Mohun Bagan A.C.
Mohun Bagan Athletic Club is a professional football club based in West Bengal, India. The club was established on 15 August 1889 by Bhupendra Nath Bose and is one of the oldest existing association football club in India and Asia.The club plays in the I-League under licence from the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The most notable victory in the history of the club was over East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield final match, which made them the first Indian club to win the IFA title.
|Full name||Mohun Bagan Athletic Club|
|Short name||MB / Bagan|
|Founded||August 15, 1889(as Mohun Bagan Sporting Club)|
|Ground||Mohun Bagan Ground;|
Salt Lake Stadium
|Owner||Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Pvt. Ltd.|
|Football (Men's)||Football Youth|
|Cricket (Men's)||Hockey (Men's)|
They have won the top-flight league 4 times, the National Football League 3 times and the I-League once. They are the most successful team of India in the history of the Federation Cup, having won the championship a record 14 times. The club has also won several other trophies, which includes the Durand Cup (16 times), IFA Shield (22 times), and the Calcutta Football League (30 times). The club's football team alone has won 252 trophies which is the highest by any Indian club and also makes it one of the most decorated football clubs in the world. Apart from that, the club's cricket and hockey teams have won 111 and 41 trophies respectively. The club contests the Kolkata Derby with long-time rivals East Bengal. The first derby match was played on 8 August 1921.
Bagan was inducted into the Club of Pioneers, a network of the oldest existing football clubs in each country, on 29 July 2019 as the club celebrated its 130th year in existence.
- 1 History
- 2 Rivalries
- 3 Colours and crests
- 4 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 5 Stadiums
- 6 Supporters
- 7 Notable players
- 8 Mohun Bagan Day
- 9 Players
- 10 Current Technical Staff
- 11 Current Management
- 12 Recent seasons
- 13 Honours
- 14 Filmography
- 15 References
- 16 Further reading
Mohun Bagan was established in 1889 by three famous aristocratic Bengali families of North Kolkata. Bhupendra Nath Bose was the first president of the club. The team won its first trophy in 1904, when they won the Coochbehar Cup. In 1905 Mohun Bagan reached the finals of the Gladstone Cup which was held in Chinsurah where they defeated the reigning IFA Shield champions Dalhousie 6–1.
In 1911, Mohun Bagan created history by becoming the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield after defeating East Yorkshire Regiment 2–1 on 29 July. Most Mohun Bagan players played bare feet while East Yorkshire Regiment played with proper footballing equipment. This win was considered a landmark victory in the Indian freedom struggle.
Mohun Bagan played their first match in first division of Calcutta Football League on 15 May 1915 against Calcutta Club. In 1939 Mohun Bagan won their first Calcutta Football League title. Mohun Bagan got incredible success from 1933 to 1939 where they won 29 trophies. During that phase, out of 23 derbies, they beat East Bengal 12 times (including 1 walk over win), drew 10 matches and lost only once to their archrivals. It was a golden period in the history of the club.
In 1947, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the IFA Shield post independence. In 1954 the Green & Maroons became the first club ever to clinch the double crown of Kolkata — the IFA Shield and Calcutta Football League. In 1977 Mohun Bagan became the first Indian football club ever to win the triple crown (IFA Shield, Durand Cup and Rovers Cup) in the same year.
In 1977, Mohun Bagan played a friendly match against the famous North American Soccer League club New York Cosmos which featured the legendary Brazilian footballer, Pelé. The match, which took place at Eden Gardens, had a match attendance of 80,000 and ended in a 2–2 draw.
In the 1978 IFA Shield Final, Mohun Bagan were up against FC Ararat Yerevan of Soviet Union. The match ended 2-2 and both the clubs were declared winners. Thus, the club became the first Indian team, post-independence, to win the IFA Shield while competing against a non-Asian side in the final.
In 1998 Mohun Bagan won the treble by winning the IFA Shield, Federation Cup and the National Football League for the first time in one football season. In 2007 Mohun Bagan won their first Indian Super Cup title by defeating Dempo by a score of 4–0. A year later in 2008 Mohun Bagan players got the opportunity to play against German international, Oliver Kahn in his official testimonial for Bayern Munich. Along with Kahn, stars like Ze Roberto and Toni Kroos (who then played for Bayern's youth team) were also present in the Bayern team. The match was played on 27 May 2008 at the Salt Lake Stadium.
