25th June - Habibur Rehman
Mondal was taken off just after the lemon break during a
practice match versus Durgapur XI today here at B.S
Stadium. He was in apparent discomfort and then fell
down on the ground, unable to move or even talk ! It was
a case of severe muscle cramp which spread though his
legs. The Resident Doctor of the nearby National
Institute of Technology - Dr. B.K Sarkar was called
upon, who along with the ever trusted Gobindraj treated
Habibur for long and brought him back to his mobile
state. Doses of saline was kept for emergency purposes.
However, Habibur is now fit and ready for the next
practice session. Rookie Striker Branco also suffered
from a mild bout of cold and had to be treated by the
Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan defeated the Durgapur XI squad
3-0. The first half was a lack lustre one with a dull
display of football from both sides. Karim then brought
in Barreto, Odafe, Lalkamal, Lalampuia, Rahul and other
first XI players. This resulted in the first goal from a
Barreto brilliance which was soon followed by a Lalam
strike. Mama scored the third goal off a sharp right
footer minutes before the long whistle. Bagan dominated
the proceedings in the second half, but couldnt convert
the chances that came their way.
Rahul Kumar impressed everybody with his solid display
as a defensive medio as another Academy cadet - Souvik
played as a Left back. Souvik and Malsamzuala, the other
cadet, however failed to make a mark. Their counter part
- Sanjay Boro however, was quite brilliant against the
Academy U-17 guys, who lost 1-3 against on 23rd evening.
The senior team looks quite decent after a few days of
practice as Coach Karim is trying to bring the best out
of everybody. Ishafaq Ahmed however, is yet to regain
his full fitness.
On the other hand, MBSFA progressed to the finals of the
Sub Division League overpowering their rivals 6-1. The
final is on the 27th
MB LOSE TO BAYERN 3-0
May 27: Mariners fought valiantly but went down 3-0 to Bayern. Bagan
played without 5-6 key players and still got 3 chances to score with Jr.
James Singh and Habibur missing easy chances. Sangram made 2 brilliant
saves but for 2 goals, he is to be partially blamed. For MB, stopper duo
Vashim and Rakesh was brilliant and in attacking front, Ishfaq and Lalam
played well, Lalkamal also had a great match, one shot of Lalkamal hit
post. Just before end of match, Breno of Bayern and Branco of MB got red
card though the foul which Branco committed was within play. This was
the farewell match of legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and he played his
last match in front of 1,30,000 spectators, all time record presence in
Salt Lake and the most spectacular thing is that 90% of them are MB
supporters. Such an envious thing for other teams!
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEAT CCFC
IN AN EXHIBITION MATCH
May 7: MB has defeated
CCFC in a 5 a side exhibition match held today in CCFC ground by 5-2.
For MohunBagan, Kartick Kisku scored twice while Lalkamal, Lalamrua and
Habibur scored 1 each.
ROY BARRETO APPOINTED
NEW COACH OF MOHUN BAGAN ACADEMY
May 6: Portugese coach Roy Barreto has been appointed as coach of Mohun
Bagan Academy. He was previously the coach of Zimbabwe national team.
www.mohunbaganclub.com played a crucial role in roping in this
Portugese coach. He had various successful stints with the top clubs in
South Africa and was also associated with Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern
Leverkusen, Aston Villa and other famous clubs.
Full Name: Roy Maicol Barreto
Date of Birth: July 16, 1955
Languages: English, Portuguese
1981: Diploma of Football Instructor, FIFA and CAF
1992: (English) FA Preliminary Award
1992: (German) DFB Diploma
1996: FA Refresher Course, and Attachments
1984: Tottenham Hotspur (England) - 2 months
1992: Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
1993: Football Academy, Lightning Camps (USA)
1993: Aston Villa (England)
During these attachments, Roy observed and studied different training
National Record (Zimbabwe)
1991: Head Coach, Under-23's
1992: Head Coach, Senior National Team
1993-94: Assistant to Dutch coach Reinhard Fabisch, Senior National Team
1995-96: Technical Advisor, All National Teams
1997-98: Head Coach, Senior National Team (1997: dual role as National
Coach and Black Rhinos FC Head Coach)
1978: Head Coach, Florida United (Mutare, Zimbabwe) - Manicaland League
1979-80: Head Coach, Red Seal Rovers (Mutare, Zimbabwe ) - Manicaland
League 2nd Division
1980: Junior and Senior Regional Coach (Mutare, Zimbabwe) - Coca-Cola
Tournament Semi-Finalists (Under-18)
1981-83: Head Coach, Cosmos FC (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) - National League
1983 - Division 1 Runners-Up and Castle Cup Semi-Finalists
1984-89: Head Coach, Zimbabwe Saints FC (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) – National
League Premier Division
1987: League Champions, BAT Rose Bowl Runners-up, Rothman's Shield
1988: League Champions, BAT Rose Bowl Runners-Up, Chibuku Trophy
Rothman Shield Runners Up, African Club Cup of Champions, 2nd Round
1989: African Club Cup of Champions, Quarter Finalists, Independence
1989-94: Head Coach, Highlanders FC (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) - National
League Premier Division
1990: League Champions, ZIFA Trophy Winners, Africa Day Trophy Winners,
Mar 19: Speculations were
on for about a month that he will take over from Carlos as new coach but
the official procedure was still left and it took place today in Delhi.
He will take charge from June 1, thus his presence during the Bayern
Munich match on May 27th looks uncertain. It is reported that he will
get 36 lakhs along with well furnished flat, car etc. It is to be noted
that under Kareem churchill performed quite well this year with lot of
youngsters. It is to be seen whether he can perform the same for Mohun
Bagan, the National Club of India with quite a few talented TFA players
already recruited by Bagan officials.
MARINERS DEFEAT EAST
BENGAL 2-0 AND MAKES IN FIVE IN A ROW IN KOLKATA
January 21: Mohun Bagan today defeated East Bengal five times in a row
in Kolkata. Today, the Mariners beat East Bengal by 2 goals to nil. Both
the goals was scored by skipper, Baichung Bhutia. After the lemon break,
by a controversial decision, referee Dinesh Nair sent off Douglas and
the Mariners were reduced to 10 men. But despite the numerical
inferiority, Mariners scored another goal and won the match. Baichung,
who scored the goals at 29th and 63rd minutes was declared the Man of
the Match. Mohun Bagan missed many chances to score and could have won
the match by at least 5-1. Dharamjit, James, Barreto missed easy chances
to score. First goal was scored off a pass from Barreto off left flank
when his swerving left footed pass went to Baichung who scored on the
first attempt with his right foot and the ball went in like a bullet by
the first post, goalkeeper was standing in first post only but could not
move because of the speed with which the shot was taken. After the goal,
Barreto missed a easy chance when Subrata mispassed the ball and it went
straight to him but Barreto instead of shooting home just made a mistake
by passing the ball. In 2nd half, off a pass from Dharamjit inside the
box, Baichung got a easy ball to score and was running fast and just
when he was about to score, he slept and fell down and Mehraj and
Surkumar pounced to clear, but Mehraj while trying to clear the ball hit
the ball in Baichung's foot which ballooned up and was going inside the
goal when Subrata saved the ball and it came to Dharamjit who
unfortunately hit the bar and the ball came to Baichung in rebound who
again was waiting for the opportunity and dived and pushed the ball
inside the goal. A brilliant striker's goal indeed. After the goal,
Baichung got a chance to score hattrick when ball rebounded off Subrata
and Baichung took a left foot shot which unfortunately hit a EB
defender. Just after lemon break, Douglas was sent off and Bagan played
2nd half with 10 men but apart from last 10-15 minutes, the remaining
half was dominated by Mariners. James also missed an easy chance when he
had only goalkeeper to beat but took some time to take the shot thus
missing an easy chance. EB got the only chance of the match just few
minutes before final whistle when they missed an easy head to score.
Baichung got Man of the Match. For Mohun Bagan, Sangram, Odafa, Manju,
Barreto, Dharamjit and Baichung played brilliant football.
BAICHUNG FIRST GOAL
BAICHUNG 2ND GOAL
COURTESY ZEE SPORTS
MARINERS DEFEAT VIVA
Jan 13: Mohun Bagan
played an attacking football today throughout and though they won by
2-0, could have scored many more goals today. Baichung Barreto missed
few chances to score and one head of Baichung was saved from goalline by
Viva Defence. Baichung and Ishfaq scored for Bagan. Baichung goal came
in 36th minute off Dharamjit cross which Barreto deflected off head and
Baichung shot the ball in via his right foot in first half. Ishfaq came
as substitute and score late in the match in 87th minute off a 1:1
situation from a Baichung pass. In 2nd half Viva played attacking
football and Sangram played very well today and made few good saves and
did not concede any silly goal today. Odafa was shown yellow card today.
Douglas was outstanding today and received Man of the Match award today.
Baichung played very well today and was well supported by Barreto and
Lalampuia. TEAM: Sangram, Subhashish, Odafa, Manju, Habibur, Douglas,
Venkatesh, Dharamjit (James), Lalampuia (Ishfaq), Baichung, Barreto (Lalkamal)
Jan 13: Mariners lock their horns against Viva Kerala, a team which shocked them in the tournament opener at Salt Lake. And now its payback time at Kerala! The mood in the camp is upbeat though they will be missing the services of the young and agile Mohanraj (out with a double booking). Douglas is all set to return after missing out the earlier match against Sporting Clube (which they eventually lost 0-1 thanks to an unpardonable mistake by Sangram Mukherjee, on 9th Jan at Goa), in place of Bobo. According to the reports available, Habibur might be shifted to the left back position (usually taken by Mohanraj), and James will handle the right flank. Lalampuia might be added up front to bolster the scoring guns. Though the race for the title is getting bleaker with every lost point, Mariners will look to stuff their points kitty with as many as they can, and leave the rest to the great game !
Photos Courtesy: Jafar Khan from Kerala
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
Jan 5: Mohun Bagan played
their best match of the season to beat Mahindra 1-0. Mariners attacked
from first to last and played attacking football. Due to Sandeep Nandy,
Mohun Bagan could not score more goals. MB also missed 2 easy chances to
score. Barreto was outstanding today and again missed out on the Man of
Match award as it went to Odafa who also played quite well today.
Actually it was a team game from Mariners and no one can be singled out
for better performance. Mohun Bagan scored the goal in 2nd half from an
attack from the right in which James and Habibur combined quite
beautifully and Habibur centered towards goal and Barreto leaped and
headed the ball to perfection with goalkeeper having no chance. Unlike
other days, defence today was rock steady and Mohanraj, Manju Odafa had
a great match today. Mohun Bagan will next play Sporting de Goa on 9th
in Goa, match will start at 3.30 pm, we will be providing live update.
KAUSTUV AND SOPAN CHEERING WHILE ARABINDA DANCING AND INFORMING
TRINANJAN OF THE GOAL
ODAFA GETTING MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD
MARINERS DEFEATS EAST
Nov 30: Mariners won
the first derby of the I-League. Baichung Bhutia scored the solitary
goal at 61st minute. Mohun Bagan missed 3 and played very well in 1st
half while East Bengal mounted pressure in 2nd half but Bagan defence
and Shilton played really well and did not concede any goal. Douglas got
Man of the Match award; however, the decision should have been given to
either Barreto, Mohanraj or Odafa. In first half, Mohun Bagan had
relentless pressure on opponent defence and got 2 chances, one missed by
Baichung when he could not connect a head off a Dharamjit head but
Baichung leaped quite nicely to connect but just failed to connect the
ball. In another chance, Baichung heeled the ball beautifully to Barreto
who got the ball in an open position, unfortunately his first stride
went too long and the ball went out of control and he shot wide. Just
after lemon break, Baichung missed a very easy chance when from
Dharamjit's head Baichung had to tap the ball in but he tried hard but
just could not connect the ball. Then East Bengal started attacking more
and was mounting more pressure in Bagan defence. In 61 minutes, Bagan
scored the goal. From James corner, ball came to Douglas who centered
the ball beautifully and Barreto headed the ball to perfection towards
Habibur and Baichung who were standing unmarked in EB box. Baichung
leaped and headed the ball and the ball went in with Subrata Pal
completely out of position. Lalampuia had come in just before the goal
in place of Venkatesh who otherwise had an outstanding match but had to
be replaced as he was not fit completely. After the goal, Edmilson
missed one easy chance and one half chance, in both cases he shot wide.
Otherwise, Mariners defence was rock steady. Bagan missed one more
chance when center from left found Lalampuia and Baichung but both tried
to reach for the ball and as a result they could not trap the ball
properly. For Bagan, Shilton was confident and played well. In defence
Mohanraj was outstanding and he made quite a few timely tackles. Odafa
and Manju were much better than previous match. Habibur made few
mistakes but overall was quite good. He was later replaced by Lalkamal
and James went to side back. James had a poor 1st half but in 2nd half
he defended well. Venkatesh was superb in midfield and snatched the ball
quite well and was marshalling the attacks. Dharamjit was also quite
good in midfield. Barreto was outstanding and in our view he should have
been the Man of the Match. His understanding with Baichung was superb
and the goal came out of this combination only. Douglas as defensive
medio was not bad but sometimes he fouled in a dangerous position, in
2nd half he played better. Baichung tried hard, missed few chances but
scored the all important goal and gave Mariners 3 points. As a
replacement, Lalampuia created havoc in his usual style with his pacy
run but Lalkamal was not up to the mark, Subhashish came as late
replacement in place of Dharamjit and he was quite good. Bagan now has
11 points and has a very important match against Mahindra on 5th in Salt
Dec 22: Mohun Bagan
upfront were at its very best but unfortunately defense line and
goalkeeper performed very poorly and allowed opponent to score 4 goals.
Coach made few mistakes while selecting first team, keeping Lalkamal and
Sangram in first team was a huge mistake. Mohun Bagan went ahead within
2 minutes, it a beautiful move where Bobo gave to Baichung who passed to
Barreto inside box and Barreto gave a wall pass to Baichung who scored
the first goal, a good move inside the box indeed. Within 10 minutes
Salgaokar equalized due to a costly mistake by Sangram. A long ball from
midfield was going towards Ambani, Odafe was marking him but suddenly
Sangram unnecessarily came charging at the edge of the box and could not
clear the ball, Ambani pushed the ball past Sangram and placed it inside
empty net, a complete goalkeeping error. Then after few minutes, Felix
was attacking via right flank and when he just moved inside the box,
Rauf again needlessly tackled him and missed the ball and hit Felix's
leg and rightly penalty was given and Felix converted the penalty,
Sangram didn't even dive, just was standing still. Within 25 minutes,
Salgaokar was leading 2-1. Then good sense prevailed in Carlos and he
fielded Lalamapuia in place of Lalkamal and within 10 minutes Bagan
scored 2 goals and went ahead by 3-2. First goal was a pass from Bobo
which Lalampuia centered via his left foot, Barreto pushed the ball in
goal past goalkeeper and the second one from a Lalampuia center Barreto
took a well-measured head, this was the best goal of the match indeed.
