Mohammedan SC (Dhaka)

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Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited is a Bangladeshi professional football club based in Dhaka. Founded in 1936, it is one of the oldest and one of the most successful football clubs in the country, with a support base in all parts of the country.[1] The club currently competes in the Bangladesh Premier League.[2][3][4]

Mohammedan Sporting Club
Full nameMohammedan Sporting Club Limited
Nickname(s)The Black & Whites
Short nameMSC
Founded1936; 88 years ago (1936)
GroundRafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium
Capacity18,000
PresidentMd Abdul Mubeen
Head CoachAlfaz Ahmed
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
2023–242nd of 10
Current season
Active departments of Mohammedan SC

Football (Men's)

Football (Women's)

Cricket (Men's)

Hockey (Men's)

Badminton

Volleyball

History

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Members of the unbeaten league champions Mohammedan SC in 1969
 
Headquarter of Mohammedan SC

The club began in Hazaribagh. Members of the famed Nawab family of Dhaka wanted to establish a local club for the youth. As a result, Muslim Sports Club came into being in 1927. Nine years later, with Khwaja M. Ajmal as its president, it was renamed Mohammedan Sporting Club, after its more renowned predecessor the Kolkata Mohammedan.[5][6][7]

Though it was established to create enthusiasm for sports amongst the local Muslim community, the club later broke the race, class and ethnic barrier and became a crowd favorite.

 
Mohammedan SC players in 1956

In the late 40s, MSC started to flourish with Mohammad Shahjahan at the helm. Shahjahan left Kolkata Mohammedan and came to Bangladesh after the partition. The 1950s was a time for Dhaka Wanderers. They were the top dog in the sporting arena. In 1956, some of their star players and senior officials joined MSC and started restructuring the club. The results were evident as MSC secured their first league title in 1957. The same year they won the Independence Cup, thus ensuring their domestic double. The trophies kept coming over the next two decades.[8]

Before independence, Mohammedan also clinched the Dhaka League title in the year of 1959, '61, '63, '66 and '69. It was not easy to find success against teams like Dhaka Wanderers and Victoria SC. Yet, Mohammedan did not yield to failure, they pursued their way. Mohammedan won the Aga Khan Gold Cup for the first time in 1959. They repeated the feat twice, in 1964 and 1968.[9]

On 11 May 1972, Mohammedan played against Indian club Mohun Bagan under captaincy of Zakaria Pintoo, which was the first visit of a foreign team in independent Bangladesh.[10] Dhaka Abahani adds a new dimension to domestic football in the post-independent era. And it begins a new rivalry involving Dhaka Abahani and Dhaka Mohammedan termed Dhaka Derby which took no time to spread the passion and madness throughout the country. Abahani won the league in 1974 and 1977 but the decade, however, belonged to Mohammedan as they got the better of their hardcore rival to win the league in 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1980.

They were unbeaten in the first division league from 8 September 1985 to 15 March 1990. They played 76 league games during those one thousand six hundred and fifty days winning 66 of them and drawing 10 times. They scored 160 and conceded 24 goals.[11] The Black and Whites took the league title three times in a row from 1986 to 1988.[12] The last time Mohammedan won the league was back in 2002 and with all these years gone, they are still the most number of league winners in Bangladesh- 19 times.

Mohammedan won the Federation Cup ten times, beating Abahani six times in the final. They won their last Federation Cup title back in 2009.[13] Mohammedan also won the most expensive domestic football tournament of the country, Super Cup twice by taking the inaugural edition in 2009 and then the one in 2013. Their record attendance for a football game is nearly 45,000 which took place in 2009.[14]

They had their touch on Independence Cup title three times in 1972, 1991 and 2014 with the latest triumph being their last title in any domestic competition thus far.

