Mohammedan SC (Kolkata)

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Mohammedan Sporting Club is an Indian professional football club based in Kolkata, West Bengal, that competes in I-League, the first tier of Indian football league system.[9][10] Founded in 1891, it is one of the oldest and most popular football clubs in India, with a support base all over the country.[11] After Independence, it became the first Indian club to win on foreign soil by lifting the Aga Khan Gold Cup in 1960.[12]

Mohammedan SC
Official Mohammedan SC Logo.png
Full nameMohammedan Sporting Club[1][2]
Nickname(s)Black Panthers[note 1][3][4]
Short nameMSC
Founded22 February 1891; 130 years ago (22 February 1891)[5]
GroundMohammedan Sporting Ground
Salt Lake Stadium
Capacity22,000
85,000
Owner
  • Mohammedan Sporting Club Private Limited
  • Bunker Hills Private Limited[6]
PresidentGulam Ashraf
Head coachAndrey Chernyshov[7]
LeagueI-League
2020–21I-League, 6th of 11
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Departments of Mohammedan S.C. (Estd.1891)
Football pictogram.svg Cricket pictogram.svg Hockey pictogram.svg
(Men's Football)
Mohammedan SC
(Men's Cricket)
Mohammedan SC[8]
(Hockey)[defunct]
Mohammedan SC

They also participate in the premier division of the Calcutta Football League (CFL).[13][14][15][16] In 1934, Mohammedan was the first Indian club to win the CFL and they continued their run until the 1938 season. Before Independence, numerous triumphs against British teams earned the club huge support from all India. Mohammedan Sporting Club became the entity against British oppression and the support continued even after Independence. It also became the first Indian club to win the Durand Cup in 1940.[17] They won the Federation Cup (India) twice in the 1983–84 and 1984–85 season.[18] They have also competed in the I-League 2nd Division, the third tier of domestic football.[19][20]

HistoryEdit

The beginningEdit

The club was founded as "Jubilee Club" in 1887 under the leadership of Nawab Aminul Islam. Then this name was changed into "Crescent Club". Crescent club's name again changed into "Hamidia Club". Finally this "Hamidia Club" came to be known as "Mohamedan Sporting Club" in 1891.[21][22]

Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid took a very keen interest in the social and sporting life of Bengal. He was unanimously elected and was a very successful Hony. Secretary of the Mohammadan Sporting Club, Calcutta from the year 1925 to 1932 when he resigned owing to pressure of his official duties. During his secretary ship, His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Stanely Jackson, accepted the patronage of the Mohammadan Sporting Club.[23]

 
Syed Ahmed Rashid was the first Muslim to receive the title of Khan Sahib from the Governor General of India in 1932, served as the secretary of Mohammedan SC twice.[24][25]

In 1930, during the Football boycott, Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid successfully organized the Monsoon League. His services were highly appreciated by the President, Major R.B. Langden, M.C, O.B.E, and the Council of the Cricket Board of Control, for the excellent help rendered to the Board at all times. Khan Sahib Rashid successfully conducted for two years (1930–31) the Calcutta Football League as its Hony. Secretary.[26]

In March 1935, he was again unanimously elected as General Secretary, Mohammadan Sporting Club, Calcutta. In October 1935, he organized and took the well known Muhammadan Sporting Club Football Team on a successful tour to Rangoon, Mandalay, Maymo, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Madras, Bangalore and Mysore.

A big public luncheon was given in his honour at the Great Eastern Hotel, presided over by the Honourable late Maharaja M.N. Roy of Santosh, when high tributes were paid by Sir Alfred Wetson, Honourable Khawaja Sir Nazimuddin and other leading men of Bengal for Khan Sahib's excellent services to sports and social activities in Bengal.

Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid was the first Muslim to be elected on all the important sporting Associations in Bengal. i.e. the Bengal Hockey Association, The India Football Association, The Football League, Calcutta, the Cricket Board of Control Bengal and Assam, The Indian School Cricket Committee, The Indian School Sports Association and The Bengal Gymkhana. Khan Sahib Syed Ahmed Rashid also represented Bengal on All India Hockey and Cricket Boards of Control in India.