In second half from a superb Dharamjit corner, Bobo headed the ball in
to make it 4-2. Then again a costly goalkeeping error. Felix took a
freekick from outside the box and Sangram missed the flight and ball
went straight into goal. Goalkeeper is supposed to be the last man of
defence, but the way Sangram played coach might think of keeping one
player behind Sangram to amend for his errors. Then Salgaokar made it
4-4 due to defensive error. The center which was made from left found
unmarked Felix inside the box who scored with ease, his hattrick and he
was adjudged man of the match. Another bad decision was keeping
Venkatesh as defensive medio, he was extremely slow and was not playing
to his potential and basically he is an attacking player. He was then
replaced by James and within minutes after he came Mohun Bagan got a
free kick from just outside the box and James bend it like Beckham to
make it 5-4 and thus giving Bagan three points. The last few minutes
Peter Siddiqui came as a substitute for Bobo to strengthen the defence
and to see that Bagan does not concede any more goals. Before the
Kolkata derby which will be on 30th, this 3 point will act as a moral
booster for the team indeed.
For Mohun Bagan, Sangram performed very poorly and he is to be blamed
for two goals. Odafa in last match was outstanding against Churchill but
today he lacked confidence and there was lack of combination between he
and Manju. Habibur was better than Rauf Khan in side back but both of
them made many mistakes. The penalty which Bagan conceded was due to
needless tackle by Rauf whereas the 4th goal was partially due to
Habibur. Venkatesh played a little deep in halfline in an unusual
position for him and could not play that well. Bobo was so-so but better
than Douglas though in case of 2 goals the first pass came from him but
Bobo lacks defensive quality and hardly makes any tackle. Dharamjit was
best in midfield and played quite well. James was also very good from
the time he came as replacement and James should be there in first team.
Lalkamal was as usual horrible and rightly replaced by Lalampuia and he
played superbly. Barreto Baichung upfront was combining quite well and
again proved that they are the best forward line in India but with such
dismal performance from defence and goalkeeper, coach will have many
unsleeping nights before the match versus East Bengal on 30th.
Nov 18: Mohun Bagan
defeated MSc 1-0 to make it all-win title in Kolkata league. MB finished
the league 10 points ahead of 2nd position EB. Lalampuia scored for
Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan missed 3-4 easy chances to score with Barreto,
Lalam, James missing. Lalam scored in 87th minute off a Lalkamal pass
which deflected off a MSc defender and Lalam pounced on the opportunity
and his right foot shot went to goal beating goalkeeper. Shilton saved
one penalty in dying minutes of the match and he was adjudged Man of the
Match. Lalampuia finished with 8 goals. Barreto became highest scorer
with 14 goals.
MOHUN BAGAN KOLKATA
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR 27TH TIME
Nov 14: Mohun Bagan
defeated Peerless 2-0 to win Kolkata League for 27th time. Lalampuia and
Barreto scored for Mohun Bagan today. Mohun Bagan completely dominated
the match and could have won by a bigger margin. Baichung was
outstanding today. In first half Baichung and Lalampuia played as
strikers with Barreto as attacking medio and midway in 2nd half
Venkatesh came in place of Lalmpuia and Barreto moved into striker
position with Baichung. Both combinations worked wonders for Mariners.
Mohun Bagan's last match is against Mohammedan on 18th. Mohun Bagan will
start NFL campaign on 26th versus JCT in Kolkata. Ex Mohun Bagan players - Leonardo congratulated the team, while sitting far in Brazil Heres what he said: " Congratulations Bagan!!!!!!!! Hope we win the NFL now !!!!!!Go Bagan!!!! YOU ARE IN MY HEART!!! "
GAFFARI AND EMEKA IN
Aug 24: Currently, two
midfielders are in trial in Mohun Bagan, Gaffari and Emeka. Gaffari had
played three years back in Dempo and last year played in Indonesia.
Emeka played in Bangladesh. Coach will select one of them who will be
the 3rd foreigner for Fed cup apart from Odofa and Barreto. Gaffari told
our correspondent that he is very willing to play for Mohun Bagan and
that he wanted to play in Kolkata, Indonesia football is good but not so
intellectual as in India, especially Kolkata. Meanwhile Mohun Bagan gets
quite easy fixture in Fed cup this time. They will play ONGC Mumbai on
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
Mohun Bagan, Peter Siddiqui, Barreto and Venkatesh scored the goals.
Mohun Bagan completely dominated the first half and scored 2 goals in
this half but could have scored at least two more. The first goal came
off a well measured corner from James Singh which Peter Siddiqui headed
beautifully and the ball went into the net in the 26th minute. Then in
44th minute, Lalampuia send a through pass to Barreto who got the ball
at the edge of the box and when he about to shoot, he was brought down
by a defender and Mariners got a penalty. Barreto scored from the
penalty with goalkeeper going in different direction. In 2nd half,
Peerless started attacking more and Mohun Bagan defence was under
pressure and was making few bad mistakes. Shilton also started making
errors. In 63rd minute, needlessly Shilton went out of his position to
collect a ball which George striker Muritala scored beautifully lobbing
the ball past goalkeeper. Then in 70th minute, Odafa could not clear the
ball properly and Bagan defence was not in position and Kartik Kisku
scored off a right footer which Shilton again could not save. After
score became 2-2, Mohun Bagan again started playing well, a clear goal
was not given as Lalampuia and Dharamjit exchanged pass among themselves
and Lalampuia scored nicely but referee disallowed due to offside. TV
replay showed it was a clear goal. Then Barreto missed a easy chance to
score from a Venkatesh pass with only goalkeeper to beat. Barreto tried
to lobb the ball above the goalkeeper but could not do it properly.
Mariners scored the winning goal in 88th minute when a center from James
found Barreto who headed the ball down for Venkatesh and the latter made
no mistake in scoring off a thumping left footer. Venkatesh was adjudged
Man of the Match. Peter Siddiqui will miss next match after receiving
two yellow cards.
MOHUN BAGAN MAKES IT 5
IN A ROW AGAINST EAST BENGAL IN KPL
17: Mohun Bagan played gem of a football to defeat
arch rivals by 4-3. MB were leading by 4-1 after half time, but due to
complacency they conceded 2 more goals. For Mohun Bagan Barreto,
Venkatesh, Lalampuia and Odofa was outstanding. Opponent coach had
challenged yesterday to Mariners that they do not have courage to win
the match, today's result was a tight slap in his face. Keeping Mohun
Bagan President's words that MB will make it 4 in 4 vs EB this year,
Mariners have made 1 up with three minimum matches to go against arch
rivals. Meanwhile, this is Mohun Bagan's straight 5th win in a row
versus East Bengal in KPL. Mariners completely dominated the match today
and could have scored many more goals but could not due to missed
chances. Barreto and Lalampuia scored 1 goal while Venkatesh scored 2
goals. Mohun Bagan now are 1 point ahead of EB in league table.
GOAL OF VENKATESH
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
EASTERN RAILWAY 3-0
11: Mohun Bagan played brilliant football in the first
half to crush Eastern Rail by 3 goals. Barreto, who
continued his superb form, started and ended the scoring
with strikes in the 5th and 31st mins, while Venkatesh
scored a scorcher in the 26th min. Venkatesh, who
marshaled the midfield with supreme class was awarded
the Man of The Match.
MOHUN BAGAN PUMP 7 PAST
8: Mohun Bagan today showed attacking football at its
best and destroyed Port Trust 7-0. Barreto scored two
goals while Lalampuia, Venkatesh, Lalkamal, Dharamjit
scored the other goals, the last goal was a same side
one. Lalkamal got Man of the Match award which could
have been won by Barreto or James Singh also. Mohun
Bagan completely dominated the match.
BARRETO EXCELS IN BAGAN
WIN VERSUS CHIRAG
5: Mohun Bagan played great football today especially in
2nd half to beat Chirag 4-3. Barreto scored a world
class goal via back volley and helped Venkatesh and
Lalampuia score 2 more goals via his inch-perfect center
and diving head which paved the way for them to score
the goals. The last goal was scored by Peter Siddiqui
from a free kick of Dharamjit. Mohun Bagan conceded 1st
two goals due to mistakes made by Sangram and Lalkamal.
The last goal that MB conceded was due to mistake made
by referee who gave 2 penalties against MB, both of them
being converted. Barreto got MoM award.
MOHUN BAGAN FAILS TO
DEFEAT GEORGE TELEGRAPH
August 1, 2007
1: Mohun Bagan failed to defeat George Telegraph and match ended 1-1.
Mohun Bagan conceded goal due to an error by Sangram. After that
Mariners attacked with flare but could not convert. In 2nd half, James
came as substitute and scored one brilliant goal via a right footed shot
from about 30 yards distance. Mohun Bagan missed many chances in the
match. Barreto missed one easy chance via head off a Venkatesh cross.
Ishfaq and Barreto tried few shots but were saved by George goalie who
received Man of the Match award. In 2nd half, Lalampuia and James came
in as substitute and Mohun Bagan played much more pressing football in
this half. Lalampuia missed two easy chance to score, both via left
foot, one was saved by goalie and the other the ball went way above the
post. Barreto also muffed up one easy chance when he had just goalie to
beat, he lobbed the ball but ball heat post and came back. Just before
end of match, Barreto took a lovely header off a cross by Dharamjit
which hit the post. James delivered an inch perfect cross from the right
which Ishfaq could not head properly and goalkeeper was out of position
and Subhashish failed to nod the ball in with open goal in front of him.
Overall performance by Mohun Bagan was satisfactory as far as the
chances which were created but could not finish. Coach made blunder by
not fielding James and Lalam in first team. For Mariners, Venkatesh,
Ishfaq, Barreto played well. Mohun Bagan plays next match on 5th against
Gobin became the first ever Player of Indian Origin to sign for the
National Club of India when he signed the contract papers today evening
at the club tent. Gobin is a striker/attacking medio who was playing for
Savanne FC (3rd in the Mauritius League; Mauritius is much higher than
India in the FIFA ratings). Sewram will be playing for Bagan
from the Federation Cup. Till then, he will have to continue impressing
the coach and satisfy a few other modalities.
Jay Bhunjun - Vice President of Savanne FC and chief mentor for Gobin ,
who had been working tirelessly, hand in hand with the
bring Gobin down to India said: " This is a historic moment for us.
Mohun Bagan is a huge phenomenon in Mauritius. We have a whole block in
our major stadium in Mauritius dedicated to Mohun Bagan!The last few
days were mesmerising for us! It feels great to be a part of a legend in
the form of Mohun Bagan."
It now remains to be seen whether Gobin can live up to the expectations
of the club in the long run. Incidentally, a few other PIOs had turned
out for a couple of teams last season without making any significant
impact. It's now Gobins turn to deliver !
MB DAY CELEBRATION
- 29th July '07
Mohun Bagan Athletic
Club – The National Club of India, showed their spirit to the sports
sorority of Bengal. Like the previous seven occasions, the members and
the supporters were there to celebrate the Mohun Bagan Day as usual. The
dimension of festival was dignified with the introduction of some noble
aspect of rejuvenation. For the first time in India, a club put the
concept of mascot in reality - Mohun Bagan Athletic Club of Kolkata.
29th July 1911 will always be a part of pride for every single Mohun
Bagan fan , not only due to its victory in IFA Shield but also for its
pronounced patriotism which evoked the subservient society to fight
against the British rule. Even today people are paying their tributes to
those eleven bare footed soldiers for their impeccable achievement which
made the history to its height.
The function started in the cloudy afternoon but the cloud was not heavy
enough to wash out the festive mood of Mohun Baganies. U 13 Mohun Bagan
squad had a friendly encounter with the Avenue Sanmiloni to register a
2-0 victory over the latter. There were notable attendances of crowd
although there was a non stop threatening of monsoon rain. Some may have
thought that the monsoon cloud halted for a moment over the ground to
salute the spirit of Mohun Bagan.
Much of the enjoyment elongated with the ambient drum beaters playing
the drum around the ground. Then came the turn of Royal Bengal Tiger,
the official mascot of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, which started
entertaining the crowd. Even the ex players were quite excited to have
the mascot with them in the photo session.
The ex players participated in a friendly football match. Former great
players like Pranab Ganguly, Ashoke Chatterjee, Bidesh Bose, Prasun
Mukherjee and others were using their skills to mesmerize the mariner
crowd. Mohun Bagan coach Carlos Pereira was there and even he was
thrilled to see the acrobatic effort of Tridib Talukdar to put the ball
inside the nylon net. That time coach Carlos Perreira was found sharing
a few funny moments with the mascot. P.K Bannerjee, Badru Banerjee was
also there to add the fragrance of festive to its perfection.
None could stop himself from getting the glamour of Mohun Bagan Day .How
could the tollywood stars remain an exception? They came forward with
the Sports Journalists to entertain everybody, Chinmoy Roy executed some
dribbling skill with the football. ! However the match ended at a 3-0
score sheet in favor of the tollywood stars, the function was not ended
rather just began.
The Mohun Bagan Ratna was awarded to Late Dhiren Dey for his
contribution as administrative body. It was during his time the concrete
gallery was made for the members. The flood lights were also introduced
in his time.
Anjan Mitra announced the official name of the mascot, it was Baggu. The
cultural program was lifted to a high with the presence of Arati
Mukherjee and Raghab Chhaterjee. The lightning fire crackers made the
moon to escape behind monsoon cloud. At the close of the function the
members gathered at the dinning space for dinner. It was all about a
pure taste of Mohun Bagan culture which not only told about the story of
old heroism but to engage the youth of today to shift the baton to the
youth of tomorrow. That was all about the experience of past to ensure
the expectation of future.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATED
27: Mohun Bagan defeated MBSFA 4-1 today in a practice
match. For Mariners, Dharamjit scored 2 goals and Ishfaq
and Sewram Gobin scored 1 goal each. Mohun Bagan's first
Sangram, Mohanraj, Peter, Habibur, Suman, Dharamjit,
Venkatesh, Lalkamal, James, Ishfaq and Sewram Gobin.
www.mohunbaganclub.com has helped the club in bringing
Sewram Gobin in trial as PIO (Player of Indian origin).
Mohun Bagan is currently holding the residential camp in Durgapur
since 16th July 2007. The team is expected to have the
camp till 27th July 2007. The Coach Carlos Roberto
Pereira and his deputy the Bagan boy Satyajit
Chatterjee are working closely with the team here. The
veteran coach, who is happy with the infrastructure at
Durgapur, is conducting sessions twice a day - 8 am in
the morning and 4 pm in the afternoon.Bagan
is having Dipak, Maria, Manju, and Baichung in
the national camp.
May 27: Mohun
Bagan today demolished Dempo 4-0 and lifted Super Cup. Mohun Bagan
could have won by 2 more goals if Barreto would not have missed easy
chance. Baichung scored hat trick and Lalampuia 1 goal.