Dhaka Mohammedan was the most dominating force in continental competitions among Bangladeshi clubs as well. They made it to the Asian Club Championship (the then Asian Champions League) semi-final round in 1988 thus becoming the first-ever Bangladeshi club to do so.[15] They participated in this tournament a record six times making it to the finals thrice, a record yet to be matched by any South Asian club.[16]

Rivalries

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Dhaka Derby

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The Dhaka Derby is a football rivalry between Abahani and Dhaka Mohammedan, although the rivalry was bigger in the past. Dhaka Mohammedan and Dhaka Abahani first met each other during 1973 Dhaka League. Before Abahani's arrival, Mohammedan were the most dominant force in the country, and overthrew their previous rivals Dhaka Wanderers Club, by becoming the team with most league titles won.

Shirt sponsors

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Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2005 None Tibet
2008 None Fresh Cement
2009–10 None NTV
2011–17 None Orion Group
2018–19 Cosco K–Sports
2020–2021 Orion Group
2022 Sports Apparel Design Fresh Drinking Water
2022–2023 Max Group

Crest and colours

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Stadium

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From the 2019–2020 season the club started playing their matches at the 18,000 capacity Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium. On 7 March 2020, Mohammedan Sporting Club hogging the spotlight with a 1–0 win over defending champions Bashundhara Kings in their home debut.

Currently the club is using Mymensingh Stadium as its home venue.[17]

Current squad

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Mohammedan SC in 1936 with its first president Khawaja Ajmal
As of 2 April 2024

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   BAN Sujon Hossain
2 DF   BAN Sazal Hasan Kalin
3 DF   BAN Kamrul Islam
4 DF   BAN Mehedi Hasan Mithu
5 DF   NGA Emmanuel Tony Agbaji
6 MF   CIV Dosso Sidik
7 MF   BAN Minhajul Abedin Ballu
8 MF   BAN Sanowar Hossain Lal
9 MF   BAN Shahriar Emon
10 FW   MLI Souleymane Diabate (Captain)
11 FW   BAN Jafar Iqbal
12 FW   BAN Arif Hossain
14 MF   BAN Manik Hossain Molla
15 MF   BAN Alamgir Kabir Rana
16 MF   BAN Md Jewel
17 MF   UZB Muzaffar Muzaffarov
18 FW   BAN Sourav Dewan
20 MF   BAN Moinul Islam Moin
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   BAN Omar Faruk Babu
22 GK   BAN Shakib Al Hasan
23 DF   BAN Md Rakibul Islam
24 MF   BAN Ashraful Haque Asif
25 DF   BAN Sadekujaman Fahim
27 MF   BAN Md Mishu Mia
28 DF   BAN Hafizur Rahman Babu
29 DF   BAN Md Shakil Ahad Topu
30 GK   BAN Md Alamgir Hossen
31 DF   BAN Mahbub Alam
32 DF   BAN Kazi Rahad Mia
35 DF   BAN Jahid Hasan Shanto
37 FW   NGA Sunday Emmanuel
38 MF   BAN Raju Ahmed Zisan
40 GK   BAN Maksudur Rahman Mostak
FW   GHA Ernest Boateng

Personnel

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Current technical staff

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As of 21 April 2023
Position Name
Head coach   Alfaz Ahmed
Assistant coach   Abdul Kayum Sentu
Goalkeeping coach   Sayeed Hassan Kanan
Team Manager   Imtiaz Ahmed Nakib
Assistant manager   Sayed Mohammad Abdul Kabbar Siddique
Fitness Trainer   Sandi Sahman
Physiotherapist   Md Nurul Islam

Board of directors

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As of March 2023[18][19].
Position Name
President   Md Abdul Mubeen
Director in charge   Kazi Firoz Rashid
Chairman   Ghulam Mohammed Alamgir
Head of Technical Committee   Imtiaz Sultan Johnny
Technical Committee   Hasanuzzaman Khan Bablu
  Rumman Bin Wali Sabbir
  Elias Hossain
  Jasimuddin Ahmed Joshi
  Fazlur Rahman Babul