Start of an eraEdit

 
Legendary footballer Mohammed Salim became the first Indian to play for an overseas club (Celtic FC), appeared with Mohammedan Sporting during 1926–1927, 1934–1936 and 1936–37 seasons.[27][28][29]

Before the 1930s, Mohammedan's main success was in the Coochbehar Cup which they won in 1902, 1906 and 1909. In 1930, Mohammedan was allowed to stay in the Second Division despite finishing last, as EIR closed their club. During this time, C.A. Aziz acted promptly, concentrating on creating a strong team. The credit for turning them into a football power goes to Aziz, perhaps the first modern thinker in Indian football. Aziz, along with Aryan Club's Dukhiram Mazumdar, was one of the first native football officials who understood the importance of wearing boots. After an encouraging show in 1930, Aziz recruited Bagan rejects Kaleh Khan and Hafiz Rahid in 1931. Players from different parts of India were slowly brought in, often in the name of religion. Bit by bit, Aziz was building an unstoppable team.[30]

The Invincibles (1934–1942)Edit

 
1940 league winning team

In 1933, Mohammedan qualified for the first division of Calcutta Football League for the first time in its history. Mohammedan had a truly cosmopolitan outfit, with players from different corners of India. Masum, Mahiuddin and Rahmat came from Bangalore, while Jumma Khan arrived from western borders. Under the captaincy of Khurshid Anwar, Mohammedan became the first native club to capture the CFL title in 1934, in their very first year in top division which was a rare feat.[31] It was what Mohun Bagan had tried to win the distinguished "Calcutta League" for eighteen years and East Bengal additionally wanted for it for nine long years but they could not break the monopoly of British non-regimental groups. They became the first native club to win the CFL in 1934. They are also the only club date to have won the league title just after getting promoted to first division. From 1934 to 1938, Sporting won the league for five consecutive times – a record bettered by only East Bengal in the 1970s. Sporting continued their winning spree in the 1940s, winning the title in 1940 and 1941. Mohammedan missed out in 1939 because they had declined to play in CFL as a sign of protest against IFA – other teams like East Bengal Club and Kalighat Club also didn't participate. However, Mohun Bagan won the league in 1939.[32]

 
Football Jadukor Syed Abdus Samad played for Mohammedan Sporting club from 1933 to 1938, became Calcutta Football League champion five years in a row.[33][34][35]

The "Golden" players of this "Golden Era" of Mohammedan Sporting Club were; Osman, Jumma Khan (referred to as "The Wall of Mohammedan"), Taj Mohammed, Nasim, Noor Mohammed, Sabu, Mohiuddin, Masum, Aaqeel Ali, Noor, Rahamat, Rahim, and Rashid, Syed Abdus Samad,[36][37] Abbas and Rashid (Junior). By 1935, the charismatic Abbas Mirza had taken over the captain's arm-band. He would lead Mohammedan to even greater heights. That year, Mohammedan would recruit an irreplaceable player from Delhi's Crescent Club – goalkeeper Osman Jan. According to the veteran Sailen Manna, Osman was the greatest ‘keeper he had ever seen. Standing at 5’6" Osman had a great leap and a powerful fist. He was almost unbeatable in one on one situations. Full-back Taj Mohammad was feared for his hard tackles; his partnership with Jumma Khan ensured Mohammedan had a water–tight defence in that era. Jumma Khan used to play for Sandemanians in Quetta before joining Mohammedan, and he was famous for his heading ability.