This was a mixed year for Mohun Bagan. This is
their 2nd trophy after winning Fed Cup. In AFC
Cup, they have performed quite well just missing
berth for quarter finals by a whisker. They
finished runners in IFA Shield and IFA league
and reached Semi Final of Durand. However, the
most dismal part was performance in NFL. Overall
MB performance was the best among the Kolkata
MOHUN BAGAN BEAT PAHANG BY 2 GOALS TO 1
Mohun Bagan defeated Pahang FC, Malaysia by 2
goals to 1 in AFC Cup Group F away match at Stadium Darul Makmur,
Malaysia on Tuesday. This is the 2nd match for Bagan in AFC 2007.
While Baichung scored the winning goal, it was Lalawmpuia who initially
got the lead for Bagan. The Bagan defense under the leadership of
made it difficult for the Malays to score. In the 30th minute a through
from Sushil found Lalawmpuia, who made no mistake in converting the
opportunity into the goal. Bagan could have increased the margin
but Pahang defenders did well to restrict the visitors. Later midfielder
Tarik Al-Janaby, scored for the homers by a header. On 74th minute,
Baichung scored from an opportunity created from a mis-pass from
Mohammed Iqbal, Pahang goalie.
Again Mariners excelled this time in Goa in
absence of 6-7 players of dream team but still
MB created huge number of chances and
could have won the match 4-1, but matche ended
0-0 against Sporting club de Goa. Continuing with
his top form, Deepak was chosen MoM but
it could have been Dulal also. He was at his
career best form today. He took two thundering
shots from outside box, one was saved
brilliantly by goalie but the other one was
denied by post. Both the shots were world class.
He also created an open net chance for
Lalawmpuia who missed yet again today. It is
high time Sushil and Lalawmpuia grow up and
utilize the chances they are getting in National
Club of India. Overall, great effort by Mariners
under Chima but like last 2 matches luck factor
and missed chances denied full points.
Just before end, Surajit missed a easy header
from a inch perfect corner of Lalkamal.
MOHUN BAGAN HOLDS TAMPINES ROVERS 0-0
Under Chima Okerie, Mohun Bagan excelled once
again. Without the presence of Baichung, Barreto,
Du, Dharamjit, Tomba, Maria, Mehraj Mohun Bagan
still managed to hold the fancied opponents from
Singapore by 0-0. Lalawmpuia like EB match
played inspiring football. If nurtured properly,
he will be the next superstar of Indian
football. Playing his first match for MB,
Douglas got Man of the Match today. He really
played terrific football and HE WAS RIGHTLY
SELECTED MOM. However, it could have been given
to Deepak, Anit or Mehtab also. Deepak is
continuing with his supreme form.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATED BY
Mohun Bagan was defeated by
East Bengal 1-0. Mohun Bagan played dazzling
football in 2nd half but could not score due to
missed chances. Lalawmpuia though excelled today
but missed quite a few easy chances to score.
MOHUN BAGAN FACE ARCH RIVALS
Feb 26: It is Sangram
Mukherjee, Deepak Mandal, Mehtab Hussain, Lalkamal Bhawmick, Dipendu
Biswas, Chinmoy Sarkar, Suman Dutta, Manas Das on one side and Vincent
Peres,Bibiano Fernandes, Alvito D'Cunha on the other side. No its not
Bengal vs Goa - its Mohun Bagan AC facing the City giant Kingfisher East
Last year Bagan won two consecutive matches against KEB but went down to
the arch rivals and had a bad show in the National Football League and
they failed to win the Cup. Mariners had to remain satisfied with the
The Fed Cup champion did not start the ONGC CUP well and could only
secure 7 points from 5 matches, while the rivals have secured 11 points
from equal number of matches.
Bagan players namely
Sanjeev Maria, Favio Vidal, Dharamjit Singh, Baichung Bhutia are nursing
injuries and Subrata Pal, Sushil Singh, D. Ravanan are in the national
squad. Bagan had released Du for injuries. Bagan's probable 14 - Sangram,
Mehraj, Deepak, Maria, Manas, Mehtab, Lalkamal, Favio, Chinmoy, Barreto,
Baichung, Lalawmpuia, Suman and Dipendu.
Kingfisher would miss the service of Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Rahim Nabi,
Alvito D'Kunha and Covan Lawrence for various reasons. The probable team
- Ayan, Vincent Peres, Christiano, M. Suresh, Soumik Dey, Bibiano
Fernandes, Izumi Arata, Mama, Edmilson, Ambani, Jayanta Sen, Dipankar
Roy, Asim Biswas
Players to watch :
Bagan - Baichung Bhutia, Jose Barreto, Lalkamal Bhawmick, Mehrajuddin.
KEB - Soumik Dey, Ambani, Mama, M. Suresh
It would be an interesting match to watch.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATED BY
18: Mohun Bagan was defeated by Dempo 2-1.
Mariners scored the first goal in first half via
Baichung Bhutia off a Barreto header which the
former flicked to perfection. Dempo scored
equalizer via defensive lapse, Ranty score. The
winner came in 2nd half via Climax Lawrence.
Mohun Bagan has now 4 points from 5 matches.
MOHUN BAGAN MATCH SHIFTED TO SALT LAKE
Feb 14: MB excecutive committee had taken a
decision of not playing the Dempo match anywhere
other than Salt Lake. Today WB Sports Minister
wilted under pressure and the match will be held
in YBK on Sunday. Final decision will be taken
in a meeting tomorrow at 1:30 pm. MB-MSC match
on Feb 23 may also be held in Salt Lake.
Congrats Anjan MItra and his team. This is
indeed the joy of Kolkata football.
In another decision taken regarding transfer of
players from next season, now players of the two
big teams in Kolkata can join the other team,
but for that the team have to pay 25% of the
players fee to the player's last club (earlier
they had to pay 10 lakh as transfer money). This
is also indeed a healthy decision taken.
10-MAN MOHUN BAGAN
BATTLES HARD BUT CONCEDES TWO GOALS AGAINST SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL
Feb 4: Sao Paolo from Brazil scored 9 goals
against the other two Kolkata teams before they
met Mohun Bagan. Mariners selected this match
to see the three new boys they have registered
from MBSFA, and wanted to test the defense as
well. It was a busy day for Deepak with Maria
and Mehraj on two sides. Manas , Anit , Favio,
Dulal and Lalkamal were the midfielders and
Barreto & Baichung were the forwards. Bagan
initially created some panic in SPFC defense.
But from the 4th minute Baichung was trapped by
SPFC play acting and he started loosing his
temper. Baichung was booked in the 35th minute
and got the marching order in the 40th minute.
Bagan conceded the first goal in the 24th
minute, when a swerving shot from the freekick
dropped just before the far post and went in.
The second goal took place in the 76th
min. Bagan had fielded 3 players of MBSFA today.
The players seemed to be promising. This match
will be remembered for brilliant performance by
Barreto, Maria, Mehraj and Deepak. Young Lalkamal would have to keep
his cool in the opponent penalty area. Favio was
also not at his best today. Dulal was
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS AIR INDIA 2-1
Jan 20: Mohun Bagan showed class in 2nd
half and defeated Air India 2-1, Fabio and
Barreto scored for Bagan. Surprisingly, coach
Robson did not include Dharamjit and Lalkamal in
first team but on their inclusion in 2nd half
team performance changed and Mariners played
dazzling football. In this period Bagan scored
one via Barreto, an opportunistic goal which he
finished cool headed, but could have scored many
more. Air India keeper was continously holding
the ball in his hand and kicking from outside
the box (four times he did in first half) and in
2nd half he was penalized and Bagan got
free-kick. Fabio scored from a thundering
free-kick. Dharamjit was later in 2nd half
replaced by Chinmoy as the former got slight
injury and coach did not want to take any risk,
but instead of Chinmoy inclusion of Lalawmpuia
would have been a better option. Last 10 minutes
Air India completely dominated and scored once.
For Bagan, Mehraj, Fabio, Mehtab, Dharamjit and
Baichung were the main heroes. Gautam, Suman,
Dulal and Manas were disappointing.
MOHUN BAGAN LOST BOTH
AWAY MATCHES TO MAHINDRA AND JCT
10: Mohun Bagan today suffered 2-0
defeat on the hands of JCT. Sunil Chetry scored
both goals. Barreto again could not leave up to
the potential. He missed quite a few easy
chance. Baichung tried a lot but could not
score. Dipendu also was fielded only for 5
minutes before end of play. Maria got red card
after receiving two yellow cards. Strategy of
coach is also to be questioned. He continues
playing with 3-man defence even in absence of Du.
Jan 14: In an unimpressive display of
football, Bagan surrendered hands down to
Mahindra United after th\aking an early lead.
Baichung scored a magnifiicent goal in the early
minutes. But later on, it was only Mahindra all
over as Bagan succumbed timidly to the Mahindra
pressure , a lot of flak will have to be taken
by the Bagan defenders whose childish follies
cost the team a couple of silly goals. Barreto,
too, wasted an easy to reduce the margin.
Yakubu struck twice, and Pomeyie and Abhisek
Yadav struck one a piece to make it 4-1 in
favour of the Mumbai Jeepmen.
MOHUN BAGAN HELD BY HAL 0-0
Jan 6: Mohun Bagan could not beat HAL in
their first match of NFL today. They got quite a
few chances to score but could not. Just before
end of the match, Baichung's shot hit the post
and went away. However, HAL also got few chances
of defensive lapse, which luckily was saved by
Sangram. Overall, this is an unimpressive start
but keeping in mind this is an away match, 1
point is not bad. Ayan was injured 10 minutes
before end of match.
TEAM: Sangram, Maria, Deepak, Dulal, Fabio,
Dharamjit, Bijoy, Lalkamal (Mehtab), Chinmoy (Ayan, Sushil), Barreto,
ASSISTANT COACH OF MOHUN BAGAN
Jan 2: Bernard Operanozie has been
appointed assistant coach of Mohun Bagan and he
will assist Robson during NFL. When the team
will be in action in away matches, he will here
in Kolkata with other players of the team and
will train them.
It has been reported that Tomba, Mehraj and
Subhash who missed Fed cup due to injury will
play in NFL. Mohun Bagan will play their
first match against HAL in Bangalore on January
A member of Mohun Bagan club, Mr. Gautam Manna
has prepared an unique greetings card for
winning Fed cup as well as New year.
MOHUN BAGAN BECOMES CHAMPION CLUB OF INDIA FOR 12TH TIME
30: Mohun Bagan defeated Sporting club de
Goa 4-2 in tie breaker to win Fed Cup for record
12th time. The match ended 1-1 after 120
minutes. Fabio scored via a thumping head
off a Mehtab free-kick. The players are so much
fit is proved by the fact that Mariners had
played 120 minutes in the last three matches.
Robson has indeed done a great job as a phyio
but as a coach he had made few mistakes today by
withdrawing Dharamjit, Mehtab, and Lalkamal and
replacing by 3 strikers. Anyway, credit should
be given to him. As a stop-gap coach Mohun Bagan
is runners in IFA Shield and Champions in Fed
Cup. Baichung got Man of the Tournament and
Highest scorer award for scoring 4 goals in the
tournament. Today, apart from Baichung, Maria,
Deepak and Fabio had a great game. Sangram saved
2 penalties in shoot-out. Barreto, DIpendu and
Fabio scored for Mariners. Mohun Bagan has
qualified to play in AFC Cup 2007.
MOHUN BAGAN REACHES
FINAL OF FED CUP
27: It was a brilliance of one Indian striker,
was a sheer strength of commitment from
Bhaichung Bhutia which helped the Bagans to bag
the ticket for the final of 28th “Peerless”
Federation Cup 2006 here in Salt Lake stadium,
Kolkata. Even being doubtful to make it in the
first eleven before 24 hour of the crucial
encounter against Dempo, Bhaichung couldn’t stop
himself to take the boots and he came back in
style against the stalwart Dempo defence.
It has been an eventful occasion since the 2004
Fedration Cup. This time also a high voltage
encounter has been executed by few players
including Ranty Martins of Dempo and Lalampuia
of Mohun Bagan who were sent off the ground
showing off the ball agitation. It was Dempo who
took the lead in the 27th minute of play through
their Nigerian recruit Ranty Martins. Mariners
after conceding the goal started to mount
pressure but couldn’t get to the top till the
MOHUN BAGAN REACHES SEMI-FINAL OF FED CUP
24: Baichung-Barreto combination showed its
excellence in 26th minute when Barreto got a
brilliant pass from Baichung and scored one of
the best goals of the tournament so far after
turning 180 degrees and placing the ball
beautifully past the goalkeeper. After Churchill
went ahead 2-1, Dipendu scored an equalizer in
86th minute off a head from a well-measured
Dharamjit free-kick. Mohun Bagan missed quite a
few very easy chances to score today. Baichung
played ecstatic football.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
VIVA KERALA 4-1 TO REACH QUARTER FINAL OF FEDERATION CUP
21: Beware opponents! Baichung-Barreto
combination showed magic today as Mariners
trounced Viva Kerala 4-1. Baichung and Mehtab
scored 2 goals each. Barreto missed two very
easy chances to score but last two goals came
off his pass. The goal by Mehtab by thundering
head off a Baichung center was the best of the
lot. It reminded us of Sisir Ghosh. Mohun Bagan
completely dominated the match. The only goal
they conceded was a "referee" gifted one as the
shot from Babatunde went straight into goal
though the free-kick was an indirect one.
MOHUN BAGAN LOSES TO MAHINDRA IN SHIELD FINAL
Dec 15: Mohun Bagan missed quite a few easy chances and lost the final
of IFA shield. Mahindra won by 1-0. Two shots of Barreto and Lalawmpuia
hit the post. Baichung really tried hard but did not get adequate
support from midfield. By his individual effort, he came close to
scoring twice. Like semifinal, Barreto was not in his prime form in
final also. Defence looked shattered in absence of Du. Few strategies of
coach are to be questioned like not including Dharamjit in starting
lineup or continuing with Dulal for full 90 minutes. Performance of new
Brazilian, Fabio is very poor.
13th December : Mohun Bagan reaches final of IFA Shield:
Dec 13: Mohun Bagan
reached final of IFA Shield by beating Sporting
de Goa 1-0 via a left footer shot by Lalkamal
Bhowmick which beat the goalkeeper hands down.
Barreto and Baichung missed three easy chances
to score. In the 2nd half after the goal was
scored, Mariners played great attacking
football. Sangram, Du, Mehtab, Lalkamal and
Baichung was brilliant today but Dharamjit and
Deepak was best. Du did not allow Dudu any space
throughout the match and thus he fouled Du many
times which referee overlooked. Once Dudu came
and hit Gautam and pushed him to the ground.
After the match, Dudu came and hit badly at Du
and Du to save himself pushed him but
unfortunately Du was also shown red card along
with Dudu. After the match, Barreto clearly said
that it was the fault of Dudu and not Du. A
decision on whether Du will play final will be
taken in a meeting to be held on December
15 at 10 am. MB management has already send
video evidence along with a letter to the match
MOHUN BAGAN PLAYED BRILLIANT FOOTBALL BUT COULD NOT SCORE ANY GOALS
10: Mohun Bagan again complicated dominated
the match but could not score any goals and
match ended in 0-0. Mohun Bagan completely
dazzled everyone in the last half an hour of the
match after introduction of Baichung and Mehtab
in second half. Baichung-Barreto combination
showed signs that this time they will click and
really combined well in 2nd half. Fabio in his
first match got pass mark but is slightly slow
and may improve in coming matches. Again,
Barreto was tripped inside opponent box, and
going with recent tradition, MB did not get
penalty. It is to be remembered that in both the
matches in KPL where MB had drubbed EB, the
former did not get two clear penalties. Mohun
Bagan will play semifinal on Dec 13.