Team records

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Head coach's record

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As of 29 May 2024
Head coach Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W
Ashraf Chowdhury   1975 1977 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Ashraf Chowdhury   1978 1978 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Golam Sarwar Tipu   1980 1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Enayetur Rahman Khan   1985 1985 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Ali Imam   1986 1986 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Nasser Hejazi   1987 1991 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Abu Yusuf   1995 1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Kang Man-young^   1995 1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Hasanuzzaman Khan Bablu   1999 2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Pakir Ali   2001 2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Abul Hossain   2001 December 2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Kang Man-young   December 2004 March 2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Shafiqul Islam Manik[20]   11 October 2005 March 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Maruful Haque[21]   2008 13 May 2010[22] 61 48 11 2 150 33 078.69
Shafiqul Islam Manik   23 August 2010[23] 2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Emeka Ezeugo   18 November 2011[24][25] 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Saiful Bari Titu   2012 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Rui Capela   31 December 2013[26] July 2014 29 13 10 6 37 24 044.83
Alfaz Ahmed^   May 2014 May 2014 1 1 0 0 1 0 100.00
Mohammed Jewel Rana^   May 2014 June 2014 2 2 0 0 5 3 100.00
Jasimuddin Ahmed Joshi[27][28]   24 November 2014 7 October 2016 44 17 13 14 73 52 038.64
Mizanur Rahman Dawn^   14 October 2016 29 December 2016 13 3 5 5 12 15 023.08
Abdul Qaium Sentu[29]   10 January 2017 24 February 2017 3 1 1 1 2 3 033.33
Syed Nayeemuddin[30]   9 May 2017 31 October 2017 14 6 2 6 21 17 042.86
Rashed Ahmed Pappu^   November 2017 February 2018 13 4 5 4 14 14 030.77
Christopher Evans[31]   19 September 2018 3 January 2019 6 1 3 2 5 8 016.67
Ali Asgar Nasir[32]   3 January 2019 16 February 2019 5 1 0 4 4 11 020.00
Shahidul Islam Jewel[33]^   18 February 2019 4 March 2019 4 0 2 2 1 5 000.00
Sean Lane[34]   4 April 2019 28 May 2022 75 32 23 20 112 89 042.67
Shafiqul Islam Manik[35]   5 June 2022 24 February 2023 24 10 6 8 47 29 041.67
Alfaz Ahmed[36]^   25 February 2023 Present 42 24 13 5 90 44 057.14

^– Interim P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Club rankings

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AFC club ranking

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As of 11 June 2023[37]
Ranking Team Points
324   Meizhou Hakka FC 59.0
325   Club Eagles 59.0
326   Mohammedan SC Dhaka 59.0
327   Nongbua Pitchaya FC 58.0
328   Song Lam Nghe An FC 58.0

World club ranking

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As of 11 June 2023[38]
Ranking Team Points
1843   Meizhou Hakka F.C. 58.80
1844   Club Eagles 58.77
1845   Mohammedan SC Dhaka 58.74
1846   Dynamos FC 58.62
1846   Nongbua Pitchaya F.C. 58.49

Honours

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League

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  •   Federation Cup
    • Winners (11): 1980*, 1981, 1982*, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2022–23
  •   Independence Cup
    • Winners (3): 1972, 1991, 2014
  •   Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2009, 2013
  •   Ma-O-Moni Gold Cup
    • Winners (1): 1990
  •   DMFA Cup
    • Winners (3): 1984*, 1993, 1995[40]
  •   Independence Day Cup
    • Winners (5): 1958, 1960,[41] 1961, 1963, 1966*
  •   All Pakistan Mohammad Ali Bogra Shield
    • Winners (1): 1966
    • Runners-up (1): 1968[42]

Invitational

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Performance in AFC competitions

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Asian Club Championship/AFC Champions League: 6 appearances
Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 4 appearances
AFC Cup: 1 appearance

Notable players

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  • The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players listed represented their countries before or after playing for Mohammedan Sporting Club (Dhaka).

Asia

 

Africa

See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ The competition is widely regarded as the predecessor of AFC Champions League (held for the first time in 1967), since it was the first organized international competition that involved club teams around Asia, organized by the football authorities of East Pakistan, in collaboration with Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

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