 
CFL League Table of MSC (1934–41)

Centre-half Noor Mohammad was an extremely industrious player with a strong tackle. He was complemented well by left-half Masum, who was the creative genius. In attack, the tro of Rahim, Rashid and Rahmat used to cause havoc in opponent defenses. Rehmat was the brain behind Mohammedan's attacking moves, while Rashid, with his brilliant left foot, was also good in the air. Left-out Bacchi Khan was notorious for his rough style of play. Rashid (16 goals) was the top scorer in Calcutta Football League in 1935, while Rahim (18 goals) achieved that feat in 1938 season.[30]

Their performances in Cup competitions were no less brilliant. In 1936, Sporting became the second Indian club to win IFA Shield.[38] In the final, they defeated Calcutta Cricket and Football Club 2–1 with goals from Rashid (Jr.) and Rahim. That year they also became the first Indian club to do the League-Shield "double". In 1941, they became the first Indian club to win two Shield titles, when they beat KOCB in the final courtesy of goals from Rashid and Saboo. They also became the first Indian club to retain the Shield, when they saw off East Bengal's challenge in 1942 final with a goal from Noor Mohammad. Mohammedan Sporting created history in 1940 by becoming the first Indian club to win the Durand Cup' Under Masum's leadership, they defeated Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2–1 in the final. In same season they also captured the Rovers Cup by beating Bangalore Muslims 1–0, thus creating another unique record of holding both Durand and Rovers Cup in the same season, a domestic cup double.[30]

1943–1960Edit

In 1956 MSC went on to win the "Rovers Cup" for the second time MSC beats MB 3–1 in the final. This Rovers Cup win paved the way again to get back those Golden Era. In 1957, MSC bagged the "Double" by winning both the League and IFA Shield. In the league, MSC defeated East Bengal by a point and defeated Railway Sports 3–0 in IFA Shield final. They also became the first Indian side to win a trophy on foreign soil, the Aga Khan Gold Cup in Dhaka in 1960, beating Indonesia's Persatuan Sepakbola Makassar 4–1 in the final.[39] Pakistani football legend Mohammad Omar Baloch played in forefront for Mohammedan.[40]

1961–2015Edit

 
Mohammedan goalkeeper Shakeel Ahmed jumping up for clearing the ball during the 1960s.[41]

The next success came after exactly 10 years later. Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Calcutta League in 1967 without losing a single match. They were the unbeaten champion and registered their 10th league title. In 1971, Mohammedan won the IFA Shield by defeating Tollygunge Agragami 2–0 in the final.[42] MSC won that year's IFA Shield without conceding a goal. Mohammed Sher Khan was the honorary assistant secretary of the club during 1967–80.

In the 8th decade, the success came at the beginning. MSC won the Calcutta League in 1981 with a point clear from Mohun Bagan. MSC were the unbeaten champion in the 1981 league. This was the third time in the History of Mohammedan Sporting Club. In 1983 Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Federation Cup for the first time by defeating Mohun Bagan 2–0 and also in 1983 Mohammedan Won Peerless trophy in Calcutta by Beating Mohun Bagan 3–1 in the tie-breaker. In 1983 Mohammedan was runners up in the Rovers Cup by beating East Bengal 1–0 in Mumbai and became Runners up in the DCM trophy in Delhi. In the next year in 1984 MSC won the Federation Cup by defeating East Bengal 1–0. Also in the same year M.S.C. Won number of trophies including the consecutive Federation cup, they won Nizam Gold Cup, Sait Nagjee Trophy, Rovers Cup, Darjeeling Gold cup. In 1985, they signed Nigerian striker Chima Okorie from Chandigarh Football Club, who is considered one of the greatest foreign players in Indian football.[43][44]

 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being introduced with the players of Mohammedan Sporting, during the inauguration of the 2006–07 National Football League at Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on January 5, 2007.

Mohammedan participated at the 1990 Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Club Cup in Kolkata, which is the only international club tournament held in India. Mohammedan was in Group-B and became the only Indian team to qualify for semifinals. They defeated Zambia national team 1–0 and FC Metalist 1925 Kharkiv 1–0, before losing 2–0 to Argentine side Gimnasia Esgrima. In semi-final, Mohammedan lost 1–0 to Paraguayan outfit Club Olimpia.[45][46]

Mohammedan qualified for the 1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup and scheduled to play against Omani side Fanja SC, but they withdrew their team from the first round.[47]

 
Mohammedan Sporting vs JCT Mills FC in the 2006–07 National Football League at Ambedkar Stadium.
 