Below are some pictures
from today's match:
Barreto tripped inside
Shenzen box but no penalty given
Dipendu missed the easiest chance off a Barreto pass
Du missed an easy chance
to score and shot wide
Barreto tries to score but could not get past goalkeeper
Mehtab run from midfield
blocked by two defenders
Deepak clears a Shenzen move
A terrific center from
Subhash cleared by defence
Another Barreto-Baichung deadly move
December 8: Fabio signs
for Mohun Bagan:
Dec 8: Fabio Cortez, the Brazilian midfielder
signed for Mariners today. He will be playing
the next match on Sunday against Shenzen. The
players will be back tomorrow from Indian team
and they will also play in the next match.
Dharamjit is more or less fit and he might also
be registered in IFA Shield team. The 17 players
registered so far for IFA Shield is Sangram,
Shilton, Du, Dipak, Rabhanan, Gautam, Manas,
Dulal, Suman, Chinmoy, Mehtab, Lalkamal, Dipendu,
Barreto, Surajit, Lalawmpuia and Fabio. 3 places
are left which will likely be filled by Baichung,
Subhash and Dharamjit.
MOHUN BAGAN HELD BY MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING BY 0-0
4: Mohun Bagan failed to defeat MSC and the
score remained 0-0. Mariners missed a number of
easy chances, the easiest by Surajit in first
half. In the last half an hour, Du, Dipendu
could not score and they were denied a clear
penalty as a cross from right was cleared off
hand by MSC defence. MSC got a penalty that was
saved by Sangram. Mehtab was outstanding today.
Du, Barreto, Dipak, Lalkamal had a good match
but Dipendu and Surajit were completely out of
form. However, it is quite surprising that
Bijay Basfore and Ayan is not included in IFA
Shield team while Surajit and Manas got chance.
28th November : Team
Physio Robson to act as Coach temporarily : After the startling resignation of Biswajit Bhattachariya, Mohun
Bagan officials today named Brazilian physio Robson as their temporary
coach. Mohun Bagan general secretary Mr. Anjan Mitra today told the
media person that they are running in crisis for a qualified coach and
at this moment they would not afford any inconsiderate decision that may
lead to tumult the fate of the team for the rest of the season.
Addressing the press meet Mr. Mitra added that four senior players will
be in cooperation with Robson. These players are Barreto, Deepak Mondal,
Dulal Biswas and Mehtab Hussain.
“We were having a good relationship beginning together and still I have
all my feelings towards parting coach Biswajit Bhattachariya” Mr. Mitra
said. He strongly put his aversion against few media for spreading
baseless stories. He ended all the allegations raised against Robson
regarding his activities during the Durand Cup. Anjan Mitra was there in
the Neh Delhi during the mariners encounter in Durand, had all the
happenings under his evidence. He was quite shocked to know the fact
that Biswajit Bhattachariya was carrying his resignation from Kolkata.
He opposed the fact of being defaulter of payment for last two months.
In front of the media he showed the contract paper which showed a
contract of Rs.5.5 Lakhs for eleven months. Mr. Mitra said that
Bhattachariya was in charge for five and half months and thus would be
liable for remuneration of Rs.2.75 Lakhs. According to Mr.Mitra Mohun
Bagan club management had already paid Rs.3.5 Lakhs to Biswajit
Bhattachariya, which means Rs.75, 000 in excess. Obviously Mr.Mitra
affirmed his uncertainty of the news. Finally when Robson was asked for
his qualification as a coach, Robson showed his professionalism by
mentioning the fact that he had been appointed as a temporary coach
apart from his role of being physio and would surely make the hot chair
empty for some one else whoever will be appointed by the club
Meanwhile the club officials will have a press conference tomorrow in
the club premises regarding the participation of Mohun Bagan SAIL
Football Academy in the SSSP Championship to be held in Singapore.
Mehtab Hussien - Once a
Mariner , Always a Mariner ...
Hussien and Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, took an long stride towards
professionalism when Mehtab signed in for Bagan for 3 years. This was a
rare instance for Indian football, when Mehtab resigned from a GOI - PSU
for to pursue his football career.
Mehtab who sent his resignation on 20th of this month to ONGC, waited
for his clearance, and as soon as the clearance came Mehtab went to the
IFA office along with the Mohun Bagan officials to confirm all the
formalities which is not only came as a relief to all the Mohun Bagan fans for the
coming three seasons, but also rolled down the curtains over the dilemmas
and the baseless rumours which were sparked by a certain website. That
particular website tried out various tricks to strain the relationship
between Mehtab and the club. They repeatedly posted totally baseless and
flase reports concerning the two parties. Mohun Bagan fans too should
think at least thrice before visiting that website.
This 3 year contract between our club and our loyal Mehtab, should serve
as a warning to that website. Similar baseless rumors if floated again
by that website, will be dealt with pretty severely.
Speaking to the media persons Mehtab expressed to continue his football
career with the National soccer club. He also added that Mohun Bagan
officials would allow him to go for trials in foreign lands.
Ending the long layoff, Mehtab donned the prestigious club colors
again, when he turned out in todays encounter versus Air India (23rd
November 2006), which Bagan won by a solitary goal in the
injury time scored by Surojit Bose. Bagan will be meeting either Dempo
or JCT in the semi finals of the Durand Cup.
21st November 2006:
Mohun Bagan’s drew with Mahindra United here in New Delhi today. It was
Barreto who scored with a 26th minute strike - a powerful righter footer
to put his side ahead.
But in the second half it was Barreto again who came into the rescue for
his former side when he tried to clear the ball off a corner from James
Singh, another ex Mohun Bagan game-maker. The ball took an extra curve
when it swung into the Bagan net.
It was probably the most significant fact of the match that Barreto
alone scored both the goals only to make clear cut evidence that how
much difference was there between him with the rest of the guys. After
today’s match both the teams are in the same position earning 4 points
from 2 matches. The goal difference is also equal. If things will not go
in a wrong direction it will be the same two teams who will qualify for
the last four from this group.
Sangram, Manas, Dulal, Goutam, Bijoy, Du, Chinmoy, Suman, Ndem, Barreto,
November 2006: MB 2-1 SCG Mohun Bagan started their campaign in 119th
“Osian’s” Durand Cup with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa. Dula
Biswas and Jose Ramirez Barreto scored for the mariners in the 74th and
76th minute of the play respectively where as MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi
reduced the margin for the Champion side from Goa.
The Mariners started their game on a cautious note, as expected from a
side sans its top 6 players. Keeping Anit Ghosh in the blocker position,
coach Biswajit Bhattacharya pushed Guy Ndem in the upfront with
promising prodigy Lalkamal in the midfield. In the early hours of the
match, Eduardo Chacon, popularly known as Du, headed the ball only to
see it ricochet of the side post. An intense midfield battle ensued.
Mariners earned few corners, one of which came close to give them the
lead when Barreto’s header was swept away from the goal line by the
Sporting defender. (pic1 : Du's header hits the SCG Goal post) After the lemon break Biswajit Bhattacharyia brought in Ayan
Chowdhury to replace Anit Ghosh; Ndem was shuffled in the midfield to
pair Ayan with Brazilian Barreto. The first blood of the match was drawn
by veteran Dulal Biswas in the 74th
minute - Barreto passed the ball to Ndem who took a booming right footer
which the Sporting keeper parried away with a great effort only to see
it land infront of Dulal, who calmly put his side ahead by placing it on
the other side of the keeper. Just two minutes later Mohun Bagan earned
a free kick from which Barreto nicely headed past the ball in the net.
During this patch of the match, Barreto was looking in awesome touch as
he was trying to rewind the magic of his self created golden past. Mean
while Dudu reduced the margin for the Sporting to console the Goan side
with a solitary goal.
Despite of the fact of not having the full strength, mariners coach
tried his all possible combinations to check the strength of his side
bench. He brought Dipendu in the 85th minute of (pic2: Goal Line save
by a SCG defender) play to replace Lalkamal. From today’s match it
was quite vivid that Biswajit Bhattachariya wouldn’t let things on the
hands of fortune, rather he would put his all possible efforts which he
used to in his early short spanned football career.
Mohun Bagan played great football and
defeated Railway FC 2-0, Ayan and Dipendu
scored. Dipendu has become joint highest score
with 7 goals in Premier League. Bagan could have won the match by 7 goals
with Endem, Satyajit, Ayan, Dipendu, Du missing
lots of chances. Certainly the fitness of the
players have improved a lot and unlike first few
matches, team is really playing well in 2nd half
also. Full credit goes to Biswajit and Robson.
Endem had a great match, especially in the 2nd
half and was rightly awarded Man of the Match.
Dharamjit, Du, Maria, and Endem played superbly.
Satyajit and Ayan has improved a lot.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEAT EASTERN RAILWAY
30: Mohun Bagan downs Eastern Rail by a margin
of 2 goals. The first goal was scored by Ayan
while Satyajit scored the second one. Ayan was
awarded Man of the Match. Bagan would have won
by a bigger margin.
MB completely dominated the match. Ayan himself
missed 3 chances to score. Rabhanan played
exceptionally well as central midfielder. Du and
Maria were rock solid in defence. Satyajit,
Subhash and Endem as change also played quite
effectively. Dipendu was excellent and gave
quite a few through pass to Ayan who should have
LALAWPUIA TO JOIN PRACTICE
27: Mohun Bagan has been placed in Quarter Final
group with Mahindra, Sporting de Goa and a
qualifier from pre quarter final.
Mohun Bagan matches are on November 19th, 21st
Today, there was NO PRACTICE and NO EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE MEETING in the club . Tomorrow practice will be held at 8
am in morning. Today officials met with Imran
and Lalawmpuia and the matter has been resolved
and latter will start practicing from tomorrow.
Gen Secy. Anjan Mitra specifically told that
NO MEETING OR DISCUSSION WITH ANY OTHER PLAYER
REGARDING ANY OTHER ISSUES.
18: The Ace striker of Mohun Bagan Dipendu
Biswas helped Bengal to reach Semi finals of
this year's Santosh Trophy. It was an individual
brilliance of Dipendu which helped Bengal sail
The goal came in the 2nd half via a direct
free-kick from outside the box which curved and
beat goalkeeper hands down in the 1st post.
Dipendu has scored both goals for Bengal in
quarter final league in this year's edition.
Dipendu told that this is one of the best goals
of his career. Mahindra United management and
last year coach of Mariners Amal Dutta wanted to
ruin his career and labeled him as "finished"
but to his determination and zeal with help from
Mohun Bagan management and coach Biswajit, he
has again come back to form. Congrats Dipendu.
BAICHUNG TO MISS THREE
MATCHES IN KFL
12th October, 2006
Baichung Bhutia will miss the last 3 matches
of KPL this year as in addition to the 2 match
suspension due to red card, he has been
suspended for 1 more match plus Rs. 50000 fine.
Debasish Dutta and Robson will sit out of the
technical area for 1 match. For Baichung, this
is a blessing in disguise as he will get good
Continuing with FALSE reporting, the ONLY BIASED
site of Indian football reported that Baichung
has been "banned for assault on referee" which
is a complete LIE. We completely condemn
this kind of purposeful biased reporting.
HE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOT LEAVING THE GROUND
FOR REMAINING 5 MINUTES OF THE MATCH AFTER
RECEIVING RED CARD.
SUDIP CHATTERJEE PASSES
18: Ex-Mohun Bagan player and Indian captain
Sudip Chatterjee passed away today. We express
condolence to his family on the loss of "the
complete footballer" of Indian football.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS EAST BENGAL 1-0
ENDEM SCORING GOAL OFF LALKAMAL PASS
26th September, 2006
26: Referee again tried to stop MB but could
not. Like 1st league, again a penalty has not
been awarded to Mohun Bagan after Rajat tripped
Baichung inside the box. Few minutes before the
end, for a yellow card offence, Baichung was
shown red card. Though at the end of the day,
biased refereeing could not stop Mohun Bagan win
1-0. This is fourth consecutive win of Mohun
Bagan over arch rivals in Premier League.
Congrats Bishuda and team.
Mohun Bagan could have won the match 4-0. Apart from the clear penalty,
Dulal's center hit the post and went away, Lalkamal tried to shot
himself inside the box but it would have been a sure goal if he would
have passed to Dipendu. Sangram, Du, Maria, Dipak, Dulal, Lalkamal,
Endem, Baichung and Dipendu had a great match with Sangram, Lalkamal,
Endem and Maria standing out.
Some other pictures from today's match.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING 1-0
Sep 10: Baichung
brilliance does it again for Mariners. This time
the goal came via his left footer shot off a
Dharamjit cross which left goalkeeper Gopal Das
fully stranded. Overall performance was quite
satisfactory with lot of chances being missed.
Lalkamal was adjudged man of the match.
Ayan missed an easy
chance to score in the 2nd half with only goalkeeper to beat but he
hit straight to the latter. Just before end of match, Ndem took a
shot which swerved a lot and was going inside goal but was
brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper. One header of Du off a
Dharamjit corner was saved from goal line by the opponent defender.
Sangram, Manas, Du, Dipak, Maria, Lalkamal, Dharamjit, Ndem, Chinmoy
(Dulal), Dipendu (Ayan), Baichung
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS PORT TRUST 2-1
Baichung direct free kick
10th September, 2006
Sep 10: Baichung came as a change in 2nd half.
It was enough time for him to show his
brilliance. He scored the winning goal of a
world class free kick (see picture below). Earlier Lalkamal scored
off a penalty (see picture below). Port had earlier taken the lead
before break. Dipendu missed few easy chances
today and missed a penalty. Baichung was the man
of the match today. Lalkamal was also brilliant
today playing his first match for Mariners. MB
has now 14 points out of 8 matches.
Some other pictures from today's match.
Lalkamal Penaty goal
Dipendu missed penalty
Port goal (Du in ground and Dipak
did not man mark)
Ball striking hand of Port defender
for 2nd penalty
Baichung among supporters
Baichung Man of the Match
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS CHIRAG UNITED 4-1
31st August, 2006
31: Mohun Bagan played their best match of the
season so far and defeated Chirag Sporting by
4-1. Dipendu scored hattrick (see his 3rd and
2nd goal in pic above). Du scored the other
goal. Dipendu was adjudged Man of the Match. He
was in excellent touch today and gave two
excellent pass to Chinmoy and Ayan who missed
easy chances. One individual run by Lalan almost
created the Maradona 86 magic but his shot just
Overall it was a great team effort, perhaps the first seen this season
and we hope that more of this comes in the coming tournaments.
