in Bangalore, of this ".. over 8,000 were away fans, travelling from as far as Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune to watch the game," noted Sunando Dhar, chief executive officer of the I-League in the same article.[16] Their royally grand reception, when by some estimates, over 200,000 fans gathered to greet the I League 2014-15 clinching squad (on their way back to Kolkata from Bengaluru) has been dubbed as "legendary" "unparalleled" and "surreal" by the Press as well as football historians.[17]

Mohun Bagan fans have also provided financial help to the club during times of struggles. In early 2000s, a Mohun Bagan fan mortgaged his house to raise funds for signing Brazilian superstar Jose Ramirez Barreto[18] while in 2013 another fan donated his entire monthly salary to the club.[19]

Celebrity Mohun Bagan fans include Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Kazi Nazrul Islam,[20] Manna Dey,[21] Jyoti Basu,[22] R. D. Burman,[23] Sourav Ganguly,[24]Amitabh Bacchan,[25] Satyajit Ray, Uttam Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty,[26] Shakti Chattopadhyay, Srijit Mukherji and Babul Supriyo.

Sepp Blatter congratulates Mohun Bagan on I-League win[edit]


Outgoing world football body FIFA President Sepp Blatter has congratulated Mohun Bagan on winning the I-League, saying that the Kolkata giants had achieved their success through "exceptional performance". "A national team victory is a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to draw satisfaction from a job well done. Please pass on my own personal congratulations, along with those of the whole football family, Mohun Bagan on their exceptional performance," Blatter said in a letter sent to All India Football Federation President Praful Patel. "I know behind this success are the belief and effort of everyone involved. This is a true team victory, and all of you deserve to share in the accolades; the players and coach of course, but also the technical and medical staff, not least, the loyal fans," Blatter said in the congratulatory message. Mohun Bagan clinched their maiden I-League title in 13 years after managing a 1-1 draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC on May 31. Blatter, who was re-elected FIFA president for the fifth time last Friday, quit the top post on Tuesday due to immense pressure following the arrest of senior FIFA officials over a corruption scandal, asked Mohun Bagan to continue with their good work. "Football is proving more than ever that it can transcend traditional boundaries to become a real driver of development." It enables players at all levels to develop their individual skills, tactical understanding and personal dynamism, all the while strengthening team spirit. "Football truly is a school for life and I am convinced that everyone, and in particular the young people of today, can benefit from playing football on both a social and personal level," he said. "That is why I urge them all in Mohun Bagan to continue their work, leading the way on this path of success. Football is helping to build a better future and I wish to thank Mohun Bagan for playing their part in this," said Blatter.

Rivalries - Kolkata Derby[edit]

Kolkata Derby is the football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal F.C.. The two clubs currently meet at least 3 times a year, 2 in I-League and once in state league-CFL each. and more often if the clubs meet in other competitions like Federation Cup, IFA Shield, Durand Cup etc. Rivalry between the two teams started from 1925 and features in the FIFA's classic derby list.[27] The matches witness large audience attendance and rivalry between patrons. Mohun Bagan also had a keen rivalry with Mohammedan SC till 2000s but the importance of this match has fizzled out in past one and half decades.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2015[28]

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

No. Position Player
24 India GK Debjit Majumder
45 India GK Saikat Das
22 India GK Shilton Pal (Captain)
42 India GK Vinay Singh
5 India DF Dhanachandra Singh
11 Haiti DF Judelin Aveska
4 India DF Kingshuk Debnath
21 India DF Prasenjit Paul
12 India DF Pritam Kotal
19 India DF Sanjay Balmuchu
26 India DF Shouvik Ghosh
39 India DF Suman Hazra
27 India MF Adarsh Tamang
36 India MF Asif Kottayil
33 India MF Ayushman Chaturvedi
6 India MF Bikramjit Singh
No. Position Player
10 Japan MF Katsumi Yusa (vice-captain)
32 India MF Khumukcham Robinson Singh
8 India MF Lalkamal Bhowmick
- India MF Lenny Rodrigues (on loan from Pune City)
34 India MF Manish Bhargav
30 India MF Pankaj Moula
37 India MF Prakash Roy
17 India MF Ram Malik
28 India MF Sehnaj Singh
16 Haiti MF Sony Norde
23 India MF Souvik Chakraborty
25 India MF Tirthankar Sarkar
20 India MF Ujjal Howladar
35 India FW Azharuddin Mallick
15 India FW Balwant Singh
7 India FW Jeje Lalpekhlua
13 India FW Kean Lewis
29 India FW Raja Das
- India FW Subhash Singh (on loan from Mumbai City)