Mohammedan Sporting vs JCT Mills FC during the inaugural match of 2006–07 National Football League.

Mohammedan first participated in the National Football League in its inauguration during the 1996–97 season but finished on fifth position in Group-A and bowed out.[48][49][50] In November 2010, Mohammedan Sporting organized club's Platinum Jubilee Cup where Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have participated. The World's first football club Sheffield F.C. also participated in it. As brand ambassador of Mohammedan, Indian cricket sensation Sourav Ganguly played for the club wearing number 99 jersey, against East Bengal in a 1–0 defeat.[51][52][53][54]

After a long Trophy drought 2013–14 season Mohammedan Sporting won two giant title in Indian football,[55] Durand Cup and IFA Shield. In the final of 2014 IFA Shield, they beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club of Bangladesh 5–4 in penalty shootout.[56][57] They qualified to the 2013–14 I-League by being the runner-up in the 2013 I-League 2nd Division, but were again relegated to 2015 I-League 2nd Division, as they were placed last in the season.[58][59][60]

2016–presentEdit

 
James Moga, the first goalscorer of South Sudan, with new Mohammedan kit in 2016.[61]

The club showed major signs of reformation in 2016, when Ghazal Uz Zafar, a Kolkata-based young businessman, took over as the General Secretary of the club.[62] It was under his regime the club became runners-up in 2016 Calcutta Football League, after 8 long years. They also lifted the 2016 Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup for the first time since 1980, defeating Jhapa XI of Nepal by 1–0.[63] In 2018, they emerged as the champions of Bordoloi Trophy, defeating Oil India Limited by 3–1 margin.[64] They have also participated in the 2018 Birat Gold Cup in Nepal but their campaign ended after losing to Sankata Boys SC by 1–0 margin.[65][66][67]

 
Mohammedan captain Kamran Farooque in action during the 2019 Durand Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium.

In the 2019 season, Kamran Farooque was named captain and Mohammedan appeared in the 2019 Durand Cup,[68] but bowed out of the tournament after finishing third in Group-B.[69] In that year, Mohammedan emerged victorious in the Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup, defeating local side Gangtok Himalayan SC 2–1.[70]

 
Mohammedan Sporting players celebrating after winning the 2019–20 I-League 2nd Division at the Salt Lake Stadium.[71]

On 25 October 2020, Spaniard José Hevia was appointed manager of Mohammedan and on 19 February 2021, he was sacked due to club's poor performance.[72] They returned to I-League in the 2020–21 season after winning the 2019–20 I-League 2nd Division tournament,[73][74] and signed Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan.[75][76] They began their journey defeating debutants Sudeva Delhi FC 1–0 on 9 January 2021.[77][78] Under the coaching of Sankarlal Chakraborty,[79] they finished on 6th position with 20 points in 15 matches.

Ahead of the 2021–22 I-League season on 21 May, the club appointed Russian UEFA Pro licence holder Andrey Chernyshov as their head coach.[80][81][82]

In October 2021, they reached to the final of 130th edition of the Durand Cup but lost the title winning match 1–0 to FC Goa.[83][84]

Crest and coloursEdit

The crest of Mohammedan Sporting Club is derived from typical Islamic iconographic symbol used in various historical contexts. It has the Star and crescent in middle, which is partially surrounded by green floral patterns.[85]

 
Mohammedan Sporting club players celebrating their win in I-League 2nd Division at the Kalyani Municipal Corporation Stadium.
 
Mohammedan supporters cheering for the club's match against FC Goa at the 2021 Durand Cup Final in Salt Lake Stadium, October 3, 2021.