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS
EASTERN RAILWAY 2-1
Mohun Bagan got full 3 points today by defeating Eastern Railway
2-1. MB took the lead in the very first minute when they got penalty
when Baichung was fouled inside the box. Mehraj converted from a
well taken penalty which went inside goal from the right of Eastern
Railway goalkeeper. The first half overall was dominated by Eastern
Railway, who after conceding the early goal played quite well and
piled up pressure on Bagan defence. Subrata made few errors in
judgment. For the equalizer of Eastern Railway, Dipak and Subrata
(like last match) is to be blamed. Dipak again slipped while
tackling and Subrata could have done better as the ball went past
him inside the net.
After the equalizer,
Mohun Bagan played well and came close to scoring few times in
second half. The winning goal came via Dipak Mandal after the ball
came off the goal post. Mehraj was the star of the match. He really
had a great match but the performance of the others in the midfield
were not satisfactory. Baichung though tried hard and gave few good
balls to Ayon but he is not getting support from midfield and he did
not get any through pass from other players. Subhash had few attacks
from the wing but he was also inconsistent. The next match is on
August 19 versus Mohammedan Sporting in Salt Lake Stadium.
Subrata, Manas, Maria, Dipak, Dulal, Satyajit (Suman), Mehraj,
Chinmoy, Subhash (Surajit), Baichung, Ayon (Dipendu)
BAGAN DAY CELEBRATION 29th July, 2006
It was 29th of July, 1911,
95 years back, when the Indian freedom movement found a new avenue
towards the independence when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire
Regiment by 2-1. 11 bare footed men showed their character and came
from behind not only to equalize but ultimately won the shield. It
was on that day when Mohun Bagan Athletic Club became an example
towards the subservient Indians and that phenomenon transformed the
whole nation. Mohun Bagan Athletic Club became the first ever Indian
team to win the IFA Shield and to pay the tribute, 29th July has
been celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day. This year the members and the
supporters of this prestigious club gathered together in numbers at
the club tent to celebrate the occasion.
It was a delayed start due to heavy rainfall; some may have thought
that it would going to be a colorless evening as it was still
raining. But the weather couldn’t stop the rhythm of melody; the
sweetness of sound that evoked from the core of Mohunbagani heart
remained unstoppable. 50 drummers started to move around the ground
beating the drum. Then it was the turn of the former players to show
their skills under these muddy conditions. It was very interesting
to watch as Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya was putting his efforts to
beat his opponent goalkeeper, Atanu Bhattacharya, who will be
assisting the former in this year's team. In this match, Green team
defeated Maroon team 1-0 via own goal. After this, another friendly
encounter was set between the sports journalists and the tollywood
film stars. The film stars were showing good skills as the opponents
were just trying to find some open space as they were in a mood to
find some news. The artist forum won by 3-0, Jishu scored one of the
goals, particularly impressive was Debesh Roy Chowdhury, who is not
only a terrific actor but also possesses terrific football skill. He
scored one of the goals.
There was a exhibition of quite a few
pictures of Mohun Bagan displayed below the Mohun Bagan gallery.
There were some very good pictures of various moments of glory of
the players of Mohun Bagan.
The main function was arranged behind the goal post, a nice and well
decorated stage was prepared which was graced by the presence of IFA
President Aditya Kashyap, Mohun Bagan President Tutu Bose, General
Secretary Anjan Mitra, Sailen Manna. The VIP row was honored by the
presence of personalities like Russi Modi, Prasun Mukherjee, Chuni
Goswami, Baichung Bhutia, Biswajit Bhattacharya etc. The under-15
players of Academy who will be going in a week's time to play in the
final rounds of Manchester United Premier cup were facilitated by
the senior players. On this occasion it was declared that the junior
team would undergo a short yoga training under Baba Ramdev’s
supervision. Balakrishnaji in his speech reiterated the importance
of developing mental strength of the footballers and that can be
achieved through meditation.
Then Hon. Governor Mr. Gopal Krishna Gandhi entered the club to
grace the occasion. Everybody present there welcomed him putting
their hands together. He was received on the stage by Padmashree
Sailen Manna. Mr. Gandhi was in his mesmerizing touch of speech
illuminating the glory of football adding football as a heart of all
sports, particularly highlighting the success of Mohun Bagan. He
said "Ho sakta hai cricket hamara shaan hain, lekin football hamara
pran hai." He did congratulate the officials, the club members and
the supporters for maintaining the glorious history over a period of
time. On this auspicious occasion, biography of Dr. Sanmatha Dutta,
“Jiboner Pata Sobuj Maroon” was published. It was the time when
Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi launched the official website of Mohun
Bagan Athletic Club, www.mohunbaganac.com. This website has been
prepared by the team of www.mohunbaganclub.com, the unofficial and
fansite of Mohun Bagan club.
Umapati Kumar was given Mohun Bagan ratna
posthumously. His son Mr. Biswanath Kumar received this. Chuni
Goswami proposed the name of Dr. Sanmatha Dutta as Mohun Bagan ratna.
The whole function was compered by Bratati Bandopadhyay who did her
job with perfection with her elegant eloquent skill.
The final touch of this colourful evening came from the voice of
Lopamudra Mitra, performing on the stage for around an hour and then
Indranil Sen performed. The members and the guests were gathered in
the club lawn to give their tongue to test the delicious dishes. The
menu comprised of Paratha, Alurdom, Fish Fry, Mutton Biriyani,
Chicken Curry, Mango Chutney, Rajbhog and Ice-cream. The caterer was
Bijoli Grill. The food was excellent and it was the perfect finale
for the grand occasion. It was still raining outside, but it was not
enough to resist the rain of emotion and passion that comes from the
domain of heart with the fire crackers lightning the dark night. As
the members left the ground, they will surely be eagerly awaiting
for the same day next year.
MARINERS THRASH BHUTAN XI
2006 Mohun Bagan completely dominated the match and defeated Bhutan XI
5-1. The first goal was scored in the 6th minute via Manas center
from left which was headed home by Lalanpuia. In 10th minute,
Baichung scored the second goal off a terrific through pass by Lalan.
The third goal was in the 21st minute off a Satyajit corner. The corner
was a gem off a corner and the ball was curling and going inside the
goal and saved off the goalline by Bhutan defender but Gautam scored in
rebound. Each half was of 35 minutes. In 5 minutes of second half,
Subhash Chakraborty's center was deflected in by Ayan Chowdhury. Ayan
scored his second goal in 10th minute off a glorious pass from Basudeb
which Ayan pushed past opponent goalkeeper, a good opportunistic goal.
Bagan conceded one late goal 10 minutes before end of play. At that
time, Rabhanan and Maria was playing in stopper. It was a
misunderstanding between the two stoppers and goalkeeper Imran Khan.
MARINERS CREATES HISTORY. LIFTS
MANCHESTER UNITED PREMIER CUP 2006 AND QUALIFIES FOR FINAL ROUND TO BE
HELD IN ENGLAND
PRESS RELEASE FROM NIKE:
MOHUN BAGAN U-15 WINS THE NIKE CONDUCTED MUPC SEA REGIONAL FOOTBALL
FINAL IN BANGKOK:
TO PLAY GLOBAL FINALS AT ENGLAND IN AUGUST 2006
KOLKATA MAY 22, 2006: Mohun Bagan Athletic Club (U15) Football team
today made India proud by winning the South East Asian Regional Final of
the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) in Bangkok, Thailand on May 21,
2006. The team had played against Singapore Academy in Final and
defeated them 2-0 on Sunday.
The young and energetic Mohun Bagan team played brilliantly with Malsawm
Zuala and Bapi Chowdhary scoring the goals against Singapore in the
Finals. Malsawm was adjudged the most valuable player of the match in
Final while David was adjudged the highest scorer of the tournament. The
winning team comes back home with the Champions of the M.U.P.C. (SEA
Regional Finals '06) trophy.
In August, Mohun Bagan Athletic Club will travel to England to play the
Earlier this year, MohUn Bagan Athletic Club (U-15) Football Team had
emerged winners in the India round of the M.U.P.C. leg conducted by Nike
in association with the AIFF and defeated East Bengal in the Finals.
Some of the moments from the ground:
DAVID (HIGHEST SCORER WITH 6 GOALS)
Captain of the Team
Shyamal Banerjee (Coach)
1st April, 2006
The club officials are now eying to take a stride towards the
modernization of football through the formation of Mohun Bagan Sports
Research Foundation. The club officials and the executive committee
members had a meeting yesterday to discuss the various issues of the
project. At present, Mohun Bagan tent is situated in the Kolkata Maidan
and the ground is jointly shared with Calcutta Football Club. Though in
the mid phase of the national football league, Mohun Bagan had to manage
themselves in the Central Park Ground because of the unavailability of the
Mohun Bagan ground due to hockey practice.
This has been the story for the last several
years. “We have only a single ground for practice and during the hockey
season we have to leave the ground. But this is the peak time for the NFL
and we have to make an alternative way to find the solution. That is why
we decided to build a Sports Research Foundation which will accommodate
several grounds, swimming pool, multigym, players hostel and many others
facilities” said Mr. Anjan Mitra, the Hony. Secretary of the club. He also
added that the northern part of the members stand will be reconstructed
and will be named 1911 stand. The expense for the construction of that
stand will be supported by the estate of Late Gour Sadhan Bose, father of
Swapan Sadhan Bose. Meanwhile the club officials also decided to issue
separate cards to get entry inside the players dressing room, as usually
after any match day there is a huge commotion inside the dressing room
with many unwanted persons in the dressing room. Indeed, all these
decisions are praiseworthy. Congrats to the executive committee members.
MOHUN BAGAN JUNIORS LIFTS MANCHESTER
UNITED PREMIER CUP 2006
2006 Mohun Bagan U15 (Mohun Bagan SAIL football Academy) defeated
Kingfisher East Bengal U15 to clinch the Manchester United Premier Cup
2006. The match ended in a sudden death where Anupam Saha, the Bagan
goalkeeper made valiant saves to restrict the red and gold brigade with
the runners trophy. After the regulation time of 40 minutes the score was
1-1. it was Abhijit Mondal who drew the first blood in the match for EB.
After conceding the goal, the Mariners increased their pressure and in the
second half they managed to get the much needed equaliser through the head
of their captain Sanjay Boro. In the tie breaker, both the teams missed
one chance each. In the sudden death, Mohun Bagan scored first and in the
very next shot Anupam Saha saved it for the Bagans.
The last day of the tournament saw the presence of some renowned sports
personalities like P.K. Banerjee, Md. Habib, Biswajit Bhattacharya, ex
olympian Harjinder Singh, Subrata Dutta etc. were present. Perhaps
the most contradictory part of the show was the presence of Biswajit
Bhattacharya and Jahar Das in the same stage.
Harjinder Singh presented the runners trophy to the East Bengal side.and
it was P.K Banerjee's turn to give the Champions Trophy. Meanwhile, the
JCT team was awarded for the Fair Play Trophy.
Some of the moments from the ground:
Some of the moments from the
12th January 2006 :
Mohunbagan will meet
Mohammedan Sporting in the next match of the 10th NFL. The match is on
Saturday, 14th January
2006. Mariners are expected to field 3 foreigners from the beginning
of the Saturday's match. Ibrahim will have to lead the frontline and
he is expected to get support from Coffi. Coffi didn't have a very
good day on Wednesday. Hence he's expected to take extra load in
Saturday's game. Sanjeev Maria excelled in Wednesday's match but he
should be cautious on Saturday. He was booked on Wednesday. His
service is required in the next game (keeping in mind JCT
match could be postponed
and thus mariners
would face East Bengal in the next game). At the same time he is
expected to mark Patrick on Saturday. Coach Jahar Das
indicated that in the next game Mohun Bagan would have an aggressive
game. He also indicated that he was happy with the defense
line. He was also pleased with Ibrahim's performance in the last
goalkeeper coach Pratap Ghosh was found happy with Subrata
Pal's performance against Mahindra. He indicated that Subrata will
be under the bars against Mohammedan in the next match. Ha
would like to have friday's training session in floodlight in
11th January, 2006 :
Mariners held by
Mahindra in the first match. The crowd watched an excellent
match in the floodlight today, as both the teams were engaged in an
engrossing battle throughout the game.
The battle started
much before the two teams met on the ground. Mahindra had quite a
few players who played for Bagan earlier- and of course one of them
was Barreto(as seen on the left).Barreto fails to sparkle as he was
closely marked by Sanjeev Maria. In the 37th minute of the game he
was very close when James Singh passed him the ball and he took a
spectacular-left footer.But it was not his day. Rather, Subrata Pal
a.k.a. Mishtu, who was having an astounding day, came to rescue and
punched the ball out.
Subrata played very
well today and was awarded the Man of the Match. Chirag , the
co-sponsors of Bagan for NFL, awarded Subrata Rs. 5000 for his
performance.Two more players were excellent - Sanjeev Maria and Du
(as seen on the right). Yakubu and Barreto were really marked well
by the duo.
Noel, Mehraj and
Mehtab also performed well, but like premier league , Subhasish
played well for first 60 minutes and then ran out of breath. Ibrahim
tried his best to score as well after he replaced Sushil in the
beginning of the second half. Coffi and Sushil will have to improve
their performance. What is good is that the MB players seem to be
fit physically and mentally.
Subrata,Du, Firoze,Sanjeev Maria, Noel,Mehraj(Basu 74 min), Tomba,
Subhasish,Mehtab,Coffi(Dipendu 85 min), Sushil (Ibrahim 46 min)
MOHUN BAGAN'S FIRST MATCH TODAY IN NFL
2006 Mohun Bagan will face Mahindra in their first match today in
NFL. This will be quite a tough match as the opponent forward line is
having Barreto and Yakubu. New recruit Agabessi and Ibrahim will likely be
in the starting line up and Sushil Kumar and Dipendu might come in as
replacement. The first team might be Subrata, Du, Firoz, Subhashish, Rajib
Ahmed, Noel Wilson, Mehrajuddin, Tomba Singh, Mehtab, Coffi and Ibrahim.
The 20 players who have been signed for NFL are as follows: Goalkeeper:
Imran, Subrata, Prashanta. Defender: Du, Firoz, Maria, Abhiraj, Manas,
Subhashish, Dulal, Rajib. Midfield: Tomba, Noel, Mehraj, Mehtab, Dharamjit,
Chinmoy, Manjit, Basudeb. Forward: Dipendu, Jerry, Sushil, Coffi, Ibrahim.
Parte and Akum may be signed after they recover from their injury.
Chirag Computers, new co-sponsor for Mohun Bagan
“Hriday jure Chirag jwaluk, Mohun Bagan songe thakuk”-
it was the punch line for Chirag Computer, a Kolkata
based computer manufacturing company, who has become the co-sponsor of
Mohun Bagan for the rest of this
season. While addressing the press fraternity today, Mr Kaustuv Roy,
Chairman of Chirag has announced that
they are willing to become the main sponsor for the forthcoming season.
Mr Anjan Mitra was all
praises for Chirag. He declared that its Mohun Bagan who first
introduced the concept
of logo in jerseys in order to entice the sponsors. In 1989, MB used the
logo of Power (a brand of Bata), and
it was the first time in Indian football history.