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 21 July 2015[29]
Sanjoy Sen:
Current coach of Mohun Bagan AC
Position Name
Chief Coach India Sanjoy Sen
Assistant Coach India Sankarlal Chakraborty
Goalkeeping Coach India Arpan Dey
Physical Trainer Brazil Djair Miranda Garcia
Physiotherapist India Abhinandan Chatterjee
Club Doctor India Dr. Protim Ray
Team Manager India Satyajit Chatterjee


Board members[edit]

Office Name
Hon. Secretary India Anjan Mitra
Hon. Asst. General Secretary India Srinjoy Bose
Hon. Treasurer India Madan Dutta
Hon. Finance Secretary India Debasish Dutta
Football Secretary India Satyajit Chatterjee
Hockey Secretary India Kashinath Das
Tennis Secretary India Uttam Kumar Saha
Ground Secretary India Swapan Banerjee
Cricket Secretary India Samrat Bhowmick

(As of 24 June 2015)

Kit manufactures and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
-2012 unknown McDowell's No.1
2012-2014 Fila
2014-15 Shiv-Naresh
  • Current Co-Sponsor : Legion Sports

Mohun Bagan Day[edit]

From 2001, 29 July is celebrated as "Mohun Bagan Day", commemorating the date of the IFA Shield victory in 1911. On 29 July, every year fans as well as former and current players converge on the club premises to celebrate this historic day.

Mohun Bagan Ratna[edit]

On Mohun Bagan Day, the club also awards "Mohun Bagan Ratna", a prestigious prize to recognize the contributions made by legends of the yesteryears to the club.[30]

Awardee List -

2001 - Padma Shri Sailen Manna
2002 - Dr. Talimeran Ao
2003 - Sibdas Bhaduri (Posthumous)
2004 - Padma Shri Gostha Paul (Posthumous)
2005 - Padma Shri Chuni Goswami
2006 - Umapati Kumar (Posthumous)
2007 - Dhiren Dey (Posthumous)
2008 - Madar Abdus Sattar
2009 - Samar Banerjee
2010 - Hiralal Mukherjee, Bhuti Sukul, Sudhir Chatterjee, Monmohan Mukherjee, Rajen Sengupta, Neelmadhav Bhattacharya, Kanu Roy, Habul Sarkar, Abhilash Ghosh, Bijoydas Bhaduri (All posthumous)
2011 - Padma Shri Pradip Kumar Banerjee
2012 - Jarnail Singh (Posthumous)
2013 - Balaidas Chatterjee[31]
2014 - I. Arumainayagam[32]
2015 - Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya (Posthumous)[33]

Accolades And Landmarks[edit]

Padma Shri[edit]

Gostha Pal (1962), Sailen Manna (1971) and Chuni Goswami (1983) were first three footballers to win the award and all of them spent their entire senior careers in Mohun Bagan. P.K. Banerjee won the award in 1990. Although Banerjee spent most of his career in Railways teams he played a few matches on loan in Mohun Bagan. Banerjee is also one of the most successful coaches in Mohun Bagan’s history. Baichung Bhutia, the last footballer to win Padma Shri spent multiple seasons in Mohun Bagan and was the club captain for two seasons.


Street names - Umapati Kumar Sarani (formerly known as Fern Road in Southern Kolkata), Mohun Bagan Lane, Sibdas Bhaduri Lane (both located in Shyambazar area of North Kolkata), Gostha Pal Sarani (near Eden Gardens Stadium).

A life sized statue of Gostha Pal is located in Maidan area of Kolkata while a statue of Sailen Manna was erected in Central Park, Salt Lake, Kolkata in 2013.[34]

Howrah Municipal Corporation Stadium was renamed as Sailen Manna Stadium in 2013.[35] The Corporation Stadium in Thrissur, Kerala was known as "Chuni Goswami Plaza" during 35th National Games in 2015.[36] Baichung Bhutia has a stadium named after him in Namchi, Sikkim. Medical College Ground in Kozhikode was renamed after T. Abdul Rahman in 2015.[37]


For more details on List of Mohun Bagan A.C. seasons, see List of Mohun Bagan A.C. records and statistics.
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
As of 11 July 2015


Club Rankings[edit]

World Rankings[edit]

Rank Country Club Points
660 France Valenciennes FC 1387
661 India Mohun Bagan 1386
662 Costa Rica C.S. Cartaginés 1386

Last updated: 10 November 2015

Continental Ranking[edit]

Rank Country Club Points
64 Australia Melbourne Football Club 1388
65 India Mohun Bagan 1386
66 Thailand Bangkok Glass F.C. 1385

Last updated: 10 November 2015


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External links[edit]

Official Website[edit]

Fan Website[edit]

Further reading[edit]