Nicknamed Black Panthers, Mohammedan team colours are white and black.[86][87] That is why the team is popularly known as "Black and White brigade" (Bengali language: সাদা-কালো ব্রিগেড).[88][89][90]

StadiumsEdit

Historically, the club has used several stadiums at Kolkata, Howrah and Barasat, Kalyani including the Eden Gardens, which has been reserved for cricket since Salt Lake Stadium opened in 1984.[91]

Salt Lake StadiumEdit

 
The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata
 
Aerial view of the stadium

The Salt Lake Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal.[92][93] The stadium is one of the largest non-auto racing stadium in the world and the second largest in India after Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.[94] 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. 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. 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 Mohammedan Sporting in I-League, and I-League 2nd Division.[16]

Mohammedan Sporting Club GroundEdit

The Mohammedan Sporting Ground is another stadium in Kolkata, India. This stadium has natural grass turf. This stadium is associated with the club and is actually Mohammedan Sporting's home ground.[95] The stadium lies on the Maidan (Kolkata) area on the northern side of Fort William and near to the Eden Gardens. This stadium is currently used mostly for football matches of Calcutta Football League, I-League 2nd Division, I-League U18 and AIFF U-16 Youth League. The stadium holds 15,000 people.[96]

Barasat StadiumEdit

Barasat Stadium is also a stadium used by Mohammedan Sporting, specially in case if the Salt Lake Stadium or Mohammedan Sporting Ground cannot be used for any reason.[97]

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

RivalriesEdit

 
Mohammedan SC player (in white and black) in action with Aloke Mukherjee of Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium in 1987.

Founded in 1891, Mohammedan had once been one of the symbols of progressive Muslim identity,[98] a rallying point through the tumultuous events of Independence, and the subsequent search for the self and status in an altered post-Partition landscape.[99][98] Since its inception during the Victorian era, the once-imperious Mohammedan Sporting shared rivalries with clubs like Dalhousie Athletic,[100] Aryan,[101][102] Kumartuli and Calcutta Cricket & Football Club.[103][104]

 
Tifo displaying fans (left to right) of Mohammedan, Mohun Bagan, and East Bengal united as the "12th man" of the national team at the Salt Lake Stadium, 2019.[105]

In the Indian Football Association (IFA)-run Calcutta Football League, currently the club shares rivalries with giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, popularly known as "Mini Derby".[106][107][108] The club also meet them in other regional tournaments like IFA Shield, Durand Cup and these three Kolkata clubs are tagged as "Kolkata's Big Three" (Bengali: কলকাতার তিন প্রধান).[109][110][111]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 August 2021[112]

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   IND Mithun Samanta
GK   IND Zothanmawia
33 GK   IND Susnata Malik
3 DF   IND Manoj Mohammed
9 DF   IND Safiul Rahaman
FW   IND Jaskaranpreet Singh
DF   IND Lalramchullova
DF   SYR Shaher Shaheen
24 DF   IND Sujit Sadhu
23 DF   IND Arijeet Singh
FW   IND Phrangki Buam (On loan at Mohammedan until 31 May 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF   IND Faisal Ali
20 MF   SRB Nikola Stojanović
22 DF   IND Balwinder Singh
26 MF   IND Firoj Ali
31 MF   IND SK Faiaz
16 MF   IND Sanjib Ghosh
35 MF   IND Milan Singh
MF   IND Ridge Demello
22 MF   IND Sushil Meitei
7 FW   SRB Stefan Ilić
10 FW   TRI Marcus Joseph
77 FW   IND Brandon Vanlalremdika
FW   IND Sanjay Chatterjee

StaffEdit

Support staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Andrey Chernyshov
Assistant coach   Saheed Ramon
Goalkeeping coach   Mihir Milind Sawant
Physio   Ankan Roychowdhury
Media officer   Debabrata Majumder
Team manager   Belal Ahmed Khan
Asst. team manager   Md. Javed
Equipment manager   Omprakash Khatua

ManagementEdit

As of 2020
Position Name
Owner Mohammedan Sporting Club Pvt. Ltd.(50%)

Bunkerhills Pvt. Ltd. (50%)

President   Gulam Ashraf
Executive president   Jameel Manzar
General secretary   Danish Iqbal
Assistant general secretary   Dr.Taha Ahmed
Technical director   Dipendu Biswas
Finance secretary   Sharique Ahmed
Ground secretary   Farhan Ahmed
Youth development chairman   Danish Iqbal
Youth development manager   Niaz Alam