The agreement of 15 lacs was signed today at the press meet. Except NFL,
if MB plays the Rovers Cup or any
exhibition match in the rest of the season they will wear Chirag’s logo
in the jersey. The agreement has been made till May 31, 2006.
Also, they have announced
that they will be gifting "laptop" to Man of the Tournament and Highest
Scorer of NFL.
DANKUNI BOOK FAIR PICTURES AND IBRAHIM, COFFI SIGNS
2005 Ibrahim and Coffi signed for Mohun Bagan today. Ibrahim last
played for Abahani Krirachakra in Bangladesh and he scored quite a few
goals for his previous club. NFL 2006 kicks off tomorrow. Mariners
play their first match against Mahindra on January 11 at 7 pm.
MOHUN BAGAN PRACTICE REPORT AND MOHUN
BAGAN GROUND RENOVATED
2006 Mohun Bagan will play a practice match tomorrow versus Port
Trust, the match will start at 2.30 p.m. in Salt Lake Central Park ground.
Tomorrow will be the last day of practice in Salt Lake as from Saturday
practice will be held in Mohun Bagan ground. Saturday practice will be
held in morning and then Sunday will be off. The clearance of Agabessi is
expected to arrive in a day or two and then he will be playing as 2nd
foreigner in NFL. Coach is satisfied with his performance. The 3rd
foreigner is expected to arrive in a few days time from Bangladesh. He is
a player from Ghana and he is the highest scorer in Bangladesh this year.
Other than Sanjay Parte, the team is more or less fit and the team
formation for the first match as it stands now will be 3-5-1-1 with Du,
Firoz and Maria in defense and in the two flanks it will be Subhashish and
Rajib and the 3 medios will be Tomba, Noel and Mehraj and Mehtab and
Agabessi in forward.
Today, in MB
ground, Veteran's clubs website was inaugurated, www.veteranssckol.com
It was presented by www.mohunbaganclub.com and prepared by Trinanjan
Sengupta, the chief editor of the website. After the renovation of the
ground, the first match was held today in Veterans cup, the ground
indeed looks great and Ground Secretary, Sadhin Mallick has done a
great job in preparing the ground. He feels that the ground condition
is so good that NFL matches can easily be held here.
In Dankuni book fair today, Du and Jahar Das visited the Dankuni MB
Fans Club and G&M stall. Uttam Das was also present there and showed
his jugglery with ball with much applause.
will be the co-sponsor for Mohun Bagan, details will be declared on
January 9 via press conference. In revised fixture, out of the 5 away
matches, 4 will be Goa and 1 in Mumbai vs Air India. Thus, in return
league there will be no away matches in Goa.
HON.MINISTER PRATIM CHATTERJEE INAUGURATES GREEN & MAROON
STALL AT DANKUNI BOOK FARE.
31st December 2005 Green and Maroon, A Group of Mohun
Bagan Supporters, in Association with Dankuni Mohun Bagan Fans' Club has
succesfully launched the stall at Dankuni Book Fare. The Stall was
inaugurated by the Hon.Minister of West Bengal Government, Pratim
Chatterjee. Local MLA, Hon.Bhakta Bhushan Pan was also there with the
Hon.Minister. The Green and Maroon movement was not only praised by the
two VIPs but they also asked other youths to join hands for such a noble
sports-oriented movement. "Not only football and Mohun Bagan, movements
like this will build the future of our nation" - Mr. Chatterjee said. Both
the VIPs were presented with the Green and Maroon "Uttariya"s (Scarf) by
the president of Dankuni Mohun Bagan Fans' Club Mr.Phalguni Mukherjee and
the Secretary of the Dankuni Mohun Bagan Fans' Club Mr.Pinaki Ghosh. Green
and Maroon Executive Committee member Mr.Gourab Goswami and Mr.Somnath
Chattopadhyay were also present in the inauguration ceremony. The
volunteers were having a tough time managing the rush of the huge crowd of
Mohun Bagan fans even before the inauguration of the stall. This is the
second year, when Green and Maroon is taking part in this book fare. From
tomorrow, a quiz competition will be going on at the stall. Some of the
Executive committee members, and officials are expected to visit the stall
during the book fare. Last Year, Hn.General Secretary Mr.Anjan Kumar Mitra
visited the pavillion.
MARINERS RETAINS AIRLINES CUP TITLE
2005 Mohun Bagan emerged winners of All Airlines Gold Cup held at
Burnpur Stadium. In the final they defeated Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 by
goal from Sushil Kumar Singh in the 70th minute. The goal came from a
Rajib Ahmed free kick from the right which was very well nodded in by
Sushil, which incidentally was his first touch of the match as he had just
came in replacing Jerry. Except first 15 minutes of the match, Mohun
Bagan dominated the match throughout. Many chances were wasted and
Mohammedan goalie Arindam Ghosh had a great match and it was because of
him, that the margin could not be increased. He saved one piledriver shot
from Mehraj from just outside the box and two more such shots from Akim
and Jerry. Du missed one golden opportunity when he could not connect
properly from a Jerry cross with the Arindam at his mercy; however, the
easiest chance of the match was missed by Patrick. Subhashish and Palash
was shown the red card on 10th minute. Arindam Ghosh was adjudged Man of
the Final and Mehtab Hussain got Man of the Tournament award. Highest goal
scorer award went to Patrick of Mohammedan.
Imran had a relatively easy match. Du and Firoz after a shaky start
played quite well. Rajib Ahmed played quite well and Parte's absence was
not felt. This proves that bench strength is much better this time
compared to last few years. Noel had a okay match but he is nowhere near
his form of last year, when he was leading the team from the front.
Mehraj in first half was slow but in 2nd half played quite well. It is to
be noted that two stars of Premier League victory Tomba and Dharamjit
were not there and still there were no dearth of attack from midfield.
Akim has improved a lot from his Fed Cup form but he still is not capable
of playing as a single striker wearing green and maroon. Jerry played
excellent football and he switched flanks and was attacking from both
sides; however, for unknown reasons he, instead of Akim, was replaced by
Sushil. Last but not least, the two stars of the match were Sanjib Maria
and Mehtab Hussain. Both of them had a great match. Except for one
occasion, Patrick could not beat Maria a single occasion throughout the
match. Mehtab had a flawless match and the captain was leading the team
from front quite successfully. One of his solo run from right beating 4-5
opponent players reminded us of the great Satyajit Chatterjee. This was a
stage rehearsal for NFL and the camp for NFL will be held from December
27 to 31 in Durgapur and the first match of NFL 2006 will be held on 8th
vs Mahindra, the venue has not yet been decided. Best of luck for the
Mariners for this year's NFL.
NEW FOREIGN RECRUIT FOR MARINERS
2005 Agbessi Coffi of Benin, West Africa is all set to join Mohun
Bagan as stated by club President Tutu Bose today in a press meet. He is
an attacking midfielder and this year not only he played for World Cup
qualifier (in the same group of Ivory Coast and Cameroon) but also
represented Benin in Youth World Cup 2005 held in Holland. Born in
December 5, 1985, height of 165 cm and weight of 65 kg, it seems he will
be a much better replacement for Rodrigo. He last played for Olympic
Zawiya of Libya. He also scored a goal against Cameroon in WC qualifier.
Another interesting fact is that he always plays with jersey No. 12. Below
is the flag of Benin, a country whose rank is 115.
WORLD CUP 2006 FIXTURE
2005 Group A: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, and Ecuador.
Group B: England, Paraguay, Sweden, and Trinidad and Tobago. Group
C: Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia and Montenegro, Holland. Group D:
Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal. Group E: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech. Group
F: Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan. Group G: France, Switzerland,
South Korea, Togo. Group H: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia.
Group A is relatively easy for Germany, though Poland is
playing good and South American teams are unpredictable lot. It should be
cakewalk for Germany to reach 2nd round along with Poland or Costa Rica.
Match to look out for Germany vs Poland, June 14.
About Group B,
one of our editor Mr. Sunit Maity from Belgium heard in an interview of
England coach Eriksson that he seems quite happy, but it must be noted
that England has not defeated Sweden in last 37 years. For Trinidad, they
have quite a lot of players playing in English Premier League headed by
Yorke. The group looks quite tough but still England and Sweden might just
cruise through. Match to look out for: Sweden vs England June 20.
Group C is also quite tough with The game between Argentina and Holland on
June 21. Ivory Coast with Drogba in the attacking force might cause some
upsets. It Argentina and Holland can live up to their expectations, they
should go through.
In group D,
Portugal after Euro defeat is a steady side now and they are the
favorites to lead the group though Mexico is a tough opponent. They
will meet on June 21. Another interesting game might be Angola vs
Portugal on June 11 as Angola was a Portugese colony earlier. Portugal
and Mexico might top the group. Group E is the group of death.
Though it looks Italy is a strong contender to reach 2nd round, but
according to latest FIFA ranking, Czech is ranked 5th and USA is
ranked 14th in the world. The 4th team Ghana has really the potential
to cause huge upset, they will have Eissen in midfield. Still Italy
might reach 2nd round along with Czech. Match to look for: Italy vs
Czech June 22.
Group F is relatively the easiest group. Brazil is surely to top the
group and Croatia, Japan, and Asia favorite Japan will fight amongst
themselves for the 2nd spot, though Japan might just cruise through.
Match to look for: Brazil vs Japan June 22. Group G though not as
tough as E, but still is a very tough and tricky one. France no longer
is the clear favorite. They are struggling. They will look to Henry to
take them to next round. Swiss played great in the qualification and
Togo and South Korea can cause upset. France and Swiss are favorites
to reach 2nd round. Match to look for: France vs Swiss: June 13.
Group H is a relatively easy one for Spain and Ukraine though Tunisia
might cause upset. It will be great to see Schevchenko in the World
Cup. Match to look for: Ukraine vs Spain June 14.
JAHAR DAS IS THE NEW COACH
2005 Jahar Das has been appointed the new coach of Mohun Bagan
till this year's NFL after Amal Dutta resigned from the job earlier today.
This was announced by the club secretary Mr. Anjan Mitra today. Pratap
Ghosh has been appointed the Goalkeeping coach for the same period. A
physical trainer will also join the coaching staff very soon.
Das was coaching the Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy when he was
offerred the position to coach the Mariners. He has extensive coaching
credentials like : - Is the AFC 'A' License holder - Was Coach
of india under 14 & under 17, under his coaching india qualified for final
round of AFC under-17 tourney - Was in race for the coach of Indian
seniors in september 2005
This is the biggest challenge in his
coaching career yet and mohunbaganclub.com team wishes him all the luck
and hopes that our club will excel under his coaching.
BAYERN MUNICH EMERGES WINNER OF IFA
2005 Bayern Munich trounced Ever-Ready 5-1 to take home IFA
Shield. Though Ever-Ready took the lead via Lalkamal goal but Bayern soon
equalised via a costly mistake by Ever-Ready defender. 2nd half was a
one-way traffic with Bayern increasing the score line at ease.
Meanwhile, MB has appointed Debasish Mukherjee as their
SUBHASH BHOWMICK ARRESTED FOR TAKING
2005 Subhash Bhowmick, an ex-Indian soccer star and coach of a
popular Calcutta Club was arrested on 2nd December 2005 by CBI in
Calcutta. It has been reported that he was arrested under section 7 of
anti-corruption act, for taking bribe from a local businessman. CBI
officials also said Bhowmick slapped an officer of the investigating
agency while being taken into custody. CBI teams had also been sent to
conduct raids at Bhowmick's three residences at Alipore, Belur and Bolpur.
It should be reminded that though Bhowmick claimed himself as a
'professional coach', he was a supervisor in the anti-evasion wing of the
Bhowmick, who was in controversies for last two years because of
- openly bashing IFA and AIFF for their policies - slapping fans and
the club's supporters for their criticism - marking fans and the
club's supporters as "barking dogs" - trying to manipulate the result
of Derby matches with the help of 'supernatural power' - commenting
upon fate of rising goalies of other clubs
- commenting upon the local scribes as illiterate and ill-educated
- making a mockery of his resignations as the coach of the club
But at the same time he was very popular among his players and
supporters. In November 2004, when 2 of his key players were arrested by
West Bengal police for giving shelters to a criminal, and when their
relatives and neighbours told the scribes that the criminal was given
shelter because of him [later the statement was changed to point fingers
to a minister], he stood beside the players and even carried food for them
to the lock-ups.
He also took care of shaping up his players and
was instrumental in providing the latest equipments in the gym, though
there is an allegation that this led to a deficit of Rs. 2 Lakhs.
The football fraternity is shocked by this news and though his fate is not
clear, the fraternity is expected to stand beside him, the way film stars
stood beside an actor arrested for alleged underworld connections.
MOHUN BAGAN WITHDRAWS FROM DURAND CUP
2005 The Executive members of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club met today
at the club tent to decide on Subrata Pal issue and the current
performance of the football team especially after two consecutive failure
in Fed Cup and IFA Shield. The meeting was started at around 5 pm in the
evening. After the meeting, Mr. Anjan Mitra, General Secretary of the club
addressed the media. "For the first time in the history of Indian
Football, a show cause letter has been issued on the basis of
performance". Mr. Mitra also said that they were satisfied with Subrata
Pal's answer and Pal has been asked to join practice from Tuesday, the day
practice begins. The executive committee have also unanimously taken the
decision to elect a goalkeeper coach (Debasish Mukherjee may be elected in
this post) and a physical instructor who will assist Amal Dutta to
They have also decided to withdraw from Durand Cup due to injury
of 7 players and 4 players being in the Indian camp. Mr. Mitra said
"Under these circumstances, we will not take any chance for playing
the Durand Cup". He also added that even a big foreign recruit would
not have been able to compensate the 11 players. Meanwhile, the
executive committee had denied making any comment on Amal Dutta
although they had a long discussion over the statement of Mr. Dutta
that MB will not be able to perform well in Durand cup in post match
conference after the match against Mohammedan Sporting. "The executive
body will not be responsible for any comment made by any individual"
said Mr. Debasish Dutta. Though not unanimously, but Amal Dutta has
been given another chance to perform as coach of Mohun Bagan.
Basudeb Mandal who was injured in the last match due to a knee jerk is
expected to return within a week as told to mohunbaganclub.com team.
Meanwhile in IFA Shield, Ever-Ready have caused a upset by beating
East Bengal 2-1 via injury time goal by their foreign recruit Francis
to reach Final of IFA Shield and they will meet winners of the match
between Bayern Munich and Mohammedan Sporting which will be held
tomorrow at Yubabharati Krirangan.
MOHUN BAGAN SERIOUS BEFORE SUNDAY DERBY
2005 Mariners are really focusing themselves for Sunday's all
important match vs East Bengal. Though they have already defeated EB twice
in Calcutta Premier League, but coach is seeing that players not become
complacent before the match. Though they will not get the service of
Mehraj, Mehtab, and Tomba but still they are not worried and players are
saying that Team Mohun Bagan will play. Yao, the scorer of the goals in
the last two matches, is also practicing very hard and has become a lot
serious and knows that pressure will be on him from supporters to show his
performance for a third time and this time he might be heavily man marked.
In the first match of the
IFA Shield, Mohammedan today deservingly defeated EB by 3-2.