On 31 May 2015, Mohun Bagan claimed their first I-League title (in addition to their previous 3 National Football League titles) 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 when they defeated Singapore based club Tampines Rovers on 27 January 2016. Mohun Bagan recorded the biggest margin of victory by an Indian club in an AFC Cup away match when they defeated Hong Kong based club South China 4–0 in Hong Kong on 9 March 2016.
Mohun Bagan's biggest rivalry is with city rivals East Bengal and is popularly known as the Kolkata Derby. Mohun Bagan also had an intense rivalry with Mohammedan SC but the importance of this match has fizzled out in past two decades due to the fact that the teams only meet once a year in the Calcutta Football League.
Kolkata Derby or the Boro Match is a football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The two clubs currently meet at least 3 times a year, twice in I-League and once in the Calcutta Football League. Till January 2019, 368 matches have been played between the two teams (325 competitive matches and 43 friendly or non-competitive exhibitions) out of which Mohun Bagan has won 118 matches and East Bengal have won 129 times (including all competitive matches and friendlies) and rest of the matches ended in draws. The first match between the sides was played on 8 August 1921 in the Coochbehar Cup and the semifinal match ended in a 0–0 draw. Mohun Bagan won the replayed semifinal 3-0. The first derby goal ever scored was scored in that match by Rabi Ganguly and the other two goals were scored by Poltu Dasgupta and Abhilash Ghosh. The first CFL match between the sides was played on 28 May 1925 in CFL where East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 1–0. Mohun Bagan holds the record of scoring the fastest goal in a derby (24 July 1976, a 17-second goal from Md Akbar of Mohun Bagan). They have the record of winning 2 consecutive derbies in 2 consecutive days (7 and 8 August 1935) and had the unique distinction of losing only 1 derby in a span of 7 years (1933 to 1939). A few notable victories include the Darbhanga Shield match on 5 September 1934, when Bagan won 4–1 (Amiyo Deb scored all the 4 goals, the only time a player scored 4 goals in this derby), and a 5–3 win in an I-League encounter on 25 October 2009 (Chidi Edeh scored 4 goals). They have won several derbies scoring 4 goals against East Bengal. One such instance was in Raja Memorial Shield final played on 6th Aug 1937 in the common ground of both the clubs (Salt Lake Stadium), where Bagan beat East Bengal 4-0 and Asit Ganguly scored 3 goals in that match.
Colours and crests
These are the traditionally used home and away jerseys of Mohun Bagan. The designing of the kit has varied and different designs are used every season now but the dominant colours remain the same.
The current crest of the club is circular in shape and consists of a sailing country boat painted in green and maroon colours. The boat, perhaps signifies the club's place of establishment; northern Kolkata, on the banks of the Ganges. In fact the city was the capital and prime trade center of British India and the main mode of transportation was through the waterways. The initial crest of the club however consisted of the picture of a royal bengal tiger amidst a dense jungle.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Main sponsor||Co Sponsors|
|2013—present||Shiv Naresh||Ripley & Stevedoring,|
MP Birla Cement
Salt Lake Stadium
Salt Lake Stadium or Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan is a multipurpose stadium in Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal, with a current capacity of 68,000. It is the largest stadium in India by capacity.
Before its renovation in 2011, it was the second largest football stadium in the world, having a seating capacity of 120,000. Prior to the construction and opening of Rungrado May Day Stadium in 1989, it was the largest football stadium in the world. Reportedly, a total of 85,000 bucket seats was installed in the stadium before the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India.
The stadium is situated approximately 10 kilometres to the east of the Kolkata downtown. The roof is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets and concrete. The stadium was inaugurated in January 1984. There are two electronic score boards and control rooms. The lighting is uniformly distributed to facilitate night kick-offs. There are special arrangements for TV broadcasting.
The stadium covers an area of 76.40 acres (309,200 m2). The stadium has a unique synthetic track for athletic meets. It has a main football arena measuring 105m x 70m, It also houses electronics scoreboards, elevators, VIP enclosures, peripheral floodlighting arrangement from the roof-top, air-conditioned VIP rest room, conference hall and much more. The stadium has its own water arrangements and standby diesel generation sets.
Mohun Bagan Ground
The Mohun Bagan Ground is a football stadium located in the maidan region of central Kolkata, just opposite to the Eden Gardens stadium. The stadium is owned by Mohun Bagan who currently use the stadium as a training ground, Although this season the ground had been used for a few of their I-League matches as well. The office and club tent of Mohun Bagan are adjacent to the stadium.