Past and present internationalsEdit

  • The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed, represented their countries before or after playing for Mohammedan Sporting Club (Kolkata).[113]

AsiaEdit

AfricaEdit

North AmericaEdit

Previous seasonsEdit

As of 20 October 2020
Season Calcutta Football League I-League/I-League 2nd Division Federation Cup Durand Cup IFA Shield Notes
P W D L GD Pts Pos Div P W D L GD Pts Pos
2008–09 N.A. 1st 22 5 7 10 -14 22 11th N.A. N.A. Group Stage
2009–10 N.A. 2nd 7 2 4 1 0 10 4th Group Stage Didn't Participate Wasn't Held
2010–11 N.A. 2nd 7 1 1 5 -5 4 7th Play-off N.A. Group Stage
2011–12 N.A. 2nd 12 6 3 3 +4 21 3rd Group Stage Group Stage Didn't Participate
2013 8 3 1 4 +1 10 6th 2nd 10 5 3 2 +3 18 2nd Group Stage Didn't Participate Didn't Participate
2013–14 11 6 4 1 +15 22 3rd 1st 24 6 6 12 -8 24 13th Group Stage Winner Winner
2014–15 10 6 2 2 +5 20 4th 2nd 14 8 2 4 +12 23 4th Not Qualified Quarter-Final Format Changed
2015 10 3 5 2 +8 14 5th 2nd 10 4 3 3 +2 12 4th Defunct Didn't Happen Format Changed Group Stage:Sheikh Kamal Cup
2016 10 6 2 2 +6 20 2nd 2nd 6 3 1 2 +4 10 Winner: Sikkim Gold Cup
2017 9 5 2 2 +14 17 3rd 2nd 10 3 3 4 -1 12 4th
2018 11 6 1 4 +4 19 4th 2nd 10 5 1 4 +8 16 3rd in group
Champion:
  1. Bordoloi Trophy
  2. Bodoland Gold Cup
Runner-Up:
  1. Independence Day Cup
2019 11 5 4 2 +3 19 4th 2nd 4 3 1 0 +6 10 Winner Group Stage
Champion: Sikkim Gold Cup
2020 1st 15 5 5 5 -2 20 6th Didn't Happen Sikkim Gold Cup
2021 1st Runner-Up

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Year Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1891–2005 None None
2005–2007 Reebok[134] Elegant Steel & Metal Works[135]
2007–2008 Reliance Group
2008–2009 Eastern Minerals and Trading Agency
2009–2016 None None
2016–2019 Kaizen Sports[136] Orion Impression
2019–2020 Rocky Sports[137] None
2020–2021 Trak-Only[138] Bunker Hill[139]
2021–Present Hummel[140]

Managerial historyEdit

 
Dronacharya coach Syed Nayeemuddin was the manager of Mohammedan Sporting from 1982 to 1985 and in 2011.[141]
 
Andrey Chernyshov is the current manager of Mohammedan alongside the first Russian to acquire the post.[142]

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

 
The coveted Durand Cup trophy, won by Mohammedan Sporting twice in 1940 and 2013.
  • Federation Cup
    • Winners (2): 1983–84, 1984–85[182]
    • Runners-up (3): 1981–82, 1989–90, 2003
  • Durand Cup
    • Winners (2): 1940, 2013[183]
    • Runners-up (4): 1959, 1980, 1992, 2021
  • IFA Shield[note 4]
    • Winners (6): 1936, 1941, 1942, 1957, 1971, 2014[184]
    • Runners-up (4): 1938, 1963, 1982, 1990
  • Rovers Cup
    • Winners (6): 1940, 1956, 1959, 1980, 1984, 1987[185]
    • Runners-up (8): 1941, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1991
  • Sait Nagjee Trophy[186]
    • Winners (4): 1971, 1984, 1991, 1992
    • Runners-up (2): 1979, 1988
  • Coochbehar Cup
    • Winners (5): 1902, 1906, 1909, 1947, 1952[187]
  • Bordoloi Trophy
    • Winners (6): 1969, 1970, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2018[188]
    • Runners-up (5): 1965, 1966, 1971, 1977, 1983
  • DCM Trophy[189]
    • Winners (4): 1958, 1961, 1964, 1980
    • Runners-up (3): 1960, 1982, 1983
  • All Airlines Gold Cup[190]
    • Winners (3): 1986, 1996, 2010
    • Runners-up (7): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2005, 2011,[191] 2012
  • Independence Day Cup[192]
    • Winners (5): 1969, 1971, 1972, 1988, 2007
    • Runners-up (1): 2018
  • Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup
    • Winners (3): 1980, 2016, 2019[193][194]
    • Runners-up (4): 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991
  • Kalinga Cup
    • Winners (2): 1991, 2012[195]
  • Nizam Cup
  • Kohima Royal Gold Cup
    • Runners-up (1): 2004[197]