It was a well fought match which was more or less dominated by
Mohammedan. Patrick was adjudged Man of the Match and EB defense had
no clue of how to stop him. He scored one goal and paved the way for
the remaining two. The best goal of the match though was scored by EB
medio Chandan. The shot was taken from approximately 30 yards out of
the box. For EB, Mike Okero was the best player. He really tried a lot
but did not get much support from Sidney, who was off colour today.
The turnout at today's match was not satisfactory, though a huge
turnout is expected on Sunday's match.
UNDER 21 BENGAL TEAM SHOCKS AC MILAN
2005 Mohun Bagan defender Rajib Ahmed and George Telegraph's Lalakamal
Bhaumik scored at 42' and 63' for Bengal U-21 team against AC Milan U-19
team. The Bengal team shows an outstanding performance today. Veteran
Bazilian World Cupper and Coach of AC Milan U-19 Leonardo played in the
first half, and shows some instances of his majical skills. AC Milan
reduces the margine from penalty. Goalkeeper Subhashish Roychowdhury had a great match and coach of
Junior AC Milan team praised him a lot. Brazilian Leonardo who represented
Brazil in 1994 World Cup played for 38 minutes.
MEHRAJ, MEHTAB AND TOMBA TO JOIN INDIAN
2005 After return of players from Santosh Trophy, Mohun Bagan had
their practice session today with almost complete strength. Keeping in
mind the timing of the match versus East Bengal, the practice was held at
1 pm. Today's practice consisted of a session of hand ball, sprinting,
shooting and heading practice, and lastly a match was held by dividing
into two teams, which was unfortunately interrupted as during the practice
letters and plane tickets of Mehraj and Mehtab arrived. Due to lack of
time, they could not catch the flight and will reach Indian camp by
tomorrow morning's flight and ticket of Tomba has not arrived yet and he
will also join camp shortly. Mariners will miss the service of this 3
players in the coming IFA Shield. In another progress, Dipendu has been
allowed to join practice by club officials after his case was send to FIFA
for consult with proper medical papers.
SANJAY PARTE BRUTALLY BEATEN BY THE TRAFFIC SERGEANT OF
2005 Sanjay Parte, the rising star of the season for Mohun Bagan,
who represented India, has been brutally beaten by a traffic sergeant of
Kolkata police. The signal turned green at Nonapukr crossing near Park
Circus, Sanjay started his bike to cross the road, but suddenly the convoy
of cars with the Hon.Chief Minister of West Bengal, Buddhadev Bhattacharya
came to the spot, and the Sergeant attacked Sanjay by accusing him that he
tried to get into the convoy forcefully. First he slapped the National
Footballer. Then Sanjay disclose his identity, and asked the Sergeant that
if he has committed any mistake, then the Sergeant can take the fine from
him. He knows the rules, since his father is a police too. But this self
proclaimed super cop of Kolkata constantly beat him.
Sanjay is still down with a mental shock. Mohun
Bagan coach Amal Dutta immediately called up Minister Subhash Chakraborty.
Club's General Secretary, Anjan Kumar Mitra said that Mohun Bagan will not
tolerate this kind of misbehave with it's footballers. Green and Maroon, A
Group of Mohun Bagan Supporters and MohunBaganClub.com is also demand a strict
and unbiased step from the state government. If this kind of misbehaves
continues, then the footballers from other states and other countries will not
be encouraged to come and play at Kolkata. And it actually leave a bad message
for the Indian Football. We have our full faith on the State Government, and
we believe that the Government will take some step to prevent these kind of
incidents in the future.
JUST ONE MATCH LEFT FOR 1ST ALL WIN PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE
2005 Mohun Bagan recorded their 13th win today via Mehtab goal at
the start of the 2nd half. As usual, Mohun Bagan dominated the match and
could have increased their margin had Dipendu and Sushil not missed easy
chances. Dipendu missed two very easy chances, once via head and at
another instance could not push from goalline with only a defender to
beat. Sushil also missed a easy chance. One half volley taken by Jerry off
a Tomba cross hit the side post; however, EverReady played well for the
last 20 minutes and they missed the easiest chance of the match just 5
minutes before the final whistle.
Subrata was confident as the last line of defense and did not make any
mistake. Parte and Subhasish was superb. Subhashish, in particular, today
played quite well and his overlapping skill is an asset for the team. Firoz
and Du was good enough except one occasion when Mohun Bagan could have
conceded a goal. Noel was off colour today and was replaced by Jerry.
Dharamjit and Tomba proved once again that they have lot to give to Mohun
Bagan this season. Mehtab tried a lot but was not at his best form today;
however, he scored the goal keeping his head cool. Mehraj was excellent in
midfield and as a blocker he is excelling himself. Sushil Kumar did not play
well enough and he has not yet developed to play as a single striker yet. He
was replaced by Dipendu who was nowhere near his form. He was not being able
to reach anywhere to the ball which was supplied by others. Harvinder came as
a late replacement for Jerry and did not have much to show his skill. Jerry
was the only one who looked agile in the attacking force though quite
surprisingly he did not get his place in the first time and was later replaced
towards the end of the match. Overall, it was not so impressive performance by
Mohun Bagan though they got 3 valuable points and just one match left vs
Mohamedan Sporting, a win in which will ensure a all win record.
MARINERS ARE THE FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
September 2005 Mohun Bagan won their first title of this year by
defeating Tollygunge Agragrami 1-0 via a Sanjay Parte lob from about 40
yards, which was their 12th win in same number of matches. The match was
fully dominated by the Mariners who got many opportunities to score;
however Tollygunge started the match well when Mahesh Sarkar's shot hit
the cross piece. After that it was one way traffic. As usual, Tomba and
Dharamjit was using the flank to perfection and creating many
opportunities. Yao missed two sitters once in each half. Dharamjit's well
directed shot from about 30 yards beat goalkeeper and deflected off the
post. Just after the goal was scored, Mehtab missed the chance of the
match when a pass from Tomba found defenders napping and Mehtab got the
goal in clear space inside the box with goalkeeper at his mercy; however,
he shot directly at him.
The best movement of the match came via Yao whose well measured pass
found overlapping Dulal in the clear whose center found Jerry 3 yards in
front of goal but his push just went wide. Just before final whistle,
Harvinder got a chance to register his name in the score sheet but could
not convert. The goal came in the 25th minute. Overlapping Du gave the
ball to Mehtab whose center saw Pralay Dutta, Tollygunge goalkeeper
darting out and fisting the ball and Parte from about 40 yards pounced
upon the opportunity and very cleverly lobbed the ball inside the goal.
This is Parte's second goal this season and like the first, which was a
right footer shot taken from an acute angle versus George, this was also
a valiant effort.
About 40,000 spectators were present and atmosphere in gallery was
electrifying with bands, abir, and last but not least a lobster was also
present to glorify the occasion which was brought by Kaushik Roy, a big
hearted supporter from Baguiati. Subrata did not have much to do in the
match and had quite a peaceful time in the goal. Parte, the best
recruit of this season, as usual had a great match and was adjudged man
of the match. His defensive quality as well as flair for attack is
commendable. Dulal also had a great match as right back and was
overlapping with pace. Du and Firoz also led the defense to perfection.
As already told, Tomba and Dharamjit were also contenders for Man of the
Match and they are playing so well that Basudeb's absence is not being
felt so much. Captain Mehtab as attacking medio and Noel as defensive
screen have become indispensable in the side. Yao though missed couple
of chances and could not score but he paved the way for many attacks and
gave some excellent passes to his colleagues. Sushil had a rather
insipid match and in first half he attempted a back volley which just
went out. As change, Jerry, Harvinder, and Dipendu tried hard but could
not increase the margin. As for the young man of above 70 years old,
veteran coach Amal Dutta has to be given credit for this title. His
effort in the camp at Central Park ground has paid rich dividend and has
proven once again that age is not the factor for coaching. Looking
forward for more success this season.
Ending the report with two
humming lines of "Ebong Biswarup"
Sune ja sune ja re khola rekhe
kan, Sobuj Merun Pataka ar batashe tar gan
MOHUN BAGAN CRUISING AHEAD TOWARDS THE
PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE
2005 Mohun Bagan dominated the match and defeated George Telegraph
by 1-0. They could have scored at least 6 goals with 2 penalties not given
in their favour by the referee, first one was a push inside the box by
Sumit on Sushil and the second was a clear trip well inside the box on
Manjit which referee gave free kick outside the box. The all important
goal came in the 6th minute via a Dharamjit free-kick which was headed
home by Sushil Singh. Mohun Bagan missed a lot of chances to increase
their margin. Sushil missed the easiest chance of the match when from a
Tomba cross Sushil headed ball out with goalkeeper standing at his mercy.
Another head by Jerry from Tomba's cross was just saved by George
custodian who also saved a Subhashish long ranger in the first half. In
second half, Sushil's push was saved by goalkeeper and on rebound Tomba's
flick hit the post. Just before final whistle, Tomba's measured crossed
just could not find Dipendu. Overall, it was one of the best matches of
the Mariners this season. Subrata had a rather easy match. In defense as
usual Parte and Subhasish were quite good and especially Subhasish today
was overlapping much
more.Firoz and Mehraz was quite good and Du's absence was not felt. In
midfield, Noel was quite good as defensive medio but was a bit slow
today and he was replaced by Harvinder in the 2nd half who had a great
game and one of his shot which went into goal was disallowed due to
infringement. Dharamjit and Tomba again had a great game and
were using both flanks quite superbly and were sending measured
crosses inside the box. Mehtab also played well but not upto his
potential. In attacking force, Sushil and Jerry had a great match,
especially Jerry's stupendous runs caught George defense napping and
both of them were replaced by Manjit and Dipendu who tried but could
not score. Mehraj will miss next match against Tollygunge as he
received yellow card today and this is his 2nd booking. The match
against Tollygunge will be played at Howrah Stadium on 25th September
at 3 pm and win in that match will ensure Mariners the maiden title of
Premier League, Kolkata.
ANJAN MITRA WON BY 568 VOTES FOR THE POST OF GENERAL
September 2005 Still one day left for the official
announcement at the club premises at 5:30 p.m. on 20th September 2005, but
the jubilliant Anjan fans started celebration from the late afternoon of
today. At the early hours, counting stopped due to some objection from the
Balaram faction and from some of the independant candidates. But Anjan
Mitra slowly make the difference after trhe couting started aroun 2 p.m.
For the booth number 13,14 and 15, Balaram Choudhury contested heavily,
and Anjan Mitra was ahead sometimes with 5 votes, sometimes with 8 votes.
But when the counting for the other booths started,
Anjan started taking steady leads. After
counting of 2600 votes, Anjan Mitra confirmed a cushion of 263 votes lead. At
the end of the counting, he finished with a 568 vote lead. When asked
about his feeling, Mr.Mitra, the exhausted man said with a smile of relief in
his face - "The election is over, and today we are all Mohun Baganis. There
are no Anjan Balarams there at Mohun Bagan. Together we will make a golden
future in days to come". May be that is the most wanted outcome of the
election. End of groupism, and we will celebrate all as Mohun Baganis,
maintaining the century old tradition of the National Club of India.
NEVER SEEN, NEVER HEARD....MEMBERS TURNED OUT HEAVILY FOR
THE HISTORICAL ELECTION DAY !
September 2005 At 6:30 p.m. Green and Maroon officials
reported a turnout of around 80% voters for the election. It is amazing
for such a day when a club is having it election with it's members. Galaxy
of stars , starting from Ex-Players, Political Leaders, Entrepreneurs such
as P.K.Banerjee, Prasun Banerjee, Sushobhan Chatterjee,Kamal Basu,
Priyaranjan Dashmunshi etc cast their votes with the other members of the
club. The members calmly waited for 3-4 hours outside the town hall to
apply their democratic right for the national club. "It's an
wonderful experience for us, when we actually vote for our club" said
Amitava Chatterjee, a senior citizen and an old member of the club. "I saw
the Green and Maroon volunteers are doing their job extremely well. We
should be thankful to them all" - he added. There was tension like a big
derby. But on the other hand, it became a festival before the Durga Puja.
Even Sania Mirza, the tennis sensation of the country has been faded out
by this overwhelming turnout of voters in thousands in numbers. Even one
media person expressed her view - "I have to cover Sania too, but I am not
in a mood to move from here. I don't know what to do. It's so festive out
"It's a great opportunity for us, since we
are having the membership and voting for the first time" - said a lady member
of the club. In the endless queue of voters, anybody can point out the ladies
in huge numbers. Tutu Bose (Swapan Sadhan Bose) said "If any one want to be
the member of the club, he must bring a lady with him to be a member.". Some
jubilant young stars asked "What about us Tutu da? We are not married yet".
The answer came with e typical Tutu style - "Girlfriends will also do".
On the other hand, Balaram Choudhury looked tensed. But some time after, he
also joined the queue of voters with a light mood. After all, it is a
festival. A festival of love. Love for the National Club. We do not know, who
will win or who will loose. But today we already have a winner. The winner is
the love and loyalty of the members and supporters for Mohun Bagan. Yet
another time, they proved, Mohun Bagan is the ultimate word in Indian Sports.
That is perhaps the greatest outcome of this historic day.
CAST YOUR VOTE IN FAVOUR OF MOHUN BAGAN !
September 2005 The elections will be held on
Come-Collect-Cast basis. Mohun Bagan Athletic club is having this type of
election for the first time. Earlier, the Elections were conducted through
postal ballots. On September 18th, 2005 , the voting process will start at
9:00 a.m. in the morning . The venue is at the Town hall of Kolkata beside
the Kolkata High Court. The process will continue till 6:00 p.m. at the
evening. The voters will have to stand in a queue to be verified for
the first level of scrutiny. This scrutiny will verify that the voters are
having proper identification documents with them or not. Along with the
membership card of this year, the members required to produce a valid
photo identity card such as Voter's ID Card / Pan Card / Driving License /
Passport etc. They have to show the identity proof along with the
membership card to the election officials present over there. The person
without the required document has to leave the queue.
Then they will have to go for the second level scrutiny at the 1st floor
of the Town Hall. There, the election officials will check the validity of
the identity proof along with the membership card of the voter. If the there
are no problems, the voter then can go inside bay area of the 1st floor of
the town hall to collect the ballot paper. This level of scrutiny will be
done with respect to the type of the membership. Which means, the memberships
will be grouped as "Ordinary", "Life" and "Tennis" and by the membership
numbers. For each group there will be separate desks to check. The officials
will guide the voters to get their identity checked at the proper desk. For
example the desks will be categorized as "Life - 200 to 399". That means the
members, whose membership numbers falls between L-200 and L-399 will have to
get their identity checked at this desk. After collection of ballot
papers, the voters will be guided to the booths (Total 30 in number) which
are also grouped as the same manner as the 2nd level scrutiny desks. The
voters then has to choose the desired candidates by putting a cross mark
beside the names. They have to choose total of 20 candidates to make the
final executive committee. The ballots will be collected just outside the
booths in ballot boxes.