This ground is mainly used by Mohun Bagan for Calcutta Football League matches against smaller and local Kolkata sides. The stadium has galleries on three sides and a rampart on the fourth side. The north side gallery is the member's gallery and is the most modern gallery of the stadium, having bucket seats installed. The east side and south side galleries are still made of a temporary wooden structure and are designated for non-member supporters. Just adjacent the stadium, the club tent and main office are located. The club tent consists of a beautiful lawn, with benches known as the Mohun Bagan lawn.
In 1977 Mohun Bagan became the first club in maidan to have floodlights installed in their stadium. The floodlights operated till the mid-90's, after which they became fully dysfunctional. The lights were later repaired and renovated and were inaugurated on 25 February 2016 with an IFA Shield match between Mohun Bagan U19s and DSK Liverpool academy.
From the 2016–17 season, Mohun Bagan has decided to pitch for hosting I-League matches at their home club ground, especially with modern facilities like bucket seats and properly functional floodlight towers.
The Barasat District Sports Stadium, also known as Vidyasagar Krirangan, is a football stadium located in Barasat city, on the outskirts of Kolkata, West Bengal. It is used mostly for Calcutta Football League matches featuring local Kolkata sides. It is also used for several district-level, state-level and, infrequently, national level tournaments. The stadium currently holds around 22,000 spectators, has 4 floodlight towers and different air conditioned function and changing rooms. The artificial turf at the stadium has achieved a two-star rating from FIFA.
Since the 2014–15 till the 2015–16 season, the stadium has hosted the home matches of Mohun Bagan in the I-League as the Salt Lake Stadium was being renovated and reconstructed for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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 the 2013-14 season. AIFF reported an average home crowd of 17,068. In the 2014-15 I-League season, their vocal support in away matches in Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru 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 of the 2014-15 I-League between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru, 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. Their grand reception when, by some estimates, over 200,000 fans gathered to greet the 2014-15 I-League 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.
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. In 2013 another fan donated his entire monthly salary to the club.
Celebrity Mohun Bagan fans include Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Premendra Mitra, Hemendra Kumar Ray, K.C.Nag, Manna Dey, Jyoti Basu, R. D. Burman, Sourav Ganguly, Amitabh Bachchan, Satyajit Ray, Uttam Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Srijit Mukherji, Babul Supriyo, Tapan Sinha, Dhananjay Bhattacharya, Jahar Ganguly, Pahari Sanyal, Chhabi Biswas, Asit Baran, Anil Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Chinmoy Roy, Biplab Chatterjee, Subhendu Chatterjee, Mani Shankar Mukherjee, Sanjib Chattopadhyay, Somnath Chatterjee, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Santosh Dutta, Utpal Dutta, Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Leander Paes, Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Suchitra Bhattacharya, Joy Sarkar, Rupam Islam, Anindya Chatterjee, Anupam Roy, Debshankar Haldar, Harbhajan Singh, Bimal Kar and many more.
Top scorers in National League/I-League
|1||Brazil||José Ramirez Barreto||1999-2004, 2006-2012||94|
|2||Nigeria||Odafa Onyeka Okolie||2011-2014||51|
|3||India||Baichung Bhutia||2002-2003, 2006-2009||25|
Top scorers in Calcutta League
|2||India||Sisir Ghosh||1985-1992, 1995-1996||67|
|3||India||Manas Bhattacharya||1977-1980, 1982-1984,1986- 1988||64|
|4||India||Nanda Ray Chowdhury||1935-1943||63|
|5||India||Ashok Chatterjee||1961-1968, 1972||58|
|6||India||Subhash Bhowmick||1970-1972, 1976-1978||58|
|7||Brazil||José Ramirez Barreto||1999-2004, 2006-2012||57|
|12||India||Pungab Kannan||1966-1968, 1971, 1973-1975||51|
Source: Ei Samay
- Jose Ramirez Baretto is the all-time top goal-scorer of the club with 228 goals.
Mohun Bagan Day
Mohun Bagan Day has been celebrated since 2001 on 29 July each year in honour of Mohun Bagan's victory over East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield Final.
