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Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan A.C. Logo.png
Full name Mohun Bagan Athletic Club
Nickname(s) The Mariners
Founded 1889; 127 years ago (1889) as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club
Ground Barasat Stadium (I-League)
Mohun Bagan Ground (local)
Ground Capacity 22,000
22,000
President Swapan Sadhan Bose
Head coach Sanjoy Sen
League I-League
2014–15 I-League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

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 club in India.[1] The club plays in the I-League, the top-flight domestic league of Indian football. One of the most decorated clubs in Indian football, Mohun Bagan were awarded the distinction of being the National Club of India by former Indian prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in 1989. This was during the clubs centenary celebration in commemoration of the club's famous victory over East Yorkshire Regiment during the 1911 IFA Shield Final, becoming the first Indian club to defeat a British club in the process and also contribute to the Indian independence movement.[2]

Mohun Bagan is the winner of four national league titles and has also won thirteen Federation Cup championships.[3] This makes Mohun Bagan the most successful professional club in India. The club has also won several other accolades, including the Durand Cup, IFA Shield, and the Calcutta Football League.[4]

The club currently contest in the Kolkata derby with long-time rivals East Bengal.[5]

History[edit]

Mohun Bagan was established in 1889 and the team won its first trophy in 1904,[6] when they won Coochbehar Cup.[7] 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.[8][9]

Mohun Bagan played their first match in first division of Calcutta Football League on May 15, 1915 against Calcutta Club.[10] In 1939 Mohun Bagan won their first ever Calcutta Football League title. Mohun Bagan got an incredible success during 1933 to 1939 wherein they won 29 trophies. During that phase out of 23 derbies, they beat East Bengal 12 times (including 1 walk over win), 10 drawn matches and lost only 1 derby. It was surely a golden period of a Mohun Bagan Club.

In 1947 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after independence.[11] 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 Mohun Bagan became the first ever Indian football club to win 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 and ended in a 2-2 draw.

In 1981 Mohun Bagan won their first standalone Federation Cup title after beating Mohammedan 2–0.[13]

In 1998 Mohun Bagan won the treble by winning the IFA Shield, Federation Cup and the National Football League for the first time.[14] In 2007 Mohun Bagan won their first 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 were present in the Bayern team.[15] 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, in the league's final match. Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to qualify to the second round of AFC Champions League qualifiers by defeating Singapore club Tampines Rovers on 27th January, 2016.[16]

Colours[edit]

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 the "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.

Kit History[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

The Salt Lake Stadium which Mohun Bagan uses for most matches

Salt Lake Stadium : Vivekananda 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 150,000 people and has three tiers

The stadium includes a unique running track, electronic scoreboard, natural turf, floodlighting arrangement, air conditioned VIP rest room and Conference Hall along with Medical Room & Doping Control Room.[17] 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 Ground[edit]

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 many years and are no more in use.[18]

Barasat Stadium[edit]

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.

Supporters[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,[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

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[22] while in 2013 another fan donated his entire monthly salary to the club.[23]

Celebrity Mohun Bagan fans include Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Kazi Nazrul Islam,[24] Hemendra Kumar Ray,[25] Manna Dey,[26] Jyoti Basu,[27] R. D. Burman,[28] Sourav Ganguly,[29] Amitabh Bachchan,[30] Satyajit Ray, Uttam Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty,[31] Shakti Chattopadhyay, Srijit Mukherji and Babul Supriyo.

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.[32] The matches witness large audience attendance and rivalry between patrons. Till 23rd Jan 2016, 338 derbies got played, out of which Mohun Bagan won 103 matches, drawn 112 matches and lost 123 matches. 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.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 9 January 2016[33]

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 Arnab Das Sharma
2 Brazil DF Luciano Sabrosa
3 India DF Raju Gaikwad
4 India DF Kingshuk Debnath
5 India DF Dhanachandra Singh
6 India MF Bikramjit Singh
7 India FW Jeje Lalpekhlua
8 India MF Lalkamal Bhowmick
9 India MF Kean Lewis
10 Japan MF Katsumi Yusa (vice-captain)
11 India MF Pronoy Halder
12 India DF Pritam Kotal
13 Trinidad and Tobago FW Cornell Glen
14 India DF Sarthak Golui
15 India FW Balwant Singh
16 Haiti MF Sony Norde
17 India MF Adarsh Tamang
18 India FW Subhash Singh
20 India MF Brandon Fernandes
No. Position Player
21 India DF Sanjay Balmuchu
23 India MF Souvik Chakraborty
24 India GK Debjit Majumder
25 India MF Tirthankar Sarkar
26 India DF Shouvik Ghosh
27 India MF Ram Malik
28 India DF Abhishek Das
30 India MF Pankaj Moula
31 India GK Shilton Paul (Captain)
32 India MF Robinson Singh
33 India DF Prabir Das
34 India MF Manish Bhargav
35 India FW Azharuddin Mallick
39 India DF Suman Hazra
42 India MF Lenny Rodrigues
45 India GK Vinay Singh

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 21 July 2015[34]
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

Management[edit]

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)

Honours[edit]

For more details on List of Mohun Bagan A.C. seasons, see List of Mohun Bagan A.C. records and statistics.
As of 31 May 2015

Till 2015 Mohun Bagan has won 246 trophies, which is highest by any Indian Club. List of AIFF runner trophies which Mohun Bagan has won are as follows -

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 25 January 2016

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