ALL-WIN FIRST LEG FOR MARINERS ! MB 2-1 PORT TRUST
31st August 2005
Mohun Bagan recorded their 7th consecutive victory in a
premier league match at Yubabharati Krirangan. They defeated Calcutta
Port Trust 2-1 . Manjit Singh scored the first in the 67th minute and
Yao doubled it in the 90th minute. Yao missed a shooter when the ball
hit at the inner part of the post and returned back.Kartik Indu of Port
scored the solitery goal at the 78th Minute from a corner. He was
unmarked at the defense. This is the first goal in last seven matches
where Mohun Bagan conceeded a goal.
FAREWELL TO "MASTERMOSHAY" ! 30th August
Rahul Dev Burman of Green and Maroon Today, our beloved Master
Mosahi, Sri Anadi Ghosh expired after a cardiac arrest during the match
agt MSC. The regular goers of the Club tent/gallery like myself, were
very much familiar with " Master Mosahi". I came to his close during
late 80s'. It was our regular activity to join gossip after the club
match or if there was no match, then at about 5.30 pm at the member
stand's south-end area. So, for the a long 16/17 years I was very much
closely attached with him. Since he was also very close to the club
officials, he often used to give me some important news of the club.
Before the starting of the transfer, we always used to ask him what was
the scoop news. He told and more or less he was correct. I also went to
his residence in New Alipore area. He lived in Joitish Roy Road, near
Hindustan Sweet. He was the retired head master of Sarada Institution a
school of his locality. If you enter Jotish Roy Rd and come to Sarada
Institution, ask the local people for his home, you will promptly reach
there. I use to give him new diaries in every January, once I gave it
after going his home also. Last I met him on the Mohunbagan Day on last
29th July at our club ground. I offered him a cup of tea, which he
accepted. However, since I was in the E1 block and he was in the VIP
stand on the day of MSC match, I did not hear about his heart attack
during the match. Actually he used to be in much tension with the club's
performance on the ground. So emotional he was! Always he took Jadavpur
Purbachal Minibus to go to either club ground or Salt Lake Stadium. He
was almost regular goer. A couple of year back I saw him disturbed with
his daughter marriage, however the same was perfect in time. He was very
popular among the members/supporters/club officials etc. He made so many
new club members. He used to distribute tickets of important matches to
his students/local people/supporters etc. I must go his residence to-day
or tomorrow. To give permanent peace to the departed soul, our boys
should snatch a grand victory on the 3rd Sept's derby. Since the boys
are in good shape both in matches and mentally, they should do it this
time. May his soul rest in peace.
VICTORY IN STYLE ! MB 2-0 Md.Sporting 28th August 2005
Mohun Bagan recorded their 6th consecutive victory in a
premier league match at Yubabharati Krirangan. They defeated Md.Sporting
2-0 . Dharamjit Singh scored the first in the 73rd minute and Manjit
Singh doubled it in the 89th minute. 1st half match was evenly poised
though Mohun Bagan missed few easy chances with Dharamjit shot missing
target with goalkeeper standing helplessly in 1st post. Yao was closely
marked by Madhab Das, but he managed to turn in the box with his marker
behind and take a right footed shot which went straight to goalkeeper.
Tomba also took a left footed shot with a sudden turn that went just
above the goal. Two shots taken by Mohammedan Sporting players just went
wide. One was a Kabijit freekick which Raman Vijayan just could not
contact and the other one was a Bijoy freekick which Subrata saved
nicely. Dipendu had a rather insipid match and was substituted by Manjit
Singh just on the stroke of halftime. The 2nd half was a completely
different story. It was one way traffic in favour of Mohun Bagan. Tomba
and Sanjay Parte from the right and Dharamjit and Subhasish from the
left were piling up attacks and wing play was at its best today. Then
Harvinder came in place of Noel and the goal came in 73rd minute with a
beautiful pass from Tomba which Dharamjit finished perfectly. Then
Dharamjit returned favour and his excellent center from the right flank
found Tomba whose head returned after deflecting from the post. Then in
the 88th minute, a classic through pass by Yao found Manjit who recieved
and went past one player and just lobbed it over goalkeeper to score
Bagan's second goal. Overall, it was great 2nd half and remarkable
last 20 minutes at which time 2 more goals could have been scored.
Subrata Pal was at his best but he received one yellow card and he has
to be careful in the next match vs Port Trust which is scheduled on 31st
August, which is incidentally Bagan's last match in 1st league after
which they play the all important match vs East Bengal on 3rd September.
Du and Firoz were quite good in the defense, Firoz just arriving
yesterday before the match did not show any signs of lethargy. Parte and
Subhasish was superb in both their overlapping and defensive skills, and
it seems that after a long time Bagan has got two good side backs. Tomba
and Dharamjit particularly showed more flair in the 2nd half and it
seems that Tomba is recovering nicely from his injury. Noel was as usual
good as defensive screen and towards the end of the match was replaced
by Harvinder as coach thought of attacking more and removing the
defensive screen as by that time it had become clear that Mohamedan
lacks the thrust in their striking force. Mehtab played his role of
attacking midfielder to perfection. In forward line, Dipendu tried hard
and just at the start of the match he took a right foot which just
missed the mark. Yao was heavily marked and was fouled badly but still
played the whole match and showed his skill when few of his passes found
his teammates in advantageous position and one such pass paved the way
for the 2nd goal. Manjit and Harvinder as replacement are improving day
by day and soon Mr. Dutta will find it hard whom to play in the first XI
besides Yao. It has become clear that this time Mohun Bagan reserve
bench is quite strong and players like Dulal, Jerry, Manitomba who has
performed so well last year is finding it difficult to come in the team
as everybody is giving their best for the team. In the next match versus
Port, four players will have to be extra careful, Du, Mehtab, Subrata
Pal, and Yao as they are already having 1 yellow cards against their
name and if they get any card that day, they will surely miss THE match
on 3rd. Overall, this was the best match of the national club of India
this season. We are hoping to see more such dazzling football by Mohun
Bagan this season.
MARINERS EDGE PAST EVER READY , DIPENDU STRIKES HIS
192nd GOAL ! 25th August 2005
The match started a few minutes late due to the heavy
downpour. Mohun Bagan once again started with the lone striker strategy
with Manjit Singh being little help to Togolese Yao Rodriguese Gley.
Gley , however was heavily marked today by
Aloke Mukherjee's men . Gley managed to wriggle out of their grips on a
number of occasions, but he didnt find any helping hand near by . Coach
Amal Dutta then, substiuted Manjit Singh with Dipendu Biswas . Dipendu
Biswas made a mark immediately after his insertion. He attempted a brave
side volley of a Yao corss which narrowly missed the mark . However ,
just minutes into the 2nd half , Dipendu scored a fine goal off a Tomba
Singh cross his 192nd off his cross . But then Amal Dutta
replaced him with Basudeb Mondal and that was the end of the day for
Mohun Bagan . Basu injured himself a few minutes later and was replaced
. But by then , the nippy Ever Ready players had made the Salt Lake turf
their own land They were virtually everywhere , and had almost struck on
a few occasions , and luckily for the Mariners , their trusted custodian
, Subrata Pal came to the rescue . Tomba Singh and Dharamjit Singh were
really very much off colour today with both of them making ugly miss
passes which was the main reason for Ever Readys dominance during
he last 20 minutes of the game. Mohun Bagan meet Mohammedan Sporting
next on 28th August.
RODRIGUEZ DOUBLE SINKS TOLLY 22nd August
22nd August:New striker of Mohun Bagan, Yao Rodriguez striked twice
today and helped his team to beat Tollygunge by 2-0. Mohun Bagan
dominated the match. Manjit played besides Yao in the striking zone and
in the second half was replaced by Harvinder who missed couple of great
chances. Dharamjit had a wonderful match today, his one left foot strike
from an acute angle hit the post and another strike just missed the goal
by a whisker. Noel also played very well as a defensive blocker in the
midfield with well support from Tomba. Basudeb is getting better day by
day and today also he had a great game. In defense, Subashish and Parte
was overlapping quite often and it seems that they have settled down
very nicely with Mohun Bagan. Du and Satish also thwarted many
Tollygunge attacks with ease. The first goal came of a pass from Du,
which Rodriguez scored showing superb ball control. The second goal came
after an offside trap by Tolly defenders misfired and it was a very easy
chance for a striker of this caliber. The easiest chance of the day was
missed by Harbinder who could not convert with the goal keeper in hand
MOHUN BAGAN DEFEATS EAST BENGAL 1-0 . YAO STRIKES
18th August 2005
During the last two years , Mohun Bagan was being
outclassed by East Bengal .
Either they were consuming a goal in
the dying moments or of some freaky moments or their forwards werent
able to put up a decent show . But this time it was different . A new
striking sensation in the form of Togolese - Yao Rodriguez Gley appeared
to be the decisive factor for Mohun Bagan . The player has true class ,
has excellent ball control with which he made absolute mockery of the
East Bengal defense . He has great striking ability by virtue of which
he scored an excellent goal ( the only goal of the match ) . He has a
fine off the ball sense by the help of which he almost netted a couple
more .... In short , he perhaps is the right medicine for Mohun Bagans
ailments . Both the teams started off on
a cautious note , with ace coach Amal Dutta employing a single striker
strategy . However Yao showed his class in the 20th minute and scored a
fine goal to put the Mariners atop . Then however Alvito and Sasthi
Duley tried to take their reins in their hands with stealthy runs down
the flanks . During that time , Noel Wilson , Tomba Singh and Dharamjit
were looking all at bay . Eduardo (Du) conceded a penalty for handling
the ball which might have been costly had Dipankar (EB) not wasted the
spot kick . The second half was a real treat for the fans . The game was truly played at some
great pace with referee Dave Roberts conducting the game like and
excellent band master . The insertion of wily Basudeb Mondal inplace of
Manjit Singh worked wonders for Bagan . Noel , Tomba and Du were back to
their best ! Basu and Noel started a great distributing game with their
magic passes . Tomba started his trademark down the wing runs , one of
which ended at Yao's head , greatly parried away by Naseem Akhtar ; the
other one found Dharamjit Singh who hit the post .
Bagan could have won with a margin of about 4-2 if they converted
their chances properly .The match ended 1-0 for Bagan.
The atmosphere at the stadium was superb . About 1,00,000 fans had
assembled today . The twilight was beautified a thousand times by the
Green & Maroon torches with the band-bugle-chanting from the Bagan fans
, compared to the Necropolis like silence from the East Bengal gallery .
It was a great day of football indeed . Referee Dave Roberts will surely
be taking back great memories from this match !
YAO RODRIGUESE GLEY SIGNED FOR MOHUN BAGAN , DAVE
ROBERTS INTERACTS WITHmohunbaganclub.COM 17th August
The only question at the
Maidan today , be it at the National Club or the off-spring club , was
Will Gley sign or not ? Tension increased as a team from
MohunBaganClub.com reached the practice ground . The necessary papers
were yet to arrive . About 200 odd supporters who had congregated today
were whispering ... " Will the papers arrive in time " . At about 3:30
pm , one official commented that the AIFF will issue a special clearance
for Yao which will arrive within an hour . Practice ended , but nothing
arrived . Gen.Secretary Anjan Mitra with comrade Debashish Dutta arived
to boost the morale of the team . Then one by one the players started
leaving the ground . Du , while speaking to us , said - " Do you know if
Togo will play or not ? I am not sure " . Then Asst. Gen Secretary
Balaram Choudhury and Shyamal Sen arrived and said that the papers have
arrived and Gley will sign at the IFA office at 6:30 pm . The fans
started shouting with glee and hugging each other . However the drama
was yet to end . Our efficientmohunbaganclub.COM team immediately
arrived at the IFA office in no time . The story took a different turn
over there . IFA official Prince( the only MB supporter at IFA) said
that they had no news of papers arriving even at the AIFF ! Rumours and
tension spread like wild fire . However at about 8:00 pm the Mohun Bagan
officials arrived with the necessary papers and with the player . Gley
submitted the token and signed in as the 2nd foreigner amidst cheers
from about 50 supporters who gathered over there and a huge number of
media men.mohunbaganclub.COM handed over a best wishes letter in french
to Rodriguese . Gley pledged that he will try to score at least two
goals and said in broken english that he his very happy to sign for
( Gley with our Best Wishes Letter in French )
When contacted , Captain Mehtab Hussien was elated at the news and
said that this is a real boost . He promised to render all his
efforts to bring smile to the lips of all Bagan fans !
We , also had a chance to interview tomorrows referee -
Dave Roberts . Roberts said in brief : " I am really thrilled to
officiate before 1,0,000 supporters . Ya , Its a big thing , a great
occassion . Two really big teams . Its a great honour for me to
officiate in a match where the National Club of India is playing . I
heard it has a 119 year history . I have some background knowledge of
both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal . I am looking forward for tomorrows
match . "
MARINERS WON THE SECOND MATCH OF PREMERE LEAGUE
6th August 2005
Sanjay Parte scored at the 7th Minute of the second half
for Mariners. Mohun Bagan won the second match and currently tops the
league table. But it is just the beginning. Next match is with EB on
19th. Started the match with the slow pace, Mariners were taking control
of the midfield. First half was a slow and steady football from both the
sides. Mohun Bagan may be accused of playing too many squire passes
among themselves. Sushil Kumar missed two golden oppertunities. In the
second half, Mariners took the lead at 7th minute, where Sanjay Parte
took a long ranger at the edge of the penalty box. Rest of the time,
Mariners tried to posses the ball as much as they can. At the last
moment, George got a good chance to equalize, but Subrata Pal saves the
day for Mariners!
ELECTION FINALIZED AT SUPREME COURT 15th July 2005
15th July:The Supreme Court today ruled out any possibilities of the
elections being postponed again . And thus the elections are on as
scheduled on 18th September . One faction of the club had appealed to
the Supreme Court to uphold the elections , and now this final hurdle
being crossed , the elections are finally on !
BACK FOR THE FANS - NOEL WILSON 8th
Star Player - Noel Wilson will arrive at Kolkata on
10th July i.e this Sunday . He will join practice from Monday . He
says that it is for the love of the MB fans that he is coming back to
Mohun Bagan . He will be back to fulfill his promise to the Mohun Bagan
fans and will go out all guns blazing for the fans . Speaking
Exclusively tomohunbaganclub.Com , Noel however said that it hardly
matter whether the coach Amal Dutta fields him or not . He is there to
perform and will concentrate on his job. That's the way to go Noel !
Welcome Back ! Meanwhile another star performer Eduardo Chacon
has arrived today and will start practicing from Monday. He is currently
putting up the residence of the Asst. General Secretary of the
AFTER DIAMOND, IT'S MEXICAN WAVE AT KOLKATA FOOTBALL 4th July 2005
Amal Dutta started the pre season conditioning camp at the Central Park
Sports Complex at Salt Lake City. According to the most experienced coach
of Kolkata, Mohun Bagan is going to accept Mexican style with skill and
touch play.Heavy rain is interrupting the Practice for the day. Players
stayed indoor as the heavy rain strikes Kolkata today. Coach was busy with
physical excersizes. Lots of fans were present at the morning today to see
the first day's practice.