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

1992–93: First Round[198]

Other departmentsEdit

 
Main entrance of Mohammedan Sporting Club at evening

Besides association football, Mohammedan Sporting Club have other active departments including Men's cricket and Men's field hockey. The cricket club is situated at the Tent Maidan,[199] and they practice at both Kolkata Maidan fields and Mohammedan Sporting Ground.[200][201] The cricket team primarily competes in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) First Division tournament[202] and also participate in JC Mukherjee T-20 Trophy,[203][204] A.N. Ghosh Memorial Trophy, CAB One Day League and P. Sen Trophy.[205]

Mohammedan Sporting Club hockey section was once affiliated with Bengal Hockey Association and is currently defunct. Since the British rule in India, the club once participated in prestigious tournaments like Beighton Cup and Calcutta Hockey League.[206]

Club records and influenceEdit

“Mohammedan Sporting Club is not just a football club, it is also a symbol of national integrity and an example of the communal harmony.”

Ghazal uz Zafar, General Secretary of Mohammedan S.C. on the club's role in Indian football (Celebrating the 126th foundation day on 22 February 2017).[207]

Overall recordsEdit

  • Mohammedan Sporting became the first Indian team to win the Calcutta Football League in the Pre-Independence era in 1934 and repeated the feat of becoming again the first Indian side to win the same in the Post-independence era in 1948.[208]
  • They became the first Indian team to win the Calcutta Football League five years in-a-row from 1934 to 1938.
  • MSC is the only Indian team to win the Calcutta League in the very first year of its promotion in 1934. Overall they won the League 11 times.[208]
  • On December 7, 1940, they became the first Indian team to win the Durand Cup; beating Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2–1 under the captaincy of Bangalore-born Masum.[209]
  • They became the first Indian team to win the Rovers Cup in 1940, without conceding a goal.
  • They were the first Indian team to score 100 goals in one season, when they scored 110 goals in 1941.[208]
  • They are the first Indian team to win a trophy overseas when they won the Aga Khan Gold Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1960 beating Indonesian side PSM Makassar 4–1 in final.
  • They are the only Indian club to reach the semi-final of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Club Cup in 1990, the only international club championship held in the country.[210]

Other recordsEdit

InfluenceEdit

  • The name of Bangladeshi clubDhaka Mohammedan Sporting — is derived from Mohammedan Sporting Club of Kolkata.[215] Members of the Nawab family of Dhaka established Muslim Sports Club as they wanted to establish a local club for the youth.[216] A few years later, it was renamed Mohammedan Sporting Club, after its more renowned predecessor the Kolkata Mohammedan.[217][218]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Black Panthers is the official nickname of Mohammedan Sporting Club; though the team is popularly known as সাদা-কালো ব্রিগেড in Bengali language (lit. "White and Black brigade").
  2. ^ Bishkar is one of the two foreigners of Mohammedan Sporting, who appeared in the FIFA World Cup.
  3. ^ Ezeugo is one of the two foreigners of Mohammedan Sporting, who appeared in the FIFA World Cup.
  4. ^ Fourth oldest football tournament, organized by the IFA (W.B.), and played between the local clubs of West Bengal and other invited ones.

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