Mohun Bagan Ratna
Mohun Bagan Ratna is an award presented each year on Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. The first recipient was former captain Sailen Manna.
|2002||Dr.Talimeran Ao (Posthumous)|
|2003||Shibdas Bhaduri (Posthumous)|
|2004||Gostha Paul (Posthumous)|
|2006||Umapati Kumar (Posthumous)|
|2007||Dhiren Dey (Posthumous)|
|2008||Mohammad Abdus Sattar|
|2010||Hiralal Mukherjee, Bhuti Sukul, Sudheer Chatterjee, Monmohan Mukherjee,|
Rajen Sengupta, Neelmadhav Bhattacharya, Kanu Roy, Habul Sarkar,
Abhilash Ghosh, Bijoydas Bhaduri (All posthumous)
|2011||Pradip Kumar Banerjee|
|2012||Jarnail Singh (Posthumous)|
|2013||Balaidas Chatterjee (Posthumous)|
|2015||Karuna Sankar Bhattacharya (Posthumous)|
Last updated: 29 July 2019
- As of 30 August 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current Technical Staff
|Head Coach||Kibu Vicuña|
|Assistant Coach||Tomasz Tchórz|
|Assistant Coach||Ranjan Chowdhury|
|Goalkeeping Coach/Physical Trainer||Dipankar Chowdhury|
|Physical Trainer/Sports Therapist||Paulius Ragauskas|
|Team Manager||Satyajit Chatterjee|
Last updated: 3 June 2019
|General Secretary||Swapan Sadhan Bose|
|Asst. General Secretary||Srinjoy Bose|
|Finance Secretary||Debashis Dutta|
|Football Secretary||Swapan Banerjee|
|Cricket Secretary||Samrat Bhowmick|
|Hockey Secretary||Mahesh Tekhriwal|
|Tennis Secretary||Sanjoy Ghosh|
|Ground Secretary||Uttam Kumar Saha|
|Athletics Secretary||Debashish Mitra|
|Youth secretary||Bidesh Bose|
Last updated: 1 May 2019
The club's competitive record since the 1997–98 season are listed below.
|1997–98||1D||1st||18||9||6||2||20||10||34||Winner||2nd||Won IFA Shield|
|1998–99||1D||4th||20||6||9||5||19||17||27||2nd||Won IFA Shield|
|Won Durand Cup,|
|Won All Airlines Gold Cup|
|2002–03||1D||7th||22||9||6||7||35||25||33||2nd||Won IFA Shield|
|2003–04||1D||9th||22||6||6||10||23||24||24||Runners-up||2nd||Runners-up IFA Shield|
|2004–05||1D||8th||22||5||8||9||16||19||23||1st||Won All Airlines Gold Cup|
|2005–06||1D||3rd||17||8||6||3||17||10||30||Winners||2nd||Runners-up IFA Shield|
|2006–07||1D||8th||18||5||6||7||15||21||21||1st||AFC-C||Group Stage||Won Indian Super Cup|
|2007–08||1D||4th||18||8||6||4||22||17||30||Winners||1st||Runners-up IFA Shield|
|2008–09||1D||2nd||22||13||4||5||30||20||43||1st||AFC-C||Group Stage||Won Indian Super Cup|
|2009–10||1D||5th||26||10||6||10||48||43||36||Runners-up||2nd||Runners-up IFA Shield|
|2011–12||1D||4th||26||13||8||5||51||32||47||2nd||Won All Airlines Gold Cup|
|Round of 16/
- Mohun Bagan refused to field a side for the second-half of a league match due to crowd troubles. For this reaon the club was fined and had to start from 0-points midway through the season.
- From this year the Federation Cup was discontinued and a new, largely inconsequential Super Cup was introduced.
The following honours are only the AIFF run national titles that Mohun Bagan have won.
- Winners (30): 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018
- Winners (16) (record): 1953, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 2000
- Runners-up (11): 1950, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2004,2009
- Winners (14) (record): 1955, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2000
- Runners-up (10): 1923, 1948, 1956, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1986, 1987
- Winners (22): 1911, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2003
- Runners-up (18): 1923, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1965, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006,2008,2010
- National Football League (until 2006–07 season)
- Winners (14) (record): 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2015–16
- Runners-up (6): 1997, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2010, 2016-17
- Winners (2): 2007, 2009
- Runners-up (2): 1998, 1999
- Group Stage (2): 1987, 1988-89
- Preliminary Rounds (4): 1994-95, 1995, 1999-2000, 2016
- Preliminary Qualifiers (1): 2002-03
Last updated: 24 May 2016
|I-League and National Football League||1||3s|
|Indian Super Cup||2|
|Calcutta Football League||30|
|Total count||252 m|
- m Including minor trophies
- s Shared records
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